Meet Fanny, AKA the Gipsy Hill cat who spends her days hanging out at the railway station in South London.
Every morning (and sometimes in the afternoon and evening) she approaches travelers and greets them. She sniffs them, cuddles with them, jumps on them to takes naps on their comfortable laps and accepts their food – when they offer her some.
But she is not homeless. She has a loving home that she shares with her humans and and her other cat-half, Quiche.
Fanny is 4 years (and 8 months) old and she lives just over the road from the station so it’s not hard for her humans to know where she is and find her when necessary. They buy her collars with their phone number on it but her neck is too small and she constantly takes them off. She is also microchipped so if she gets lost or is accidentally taken, her humans’ information is easy to obtain.
But probably the most effective way they have found to ensure Fanny’s safety is to create her own Twitter account, which is full of pictures and stories from everyday travelers that interact with her in the train station.
Her humans take good care of her and keep her inside the house (or kidnap her, according to Fanny) when the weather is lousy. The incredible part is that when she is not seen at the station for one day, her Twitter account gets questions from concerned travelers asking for her.
But Fanny is on top of her Twitter and she always replies – usually the reason is being locked inside because of the weather.
The power of social media is shown here when her followers share Fanny’s whereabouts and news. Her community of over 1,500 followers is taking care of her.
So if you are ever in London taking a train at the Gipsy Hill Station don’t forget to look for Fanny, AKA the Gipsy Hill cat and share some cuddle time with her.