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Staffer of SZ Middle School helps 31 cats on campus
    2019-05-28  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

ZHANG PINGPING, a staffer with the mail office of Shenzhen Middle School, has been taking care of cats on campus for almost six years, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported.

At present, there are a total of 31 cats living at the school. Some of them are stray cats while others were born in the school, the report said.

In 2014, Shenzhen Middle School held a hearing to discuss whether to keep these cats at the school. The school finally decided to keep them and designated the rights and interests protection department of the school union to look after them.

A school club, named Mew Club, was later founded in 2016 to specifically deal with cat-related issues.

However, everyone familiar with the case knows that it is Zhang who helps to watch the cats every day. Students call her “cat mother.”

Zhang’s daily routine begins at 7:30 a.m. Her first job is to provide fresh drinking water for the cats living near the mail room and then she starts preparing food for the cats.

The 31 cats inhabit four different places in the school. Due to the high price of cat food and the limited money available from the club, Zhang figured out a solution by mixing eggs with cat food to ensure they get enough nutrition.

Teachers and security guards at the school also save eggs from their breakfasts for the cats.

After feeding the cats at the mail office, Zhang distributes newspapers to offices. She then rushes to the different areas that the cats live to feed them. Sometimes, Zhang has to take a cat to a hospital in the afternoon after she finishes her daily work.

The school’s television station published a documentary on Zhang’s story this April, which caught many people’s attention, according to the report.

Many students commented that they respected and were inspired by Zhang. Some people donated money to help the cats.

“She is happy to do that. If I stopped her from taking care of the cats, she would feel upset,” said Liao Zijun, a graduate of the school.

Zhang said that when she first came to the school in 2013, there were only seven to eight cats. Some teachers gave them food at that time. However, the cats were left uncared for during the holidays, so she voluntarily took on the responsibility.

Zhang is hoping that people might adopt some of the cats so the school staff will be able to look after the rest of them when she retires. (Wang Jingli)

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