When a living being makes a difference to thousands of people for more than a decade, it must be celebrated. And when that living being is a fluffy black cat, even more so! It is exactly what Marty the cat has done in his lifetime. But this adventurous Maine Coon took it a “step up”.
Marty the cat sat on a throne atop the Mount Washington Summit as their mascot for 12 long years!
His humble beginnings start at the Conway Area Humane Society in Conway, New Hampshire. Not only did the staff instantly fall in love with the long haired panther, so did their supporters. So when a local contest was held to name the new summit mascot, he easily secured victory.
From the beginning Marty was very popular. He won a voting contest put on by our shelter and received over 4,000 votes to become the Mount Washington Summit Mascot. There was no recount needed, he was the perfect fit!
And this prestigious honor is NOT just a silly marketing stunt. The summit is the is the tallest peak in the Northeastern United States! Marty was the ONLY full-time resident on the peak and reigned supreme.
“He might love you one week and the next week, he wouldn’t come near you,” said an observatory official. “Typical cat.”
Because he isn’t the first mascot that has graced the peaks of Mount Washington over the years. Which by the way is tagged as the “Home of the World’s Worst Weather”!
Since 1932, the summit has been called home by one lucky cat at a time.
“Back in kind of our beginning stages they were mostly working cats,” Ms. Scholand told the NYTimes; they would help keep the mice out of the food that was stored there for workers and visitors.
Though as many as a quarter of a million people visit the summit during the summer, by winter it turns into an “arctic island,” Ms. Scholand said. “If you’ve ever watched ‘The Shining,’ it hits a little too close to home on the summit,” she said. “You’re very disconnected from people. You really rely on internet connections and phone calls to connect with people.”
Marty Kitty was getting a practice hike in this morning for Seek the Peak, our non-profits largest annual fundraiser.
After 12 years though, senior Marty, now 14 or 15 years old, was preparing to retire in 2021.
It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Marty the Cat. For many years he has provided summit staff with companionship and love. Due to an unforeseen illness he passed peacefully in my arms. To Marty the Cat, thank you for all your silliness, snuggles, and companionship not only to the summit staff, but to everyone who ever met you.