Dear DQ residents,
I arrived in Riyadh 18months ago and it took me some while to feel emotionally settled. I found an amazingly welcoming community especially in the DQ. Many people offered support in getting settled and organizing daily life, which helped a lot. I found an incredible place to live, with lush greenery, parks, a walking trail, and good friends. I even adopted 2 street cats!
Now I want to give something back to the DQ community in Riyadh. But I will need support in doing this - the support of all of you!
Yes, I love animals but also understand the need to control the population size. And yes, I believe that spaying and neutering cats through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the best way to achieve this goal. Certainly it is much more humane than poison. TNR also keeps cats healthier and conserves their energy, reducing males fighting and and stopping females from bearing endless litters of kittens. The summer months are coming soon, people will leave for holidays.....and access to food scraps will become more limited for any animal in the DQ.
I have met great people taking care of all sort of animals, and organizing TNR events every now and then. It takes a lot of effort, but it is definitely worth it. I still think that even as expats residing in KSA just for a limited time, we have a social responsibility to take care of the place where we live.
I do not want to demand what people should think or do, but I do want to ask for your help. I just hope that some people will recognize the same need and also possibility for new TNR projects for cats (or dogs, why not?) in the DQ. I would appreciate any support, large or small, that you can give to this 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.
So far this year, I’ve personally funded TNR for 20 DQ cats, and I have helped others to organize TNR for many more. To demonstrate how your funds are being used, I will continue to post photos and updates here about animals that benefit from your donations.
Please donate to this project — even a really small amount will help.
With every neutered cat, you can save 42.000 other cat lives (unbelievable, isn`t it?)
I appreciate every form of support — Please share the link, please share the story, please donate! I look forward to keeping everyone posted.
Thanks in advance,
PS: For sure I prefer humans over animals but especially the persons in the DQ have a good life ;-)