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Between us all we have achieved a huge amount.Thank you to everyone that has donated to Twinkle. Without your donations we could not have helped all of these cats. Since 1st February until 6th April we have,
Castrated 45 male cats.
In addition we have used over 600 kilos of dry food feeding the stray cats at our cat cafes.
Every single day we use 86 pouches of wet food, 3 big tins of food and 25 kilos of dry food, plus special diet food for the sick and elderly cats and this is just for the cats that live at the Twinkle house.
We know we keep asking, but if you could donate just a small amount it would mean so much to us and of course all the innocent cats that would benefit.
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El Callao bar in Marro Jable held a little event on Saturday night to help 3 local charities and Twinkle was one of the lucky charities to be included.
Many items were donated by customers and friends of the bar and as you can from the photo there was lots of food, beds, blankets and feeding bowls donated.
Many thanks from all at Twinkle to Monica and Miguel and the 2 great bands, that played some great tunes all night. Can't wait until the next one.
Say hello again to Jacob, he is the cat that was inside a cars engine compartment when it was started up. He was badly injured and found in a watery ditch.
He's now had three operations to repair the big wound to his stomach and has spent many, many nights in the vet clinic. In fact the vets have fallen in love with him and changed his name to El Nino.
We would like to thank Bichos Veterinary clinic for only charging us for one operation and not charging us for his overnight stays.
El Nino has to go back to the vets tomorrow to have another check up and see if he's ready to have the stitches out. He still has a hole in the wound the size of a 50p piece but he's looking a lot better than before. We would love to find him safe loving home once he is better. He's really friendly and loves a cuddle.
These 2 stunning cats need a new home because their owners circumstances have changed. The one with the black dot on the nose is a boy, the other one is a girl and she is spayed already. They are living in a flat and not used to the outside world so they could be rehomed somewhere without a garden, because this is what they are used to.
We found these two dogs running loose down a road in El Roque recently, they are mum and son, they had no chips or collars, but plenty of ticks and fleas which they have been treated for.
We have called them Peanut & Gracie,
We believe gracie is about 3 years and has now been spayed and Peanut about 4 months.
The time has come to find them a home and as they are so close we are looking for a home where they can be together, is that with you or maybe someone you know.
Please get in touch if you could help.
Received in the post yesterday, this was a great boost to moral, We would like to thank whoever nominated us and to let you know that something like this has made us all feel a lot brighter today.
Winning is not something any of us expect, even being nominated was a surprise, but just shows the work going on be it in public view or behind the scenes is all worth it.
Thank you, from all of us at Twinkle
This poor little cat was found in a ditch soaked in water with an injury to his stomach. We have had him treated at the vets and he was carrying a temperature of 40 and in a really bad way, since then he has been back twice, the last time he had the wound opened and investigated as the temperature was not going down, we will know more soon.
Update 12th March 2016
Our ginger rescue lad has now had 3 operations to clean up and repair the damage to his tissue and skin. We learnt that his wounds were caused when he took shelter inside a car engine during the heavy rains at the end of February, and when the unsuspecting driver started the car Jacob was injured and that's when he ran off and we later found him in a ditch, soaked and close to death. He must stay (again) in the vets over the weekend to ensure he improves. Our thanks to his foster mum for looking after him. We're all keeping our fingers crossed that he can keep strong and we can bring him to Twinkle and get him fit and happy.
Found in Gran Tarrajal last week, His right front paw bends under as a result of being previously broken and not treated. X-rays show the bones have healed and become deformed so we may need to have his leg amputated because the base of his bent foot has sores on it from being used to balance and support his body.
We desperately need help with his vet bill and to find him a home, either now, during or after any future treatment or operations he may have.
He's really friendly and is so happy to have been taken off the street.
Please contact us if you would like any more info or if you could help.
After our post, we discovered Basuro (as he's named) belongs to an elderly Spanish man who lives near the bins where Basuro was picked up. It was confirmed that 2 years ago he had been taken to a vet clinic and determined at that time the break was old and nothing needed to be done. Sabine of THF a charity that helps the cats in this area had been contacted by the owner the day we took him to the vets telling her Basuro had disappeared. Sabine knows the owner and Basuro, so of course they were relieved to learn we had him. Basuro is a much loved pet and has a new home ready and waiting for him should anything happen to his Dad or his leg cause him future problems. We have used the money donated for Basuro to pay his consultation and X-Ray bill.
Thank you all for help and concern for this lovely little fella.
We picked up this old Fella from Caleta de Fuste a few days ago after receiving a call about a cat with very bad skin, We took him directly to the vets and they kept him in overnight so they could do skin scrape tests in the morning to find out what is causing his issue.
The vet has receivied the results of the tests and confirmed he has a version of Mange that can be treated, but he must stay isolated from other cats, He will require an injection a week for several weeks.
He has been bloodtested for Fiv and Felv and those test are negative and he's been given the all clear for any other issues.
He is currently at the vets because we have nowhere to isolate him from other cats, so if anyone could help foster him during his treatment we will cover all expences.
it must be bad enough having the issue, but being at the vets as well!!!!
Saddly we had to make the hard decision to put Nancy to sleep on the 26th, she had responded well to her Thyroid medication, but suddenly developed renal failure, as usual the vets tried all they could, but she did not respond, It's a shame that renal failure got her in the end as it does with many elderly cats. She was a pleasure to have with us even though it was such a short time.
