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A date for your diary
On the 3rd of August at the Brisamar Bar on Corralejo Main Street a
Charity Concert is being held in aid of the Susan Davis Sanctuary.
This promises to be a great evening of entertainment and a great way to help us achieve
the building of these much needed foster pens that Susan had so often spoken about and wished for.
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Last weekend we had our stand at the Reigate community festival in Surrey, the sun shone down us all day and we had a great responce from everyone, we had many people come to ask us about twinkle and it was so good to see all the supporters that came to see us and give us their support.
Although we had only planned to have an information stand Catherine Gibson came along with a great selection of items she had collected and ran a wonderful tombola, which went down well with visitors of all ages. and of course Catherine raised some much needed funds for Twinkle.
Thanks again to all those that came and made it a great day, it was good to see you all.
How quickly 20 years passes, to remind us all of some of the memories here's a little montage, please click the link below
Basil has now had his pin removed from his leg, he is back at the house and just moved into the Lodge, He is needing to have daily physiotherapy to help the leg gain as much normal movement as possible, lets hope it's not too much longer before he's back running around.
With the recent removal of the 60 cats as mentioned below and the many cats and kittens we take in, we have quite a few that really do need a home. Please take a look at a few pictured below and if that's not enough for you, then there are more pictures on our facebook page.
When we removed and neutered over 60 cats from a flat, we found new homes for many of them, but we still have some cats we need help for.
Homing them in the normal way is proving almost impossible because many won't use a litter tray they are only used to going to the toilet on the floor or on what ever bedding we provide. We can't just release them because many have never been outside and completely freeze and panic when given the chance to go out.
If anyone has a safe peaceful garden and an outside shed or room that one of these cats could acclimatise in and gradually go outside, please get in touch.
March 25th we carried out a large scale neutering campaign. With the assistance of vet's Aoife O'Sullivan from the UK and Javier Gonzales of Bichos veterinary clinic and wonderful UK vet nurses Donna and Kathryn, we managed to admit 173 cats and kittens during 5 days. Amongst those we treated was a cat that was found locked inside an empty house, she had been in the house for many days, and was suffering from dehydration and starvation. To add to this she had a nasty broken leg, the bone had pierced her leg and was sticking out. Because this was an old injury, we were lucky this poor little girl had not died from infection, the pain she must have been in is incredible. The leg had to be amputated and I'm pleased to say she was adopted and is making a full recovery. Prior to the volunteer vet and nurses coming over to help in Fuerteventura we have been neutering as many cats as we can afford to at Bichos Veterinary Clinic and another 45 were neutered in the weeks before the campaign. It was just a small team but it goes to show what amazing work can be achieved with dedication and compassion.
Aoife, Donna & Javier smiling, but hard at work operating
Also looking for homes are these adorable little fluffs
Donna the nurse is not currently up for adoption
Two very cold days - fundraising at Christmas Fayres over the weekend.13 & 14 December 2014
We had everything on offer from cat and dog hampers, painted pebbles, knitted cats and kittens, Twinkle calendars and plants.
Many,many thanks to the volunteers for all their hard work and to everyone for the huge amount of great items, many were hand made and of course special thanks to Cath for getting this organised and up and running in aid of Twinkle.
" Sadly we have to announce that Biscuit finally succumed to his illness in June 2015, "
he will be so sadly missed by all that had the good fortune to meet him.
Rip Biscuit, xx
We've just had some sad news from the vets. Our little Biscuit has been diagnosed with Lymphoma (cancer) after a biopsy of one of his lymph-nodes. Ever since we have known him, he has suffered from 'cat-flu' symptoms and his glands have been swollen. Biscuit is such a happy little cat and loves to charge through the cat flap at 100 miles and hour and to play "knock everything off the table".
Penelope, Dexter and Tinker all looking for good homes. Plus Shadow our latest cat.
