by Deborah-Ann Milette
Photo by Kathrin Stucki. A1Savannahs gave him the learning tool with their own children, I ran with it.
Motzie, my F2 Savannah cat, belongs to the people. He is a Savannah cat that assists children. I am sure by now the world probably knows that Motzie & Peanut are at my breeder's until I move to another state (again.) I had also written a true story about one of Motzie's reading program children. Well, my phone has been ringing off the table (it's only cellular) for Motzie's assistance for their children to read to Motzie. Well, how do you explain that Motzie is not wanted in the state of New York by all of the people at the Department of Environment because of, what I consider to be dumb Senators & Legislators. I am now assuming that they need Motzie's reading assistance but have declared him illegal.
According to the Federal government, Motzie's mother (an F-1) was legal as a domestic. USDA inspects any facility licensed by them. They want to inspect only the "true exotics," NOT F-1 through whatever, they are domestic.
It is difficult to explain the situation to more than 25 very angry parents with hope in their eyes for their children to learn, to love, to read, that Motzie will not be able to return unless the law is changed. Now I have made up packets with lobbying ideas for the parents to contact their Senators and Legislator, and encourage them to sponsor a bill in both houses so that Motzie can return.
Until then we are basically considered outlaws until the law is changed. Maybe people loosing something they now consider valuable for the education of their children, will wake up the citizens of New York to the stupidity and pay attention to laws being created to destroy our relationship with any kind of animal.
Motzie has become the ambassador for the Savannah breed and for any animal in the state of New York he has become the heart breaker for it's the elderly that Motzie loved to go and visit. And he was a dear reading partner to many children that will never forget the "Biggest Cool Cat" to read to.
Maybe this is what it takes to wake up a state?? A Big Cat with a BIG Heart who gave to the people proving that I may own him BUT that he belongs to the people.