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1. The Cats of Alghero

 

 

In many countries neutering is not standard

 

Commonly, abandoned animals are left to breed. This results in feral colonies which can become a real problem.

Animal loving tourists cannot cannot fail to be moved by the sight of hungry cats & kittens hanging around a hotel, hoping for tasty morsels. Perhaps on your holidays you have seen a skinny urchin or two lingering nearby. What happens to these animals when the tourists season is over is best left un-mentioned.

Feral colonies tend to form around potential food sources & the port with the scent of fresh fish in the air. Fishermen are not so keen however on sharing their catch & unwanted cats can become pests to hoteliers, there are many stories of brutal cruelty.

Some areas of the island become so overpopulated with cats that whole colonies are poisoned, & left to very unpleasant endings.

 

The idea behind "SOS Sardinia" is quite simple - control the population - neuter the cats to limit & ultimately decrease the colony sizes, treat the sick & injured, & organise regular feeding programmes using local people who care enough to help. This is in everyone's interest but it costs money.

 

Toppolina

Poor Toppolina was found during one home visit. Silvana saw her through the window, laying on the ground close to death. She ran to pick up the limp kitten laying in the scorching sun, then she rushed her to a vets. Every effort was made to keep her alive, but unfortunately it was too late. She died in Silvanas arms instead of in a hot, dusty-field crawling with flies & ants. Those sorts of events have made Silvana all the more determined to help the cats of ALGHERO.

Please help her to help them.

 

Angels of Mercy

Fortunately, there are local people who work with Silvana to try to improve the lot of the cats in Alghero. They give up their time & at their own expense, provide food & basic veterinary care for as many animals as they can. It is rewarding & often heartbreaking but thanks to all of them, the feral colonies on this beautiful island have a glimmer of hope for the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many feral cats need medical attention

Many feral cats need medical attention

Poor Toppolina

Poor Toppolina

Cats linger around bins in search of scraps

Cats linger around bins in search of scraps

Angels of Mercy

Angels of Mercy

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