For the last five years me and my husband have taken care as much as we could of the over grown and over growing cats population in our area: we have rescued the ill, fed the malnourished, adopted the homeless, sheltered the weak, and neutered, loved and relocated as many toms as we could. Unfortunately we have also "buried" a lot of unlucky felines, often newborns, who didn't make it into the winter. I only know how much we have spent in time and most of all in money trying to contain a situation which nonetheless is now out of control. We live in a residential are by the sea where most of the houses remain vacant outside the summer period; the cats population keep multiplying season after season; there is not enough food, the local authorities won't help to fix the situation and with an ongoing economic crisis families won't adopt kittens, most of all because it costs to neuter them. So far, we have neutered 37 cats at our expenses; currently we are sheltering and taking direct care of 15 adult cats and 27 newborns, some with their mom, some orphans and we spend 25 Euros a day or 9000 Euros a year just on food. But this is just the pick of the iceberg and the iceberg is growing bigger and bigger.
We need your help
As I said, local authorities remain indifferent to the proliferation of the cats' population in our area and we alone cannot cope with it. The local animal organization has not been helpful either: all we get from them is neutering at a discounted price, but it is still 100 Euros to neuter a cat; plus we need food and further vet help to cure the numerous cases of respiratory tract infections and ringworm. This massive proliferation leads to the existence of colonies in each neighborhood garden and to the consequent poisoning of a lot of cats especially by vacationers who don’t want to deal with the problem.
Our first goal is to neuter 100 specimens, 50 adults and 50 kittens. The neutering of the adults will immediately have a positive impact on next heat season, while the neutering of the kittens, on top of that, will also allow us to find a new home for them. This operation alone will cost close to 10,000 Euros and needs to be done now, before the kittens become independent and most cats go into heat once again.
Our second goal is to give the neutered kittens out for adoption: we want to organize a couple of MEOW afternoons inviting families with kids and offering them some refreshments while they hopefully can fall in love with the little furry balls and offer them a new life filled with affection and care. We know by experience that if the cats are neutered they will find a new home.
If we can collect enough from your generosity, we will also take care of the most seriously ill cats by having them treated. I know some of you might think that this should be our priority, but it's just common sense: if we burn our budget in medication, first, the population will keep increasing and we will have more and more ill cats; while if we act to contain the population, first, it will be easier to sustain it and to consequentially limit the chances that more cats get ill. Please, if you can't donate share: we really need any help you can offer.
We will give back
Our goal is to raise 10,000 Euros to make a difference immediately. Most kittens are already one month old and we would like to start neutering them sooner than later because it is going to be much easier to find a new home for them in the summer period, without counting that when they become 5 months old they could potentially go into heat. The truth is that whatever we raise we raise and everything helps, but to make an impact we need to act on 100 cats and do it now. We need to beat the urgency, not to lucrate, and right now we cannot afford to beat this urgency, alone. To encourage those of you who have the financial possibility to offer a more concrete help, I am going to offer you back the chance for a one week holiday for two in the Spring/Summer of 2018 in our beautiful house with pool in Spain, near Barcelona. Double bedroom with private services, great food and drinks included and return flight for two from Europe or North America (Holiday Package and Flight option only). This is our way to thank you, to give back and to show you what we did with your money in person.
We will keep you updated
We will document our progress made possible by your donations. Please, help us to make the life of hundreds of cats better and to find a home to a lot of kittens which otherwise will be decimated as the winter comes.
All the photos featured on this campaign have been taken the day we have started the campaign in our own made shelter (well...our home, where we have created several cat friendly spots where adults and kittens can be and feel better assisted) and neighborhood.
-- Please, if you can't donate share: we really need any help you can offer. Thank you in advance for for all your support ! --