Feral & Stray Cats Rescue

March 31, 2006

Its good to know that we’re not the only country where volunteers work tiredlessly to save the cats. Although these stories may not be current, still, it warms my heart to know that good work has been done. I am sure there are alot more of such stories. I found these 3 in between my workload.

USA
A group of volunteers, work long hours to trap wild feral & stray cats. Some of them work from dawn to dusk, travel thousands of miles (from Washington to New Orleans) a year in a quest to help the cats. In 2004, approximately 40,000 homeless cats were put to sleep in Washington. Like our volunteers, they are running to save the homeless cats from becoming statistics. Read more here.

Czechoslovakia
The Czechs are dog lovers but not cat lovers. It is estimated that there were as many as 40,000 – 300,000 stray cats in Prague alone. The Prague Society for the Protection of Animals runs shelters across the city. They would rescue the cats, vaccinate & sterilise them & then try to find new homes for them. Here’s the story.

Gambia
Val Thompson and her husband holidayed in Gambia in 1997 and the hotel that they stayed in had many stray cats. There was no neutering programme then & the locals got rid of the strays either by poisoning the cats or dumping them in the bush. This prompted the couple to start a neutering programme.

In 1998, GambiCats was formed with a team of 4 which included a vet surgeon. Today the Gambian government – Dept of Livestock Services are involved in the humane neutering programme and they fully endorsed GambianCat’s methods – catch, neuter & release.

The first Cat Cafe was established at Kombo Beach hotel which provides a central feeding point. The Cat Cafe is well patronised, not only by the cats, but by guests who enjoy seeing the cats and feeding them.

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One Response to “Feral & Stray Cats Rescue”

  1. Rachelhttp://www.friendsofgypsy.org said

    My organization is in the US and we rescue ferals and strays: http://www.friendsofgypsy.org. There are a couple large organizations that do this, but it’s mostly small groups (and most urban towns and a few rural places throughout the US have at least one such group).

    Thanks for your blog, and keep up the good work!

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