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Our latest challenge,

On the 28th May Emma & Alison will be taking part in the Vitality London 10K, this is held on some of the course used for the marathon and takes in many of the iconic London buildings.

 

This is the first time either Alison or Emma have raised money for Twinkle, so please consider a small donation to encourage them.

 

Find their dedicated page by clicking the link below

 

 virginmoneygiving.com/Team/TeamTwinkleTrust

 

 

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We ask anyone in Fuerteventura who could possibly give a home to one or more of these cats to get in touch with us.

A loving home would be the perfect thing, but if not a safe garden they could call home, they all came from the house ruin and had such sad living conditions it would be so nice for them to learn there is safety and comfort out there.

 

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An update for those of you that have messaged me recently about this slim chap from Barcelo harbour area.

With the help 2 nice friends of Twinkle he was picked up this morning and taken to our vets to see what was wrong with his skin and injury under his eye.

I turns out he has a flea allergy, so he’s been treated against fleas and worms and given injections of antibiotics and anti inflammatory medication to help his wounds heal. He’s been returned to his area as we can’t take any more into our care, all being well we’ll be able to check on him in about 10 days time to see how he’s doing.

He’s a lovely friendly young cat that we’ve neutered in the past.

Thank you everyone for letting us know about him and especially to the wonderful ladies that went and searched for him “ twice “ and got him to the vets and treated today

 

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Mum now spayed (wednesday) Thanks to the team effort of Mandie, Nigel & Andy.

If anyone can offer a home in Fuerteventura please contact Mandie.

Details as per below posted on our Facebook page.

 

Little wild kitties, born in our shed, now residents in Andy Chetwynd's garden. They've made a nest in a bucket of straw, bless. With the help of Twinkle Trust Animal Aid, Nige and Andy took mum to Bichos vets for spaying and flea and worm treatment this morning.

Mum is only about 12 months old herself and adopted Andy when she needed a place to have her babies. She's happy being his garden cat

Someone (not us lot) disturbed her when the kitties were only 2 weeks old. Clever mum took them somewhere and hid them, then brought them back to the shed two weeks later......clever kit

The kittens are 2 months old and need homes if anyone responsible wants to adopt

 

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Baby Marmite is doing so well since we started syringe feeding after Miella his mummies milk dried up. He’s put on 20 grams in the last 2 weeks because I’ve got him on weaning food which I’m syringe feeding him, it means though he’s pooping and mummy isn’t too kean on clearing that out, but this clever little boy is just “34 days old “ and not only uses his specially converted litter tray (so he can climb into it) but he covers his poo & pee up as well, and he’s been doing this for the last 3 days,

I was like a proud mummy watching her child use the potty for the first time.

Considering the terrible conditions Marmite and his mum came from and that he was prematurely born, he’s doing really well and his mum is learning how to be a mum for the first time. She plays just like a kitten herself with the toys, because she is such a young mummy.

 

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Thank you to Angela & Ann for catching this clever mum for us on Friday. She’s now been spayed and we hope to do the same for her 4 kittens in July when I have “catching help” from the UK and have been able to pay some of our vet bills.

Until then because of all the cats and kittens that I already have and must care for I can’t deal with anymore that need my physical assistance to catch or take in. We are still neutering those cats that can be caught, taken to the clinic and looked after post surgery by the people that have already contacted Twinkle and are willing help out.

 

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Many of our friends and members know Our resident rescued cat Silver. He’s got a reputation for being the bad boy and a bit of a terror. He’s been with us for a number of years, these last few he tends to spend more time in a neighbours garden. He’s OK at the moment but he’s developed a cancerous tumour above his left eye and now his ears have started to look suspiciously like skin cancer. Because of the tumour on his head we aren’t going to put him through surgery in his ears. We’re just making sure he has a full dish full of food every time he comes by and a few treats nowadays.

 

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Last year we had another unusual rescue.
A volunteer spotted a terrapin in a shop window, the terrapin had only a cat litter tray of water and a few rocks as its environment, and was in full sun quite a lot, so what do we do, what do we know about terrapins?, where do we home a terrapin?, you know us now, we like a challenge.
We started to ask and research and unbelievably found a family on the island that knew all about them and kept some in a specially built area with all t...hat a terrapin needs, they agreed to give our terrapin a home and look after it.
So Andy went off and bartered and bought the terrapin, as you can see it was quite large as it's as wide as a cat carrier.
Once at the new home the terrapin was introduced to the area and without hesitation slide into the pool and joined his new friends, ours is the one with it's head sticking out of the water with a masive grin, we were sure he was saying thank you.
Thank you to all that came together to make this another life saved.

 

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Geoffrey should have only been with us for two nights while his new owner in the UK finalised his pet passport papers for travelling. We were asked to help by looking after Geoffrey for 48 hours, but this has backfired and left not only us but poor Geoffrey in the lurch.