They are all neutered and fully vaccinated against FeLV/FIV. Penelope was blood tested to check for FIV/FeLV and thankfully she was negative. She is very friendly and great with other cats. She is also rabies vaccinated and micrchipped and ready to fly to any where for a loving home.We would have no problem keeping her with us in Fuerteventura but the strong sun would be too much for a pale white skin. When we first took her in, her ears had been damaged buy the sun and they had to be removed but it has made no differance to her and she is a very happy girl that loves a cuddle. She has done so well to bring up her 8 little kittens, she really does deserve a chance. Please email email@example.com and make Penelopes dreams come true.
Sick, Matted and Starving.
This poor cat was found in Neuvo Horizontie, Neil and Zoe saw she needed help and took her in, unsure what do to they asked for help. Later the same day we went and picked the cat up and took her to the vets. Well where do I start...... both her eyes are infected, her right eye has an ulcer, her fur was so matted and full of twigs, dirt & nasty sharp thorns, once her face was cleaned up we could see under all the filth her skin is red raw. Around her bottom the fur was so matted she could not pass poo. The vet had to cut this lump of poo and fur off to take her temperature and immediately she began to pass faeces and to finish off she has bad gingivitis and lots of plaque. Once the vet had given her injections for pain and antibiotics, they set about shaving her because there was no way she could be groomed. For the next 2 weeks, she needs 2 types of eye medication up to 4 times a day, special cream applied to all her raw skin which was under all the matted fur and in 2 weeks time, when she is stronger she will need a full dental. At the moment she weighs just 2 kilos. We're very hopeful that in time she will feel and look much better.
Update: this little girl is doing much better, still on lots of medication but feeling so much better.
This pretty little girl (only about 1 year old) appeared in our garden on Wednesday, within a few hours we discovered she was having a miscarriage. We rushed her straight to the vets, her kittens could not be saved as they were not fully developed. She was x-rayed to check for any more kittens but there were none, she was given fluids and antibiotics because it was an infection in her womb that had caused the miscarriage. She is recovering well. It so sad to think this sort of thing must happen often when these poor homeless cats are unneutered.
Some of the Twinkle's Volunteers in Action
Cat Cafes – Twinkle has 17 cafes in the resort of Caleta de Fuste. This means the homeless cats have some where to eat and have fresh water. Many are based in the grounds of hotels that work with Twinkle, the cafes help not only the cats but the hotels, it means the cats don’t go looking into people's holiday accommodation for food. We need 70 kilos of dry food every week to keep the cat cafes stocked up. The cafes are cared for by kind volunteers that live in Fuerteventura, some cafes need maintaining once a week, others need attending to 3 times a week, depending on the number of cats that rely on the café. We are always in need of volunteers to help look after a cat café.
The work we do is incredibly hard , both emotionally and physically, although we were all exhausted the sense of purpose, achievement and team work kept our sprits high.
Below are just a few of the cats that we have been able to help in the last 12 months. Cats in for neutering or treatment and TLC.
Donations can be made via our [Donate page].
If you live in Fuerteventura or Europe and could help Twinkle with a donation you can make a regular donation or a one-off amount to the Twinkle account detailed here.
Twinkles Bank Details: Account 0081-0695-57-0001158319
IBAN : ES16 0081 0695 5700 0115 8319 /BIC BSAB ESBB
Caleta Harbour Cat Cafe
We use over 280 kilos to stock the Cafe's with food every month, as such we are always looking for volunteers to help with them, or welcome any donations to help keep them stocked.
Donating items to Twinkle in Fuerteventura.
We are really pleased that anyone who wishes to donate any items to Twinkle can drop them off in Caleta De Fuste.
"Browse" have kindly said they are happy to accept items on our behalf at their shop which is located at Urbanización Costa de Antigua, 35610 Castillo Caleta de Fuste.
Any toys, bedding , treats or food would be most appreciated, at the moment they are only able to accept smaller items, for larger items please contact us and we will arange collection.
We frequently have small items that need to travel to Fuerte, if you have a couple of kilos baggage allowance free and would be happy bring something out to Fuerteventura for us,please email us.