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Rapper Turned Cat Trapper Comes to Nashville September 18-19 to Help Save and Celebrate the Lives of Stray and Feral Cats

Rapper Turned Cat Trapper Comes to Nashville September 18-19 to Help Save and Celebrate the Lives of Stray and Feral Cats

Hope, Joy, Education and Spay/Neuter Advocacy

Nashville, Tenn. – Sterling “Trapking” Davis, one of the only African American cat rescuers in the nation, will be headlining a series of events designed to call attention to the problem of unwanted stray and feral cats in Middle Tennessee. The former professional rapper turned cat trapper, is one of the leading authorities on TNR (TNR) or Trap Neuter Return, the only humane method of controlling feral cat populations.

A star of the Netflix series Cat People, Davis was invited to visit Nashville area rescuers by New Leash on Life of Middle Tennessee Animal Rescue and the Friends of the Williamson County Animal Center, both of whose missions are to save unwanted, unloved or abandoned companion animals.

In celebration of the visit, New Leash on Life and the Williamson County Animal Center would love to invite the public to meet Davis and celebrate the five-year anniversary of New Leash on Life’s Joy Clinic, which just surpassed more than 20,000 spay and neuter surgeries on Nashville area cats, dogs and critters. An open house event will take place Sunday, September 18 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the clinic located at 507 Jim Draper Blvd. in Lebanon. The clinic is named after Joy Bishop, who generously funded the clinic to conduct high-volume sterilization surgeries. The clinic now fixes more than 5,000 animals every year.

On Monday, September 19, the series of events continues with an education day with Davis. The first session, where Davis will talk about TNR: what it is, how to do it and how to get involved is open to the public from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Williamson County Animal Center, located at 1006 Grigsby Hayes Court in Franklin. The event is free but you must pre-register.

The second session is open to animal shelter and rescue employees and volunteers only, and will start at noon at the same location. Davis will focus on compassion fatigue and diversity, equity and inclusion. Free registration is here.

Davis is the founder of his own nonprofit, Trapking Humane Cat Solutions, where he focuses on educating, assisting, and doing TNR and community cat management.  Davis’ mission is to change the stereotypes of not only men in cat rescue, but also bridge the gap in communication between black communities and predominantly white animal welfare organizations. He lives and breathes his motto, you don’t lose cool points for compassion.

Davis is a sought-after speaker all over the world, speaking at events like Cat Con, Cat Camp, Meow DC and fundraising events for rescues and shelters across the United States. He has also made several national television appearances on shows such as the the Drew Barrymore Show, Access Hollywood and Shark Tank, as part of his business representing a cat dating app called Tabby Dates.

The opportunity for Sterling Davis to come is a joint project with New Leash on Life and Williamson County Animal Center with support from Mars Petcare, Inc.

During his time in Nashville, Davis is available for interviews and can perform his very popular cat raps! For more information, reach out to Mary Tan at the contact information above or during the event dates, contact Angela Chapman, Executive Director of New Leash on Life at  615-444-1144 or Ondrea Johnson, Director of the Williamson County Animal Center at 615-927-5450.


New Leash on Life is dedicated to improving the welfare of companion animals in our community through shelter, placement, spay/neuter, education and awareness. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Lebanon, Tenn.

The mission of Williamson County Animal Center is to make Williamson County Tennessee a better place for animals through adoption, education, enforcement and pet population control. The agency hopes to increase the save rate, find a good home for every adoptable pet, slow pet population growth, end animal neglect and abuse and be a positive force in the community.