We’ve now had him for two months!!!!!! and poor Geoffrey is going stir crazy in his foster cage because he’s been let down by the person that was going to adopt him. He is ready to travel, all his paperwork is done and his flight has been paid for, we are desperate to help Geoffrey because he can’t go back to the Villa where he came from because he is no longer welcome there.

Is there anyone out there that could adopt this loving and sweet young man?

 

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As you can see here Valentine is doing fantastic in his foster home. He has a new best friend-his foster brother and loves to play and get up to mischief whenever he can. He is playing in this video so much that he doesn’t realise he’s even fallen off the bed. Thank you so much Debbie for looking after this special little boy while he waits to go to his new home that is waiting for him

 

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Sally and Lola are now about 8 weeks old and have grown so much since we found them.

They are the sweetest little sisters and so affectionate and playful.

We hope we can give them the happy ending they deserve and find them a new safe and loving home very soon.

 

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Bertie and Bella 2 more of our rescue kittens are off to their new wonderful forever home tomorrow.

They have done so well. We are still giving them kitten milk which makes feeding time hectic and funny.

Little Bella falls asleep soon as she has eaten, she climbs into our hoodie jumper along with Bertie and there they stay until it’s time to play again

 

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Another cat we removed from the old ruined house was Barney.

Because of his severe head tilt we had him blood tested to check for various infections which were then sent off to Gran Canaria.

He was such a sweet and loving boy, we prayed his blood results would be all clear, because except when he tried to run he was a content and happy little cat and we hoped we could find him a new home in the UK, but yesterday we had the bad news that he was positive for many viruses, which floored our plans of finding him a home.

so on vets advice we had to make the hard decision to have him put to sleep.

This was very hard for all of us that have looked after him, in the short time we have come to know him he has shown us how gentle, clever and special he was.

Rest in peace little Barney.

 

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Miela & baby Marmite from the old ruined house from where we rescued them last month had to go to the vets.

Mummy Miela last week stop producing milk, so her little baby wasn’t getting any food.

We don’t know why her milk has dried up, it could be because the lack of food where she came from, but thankfully we noticed in time and now we are bottle feeding Marmite and his weight is again increasing.

But he is still very underweight for a kitten of 23 days old.

 

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Miela and her baby Marmite. What a difference 9 days make. Miela has gone from being a starving, young mum who was doing her best to keep her new born babies safe and now she is the proudest, happiest mummy ever.

She loves it when we give her cuddles on our lap and more so when we include Marmite. We’re weighing Marmite from time to time to ensure she’s gaining weight (and she is),

Miela knows her baby is safe with us and is happy for us to handle her baby too, but the other day she decided a weigh in wasn’t necessary. as Judy put Marmite on the baby weighing scales, Miela promptly hopped on the scales, gently picked up Marmite in her mouth and took her back to bed.

                        The night she was found

                    With her baby now

 

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These 2 beautiful baby girls are doing so well now. Eating more on their own but still needing and enjoying their bottle milk. After breakfast ( which is 4-5 times a day), they love their new discovery of “playing” and then climbing up for cuddles and a nap.

 

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Is this really a house?, a home?,  you might ask ! Yes it really is for 1 poor unwell man and his many cats.

We were asked to help some cats 2 months ago in a non tourist area. Directions were very vague but we went, unfortunately we couldn’t find the “house” or the cats we were told of. Unable to get any more information we had to give up.... but the story of 20 starving, unneutered cats kept playing on our mind. When friends/volunteers Catherine and Suza offered to help catch some cats for neutering last week, I gave them them what little details I had. With Catherine’s “never give up attitude” and Suza’s brilliant help & local knowledge, plus long phone calls in Spanish in the dark whilst bouncing down dirt tracks to nowhere, they saw an old ruin way off in the distance close to an unused beach, far from civilisation, electricity, water and any sign of life. By now it was almost dark as they reached the run down house. Still on the phone to the person that originally told us about the situation, they were told to call out to the occupant, out of the darkness a frail man appeared and after explaining we were asked to help his cats he let us inside.I say inside but there is no roof to speak of just torn and weathered tarpaulin and a front wall with a padlocked door. Inside were 9 live cats, 2 live kittens with inches of bird droppings covering the floor and everything else and rubbish everywhere, they found dead kittens and other decomposed matter that could not be identified. By now it was completely dark, stepping anywhere or moving things out of the way to search was lethal. But by 1.30am they had caught all but 2 of the cats, 1 being a mum with crying kittens in a difficult get to corner and a clever ginger that took off.

After a brief pause and stepping outside to catch their breath they went back in ( having to use their phones as touches) and managed to trap the mother and then went diving into goodness only knows what, to reach in and get the 2 live kittens. With the ginger cat nowhere to be seen, they promised the man they would return the next day during day light, to try and catch the last ginger cat.

