Meet Our July Hudson Valley Hero: Layla Morgan Wilde

This local cat advocate is changing the world, one purr at a time.


Published:

A cat consultant, three-time Muse Medallion Award winner, and founder of Cat Wisdom 101, Hartsdale citizen Layla Morgan Wilde is a true hero, having devoting the past 20 years toward cat rescue and advocacy.

Wilde launched a cat-centric organization, Cat Wisdom 101 in 2011. Through her website and social media pages, Wilde puts her experience as a holistic cat expert, writer, and advocate to public use. Her goal is to educate and entertain people with the latest news and products for cats and their families with a range of professional and nonprofit services like consulting. 

One of Wilde’s key accomplishments is volunteering at the Westchester County’s Humane Society Where she helped rehab 80 cats after they were discovered in a horrific hoarding incident in 2014.

“The shocking video evidence of dozens of cats crammed into cages in a dark, fly infested, urine, and feces soaked room propelled me into action, says Wilde. “We live in a beautiful community and I found it mind-boggling that hoarding with telltale signs, sound, and smells raised no suspicions by neighbors. I called the shelter the next day to volunteer.” 

 

Many of the cats were traumatized, required veterinary treatment, and socialization. Wilde interacted with as many cats as possible with one-on-one cage enrichment, interactive play, and communication, as well as behavioral assessment in order for the cats to be eligible for adoption.

Wilde founded the Toronto-based organization Annex Cat back in 1997. She specifically has a soft sport for black, elder, and special needs cats.

“Black cats are about half as likely to be adopted than other colors. They stand out because there are more of them.”

Last year Wilde felt it was the right time to concentrate on promoting black cat awareness and adoption. She launched a book titled Black Cats Tell All, which focuses on the positive aspects of black cats in order to deflate commonly-held myths. The book also includes over 100 photos of black cats from around the globe. Pre-orders of the book will be available early this month and will officially be published on August 17.

Even though Wilde is often described as being a “cat whisperer” Wilde does not agree with that title. She truly believes her gift lies more along the lines of simply just connecting with felines.

“I do not call myself a cat whisperer. It’s my gift as an empath, which allows me to observe, tune in, and connect with cats.”

Wilde has also worked with celebrity cats such as Lil Bub, Cole, Marmalade, as well as many Instagram influencers and consultants within the pet industry.  

Some recommendations that Wilde has given in order to advocate for the welfare of cats is Alley Cat Allies, which helps with abandoned/feral cats. Wilde is a volunteer and is listed on their Feral Friends Network.

For private or corporate consults information go to info@catwisdom101.com or follow Cat Wisdom 101 on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, & Instagram at @catwisdom101 and @blackcatsofig

nominate a hudson valley hero

Each month, we spotlight a Valley resident who goes the extra mile to help those in need. Our heroes are your friends and neighbors who volunteer their time and talents to assist others; their sole reward is knowing that they’ve contributed to making our region an even better place to live.

Do you know a Hudson Valley Hero? Share their story and a photo (optional) below, and they could be featured on hvmag.com!

Your full name:

Your town/city:

Your email (if we need to contact you):

Your Hudson Valley Hero (full name):

Hero’s town/city:

Hero’s email (so we may contact them):

Hero’s phone (so we may call them):

Hero’s accomplishments or good deed (reason why they should be named a Hudson Valley Hero):

Note: Though we’d love to showcase all of the Valley’s good samaritans, please understand that nominations are for consideration only, to be reviewed by Hudson Valley Magazine’s editors. We only feature one Hero per month, so if you don’t see yours in print, don’t worry! We may be waiting to spotlight him or her in a future issue.


Sign up for our free e-newsletters:

HVM Today: Delivered every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, our editors hand-pick the region’s top stories — from hot ticket events and pop culture buzz, to recipes and restaurant reviews, to the latest headlines and tips on living well.

HVM VIP Invitations & Special Offers: Get special offers on local events, products, and services we think you’d like.

Click here to subscribe to Hudson Valley Magazine (opens in new window)


This page requires javascript. It seems that your browser does not have Javascript enabled. Please enable Javascript and press the Reload/Refresh button on your browser.

You may upload an attachment with your submission. We accept the following file types:
jpg,jpeg,gif,zip,tiff


File:


 

Edit Module