CSD approves cat park; guinea pig park tabled
By Joe Kerr
Outraged cat owners descended on the El Dorado Hills Community Service District during the April 1 board meeting, miffed that the directors support plans for a dog park at the southern tip of the Community Park with no consideration for feline friends.
One woman accused the board of feline discrimination. “What are we, Friskies® chopped liver in gravy?” she demanded of the baffled directors.
“Cats need exercise too,” said the woman, who identified herself as a cat lover and the founder of the El Dorado Hills chapter of Cats Are People Too, (CAPT,) an Ohio-based cat advocacy group.
“If dogs get a park we want one too,” she intoned. “There are a lot of seniors in the community with small cats who have no place to exercise them.”
A chorus of ‘meows” was heard following her speech.
After two-plus hours of sometimes heated discussion, the board begrudgingly approved “kitty park” in a fenced space adjacent to the proposed dog park.
The board tabled a proposal from Billy Johnston, 10, for a guinea pig run at Lake Forest Park. “They’re not like rats, not much at least,” he said afterward.