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LA Cat Tales:
An A-MEOW-ZING HISTORY of Southern California
Feline Facts & Trivia
resources book

This online exhibit to cats was created by the Studio for Southern California History for NKLA: No Kill Los Angeles. NKLA is a coalition of concerned animal advocates across Los Angeles. NKLA helps animals live a full and quality life by helping LA become a no-kill city for pets.

This exhibit is designed as a book for you to scroll through. There are arrows at the bottom of each page that serve as navigation links. In addition to chronologically showing change over time, this scrap book shares how different voices, language, and expressions changed within the local press. Cats play a big part in our lives and the way writers document human interaction with these domesticated animals provides portals into social values. We have included quotes whenever possible from the original authors of articles to highlight their wit, puns, humor, sympathy, and wonder in relaying cat stories.

Note that we do not advocate any of the practices documented in this timeline but include language and history that may offend some readers in order to show change over time. We have shared cats in public art, entries about our own cats, and trivia. Thanks to Bob Drwila, Gabrielle Garcia, Hillary Jenks, Dona Lawrie, Michelle Alexandra Lopez, Sharon Sekhon and the Studio for Southern California History for their assistance. Enjoy! Meow!

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