Kate Karp is the Pets Columnist for the Long Beach Post covering the world of animal activism, pet adoptions and lots of cute cats. She’s called Long Beach home since 1994 and has written for the Post for about 10 years. Kate’s day job is as a copyeditor, which she discovered a love for during her 30-year tenure as a teacher. She describes the job as “like taking the rough edges off a beautiful sculpture.” She has a bachelors degree in Spanish and a masters degree in education and she went back to school at age 50 to earn a certificate in journalism from UCLA. Kate’s favorite thing about writing pet columns is when she finds out someone adopted a pet or donated to a needy rescue after reading about it. She has four cats now: Mildred, Duncan, Marie and Francine, who were all foster cats at one point, but found their forever home with her. She also still fosters.