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The Story Behind How Library Cats Came to the Rescue of L.A.’s Kitties
The Central Library is closing in a few minutes, and outside in Maguire Gardens there’s the sound of a bicycle bell in the chilly evening air as several people are setting out what seems to be a picnic.
Around a dozen plastic plates and bowls are being laid out on one of the paths, with several more on ledges: the “Library Cats” volunteers are here to feed the 20-25 felines of their feral cat family.
On duty tonight is Martha Perez, who spoons out the food from a large Tupperware bowl and explains that it’s a mix of dry food and kibble, with some water added, and tuna on top.
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