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Old 22.10.2012, 22:04
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Please HELP - Kittens to adopt

Hi everyone,

Short version: We recently rescued 11 cats from Greek Mykonos and we are urgently looking for loving cat-parents to take these wonderful kittens, as we CANNOT keep them all. They are microchipped, healthy, and well-behaved! Please help us and be a part of this rescue! Here are the pictures (no Facebook account required): https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4320747149951.319778.1625226652&type=3&l=ae 0621481a

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For the background story read on...

Recently we were vacationing on Mykonos, but couldn't really enjoy our trip because just a few streets away from the nice beaches and fun nightlife you can find stray cat / dog hell! They are literally dying out there by the dozens if not hundreds and the vast majority of the Greeks are doing absolutely nothing about it. There is no shelter, no spay/neuter programs, no free clinics... Just the opposite, they treat them like dirt - kicking, starving, even poisoning them. And the occasional tourist that would stroll by would simply shrug and look the other way. We've seen similar scenes in other Mediterranean countries, especially the poor North African ones, but we never seen anything like this, and this is a Western, supposedly civilized EU country, not to mention Mykonos has so much money being the second richest municipality in all of Greece.

Anyway, needless to say, as animal lovers, we spent most of our vacation on those streets feeding the animals and trying to make their life better for at least a few days that we were there. However, on one street we ran into two cat families, one cat with 3 kittens and the other with 6. All were weak, starving, full of fleas and other parasites. At this time we knew that something more had to be done from our side, if we were to continue to call ourselves moral people. With the help of a British lady living on this island, who has been singlehandedly trying to help street animals out of her own pocket, we took these poor cats to the vet, where they received first aid and shots. With serious effort we were able to transport all 11 of them to Switzerland.

Now, two weeks later, all the cats are doing MUCH better. Our local Swiss vet has just given them a clean bill of health, after numerous shots (against cat plague, cat flu, etc.), de-fleaing, de-worming, and blood tests (FeLV - all negative!) We also tested both mothers for FIV, which also came out negative and the vet said that since the kittens were with the mothers during their short lives, chances are extremely slim that they are now carriers of such a disease. The only other treatment that is continuing is the one for ear mites, and they are all due for booster shots and another round of parasite control in a couple of weeks. The family with the younger (around 8 week) black and black/white kittens is doing extremely well. The other family of 3 grey kittens do have a couple eye problems. One will need to have one eye removed due to an old injury that destroyed the eye which we have already scheduled) and another sister has a damaged cornea which makes the eye seem opaque. She still has vision out of the eye though, according to our vet. Both are playful and otherwise fine, and also definitely deserve a chance at a good life which they have never known.

We have bonded with all of these cats in this short time, however we cannot keep them! Our two cats are very much stressed by this whole situation, and our two-year old (son, not cat) is not "cat-trained" and himself requires constant attention. This means that we have been keeping them all separated from everything in a spare room in our appartment. It's better than death on the streets and works for now since they are little, but especially one of the mother cats is not happy with the situation and we cannot continue like this.

So that's why we turn to YOU. I know there must be some cat lovers here and people who would like to help! We would like to give these kittens to loving families, preferably in pairs as they really hang to and play with each other. We believe that keeping them as housecats after all they went through, but if you have safe conditions where they can go out, that would work as well. So, who wants to be part of this rescue? These cats all deserve a chance at happiness. Please help us help them...

Here are the pictures which we took of them so far (no Facebook account required):
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Whitecrow, have you thought about working with one of the established rescues?
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Re: Please HELP - Kittens to adopt

OH, they are adorable... I have a soft spot for the black ones, but alas I live now too far away. I'll share the FB pics, perhaps someone will see them and love them.
They must think they're in heaven!
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Whitecrow, have you thought about working with one of the established rescues?
Well, if I was doing this regularly, I certainly would, but this was just situation where I had to do something, where I couldn't look the other way.
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OH, they are adorable... I have a soft spot for the black ones, but alas I live now too far away. I'll share the FB pics, perhaps someone will see them and love them.
They must think they're in heaven!
I appreciate that lilith. Unfortunately though, they are not quite in heaven. While, it's certainly better than death on some Mykonos backstreet, and they are all doing much better, they are now all in one room for the moment, so that's why I am reaching out to people who would be able to give them a proper home with love and attention. Hope to find some on here.
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Old 22.10.2012, 22:54
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Re: Please HELP - Kittens to adopt

Must not look, must not look.....

I've been in Greece every year for the last 4 years and likely to be so in future too, so many cats I could quite easily have taken home - except my existing cats would never have forgiven me
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Well, if I was doing this regularly, I certainly would, but this was just situation where I had to do something, where I couldn't look the other way.
Sorry, I wasn't being clear - what I meant was, have you considered contacting one of the established rescues for help in homing these 11 cats?

Some rescues have waiting lists of people looking for a cats, particularly kittens.

Just a thought.
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Re: Please HELP - Kittens to adopt

I did talk to a few unofficially, but I didn't get the feeling of excitement from their side to take on 11 extra cats. The vibe was like "great that you're doing this, but you're on your own".
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Hi Whitecrow,

I've just sent you a PM.