Once Catherine and Suza had managed to navigate out of the middle of nowhere through the darkness they made it back to Twinkle's facility where we immediately set about assessing and feeding the cats and settling mum and her 2 new born kittens still with their umbilical cords attached into a foster cage. I’ve never seen such a more relived and happy mummy Cat, when we put her in her nice clean bed with her babies she snuggled up to them and instantly started purring and padding away at the soft donut shaped bed and set about giving her kitts a wash. Story continues below

Please Click Here To Read Catherine's Short Responce

 

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These are the photos of the cats and kittens we rescued from the ruined house. 8 adults are still with Twinkle until we can find new homes.

Although they all had to be trapped,all but one is very sweet and friendly, they just weren’t used to seeing anyone other than their poor dad. Unfortunately the white cat had a huge internal head tumour, she was so friendly but any bright light caused her pain so we made sure her last night was clean and cosy, she could only eat liquid food so we mixed up some pain medication into Mercadona liquid cat food with mashed up chicken, which she loved, I think she had the best nights sleep in a long time.

Two of the females had obviously had kittens recently but because the kittens had not survived they had developed mastitis we’ve got them on medication and already they are looking and feeling more comfortable and in less pain.

The friend of the sick owner that initially asked us for help is trying to convince the man to accept professional personal help from the church and local authorities so he can be moved to a special needs home where he can receive professional medical and mental health treatment.

He is a good man at heart, that just can’t care for the cats or his frail self.

 

Please Click Here To Read Catherine's Short Responce

 

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4 1/2 week old kittens looking for safe, loving forever homes. 3 girls and 1 boy.

We found them under a bush and mum wasn’t interested in them or us. Actually we found 3 pretty quickly and thought that was it after searching but as we were about to leave the smallest black bundle of fluff ran out from undergrowth as if to say ‘ hey don’t forget me’. They are very healthy, and very clever at using the litter tray at just a few weeks of age. All they needed was treatment for the fleas that were running all over them and a nice comb along with lots of cuddles.

They still need bottle feeding but are eating small amounts of food by themselves, they even give themselves and each other a little wash. The ginger and the tabby kitten are reserved. The tiny black and the black/white females are still available. They are so cute, funny and are so happy to get cuddles. They’ve started to play a little which is so funny to watch, because their eye sight isn’t fully developed yet they can be sitting next to a toy for ages then suddenly realise it’s there and they start bouncing around the place.

 

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What a great day we had on sunday the sun really came out in force along with the spectators,

Ryan certainly did himself and Twinkle proud raising over £3800 and still rising.

Gill managed to grab an early flight on sunday morning into Gatwick, a quick train journey and we were all in place to cheer Ryan on.

 

We would like to thank Ryan, Gill & Heather for their superb efforts in this event, and to everyone that has donated

 

                  virginmoneygiving.com/RyanChristie

 

 

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An update on Geoffrey,

 

Sadly he has been let down by the people that were going to adopt him, we wont go into the reason, but it's very dissapointing for Geoffrey and us.

 

Because he has spent so long with us waiting to be off on his journey he will have lost his position in his territory so we cannot just release him back to the big wide world, so we really need to find him a home, can anyone help ??

 

Meet Geoffrey, he’s been living in a little village but much to the annoyance of the owners and holiday makers visiting the villa he decided to call home Geoffrey had to be moved on.

 

Thanks to one very nice couple that were spending their holiday at this particular villa, he will be going to live with them in the UK. It was love at first sight and they couldn’t forget about him when they returned home from their holiday.

 

We are not a cattery or rehoming centre, our foster cages are for sick and injured cats but we had to step in to keep Geoffrey safe and well until he can travel to his new home at the end of April. He’s got a huge appetite and devours his food but he’ll soon learn that he’ll never go hungry again. He is a real foody and so sweet.

 

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Update...

 

We’ve had many calls, messages and emails about this cat in El Cotillo. Eventually, thanks to the help of several Twinkle volunteers that were here recently we found out this cat does have an owner and is being treated by a local vet. It does have skin cancer which has developed in its top lip and nose ( I’ve blurred the photo) but the vet and owner are making sure the cat is not suffering, it’s still eating and will get help by the vet when the time comes.

Thank you everyone for your concern.

 

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Donating via Spanish bank transfer

 

If you wish to make a donation into our Spanish bank, please find the details required below,

 

IBAN, ES16 0081 0695 5700 0115 8319

BIC, BSAB ESBB

Cuenta Relacion Twinkle Trust Animal Aid

 

Thank you.

 

 

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Donating via Our UK bank

 

If you wish to make a donation into our uk bank, please use the details below, 

NatWest Bank

Sort code; 56-00-46

account number; 58775978

 

Please let us know if you donate into either bank account so we can thank you.