SFSPCA spoofs 'Portlandia,' hips S.F. to stray cat solutions 

Furry foes: A new SPCA “Catlandia” video depicts hipsters upping their cool factor by trapping cats. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Furry foes: A new SPCA “Catlandia” video depicts hipsters upping their cool factor by trapping cats.

The folks behind “Catlandia,” a video spoof, are hoping to make “San Francisco a better place” by trapping feral cats and getting them the care they need.

The two-person team spoofs the popular TV show “Portlandia.” The video was created by the San Francisco SPCA to bring more attention to the need to spay and neuter the population of roaming cats.

Laura Gretch, head of the SPCA’s community cat initiative, said fixing and vaccinating these felines will reduce the number of strays.

“Block by block, house by house, we will do this,” Gretch said.

Every year, roughly 10,000 spay or neuter surgeries are performed at the SPCA. Of those, 1,400 were feral animals last year, which is an increase from 1,100 in 2010.

The SCPA pays for the surgeries and will even supply traps for residents who know of feral colonies, Gretch said.
The three-minute video spoof aims to reach a new audience by using the pop culture reference to “Portlandia.”

It features two San Franciscans, one of whom works for the SPCA, arguing about whose actions are better for the environment — such as being a part of a “used tube collective” or eating cheese made from alpaca milk.

The skit also follows the pair as they trap a feral cat and bring it to the SPCA.

The organization has been working to control the feral cat population since 1994. Though it’s unknown how many strays live in The City, Gretch said groups of them have been found in the Bayview, Sunnydale and Excelsior neighborhoods. And an increasing number have been reported in the Mission, Haight and Richmond districts.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

Furry foes: A new SPCA “Catlandia” video depicts hipsters upping their cool factor by trapping cats.

 

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