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Ryan Christie is once again taking on the challenge of the Virgin London marathon, Ryan has competed in this marathon twice before with great success and after we had no responce to our offer of a place in this years marathon to other runners, Ryan thankfully agreed to compete again.

We are very grateful for Ryan to take on this challenge as it raises much needed funds and awareness of Twinkle.

Please support Ryan in what may be the last marathon we gain a place in for a while.

 

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We have been contacted to help a stray colony of up to 8 cats living around some holiday villas located towards the north of the island. Originally we were told there were only 5 cats but many more appeared.

Thanks to a wonderful Twinkle friend who is going to trap and transport them to the vets and look after them while they recover, our plan is to catch them in the next couple of days and have them all neutered to prevent more unwanted kittens being born.

 

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Firstly thank you to all our supporters for donating towards Calina’s big operation.

As suspected her eye did have to be removed but the long surgery went very well.

She’s not too keen on wearing the big collar or her daily pain medication but she’s recovering just great.

She needs to see the vet next week to check her progress but thanks to the skill of Bichos we think she’s going to recover just great.

 

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We have been informed about this cat and are trying hard to work with the people where it lives to try and help, we hope to be able to give you good news soon

 

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Luna and step brother Linus. We thought you might like to see how happy and big these 2 are now, they have come along way since we found Luna in a box at the rubbish bins on the golf course

 

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Star and Cuddles (was Titch) relaxing in front of the fire with their big step brother after being neutered last week. What a difference to where they used to live at the rubbish bins. Thank you so much mummy Yvonne and dad

 

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Lucky was taken in off the streets a few months ago and her “rescuer” had come to us for help, first to try and find her a home but her “rescuer” is now going to keep her permanently but can’t afford to have her neutered.

We can’t normally pay for private cats but this is a special case and we have agreed to help prevent this gentle beauty from having kittens, so today she went to the vets to be spayed.

 

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This poor adult female cat was kicked out of her home when the female owner realised her cat was pregnant.

Thanks to some kind neighbours that took pity on the mum and her 3 starving kittens they now get feed each day.

Twinkle were asked to help get them all neutered before they all began mating.

I’m so pleased to be able to say all 4 girls (mum and her 3 kittens) have now been sterilised. This was a huge team effort by the caring ladies that have taken to looking after them, for trapping, transporting them to our clinic and looking after them so well while they recovered and to Judy for running around making sure everyone had our cages and helping me get everything organised.

 

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We were asked by some caring holidaymakers to check on this little girl that’s lives in Caleta de Fuste as she wasn’t looking to well and possibly needed neutering.

Thanks to help from Twinkle friend Judy and some more nice holidaymakers we soon located Treacle and booked her into the vet clinic.

She was already spayed but was in need of an urgent dental, several teeth had to be removed and a good clean of the rest .

She’s had long acting antibiotics and pain killers and was so happy to be back with her best friend who never leaves her side.

 

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With a heavy heart we must pass on the sad news that sweet elderly rescue cat Millie is no longer with us.

All we knew about Millie was that she was spayed and 17 years of age. We believe she had been living on the streets since her owner died 2 years ago.

For a cat in her autumn years and very underweight we all hoped she may just be suffering from a thyroid problem and in need of gentle TLC but sadly on Saturday we noticed she was in discomfort when her abdominal area was touched when cuddling her.

Further test’s were carried out which revealed her kidneys were damaged and along with what we had hoped to be other conditions that we could ease with medication it was not meant to be.

Despite only knowing Millie for a short time she melted our hearts.

 

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What can we say but THANK YOU EVERYONE.

On Monday with the help of two very strong men we went and dismantled the shed, then transported it to where it needed to go and then not only put it back together but reinforced it and modified it so there is now a cat flap, a shelf inside and the glass windows were removed and fitted with mesh and galvanised metal to ensure its escape proof but well ventilated.

It took from 9am until 7.30pm from start to finish to complete the “mission” on Monday and the guys worked really hard and the results are fantastic .

The shed was very kindly donated by Julie Elliott and is pur-fect to house the lucky five cats as they adjust to their new surroundings.

In all it only cost twinkle €120 including materials, labour and petrol, so we have a bit left from your donations. This money will be put towards the vet bill at Bichos vet clinic.

On Tuesday we took Willow, Harry, Toffee, Milly & Caramela to their new home and their new mum is settling them in & now finally they can begin their new happy ever after.

Thank you all so very much for making this possible. Without Julie and the shed, their new mum, 2 strong men and our supporters it wouldn’t have happened. Very grateful & proud of what your kindness and teamwork can do

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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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