Trap-Neuter-Return the cats of Riyadh (TNR)

Update posted by Susanne Nohel On Jun 10, 2020

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Update posted by Susanne Nohel On Jun 09, 2020

Dear all,

we had our last TNR project just one week ago - we got 12 cats trapped, neutered and returned. Catching 12 cats is a huge effort and takes really patience ;-) But we succeeded and have been incredibly proud and happy after this late evening/early morning activity. I uploaded some more photos of the TNR project. It`s important to me that everyone will see how we use the donations and also which huge impact your donations make.

The average life span of a stray cat is 14month, if the cat is the lucky survivor out of 4 or 5 kittens.

The oldest cat we caught last time was 10 years (!!) old and was neutered many years ago.

TNR makes a difference!

Please support this initiative further.

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Update posted by Susanne Nohel On Jun 07, 2020

Dear DQ residents,

I arrived in Riyadh 18months ago and it took me some while to feel settled. I found an amazingly welcoming society especially in the DQ. Many people offered support in getting settled, organizing the daily life and helped a lot. I found an incredible place to live, where lush greenery, parcs, a walking trail and good friends have been found. I even adopted 2 street cats!

Now I want to give something back to the society in the DQ in Riyadh. But I will need support in doing this - the support of all of you!

Yes, I love animals but not for the sake of everything. I think a good balance need to be found. And yes, I prefer neutered cats and TNR projects over rats or poisoned animals to get rid of a possible over-population. The summer months are coming soon, people will leave for holidays.....access to food gets tense for any animal in the DQ.

I met great people taking care of all sort of animals, organizing TNR events every now and then. It takes a lot of efforts to do that but it is definitely worth it. I still think that even as expats residing in KSA just for a limited time, we have the social responsibility to take care of the place we live in.

I am far away of militantly requesting things or telling people what they have to do or think. I just hope that some persons will see the same need and also possibility for new TNR projects for cats (or dogs, why not?) in the DQ and will support my campaign.

For me it`s simply a matter of finance (more cats means more cat food to buy), social responsibility, humanity and a possibility to change and influence something directly here in my neighbourhood. And it brings me back to the values I have been taught by my parents and what I will teach my future children: treat everyone and everything with respect, take nothing for granted. I still believe that small changes have an Impact - just see what they achieved at the UAE!

Please donate for this project, even a really small amount will help.
With every neutered cat you save 42.000 other cat lives (unbelievable, isn`t it?)

I appreciate every support, please share the link, please share the story, please donate! I will always update this page and keep everyone posted.

Thanks in advance,

Susanne

PS: For sure I prefer humans over animals but especially the persons in the DQ have a good life ;-)

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I visited Saudi last year and was sad to see cats who were obviously stray, hungry and young females having litters. This sort of initiative is key to keeping the stray cat population down, to stop cats suffering unnecessarily. I saw there were lovely people who were feeding the strays, but if they aren't neutered Toms fight and suffer and the population rises because cats can have kittens at such a young age. I really admire what you are doing, I think you are fantastic.

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