PAWS-PATAS  fights to stop the killing of feral cats in Almeria

PAWS-PATAS has thrown its weight behind the effort to stop the mass round-up and slaughter of feral cats in Almeria City.   The Ayuntamiento has already begun rounding up the helpless animals and is separating kittens from their mothers.

PAWS was contacted by a lady called Irene from Activismo Por Los Animales who has been caring for a colony of the cats, and also by Mila Gutiérrez Egea of Animalia Terrae in Aguilas who has set up a petition on Change.org. PAWS immediately agreed to give its full support.  The petition has already attracted more than 2,000 signatures and the number is climbing every day.

Supporters are also being asked to send letters to Carlos Sánchez López, Concejal de Salud y Consumo del Ayuntamiento de Almería and the Alcalde, Luis R. Rodríguez-Comendador, asking to halt the slaughter and introduce a more humane programme of neutering the animals to stop the proliferation of feral cats.

PAWS has run a feral cat neutering programme in the Mojácar area for many years, and has always promoted the policy of neutering all domestic animals unless they are being kept specifically for breeding.  The majority of  dogs and cats they take into the PAWS shelter every year are simply those who have been dumped because they are unwanted offspring.

You can find the petition and letter to the Ayuntamiento de Almeria here. Pease help to end this needless sacrifice of defenceless animals by signing them.

This is a translation of the original message we received from Mila Gutiérrez Egea:

“Hello, my name is Mila and I belong to an organisation called Animalia Terrae, a small organisation recently formed in Aguilas, Murcia. A few days ago, someone who looks after colony cats in Almeria informed me that the Almeria town hall is drawing up a plan of mass extermination of street cats. She has set in motion a series of actions, such as calls to the Health and Consumer council, petitioning the town hall website and open petitions on change.org. which you can find here

The situation is very worrying. They have taken cats from the streets to the pound and all that awaits them is death. The photo that you have been sent is the situation of today. Kittens have been put in cages separate from adult cats. They will probably die of fright as all they can hear are dogs barking. As you can see, they are all sitting together in the litter tray where they have to go to the toilet. I am in contact with people from the city by unfortunately they have neither the means nor resources to be able to take them away from there.

I have not yet heard of any animal rescue organisation commenting on this dreadful subject. I write to ask for your help to save these poor little ones and for the rest of the cats that are going to be exterminated in these municipal organisations.

Thank you from the heart,
Mila”

As we move towards the end of Lockdown in our area, the Executive Committee would like to update you on what has been happening within PAWS-PATAS.

On Saturday, 14th March, Vanessa Maipauw, James Scamans and Alastair Smith moved on site and the main section of the shelter went into “Lockdown”.  These three volunteers worked both shifts each day, 7 days a week for 4 weeks before we brought in another 3 volunteers to work 2 days a week, in order to give Vanessa, James and Alastair a weekend off.  As we move out of Lockdown, more volunteers are working more shifts and “Lockdown” in the main dog section has been lifted.

The “Intake Section”, where all the new dogs go on arrival until they can be moved into the main area, was looked after by Kerry Clarke and Tansy Grahame working different days and the cats were cared for by a dedicated team, working one volunteer per shift.  By each section working separately and alone, we were able to maintain social distancing and thereby protected each other.

During this time, we took in a total of 21 dogs.  Luckily not all the dogs had to come into the shelter as many went straight into foster care.  In the last week we rescued another very malnourished dog off the street, she is named Kini, and is currently with one of our most experienced fosterers.  We have launched a separate appeal for donations to treat Kini, as she will need on-going veterinary care if she is to pull through.

Kitten season also saw us take in 20 kittens, most needed to be bottle fed for their first few weeks before they came into the shelter.  The last four were found by a dog walker, tied up in a carrier bag and left in the campo.

To date, we have a total of 39 dogs at the shelter with another 45 in foster homes and 18 cats in the cattery with a further 24 in foster homes.

