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GRANDE PRAIRIE REGIONAL COLLEGE - FAIRVIEW CAMPUS LIBRARY
OLDS COLLEGE LIBRARY Olds College is an agricultural college situated in a small town in rural Alberta. There are, unfortunately, no longer any cats in their library, but we are most grateful to Clara Leischner for supplying the following account of the last two incumbents.
Olds College is an agricultural college situated in a small town in rural Alberta. There are, unfortunately, no longer any cats in their library, but we are most grateful to Clara Leischner for supplying the following account of the last two incumbents.In the early 1980s the college library had to move into temporary quarters in a renovated barn, pending construction of a new learning resources centre. The move to the 'Barn' certainly eased the congestion that the library had been coping with, but there were other problems, chief among them an entrenched population of mice! (Remember, this is a country college.) Traps were a joke, high-tech pest control out of the question, so the obvious solution was to get a cat! Since people quite often dropped off unwanted pets (anonymously, of course!) at the College, there were any number of feral and semi-feral cats on campus, and as a result, there was a succession of cats conscripted to the Library for mouse patrol. Any cat that came to the Library was cared for, fed, groomed, doctored, and for the most part appreciated. Some stayed, some didn't. One that stayed (well, sort of ...) was a big, long-haired, orange tabby, appropriately named Leo. He was 'fixed', but I don't think he realized it, because he wandered, sprayed, didn't tolerate petting or grooming in other words, he was a curmudgeonly bachelor! However, the mouse problem abated to a large extent owing to his zeal. When our new facility was finally finished in the mid-eighties, Leo made the move with the Library. There was not much for him to do there but to eat, sleep, dig in the big planters in the Library, and roam. He would sometimes disappear for a couple of days, then stalk in, fur in tatters, to eat, sleep and roam some more. And then one day he didn't come back. We never were able to find out what happened to him, and some of the staff were quite upset at the loss.
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