Sterling Davis considered music to be his genuine calling, but he left the industry to follow his real love: cat care. In between concerts, the former rapper cleaned litter boxes at a local shelter. While he has always liked cats and has generally had at least one, his work with wild cats and rescues motivated him to be the difference he wanted to see in the world. He contacted his band and informed them that he would not be coming.
He spent his entire life to helping cats in need and educating people about the need of trap-neuter-return (TNR). TNR is the only humane approach to reduce feral cat numbers, and this is a message he wants to get out to everyone.
Despite the fact that he is a proud cat owner, he immediately discovered that cat rescue groups were dominated by women. At the shelter, he was the only Black guy working with cats, but he hoped to change that. He recognized an opportunity to assist save cats while also diversifying the profession of cat rescue. He worked in the field for five years, doing TNR and learning everything he could about cat rescue. He created TrapKing Humane Cat Solutions with all of his experience and passion.
Davis, who is now known as TrapKing, has made it his mission to “alter the preconceptions of not just males in cat rescue, but also to bridge the gap in communication between black communities and animal rescue/local shelters.” He joined the Navy straight after high school and claims that his military experience, along with his entertainment background, allows him to connect with people of all ages and races. He told Today, “I think being in the military, being around various people, different cultures, and being in entertainment helps me better interact with all sorts of people and better express our goal.”
He understood that TNR programs were desperately needed in towns around the country, not just in his home state of Georgia. He intends to travel throughout the country with his rescue cats Bowie, Damita Jo, and Alanis Mewissette, advocating TNR and helping local shelters along the route.
Children are the future, and Davis has included them in his TNR and cat rescue teaching. “You don’t lose cool points for compassion,” he says. He’s even pushing Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to add a TNR badge to their programs in order to reach out to even more kids.
Meanwhile, TrapKing is collaborating with Atlanta’s Java Cats Café to assist rescued cats in finding new homes. While Davis still believes that spayed or neutered wild cats should be returned to their colony, some are better suited as indoor cats.
His organization’s main goal is to save cats, but he also aims to unite people around a shared cause. “I believe that something as unselfish as rescue may serve as an example of togetherness and cooperation to the rest of the world,” he added. “So that’s something I’d like to put out there.” Davis has found a way to combine his love of music with his passion for stray cats by posting trap and release videos on social media. In the video below, you can see TrapKing in action and listen to his unique music.