Today I’m REALLY pleased to be able to say that ALL of our cats from Almerimar that we had taken to the cat rescue home over the past few months, are now already there or are at this moment on their way to new lives in Germany.
I was up at 5am this morning, along with Pam and Mary to deliver Smokey Boy and the 4 Almerimar kittens (Coreena, Lulu, Adalita & Siamo) to the transport, and they were joined by Smokey Girl, Jassa, Carmen & Ferdi (the wild ones), Georgina and Freddy, all of whom were still at the Casa (cat rescue home).
We had a few nervous moments whilst Gisela and Mary struggled to catch Carmen and Ferdi and then again when Ferdi escaped whilst Jos’s (from the dog rescue) vet was trying to tranquilise him. Gisela for one got a rather nasty bite. These 2 definitely need a lot more human contact before they are ready to be adopted, but they are going to a foster home in Switzerland where hopefully they have plenty of experience. I am just SO glad that they are on their way, as i had become very worried about them.
It was sad to see them all go, and not great seeing the van load of dogs they will be traveling with, but it is all over in 24 hours, and although the scene up at the dog rescue was one of organised chaos, I know that they do this every month and that everyone arrives safely. We will be working with Jos next year to continue to transport our Almerimar cats to Germany. I met him briefly this morning and liked him instantly. He radiated calm, and came over as capable and caring. I also liked his vet, so would be very comfortable taking our street cats to him for sterilisations.
I have already written about Smokey Boy, Freddy and the Almerimar Kittens, but for those of you who don’t know them, here are some pictures of the others.
Jassa pictured above is a gorgeous, loving BIG cat. He was abandoned by the french waiter from La Calleta up in Villas Blancas and then rescued by George. I don’t personally understand how anyone can abandon an animal, but Jassa’s case is even more of a mystery as EVERYONE who meets him loves Jassa. He is SO loving and likes to put his paws on you and come up for a kiss and cuddle! Georgina, also rescued by George is another lovely cat, but she has become a little nervous at the Casa with so many others, and her trip to Germany is long overdue. I hope she will be happier again soon.
Jassa – Loved By Us All
Smokey Girl was almost my 2nd cat as I first saw her as a kitten only a few weeks after we had adopted Mori. I thought she was beautiful and would have taken her in if I hadn’t seen her playing with a ginger kitten in one of the gardens nearby. It was only this summer, on talking to the Spanish couple whose garden it was, that I discovered that she was never actually their cat but just one of a number of strays they were kindly feeding. She was nervous at first but then thrived at the Casa, becoming a firm favourite with Gisela, and even sleeping on her bed every night.
Pretty Smokey Girl
That brings me to the wild ones … Carmen and Ferdi. These are the brother and sister of Coreena, one of our Almerimar kittens, and the grandkids of my cat Saidi. Coreena was separated from her 2 sibling quite early on at the Casa as she along with Lulu baby became ill with fungus. Whilst Coreena had quite a lot of human contact, and was with a tame little buddy, the other 2, due to Gisela’s illness, have been a little neglected and remain very nervous of humans. This hopefully will change soon, and I am extremely relieved that they are on their way to a smaller foster home where they will get more close attention.
Ferdi The Escapee
The Wild Ones
Cute Carmen – Just Like Her Mother
I’d like to thanks again Tracy, Kev, Dawn, Nick, Jenny, Mary, George and Jean for all their help over the past few months. We did it! Our Almerimar cats are ALL on their way. This is fantastic and a big relief. Of course I will continue to try and help the remaining cats at the Casa before it closes, but I felt a huge responsibility towards the ones we had actually taken there. Now at least my first aim is achieved and we can all enjoy Xmas knowing these cats are being well looked after and have good futures ahead of them.
Thanks again to everybody and well done! We can all be proud.