Let’s Talk About Cats – Visualizing Cat Overpopulation

The BCSPCA, the City of Maple Ridge and Katie’s Place Animal Shelter are collaborating to address cat overpopulation in Maple Ridge. They invited me to bring visuals into the room as a graphic recorder.

After this all-day forum I learned many interesting cat facts. For example, what are community cats: cats you find outdoors such as homeless cats, ‘outdoor and owned’ cats, and feral cats. And hearing about how education and financial barriers leads to cat overpopulation, which in turn leads to cat homelessness, abandonment, and illness – and to an overall culture, as the organizers put it, as a disrespect for cats.

Another great part about this feel-good session – besides working with a great organization like the SPCA – was that I got to research drawing cats by watching YouTube.

I divided up the day into two images. The top image is the morning session and it set the context for the conditions of cat overpopulation. The bottom image is the afternoon, which became the vision for healthy cat populations and human interactions.

Onto the cats ….

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