Community News is always welcome (Felix wet and Ultima biscuits) plus toys and scratching posts which you can leave at the fundraising outlets in Mojácar, Turre and Las Buganvillas. The shelter is inundated with cats and kittens and even if you can’t adopt, perhaps you could “foster” in the interim whilst a “forever home” is found. For further information, donations and volunteer forms, please visit our website: www.paws-paths.org Some of the fund-raising team or email: email@example.com
PAWS-PATAS Cattery The cattery at the PAWS-PATAS shelter in Los Gallardos was founded in 2008 and in the early days homing figures were low because hardly anyone knew that they dealt with cats. However, to date almost 800 cats and kittens have found their cosy forever homes in Spain, UK and Holland. As PAWSPATAS receives no monetary assistance whatsoever from the government, the volunteers are constantly trying to raise awareness of the importance of neutering from fundraising events to promote their TNR campaign (Trapping Neutering, Returning) and providing food, cover vet bills and maintenance. We have a large UK charity that is prepared to send vets and vet nurses to run a continuing feral cat TNR campaign, that could cover a 100 mile radius of Mojácar. We have a local vet that is interested in heading the campaign. But what we do NOT have is the support/ help from the town halls and MOST importantly, the Spanish College of Veterinary Surgeons. Apart from our endeavours individuals could put pressure on town halls and the College of Vets for permission to bring in the charity WVSWorldwide Veterinary Service as this could be a major move forward to provide vital aid. PAWS-PATAS are often contacted by people asking for help with the feral colonies within their communities and sadly they do not have the funds or equipment to help everyone. PAWS-PATAS has contacted local Town Halls and asked for their help. The shelter needs volunteers as apart from cleaning and feeding, socialising is also very important. Food
PAWS CATTERY CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Recently, kittens of various ages were left outside the shelter gates. They went to our quarantine pens for assessment and appeared to be in reasonable health and just a couple had watery eyes. The next morning, the duty volunteer found one kitten dead and another fighting for its life. By the end of that same day we had lost six. The suspected cause of these sudden, unpleasant deaths is a virulent virus called panleukopenia, which is similar to the parvo virus in dogs. One week later the figure was up to nine deaths and more cats are still vulnerable. It is the most devastating situation we have ever had and we are so grateful for our dedicated fosterers who thankfully have many of our kittens in their safe care – without their help, the death toll would have been a lot worse. Finally, we have to appeal to those who are continually leaving large numbers of kittens & cats at the shelter, and we have strong suspicions they are coming from the same source. These were left in a rather expensive box...usually they are in crates or cardboard boxes - so we are quite concerned about “who” is doing this and would like to get a strong message across to them...to stop doing it! Yes, we are a rescue centre, but we simply cannot take in the hundreds, if not thousands, of unwanted and /or sick felines which are living on the streets. This time, your actions have caused great suffering and upset and jeopardised the health of others.
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