As you know, our 4 fund raising outlets have been closed since Monday 16th March which means we have lost approximately 15,200 € in income to date.  However during Lockdown, Kevin Rowe ran the equivalent of a marathon on his roof top, which raised 648 € and Sue Hackett put a Fundraiser appeal on Facebook, which brought in another 331 €.

After appealing to the public, both on the radio and on Facebook, many people donated via PayPal and direct into our bank account, which raised a further 3,233 €. We still have a huge shortfall and so we sincerely hope that our fund raising outlets will be allowed to open soon and that our loyal volunteers will be willing to continue working in them to bring in the much needed income to keep the shelter operating.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers who worked at the shelter during this stressful time and our other volunteers who carried out 101 different tasks behind the scenes to keep the wheels turning.  We also want to thank our fosterers, as without them we would have been unable to cope and of course, we want thank everyone who donated or raised money for us.

As we move towards the end of Lockdown in our area, the Executive Committee would like to update you on what has been happening within PAWS-PATAS.

On Saturday, 14th March, Vanessa Maipauw, James Scamans and Alastair Smith moved on site and the main section of the shelter went into “Lockdown”.  These three volunteers worked both shifts each day, 7 days a week for 4 weeks before we brought in another 3 volunteers to work 2 days a week, in order to give Vanessa, James and Alastair a weekend off.  As we move out of Lockdown, more volunteers are working more shifts and “Lockdown” in the main dog section has been lifted.

The “Intake Section”, where all the new dogs go on arrival until they can be moved into the main area, was looked after by Kerry Clarke and Tansy Grahame working different days and the cats were cared for by a dedicated team, working one volunteer per shift.  By each section working separately and alone, we were able to maintain social distancing and thereby protected each other.

During this time, we took in a total of 21 dogs.  Luckily not all the dogs had to come into the shelter as many went straight into foster care.  In the last week we rescued another very malnourished dog off the street, she is named Kini, and is currently with one of our most experienced fosterers.  We have launched a separate appeal for donations to treat Kini, as she will need on-going veterinary care if she is to pull through.

Kitten season also saw us take in 20 kittens, most needed to be bottle fed for their first few weeks before they came into the shelter.  The last four were found by a dog walker, tied up in a carrier bag and left in the campo.

To date, we have a total of 39 dogs at the shelter with another 45 in foster homes and 18 cats in the cattery with a further 24 in foster homes.

As you know, our 4 fund raising outlets have been closed since Monday 16th March which means we have lost approximately 15,200 € in income to date.  However during Lockdown, Kevin Rowe ran the equivalent of a marathon on his roof top, which raised 648 € and Sue Hackett put a Fundraiser appeal on Facebook, which brought in another 331 €.

After appealing to the public, both on the radio and on Facebook, many people donated via PayPal and direct into our bank account, which raised a further 3,233 €. We still have a huge shortfall and so we sincerely hope that our fund raising outlets will be allowed to open soon and that our loyal volunteers will be willing to continue working in them to bring in the much needed income to keep the shelter operating.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers who worked at the shelter during this stressful time and our other volunteers who carried out 101 different tasks behind the scenes to keep the wheels turning.  We also want to thank our fosterers, as without them we would have been unable to cope and of course, we want thank everyone who donated or raised money for us.

As we move towards the end of Lockdown in our area, the Executive Committee would like to update you on what has been happening within PAWS-PATAS.

On Saturday, 14th March, Vanessa Maipauw, James Scamans and Alastair Smith moved on site and the main section of the shelter went into “Lockdown”.  These three volunteers worked both shifts each day, 7 days a week for 4 weeks before we brought in another 3 volunteers to work 2 days a week, in order to give Vanessa, James and Alastair a weekend off.  As we move out of Lockdown, more volunteers are working more shifts and “Lockdown” in the main dog section has been lifted.

The “Intake Section”, where all the new dogs go on arrival until they can be moved into the main area, was looked after by Kerry Clarke and Tansy Grahame working different days and the cats were cared for by a dedicated team, working one volunteer per shift.  By each section working separately and alone, we were able to maintain social distancing and thereby protected each other.

