Jason and Elizabeth Putsché, a husband-and-wife photography team and founders of the non-profit Photographers for Animals, have spent the past five years creating “Community Cats,” a series of poignant photos capturing the lives of feral cats in and around the Baltimore, Maryland area. The Putschés are also currently in the midst of making a full-length documentary about the feral cat community and the humans who try to help them.
For over five years Jason and Elizabeth Putsché have documented the mysterious lives of a regularly misunderstood animal—the feral cat. Also referred to as community cats, alley cats, street cats, stray cats—controversy surrounds them, headlines vilify them, and scientists scrutinize them, yet millions of people feed, care, and advocate for them. Because they aren’t adoptable they have the highest kill rates in animal shelters, and though talked about and debated regularly, they are rarely seen.The Putsches’ photographs bring feral cats into focus, showing these inconspicuous creatures in their natural habitats. Urban, rural, industrial, suburban—constant chameleons, they adapt to any conditions. These felines captivate and fascinate—and the Putsches’ photos contend that their magnificence ought not be overlooked.
photos by Jason Putsché