Cat-calling has been on the rise in Florida over the past few years as more people are starting to understand the importance of pet owners being respectful and courteous.
But now that the cat flap has gone national, cat owners in the Sunshine State are taking the lead on cat-calling prevention efforts.
CatGate Miami is a volunteer-driven group that encourages people to stop and talk with their pets.
The organization hopes to get the word out about catcalling and the importance to avoid the practice.
“We’re really trying to take this up in the local community,” said Melissa O’Brien, the group’s volunteer coordinator.
“We’re trying to educate people that cats are not pets and they’re not pets that they have to be treated as such.”
O’Brien said the group has already started to see some positive changes, such as more cats in parks, which has increased the number of people interacting with their cats.
She said the catgate movement is not a new phenomenon, but the catcalling controversy has taken off because of the public’s reactions to it.
“I think it’s more of a backlash than anything,” O’Briensaid.
“It’s really more of an awareness that people are noticing, and that’s what this campaign is about.”
A group of people who are cat-loving but have no pets have begun a campaign to change their attitude toward pet owners.
It is called CatGate, and the campaign aims to get more people to treat their pets with respect and treat cats as human beings.
CatGate Miami started as a volunteer initiative, but now has about 300 volunteers who are dedicated to preventing cat-catringing.
It was created in the wake of the cat call controversy.
“This is really a community initiative.
There’s a lot of different people that are involved in the campaign.
It started as just a simple volunteer effort to try to get some attention and raise awareness,” Oriensays.
“This is something that we’ve been really encouraged to be involved in.
People are doing it because they want to, and they want people to feel like they can do it.”
CatGate has raised about $40,000 to make sure that the initiative continues.
The group has been able to secure donations to purchase and bring cat-related items to local parks.
The group’s main goal is to educate pet owners, who are often fearful of being cat-called in public.
“People are just really scared and they are afraid that if they do something and they get catcalled or they get it in the street that it’s going to be a negative thing.
And we think that it is a positive thing to do.
If we’re able to educate the public about the importance that pet owners have in a society and the role that pets play in society, then that’s going be a positive and positive thing,” OBrien said.