Anthony Armentano, exclusive to Global Animal
The people of Talkeetna, Alaska can rest easy, their honorary mayor Stubbs the Cat has returned home after spending a little over a week at the veterinarian. Stubbs’ companion, Lauri Stec, says he’s doing much better, and will recuperate at home for a few days before returning to his office at Nagley’s General Store.
On Saturday, August 31, Stubbs was attacked by a dog near Denali National Park, leaving him with a fractured sternum and punctured lung, among other wounds.
The feline mayor has held office for 15 years, winning the election as part of a write-in campaign. Talkeetna’s 900 residents were unhappy with their choice of mayoral candidates, and elected Stubbs in their stead.
Stubbs is the town’s pride and joy, bringing in dozens of tourists each day, generating steady revenue for Talkeetna.
Donations have come in from all over the country to help pay for the honorary mayor’s medical bills, and the feline has even received attention from PETA. The organization has sent a care package for Stubbs, including a PETA blanket, toys, treats, as well as a copy of PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk’s book 250 Things You Can Do to Make Your Cat Adore You.
You can read PETA’s heartfelt letter to Stec below.
Dear Ms. Stec,I am writing on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and our more than 3 million members and supporters to extend our best wishes to Mayor Stubbs for a speedy recovery from a recent vicious attack by a dog. I’d also like to urge you, with all due respect, to prevent an untimely mayoral coup by ensuring that Mayor Stubbs remains safe indoors or is always wearing a harness and accompanied by at least one member of his entourage when he leaves his “office.”Mayor Stubbs risks all nine of his lives every time he goes outside unsupervised. Cars, animal dealers who sell to laboratories, intolerant neighbors, rat poison, and toxic antifreeze spills all threaten to assassinate Talkeetna’s mayor. Cats who roam outdoors are also far more likely to contract communicable diseases from other cats or, as in Stubbs’ case, be attacked by other animals. The best way to keep cats safe is to keep them inside and only let them out under close supervision.Cats can be perfectly happy indoors when they are given toys, scratching posts, structures to climb, cat grass, and a clear window to survey the great outdoors. The mayor could still hit the campaign trail on supervised walks with a harness and a leash.We’re sending a care package for Mayor Stubbs, complete with a PETA blanket, a few toys, and treats (the herbal ones are legal) to keep him entertained indoors once he’s feeling better. We’re also sending a copy of PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk’s book 250 Things You Can Do to Make Your Cat Adore You, which is full of tips on how to keep a cat happy, comfy, and safe, such as by providing a wide enough place for a feline rump while he or she watches birdies through the window. We hope the people of Talkeetna will have their mayor back on his paws in no time.Sincerely,Alicia WoempnerSpecial Projects Manager
Many dangers can lurk outside the safety of your home, so in order to keep your pet safe consider taking a look at these tips on how to keep your cat indoors.
We all wish Mayor Stubbs a full recovery, and hope he can get back to his mayoral duties as soon as possible.