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News and Events
As all animal lovers know, there are always highs and lows of animal care and the more animals in need that you have the fortune to help or befriend the more often you will meet those low times and it never gets easier.
So when we found our Cindy had been killed and Basil very badly injured in a road incident it was a very sad day and Cindy’s daughter Alison is also feeling the loss of her mother.
Basil has had surgery to fix his broken bones and now we have to wait and hope that he can get through the trauma and stress.
RIP Cindy and all hope that Basil recovers soon.
Cindy and Alison Basil's leg before and now looking a lot better
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 is not currently up for adoption
Fuerte Felinos contacted us recently, to report that cats in the resort of Nuevo Horizonte are being shot. As you can see in these photos this particular cat has been shot several times. If you live in Nuevo Horizonte and own a cat be very careful if you let them go outside and be vigilant for all the homeless cats that have no one to protect them.
Caleta Repertory Amateur Production raised an incredible €2700 for 3 local charities.
The people from this fabulous group are amazing and have worked really hard, providing matinee performances and evening performances for many weeks.Twinkle was presented with €900 at the end of the final performance.They have done a great job and everyone had super fun at every single performance. Our heartfelt thanks from all at Twinkle to you lovely people.
Above is a photo of Simber, a big cat we rescued this weekend, he's been in an accident with a car and has a very badly broken leg
Here is Simba recovering after having his leg pinned, he is such a tough lad, but with a soft and loving heart
URGENT APPEAL. Over 35 cats need help - now!
Recently I received a call asking if Twinkle Trust can help a very desperate group of cats. There are OVER 35 cats living in a flat with 2 well-meaning people, they love the cats very much, but can't cope and the situation has hit crisis point.
We are a volunteer neutering charity (not a sanctuary), all of our money goes on vets bills for neutering and emergency treatments, plus cat food etc.etc.etc. and we already have more cats than we can find homes for.We can't possibly take in any more cats.
Next week, we hope and plan to go in and take away some of the cats, once we have them we will take them to the vets for health checks etc. but we MUST find homes for as many as possible. These cats are not used to going outside! but of course they can once they have gained sufficient weight and are stronger. These cats will need time to gain strength and to adapt to a new environment. Please, please if you have the time and love to give and the possibility to adopt, even if its to live in a nice safe garden, then please contact us on 659598719. I will get back to you as soon as possible. We need to act quickly!
Today we were able to enter the property and we removed 15 of the cats, they are now being examined by the vet.These poor cats are all very underweight and some were in urgent need of medical attention. We can't take them all in and are desperate to try and find homes for the cats that are only suffering from the lack of food and care.
So far we've managed to get 37 cats out of the flat and to the vets, still ANOTHER 26 to get!!!! We're broke, stressed and emotionally and physically exhausted but we're not giving up on the 26 and will go back as soon as we can.
This little girl is one of the cats we managed to get on Thursday, now all she needs is a nice peaceful, loving home.
She's underweight at the moment but nothing that a decent diet and love can't fix. She needs a home with no other cats. Are you interested in giving her the life she needs - forever. Please contact us. She is spayed and heathy, she just needs to be loved.
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 where hand made.Special thanks to Cath for getting this organised and up and running in aid of Twinkle.
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". Of course now we will stop trying to find him a new home and he will stay with us.
Update Dec 2014:-
Biscuit has started weekly chemotherapy treatment, intravenous and tablet form.
So far he’s not had any bad reactions and its doing OK. We’re really hoping he can keep up his strength and zest for life and get better.
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.
We have so many cats and kittens in our care at the moment that its affecting what decisions we have to make when we go out on emergency calls. Last week we had to pay the vets to keep 'Monti' in the clinic for 3 nights because he needed looking after and we have no space. We can't afford to keep doing this, we are worryingly low on funds, our only funding comes from public donations, we are all unpaid volunteers, we are not a sanctuary but if we have space we can look after a kitten or cat until its better. Times are desperate. We have many more cats and kittens than shown here, all looking for help.
Monti the cat - He's the "Bear Grylls" of the cat world.
Monti the cat "trapped and starving" - We received a call about a cat that had been heard crying for 2 1/2 weeks! This poor cat had got himself down into a patio which had walls of at least 12 feet high. He had no way of getting out. Very dehydrated and starving, he had been getting a few drops of water from the plumbing from the washing machine in the patio and eating lizards and bugs. Thanks to volunteer Chris, who dropped down into the patio to rescue him (we had no ladders long enough), within minutes of getting Monti in the basket we were in the vets for emergency treatment.
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.
This is Sophie. All her life she has lived at Castillo Beach in Caleta. She has provided cuddles to many holiday-makers over the last 10 years. Recently we were told about her swollen and injured foot. Yesterday we collected her and today took her to the vets. The vet had to trim off the thick extended claw and clean up her wound. She is on a course of antibiotics and pain relief medicine. We have noticed that she drinks a lot of water, so on her review at the vets in 1 weeks time, will need to have her blood tested to check her kidneys etc are OK. Sophie is a very sweet natured cat and at least 11 years old. This is a super age for a 'complex' (homeless cat). It's wonderful for us to see cats that we neutered over a decade ago, still alive and even though she may have some renal problems she is doing great. If she needs a place to stay for her Autumn years we will keep her with us and she can join all our other Twinkle fluffs.
25 August - A little update on Sophie, this morning we took her to the vets for an operation on her foot. the vet will have to remove the claw and possibly some bone. Its expected she will need to be on pain medication and antibiotcs for some time.
29 September - The vet has received the results of a test made on some of the damaged tissue on Sophie's foot and the bad news is, it was a cancerious tumour. We are hoping that the vet managed to remove all the tumour and it won't grow back.
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 now drop them off in Caleta De Fuste.
Fuerte Crystals 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 to drop them off at Fuerte Crystal please contact us.