Since my husband and I bought this condo in Logan Square in 2007, there have always been cats outside, all of whom ended up in our yard for food, shelter, company and help. I created this blog to give and receive advice for dealing with stray and feral cats. Along the way, you can meet and learn the stories of all our "yardies" and hopefully we can all do something to help what the US Census Bureau estimates are 500,000 on the streets of Chicago. What we have been through just trying to save the 15 or 20 we have managed to so far really gives us pause when we think of the rest of the half million still out there. They've confounded us, frustrated us and brought us a lot of joy and it has been worth it. I can't explain what it's like to arrive home to a yard full of kittens perched in your trees, but also how heartbreaking it is to find sick, injured and pregnant cats who continue to elude you. Here is Chewy Chewstofferson, one of three who not only wandered into our yard but into our hearts and home as well.