Thank you's go to Gill for sponsoring Nancy's medications
Here is Nancy our new OAP cat, Nancy came to us in December after we had calls from the public concerned about her wellbeing. During our December campaign Nancy had blood tests to find out the cause of her condition, these tests showed she has hyperthyroidism.
She was started on medication for the issue and recently has had another blood test to see how the medication is doing.
Here she is relaxing on a sun lounger in our largest enclosure.
We recently found this little girl wandering in the street, she was totaly unaware of the dangers of the traffic. She is extremely friendly and very loving. We have spayed her, carried out blood tests which are negative thankfully and we have started her vaccinations.
She would love a forever home and would make someone very happy.
Please contact us if that person could be you.
At long last we have found Mitzie a new lovong home.
A while back we appealed for help to catch this poor cat, we have been trying to catch/trap her since last October, she would not come close and would run as soon as she saw the trap and basket. Thanks to Alun for coming all the way from the UK, she was caught last night,(Tues 26 Jan) using a special dropper basket by Alun hiding behind a low wall.
What a shame we didn't get her sooner, because the tissue around her eye was cancerous and very advanced.
Once at the vets it became obvious that the cancer had progressed rapidly and treatment would have been very painful and unlikely to work so we made the decision to put her out of her misery
Left taken earlier this year and right Tuesday evening
This lovely elder man has lived at a smaller complex in Caleta, he developed tumours on his ears due to the intensity of the sun here, we took him to the vets where both ears were removed. He is doing really well and is such a lovely chap, since him being with us we have noticed he is deaf ( not so unusal for white cats).
We have a dream to find him a home to spend his Autumn years with a soft bed and cuddles, if that's with you please get in touch.
Gandolf as we called him has returned to his complex, he has been happy there for many years and he knows the area, plus the managment and the visitors that know him will keep us updated on his wellbeing.
On a brighter note these two kittens were brought in by Cat Gibson during the campaign along with another dozen cats and kittens.
We were delighted when they were offered a home and adopted by Enrique their new dad.
Within minutes of arriving at their new home they played till they fell asleep.
Thank you Enrique.........
The photo above was taken in December when he would come closer, but be uncertain, since then he has completley changed, he pesters for attention rolling on the floor begging to have his tummy rubbed.
This is Clarence (after the crossed eyed lion) Clarence was visiting the garden months ago, but was always lurking in the distance, In one of those inspired moments Andy was able to catch Clarence, So it was off to the vets and off with his bits, since then he has really mellowed and slowly every day he joins in a bit more.
These two are called Minsam & Yintong, they were roaming in the front garden a while ago, Yintong has a slightly damaged eye, probably caused from flu, but that does not stop her in any way, they adore each other and are just so desperate to have a home of their own.
If there is a space in your home or heart, you know where to get hold of us.
Binny & Bop came to us earlier this year and found a home, sadly they were not wanted after a very short time and were returned to us, at times like this it is normal for a home to be a very elusive thing, but Binny & Bop were offered a home by Loli and her partner and what a great home it has turned out to be.
Four weeks ago we took this young lad to the vets to be neutered after we found him in one of the hotels in Caleta, he was so sweet and adorable we couldn't bear to put him back because we just don't think he will cope very well. He loves nothing better than to snuggle up on you for cuddles, cuddles and more cuddles. He would love a new home. Anyone out there need a cuddle?
Just a few of the gang waiting for us when we got home late yesterday evening. Doesn't matter what's going on in the world they need their supper and they need it on time.
As you can see even though we are not a sanctuary, we have cats in our care, these are cats that would struggle to survive in the big bad world, so until we can find those elusive forever homes we have no option but to keep them with us
Alive for 24 hours of pure hell.
Today I took 3 tiny kittens to the vets, it was the saddest thing I have ever seen.
In our 20 years of helping strays we've seen blind kittens, cats with legs hanging off, cats with no nose or half a face missing, cats that have been shot six times, cats so neglected and matted with their own urine and faeces they've been unable to walk.The kittens I picked up today were only 24 hours old, they were all stuck together by the placenta which was like rotting meat because they had been lying in the red hot sun since yesterday. I think the mother must have died after she gave birth to the kittens.
The kittens were still alive when I found them, 1 was screaming it's heart out. they had ants going into their mouth then coming out of their nose and flies laying eggs in their stomachs, umbilical cords and the rotting placenta. they were being eaten alive.
Within 2 minutes of getting them in my car the tortie died. I got them to the vets within 6 minutes of finding them and the vet jumped us to the front of the queue. They could not be separated from each other because the placenta had dried and was rock hard and with the infestation of bugs they had become one pitiful "mass". They had to be put to sleep immediately.
I've seen many things but nothing as cruel as what nature had done to these tiny kittens. The brown lump in the photo is the dried up placenta, which smelt putrid. I couldn't even cuddle them or give them their first and last drink of milk. The other photos I had were just to upsetting. Horrible day
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How quickly 20 years passes, to remind us all of some of the memories here's a little montage, please click the link below
Two very cold days - fundraising at Christmas Fayres over the weekend.13 & 14 December
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.
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.