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I would adopt one in a second if I had a home for it. Cute little buggers...
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I would bow down and worship you and your family for doing something so incredible! Cheez but you must be brave folk!

I can`t help (personal situation) - just wanted to say something here.

All that expense and red-tape to go thru to save them. Wow. You`re an amazing family.

I was guilt ridden over the captured wild birds in Malta, and the cats and dogs in Emirates. The best I could manage in Malta was to buy a couple wild birds in a cage outside a pet shop and set them free.
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I was guilt ridden over the captured wild birds in Malta, and the cats and dogs in Emirates. The best I could manage in Malta was to buy a couple wild birds in a cage outside a pet shop and set them free.
Not to piss on your parade, but this probably had the reverse effect as you intended as it merely incentivized the sellers, and thus the trade and capture of the birds. No one cares what you do with the birds as long as you buy them; in fact, they can now make double profits off of those same birds now.
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Going to look into seeing if my mother in law still wants a cat, she could take two and it might be perfect for her.
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I would bow down and worship you and your family for doing something so incredible! Cheez but you must be brave folk!

I can`t help (personal situation) - just wanted to say something here.

All that expense and red-tape to go thru to save them. Wow. You`re an amazing family.

I was guilt ridden over the captured wild birds in Malta, and the cats and dogs in Emirates. The best I could manage in Malta was to buy a couple wild birds in a cage outside a pet shop and set them free.
Thank you for your kind words, Smoky. Yeah, it wasn't (and still isn't) easy, but after seeing all that suffering, we could simply not stand by and do nothing and call ourselves "moral people" afterwards. So we made this step, and now we are commited, so we really hope to find some people that will accept these cats into their families. It's too bad you can't help, but we would appreciate if you spread the word.

I personally think you did a great job for those birds in Malta. It's true that by letting them go you didn't change the world, but the world sure did change for the two of them. Bravo!
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Not to piss on your parade, but this probably had the reverse effect as you intended as it merely incentivized the sellers, and thus the trade and capture of the birds. No one cares what you do with the birds as long as you buy them; in fact, they can now make double profits off of those same birds now.
You're right, M. Ploymi (in a cold and calculated sort of way), but think what was Smoky supposed to do as an alternative? Just shrug and say, "nothing can be done"? Not everyone can start a boycott of Malta tourism or raid the petshot to let all the birds free. I think a good action, however small, is still worth it. May be those two birds won't be caught again.

I heard something similar on Mykonos from tourists and locals alike, when I tried to make the lives of the cats I couldn't take more bearable for just a couple of days : "Why feed these cats? You're prolonging their suffering! They will die after you leave anyway! They are pests! They spread disease! You'll encourage their breeding!" I think these perhaps are mostly true statements, but I think anyone with a heart would have still done the same...
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You're right, M. Ploymi (in a cold and calculated sort of way), but think what was Smoky supposed to do as an alternative?...
One option would be to do the exact same thing but without paying.

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One option would be to do the exact same thing but without paying.
LoL, yeah, prison break all those birds. However, in a place like Malta, and unfortunately most other places, he would instantly be branded a criminal for stealing private property, while the bird torturing "pet shop" owner would continue to get off scott-free.
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Not to piss on your parade, but this probably had the reverse effect as you intended as it merely incentivized the sellers, and thus the trade and capture of the birds. No one cares what you do with the birds as long as you buy them; in fact, they can now make double profits off of those same birds now.
This is always a difficult ethical issue, one with which many working in rescue must frequently wrestle - and a hotly debated topic among those working in animal welfare here in Switzerland. Tier Im Recht sums up the more-or-less official Swiss view:

http://www.tierimrecht.org/de/news/2...rien_Tiere.php

On the one hand, there are the 'big picture' concerns. By taking on or paying for animals in order to save them from abusive markets, from puppy battery farms, from the greyhound industry, etc. - or even simply by providing an outlet for the 'discards' without payment, as many rescues do who try to rehome battery farmed animals - are we enabling those who cause the abuse?

On the other hand, there is the starfish story... one's action may be insignificant in the big picture, but nonetheless will make all the difference in the word to the invidual animal saved.

Both arguments are valid.

I have come to the conclusion that I can only work in rescue at the 'starfish' level. When confronted with an individual in great need, I have to act to help that individual. For me that means one dog at a time, regardless of where I find the animal. To keep my own sanity, I leave big picture policy action to others better suited to the task than I.

The important thing when one takes this approach is is that one must take full responsiblity for the animals one takes under one's wing, and to ensure that one can indeed provide a better life for the animal.

There is need for work at all levels. We need those whose strenth lies in policy formation and implementation, those whose strength lies in education and communication, and those whose strength lies in front line animal welfare work.

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Paws crossed that you find the right forever homes for these kittens.
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LoL, yeah, prison break all those birds. However, in a place like Malta, and unfortunately most other places, he would instantly be branded a criminal for stealing private property, while the bird torturing "pet shop" owner would continue to get off scott-free.
Justice and law don't always see eye-to-eye
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Going to look into seeing if my mother in law still wants a cat, she could take two and it might be perfect for her.
Thanks Wisescarab. Let me know how that goes!
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