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There are a vast number of cats in Almonaster la Real, far more than people. Most are feral, living off gifts from generous cat-lovers, or what they can find for themselves in the various municipal rubbish bins. The official view of this is they (and most other non-human species) represent a public pest/ nuisance, so should be eradicated, and to this end the council has been paying for a monthly service of rounding them up and extermination. Including sadly, many cats who do have homes.
We would like to change such barbaric attitudes and at the same time improve/ celebrate the lives of these remarkable and wonderful creatures. Firstly by starting a Cat Rescue project (to neuter and re-home), then create a permanent sanctuary where cats (and all other animals) can be treated and await re-homing.
I’ve created this page so that anyone who has experience/ interest in what we are trying to do can get in touch. And secondly because El Pocito is the ideal site to run this project from, so if there is anyone out there looking for such a property/ life this could be for them.
Look forward to hearing from you. Meanwhile there are already five felines who have unanimously approved El Pocito as the perfect place to live, they are:
PLUSH: who was rescued from a busy street in nearby Cortegana, as a tiny kitten, and has now lived here for eight years.
WOOLLEY: re-homed to here from Alajar.
OSO: who turned up when his owner moved and left him behind.
NOAH: who also turned up, from a home three kilometres away.
CLARENCE: who hails from Shetland, and at eighteen is the oldest, having been re-homed innumerable times and lived in at least three different countries.
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● WEDNESDAY 18th OCTOBER 2017. Second meeting, and two new faces, including the vet from Clínica Veterinaria Rivero Aparicio in Aracena, who has agreed to do the neutering for us. We discussed what needs to be put in the document forming the association and fund-raising ideas. A new Facebook page has been created: Animales protegidos en Almonaster la Real – english, where we hope to raise the necessary funds to start work.
● WEDNESDAY 4th OCTOBER 2017. And our first ever meeting. By 7pm only the mayor and his deputy had turned up (to mark their territory!), but eventually people began to arrive, and the group officially started. By the end we had a WhatsApp group (Felinos y perretes), let me know if you want to join, and a FACEBOOK page (Asociación de amigos de los animales Almonaster La Real-Huelva). But would also like a webpage presence too, so if anyone reading this could put that together (which we can then add stuff to) please get in touch. Our next meeting will be in two weeks time, when we hope to formally apply for Association status and start the fundraising programme. It will cost about £2000 to buy all the trapping equipment, then another £20,0000 a year to neuter the street cats. It is hoped to raise as much of that as possible from UK supporters, so let us know if you have any ideas about how we can do that.
● SUNDAY 1st OCTOBER 2017, and we’ve finally organised a public meeting for WEDNESDAY 4th OCTOBER. It’s going to be at the TETERIA AL-ANDALUS, 7pm. Everyone welcome. Where we hope to formally create an association, plus discuss the plans to neuter all the street cats, and fundraising ideas (including a stall at the forthcoming Islamicas in two weeks time?). If you can’t make it but would like to help in any way please get in touch (WhatsApp + 34 633 731 906 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Fundraising ideas (and donations) really welcome.