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Florida Maritime Museum Celebrates the History of Cats at Sea

Jan 31, 2015 11:09PM

The Florida Maritime Museum (FMM) is celebrating the history of cats at sea in “The Ship’s Cat” exhibition. Dating back to ancient times, cats served as companions, good luck charms and mousers on many trading, exploration and naval ships. Learn more about these adventurous and adorable felines from Peeble, the talented ship’s cat aboard HMS Western Isles, who was known to shake the hands of strangers, and Pooli, who earned three service ribbons and four battle stars during WWII.

In honor of this exhibit, FMM is holding a cat food drive to benefit Cat Depot, a nonprofit organization committed to helping homeless, abandoned, and injured cats and kittens. Donations can be dropped off at the Museum during regular business hours (Tuesday–Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm) through Thursday, February 5th.

Donations will be presented to Cat Depot on the evening of the exhibit opening on February 5 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public; donations and RSVPs are appreciated. Guests can enjoy light refreshments and join in making toys for the cats and kittens at Cat Depot.

“The Ship’s Cat” exhibit will only be open until February 20, so mark your calendars now! 

Location: 4415 119th Street West, Cortez. Contact Halee at 941-708-6120 or [email protected] for more info or to RSVP.

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