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Pet Psychic Talks to Fox's Feral Kitties As the feral kitty clean-up continues behind Fox's WRLH-TV 35 studios, rescuers have benefited from the assistance of a local pet psychic.
Terri Chenault, a telepathic animal communicator, has been among the handful of animal lovers staking out the station parking lot at night where volunteers hope to trap, neuter and release the strays. The efforts began after news broke late last month that the station had hired a pest-control group to break up a colony.
Chenault is volunteering for Save Our Shelters, or SOS, the group spearheading the trapping effort. Members have been watching the parking lot under cover of night, hoping to catch the animals in humane traps. The feral cats are particularly "spooky," she says, and difficult to engage in telepathic conversation.
One did wander close enough to try. "I just picture in my mind touching the cat," she says. But the cat was not so conversational. "The only thing I was getting back from him was curiosity," she says. "It didn't really look like anything, but I could feel it."
When communicating with cats, Chenault finds it most effective to think in static images.
"They're not really movies," she says. "An animal is very much like a child. Their attention span is short and it has to be simple."
At press time, SOS had trapped 25 kittens and four adults. It hopes to find homes for the kittens. The adults likely will be released. When neutered, the grown cats have their ears clipped so that volunteers can monitor the colony and recognize new arrivals that must also undergo surgery.
"The resilience of these little ones never ceases to amaze me," writes SOS cat-rescue director Peggy Lynch on the organization's new blog saveourshelters.wordpress.com. "In just a short period of time they morph from being frightened and cowering, into playful purr boxes who seem to have an insatiable appetite for affection and canned food."
Three cats were killed in the course of the initial removal. The Henrico County commonwealth's attorney is charging Keith Copi of Critter Control with three counts of animal cruelty. If convicted, Copi faces as much as three years in jail.