In his spare time, Obituary drummer Donald Tardy tells Tampa Bay Online he likes to take care of more than 140 feral cats. According to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, the cats are among an estimated 200,000 roaming Hillsborough County.
Tardy said he tends to more than 20 colonies, some with as few as two cats — others with nearly 30.
He carefully protects their locations; some people are capable of unimaginable cruelty, he said, while others find colonies a convenient place to dump unwanted cats. Every day he checks on his “gang,” feeding the cats and, when necessary, getting them veterinary care.
Some in his community have slammed his efforts to care for the cats, as feeding wild cats can lead to the growth of colonies through breeding. If the cats live, they fuck — basically.
“It’s kind of wild when you think about it: This crazy metal dude who head bangs and plays death metal spends hours every day feeding and caring for wild cats,” says Tardy. “It cracks me up just thinking about.”
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