During this time, we took in a total of 21 dogs.  Luckily not all the dogs had to come into the shelter as many went straight into foster care.  In the last week we rescued another very malnourished dog off the street, she is named Kini, and is currently with one of our most experienced fosterers.  We have launched a separate appeal for donations to treat Kini, as she will need on-going veterinary care if she is to pull through.

Kitten season also saw us take in 20 kittens, most needed to be bottle fed for their first few weeks before they came into the shelter.  The last four were found by a dog walker, tied up in a carrier bag and left in the campo.

To date, we have a total of 39 dogs at the shelter with another 45 in foster homes and 18 cats in the cattery with a further 24 in foster homes.

As you know, our 4 fund raising outlets have been closed since Monday 16th March which means we have lost approximately 15,200 € in income to date.  However during Lockdown, Kevin Rowe ran the equivalent of a marathon on his roof top, which raised 648 € and Sue Hackett put a Fundraiser appeal on Facebook, which brought in another 331 €.

After appealing to the public, both on the radio and on Facebook, many people donated via PayPal and direct into our bank account, which raised a further 3,233 €. We still have a huge shortfall and so we sincerely hope that our fund raising outlets will be allowed to open soon and that our loyal volunteers will be willing to continue working in them to bring in the much needed income to keep the shelter operating.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers who worked at the shelter during this stressful time and our other volunteers who carried out 101 different tasks behind the scenes to keep the wheels turning.  We also want to thank our fosterers, as without them we would have been unable to cope and of course, we want thank everyone who donated or raised money for us.

As we move towards the end of Lockdown in our area, the Executive Committee would like to update you on what has been happening within PAWS-PATAS.

On Saturday, 14th March, Vanessa Maipauw, James Scamans and Alastair Smith moved on site and the main section of the shelter went into “Lockdown”.  These three volunteers worked both shifts each day, 7 days a week for 4 weeks before we brought in another 3 volunteers to work 2 days a week, in order to give Vanessa, James and Alastair a weekend off.  As we move out of Lockdown, more volunteers are working more shifts and “Lockdown” in the main dog section has been lifted.

The “Intake Section”, where all the new dogs go on arrival until they can be moved into the main area, was looked after by Kerry Clarke and Tansy Grahame working different days and the cats were cared for by a dedicated team, working one volunteer per shift.  By each section working separately and alone, we were able to maintain social distancing and thereby protected each other.

During this time, we took in a total of 21 dogs.  Luckily not all the dogs had to come into the shelter as many went straight into foster care.  In the last week we rescued another very malnourished dog off the street, she is named Kini, and is currently with one of our most experienced fosterers.  We have launched a separate appeal for donations to treat Kini, as she will need on-going veterinary care if she is to pull through.

Kitten season also saw us take in 20 kittens, most needed to be bottle fed for their first few weeks before they came into the shelter.  The last four were found by a dog walker, tied up in a carrier bag and left in the campo.

To date, we have a total of 39 dogs at the shelter with another 45 in foster homes and 18 cats in the cattery with a further 24 in foster homes.

As you know, our 4 fund raising outlets have been closed since Monday 16th March which means we have lost approximately 15,200 € in income to date.  However during Lockdown, Kevin Rowe ran the equivalent of a marathon on his roof top, which raised 648 € and Sue Hackett put a Fundraiser appeal on Facebook, which brought in another 331 €.

After appealing to the public, both on the radio and on Facebook, many people donated via PayPal and direct into our bank account, which raised a further 3,233 €. We still have a huge shortfall and so we sincerely hope that our fund raising outlets will be allowed to open soon and that our loyal volunteers will be willing to continue working in them to bring in the much needed income to keep the shelter operating.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers who worked at the shelter during this stressful time and our other volunteers who carried out 101 different tasks behind the scenes to keep the wheels turning.  We also want to thank our fosterers, as without them we would have been unable to cope and of course, we want thank everyone who donated or raised money for us.