Atlanta’s BeltLine — a combination of rail, trail, greenspace and art — is still under construction, but it’s already a hit.
Spring days find it packed with joggers, cyclists and dog-walkers, and the path, which will connect 45 in-town neighborhoods, was recently featured in the New York Times. But the real star of the BeltLine is a black cat named Piper.
Piper lives in a drainpipe along the Eastside Trail and has become the well-fed, unofficial mascot of the BeltLine.
People stop by regularly to bring her toys, treats and food and to refill his water dish. But they also bring fan mail.
The letters and artwork — and occasional Krispy Kreme coupon — are called “Tail Mail,” and Piper’s visitors leave it in the handmade mailbox that was erected outside his pipe.
Yes, this cat has a mailbox. She even has an address: 640 East Side Trail Atlanta, Ga. However, hand delivery is still recommended.
While some cats have a reputation for being a bit standoffish, Piper seems to be enjoying her newfound fame. She trotted right out when we came to deliver some Tail Mail of our own and all but climbed in our laps as she rubbed against our legs and purred.
The famous feline is well taken care of. Multiple dishes of food and water sit outside her drainpipe, toys are strewn about, and a covered litter box sits nearby. Cans of Fancy Feast are stacked upon a rock, waiting for a helpful jogger to notice an empty bowl and peel back the lid.
And for the concerned cat lovers out there, yes, Piper is neutered.
To keep up with Piper’s good life on the BeltLine, you can follow her on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook. Whether you drop off a handwritten letter or simply send her a tweet, Piper is always quick to respond with a “pawbump.”
Check out some of Piper’s Tail Mail below.
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