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Lofty one of our old favourites that lives on a holiday complex needed his nails trimmed last week and of course he gets treated for fleas and worms while at the vets.

All help is very appreciated so we can keep his treatment regular, because the pain of his claws digging into his pads must be so bad, it makes walking unbearable.

Thank you so much L & D for taking him.

 

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We were asked by a very nice couple if we could help neuter this cat that’s appeared in their garden who’s in no hurry to move on. Being white this cat and any offspring stands the risk of skin cancer because of the hot and sunny climate in Fuerteventura, so it was doubly important to neuter this cute beauty as soon as possible as kitten season is upon us. Now neutered and given anti parasite medication this little one should have a better chance of having a healthy life ( just wish he had a home to go back into but we can only do so much ). Good luck handsome.

 

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The sweet old lady who we had in the vets for a week recently, because she was dehydrated, not eating and very flat. She’s really thriving with her new mum that adopted her and playing and eating and enjoying life now. I think she just couldn’t manage street life and was feeling her age, but now she’s doing great and so very happy. So great to have a happy ending

 

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Thanks to your donations this cute little kitty had his op and as you can see recovered really well. Unfortunately due to family health problems he couldn’t go back to the garden where he was picked up, which is a shame as we’d hoped they could take him under their wing but these things happen. Again, thank you all so much for helping with his vet bill, we couldn’t do it without you.

 

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Whilst looking for a sick cat last week Judy and Joanne ( a lovely lady that came out from the UK to help for a week) came across these 2 handsome and super friendly boys that were not neutered.

Needless to say after a quick check to make sure they had enough baskets in the car and a quick call the the vets to see if they had time and space in their busy day, within minutes they were on their way to be neutered and treated against fleas and worms.

They should now have a long and healthy life 

 

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Many of you may know this shy but very sweet old lady called Petit Pouis .

She had lived at the harbour in the rocks all of her life.

Sadly just after new year we were told by her regular feeder that she had began to struggle to eat and stand up, especially in the strong wind at the rocks and was also very weak.

We took her to the vets and sadly her kidneys and heart were failing and we had to let make the hard decision to have her put to sleep.

We thank you all for taking the time over the years to stop and give her treats and say hello to this wonderful old lady

 

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A very kind holiday maker was concerned about this cat because he appeared to have a problem eating. Thanks to Judy who took him to Bichos clinic he was checked over and treated for slight gingivitis and should feel better soon.

 

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We had a message about this injured cat at one of the hotels in Caleta, so L & D went several times to catch him because he’s nervous and went missing.

Thankfully their perseverance paid off and they caught him yesterday 08/01, and he’s been treated by Bichos clinic with antibiotics, anti inflammatory and flea and worm medication. He seems to have an immune problem that affects his skin which is the second cat in this area we’ve helped with the same condition.

We think they are related. We will keep a close eye on him to make sure he now gets better.

 

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This super friendly little girl has been visiting the 3 Amigos bar for sometime and has decided she going to stay and we’ve been asked about if we can help and spay her.

As you can see she’s modelling very nicely and next to our collection tin, so she’s booked to be spayed next Friday and treated for parasites too as standard.

Any help with the cost is always most appreciated.

 

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Another picked up by L & D this week and neutered and treated for parasites. He’s such a lovey friendly boy and so very stunning, donations to his vet bill are very welcome

 

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Thank you to Cool Runnings in Caleta de Fuste for taking in food, toys, flea market items and much more for Twinkle from many kind and thoughtful residents and holiday makers. We and the cats really appreciate your help

 

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Meet Lulu,

you may remember we were asked to help her the other week when she was seen to have a nasty wound underneath on her belly.

Thanks to L&D who got her straight to Species vet clinic she was operated on the next day for 2 wounds that we think were tears in her skin.

She needed to be kept in for a week with a buster collar and on antibiotics.

Thanks to A for fostering her for us and Species for keeping her the first night at no cost while we searched for foster help.

Lulu is now back at her favourite spot at Zanzibar and doing really well now.

 

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Remember Okie, he was found on the golf course, suffering from mange/sarna, not neutered and very hungry. L & D have been looking after him and he has completely recovered. He’s going to be neutered soon and then he’ll be ready to go to a new home if we can find a great one. He’s super cute and loves to play and cuddle. He’s only about 12 months of age and very loving

 

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Our little Coti is going from strength to strength and is so clever! Her new game today is fetch! Camera work is not the best (but I do not claim to be Spielberg 😁) but she just started to play and I didn’t want to miss the moment! Been going solidly for 30 minutes now.

This little girl is just full of fun and personality and has learnt to cope with her new mobility so well. She is nothing like as vocal as she was when she was found but she certainly makes her views known if she wants too - and she purrs all the time! We all just love her

 

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71 cats, caught, neutered, de-flead and wormed. 37 females and 34 males.
What an achievement by a few wonderful people with Cat over from the UK, Suza and L & D of Fuerteventura. We caught in many locations, Caleta, Puerto,Llanos, Triqy, Morales, Neuvo, El Time and Los Estancos to name a few places. We fell in love many times with some of the most adorable cats. One group in particular we were asked to help at the last minute are fed by a very kind Spanish man that is suffering from cancer, of course he’s worried about the future for all the cats he feeds and needed help neutering them all. I have to say I’ve never encountered such a large number of cats that are not neutered but so well fed, in such good condition and friendly with each other and people. He was very emotional and clearly very attached to his outside cat family, and of course seeing them all trapped or put in boxes and taken away was very hard, but on seeing them all back home 2 days later you could see the joy and relief on his face.
What we do is full of physical and emotional highs and lows but worth everything to know you’ve given some cats the gift of a safer and healthier life.
Everyone at Bichos Vet Clinic worked tremendously hard and gave every cat the attention and time it needed. We still have about 6 more to do that we never had time to reach that are on our list and I’m hopeful over the next week we can finish and get them all sterilised.
Thank you everyone for giving up your time and in many cases at your personal expense and putting your lives on hold to make the world of difference to so many cats and people.What incredible people you are all❤️.

I know we’re always asking for donations and many of you donate regularly, but if anyone can donate to help us cover the cost of the vet bills it would be wonderful. Every penny makes a difference.

 

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As you may have seen, this apology has been published in the latest edition of Hoy and Fuertextra, which are 2 local publications in Fuerteventura. In addition as agreed in the courts we are publishing it on our internet pages.

 

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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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IBAN, ES16 0081 0695 5700 0115 8319

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