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Hometown HERO

By Cameron Whitlock

Sterling Davis:

TrapKing founder Sterling Davis
holds his cat, Damita Jo.

W

hen Sterling Davis started working with LifeLine
Animal Project in Atlanta back in 2012, he expected
it to be a temporary gig. A rising star in Atlanta's hiphop scene, Davis was looking for part-time work when he came
across a help-wanted post from a local cat shelter.
"I thought, 'Cool, that's not a lot of responsibility; I like
cats,'" says Davis. "It's something that I can do so I'm not just
sitting around broke and bored in between tours."
But after applying for the job, he quickly learned how
someone with his background was a much-needed asset in the
cat rescue community.
"I really didn't understand the serious lack of diversity in
cat rescue," adds Davis.
He soon found his calling working with LifeLine's trapneuter-return (TNR) program-helping control feral cat populations and doing community outreach in metro Atlanta.
In 2017, Davis founded his own nonprofit, TrapKing
Humane Solutions. To date, he's overseen the TNR of more
than 1,000 cats and worked with local shelters to find homes for
friendly strays. And while TNR is the focal point of TrapKing,
Davis has leveraged his unique style to build awareness and
compassion for cats among diverse communities nationwide.
"A lot of black and brown communities don't like cats, and
it's sometimes taboo for guys to have cats," says Davis. "I was

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focusing specifically on those communities when I first started,
but now my presentations have expanded."
Davis says his appearance-bearded, covered in tattoos,
with painted black fingernails-helps him break down barriers with young men in the schools and communities where
he presents. He's also uniquely positioned to do outreach in
communities of color that were skeptical of and, in some cases,
hostile to other TNR rescue workers.
Davis believes communication is key in helping bridge that
gap. His most recent presentation, "Feral Humans," explores the
issues of race and diversity in cat rescue.
While TrapKing is predominantly a one-man show, Davis
says his long-term vision is to grow his nonprofit into a fraternity/sorority of cat trappers and advocates.
"The look and feel of it would be like [the TV show] 'Sons
of Anarchy' meets TNR," Davis says. "So you have leather
jackets with patches of how many cats' lives you've saved."
Ultimately, a gang of leather-jacket-clad rock 'n' roll cat
rescuers fits perfectly with the brand and central message
Davis has crafted for himself: "You don't lose cool points for
compassion."
Get involved or donate at trapkinghumane.org.
Cameron Whitlock is a freelance writer and photographer.
He lives in Douglasville.

CAMERON WHITLOCK

From rapper to trapper


http://www.trapkinghumane.org

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