Close to the pet zoo, a family of feral cats has taken up residence. They forage in the garbage bins and hunt for mice. I have been feeding them on and off together with a girl who lives close, Michal. There are about eight cats, a mother with kittens, her brother and another few. One of the kittens has become very friendly, a black and white male.
Now the weather has turned cold and stormy, we are worried about them. This is a difficult time for street cats. I want to get them all properly vaccinated and neutered, so we won’t have 50 cats to worry about next spring… But it’s expensive. Michal and I simply don’t have the funds to pay for this ourselves. There is no government service for cats. Stray dogs are picked up and brought to shelters, but cats are left to fend for themselves. I have applied for funding from the kibbutz, but we haven’t received an answer yet. We are also looking for a family to adopt the black and white one.
In the mean time, I decided to build a “Cat Rescue Corner” next to Michal’s apartment! 🙂 There are baskets, blankets, food and water. They have been checking it out and they look quite pleased with it! The only problem is the dogs… I hope they will leave the cats alone in this weather. There is no point asking people not to let their dogs run loose. Blank looks and shrugs are the only answer I get to that.
My friend Ravit once put it like this: “Here, the men come first, then the dogs, and then women and children. Cats and other animals are somewhere at the bottom of the list.” I’m afraid there’s a lot of truth in that.
Power to women and cats!!