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We had a call about this very sick kitten yesterday. All his other siblings have died and his poor mum was doing her best to help her last kitty but she is unwell herself. Kitty (we’ve named him Copper) is so weak he can’t walk and won’t eat or drink.

We were unable to trap the mum but hopefully she can be trapped this week by the kind lady that has been feeding her.

Currently the kitten is being kept in the vet clinic and treated with IV fluids and medication since yesterday and were waiting for an update today. Because all the other clinics were closed yesterday afternoon we had to use a clinic that we don’t get charity discount at, but we knew if Copper has any chance he needed urgent vet care, if you could help with a donation, no matter how small or big Twinkle would be so grateful. ]Thank you Gill and Ryan for all you did this last week while on your holiday to help this kitten and many more jobs to help us out ( including unblocking our washing machine and jump starting our car). Team work at its best again

 

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Thank you everyone for donating your items for us to recycle.

Thanks also to Debbie and Fuen for being at Parc Hollandes market again this morning.

We would love more items so If you’ve got any unwanted clothes please contact us, we can turn your garments into cat food

 

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Meet Ce-Ce. She was found under a car in Caleta de Fuste, very frightened and alone. Tomorrow she’s going to the vets for a check over. A little nervous and confused right now but with love and time she’ll be feeling braver and happier .

 

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A huge thanks to Fuen for catching this male and female in Puerto del Rosario.

I think it took about 7 attempts to trap them as they are both wild ( I know the white one looks like butter wouldn’t melt ). Fuen put in a lot of miles driving to and from the north of the island to Puerto del Rosario for each attempt but she never gave up.

These 2 cats have a lovely close bond, it was so adorable to watch them over the last few weeks, they were telling each other all about the nice food in the trap but not going in until finally they both did yesterday and now they won’t have to worry about finding a safe place and food for any future kittens.

 

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Here are Florence and her 5 kittens, all looking for forever homes.

It took over 5 days to rescue Florence and her kitts from a very stressful sistuation, one kitten took a lot longer but thanks to the people rescuing them for having patience they are all now safe.

They have been seen by our vets and are on the required medication and have been treated for all the nasty parasites, they are having on going eye medication, but we are hopeing they will make a full recovery.

 

The bottom picture is the shed they were living in !!.

 

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Remember Percy who was hit by a car in the streets of Caleta de Fuste and nursed back to health by his loving foster mum. Here he is in his wonderful home in England with mum Antonia and family.

 

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Another macho Male cat helped this week thanks to L & D.

This lovely bruiser has spent his life fighting and getting injured and has got a damaged eye, but Bichos vets gave him the works, X-rays, bloods and all was ok, so we’ve neutered, deflead and wormed him.

He’s now back to his regular patch and should soon be fitting fit but without the fighting.

His veterinary bill was big so all help big or small to pay for his life changing treatment would help us carry on

 

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Before and after photos of the cat we were contacted about from Barcelo.

Thanks to good friends helping out, he was picked up yesterday and taken to a local clinic where he was kept overnight.

He had to be sedated today to have his wound checked and cleaned.The vet thinks he has Feline pemphigus foliaceus. Yes a bit of a mouthful I know, it’s an immune system problem where his skin attacks itself and causes sores and crusty painful skin and if not treated infected skin.

He’s had a course of antibiotics and steroid injections which should last a while, the vet thinks he should be okay to go back out to where he came from. It is not contagious but he will need monitoring and injections at regular intervals for the rest of his life. So we need to monitor him very closely. He’s had two night stay in the clinic, sedation and cleaning and medication.

Any help with vet bills that our wonderful supporters could assist with, would be very much appreciated, no matter how small

 

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Mummy cat below that had 3 beautiful babies.

On Wednesday we paid for mummy to be spayed at Bichos and thank goodness we did! During the operation the vet discovered she had a nasty cyst on her ovary, if Left it would have grown and if she had become pregnant again it could have been lethal. Mum still doesn’t have a home but she’s being cared for and fed by the very kind lady that looked after her and her kittens when they needed help.

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Part one of story below 

 

Remember this clever mum that found a nice safe place to give birth to her 3 babies. All 3 kittens now have great homes.

The white and the black / white we’re lucky and homed together to a very special home and the strawberry blonde also found a very good home.

They are all doing really well. On Wednesday we’re hoping that we can have mum sterilised now her milk has dried up and before she becomes pregnant again.

I wish we could have found a home for the gentle mum as well, but where she lives she is cared for and feed by some nice residents and at least if we spay her she can relax and not have to worry about fighting off the stray Male cats trying to mate with her and her search for a safe place to keep having her kittens will be over.

Please donate to her neutering costs if you can.

 

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Wow a wonderful outcome for Archie who we rescued from down a very deep drain just 6 days ago. Read on to the end to see a message from his new mum. He appeared a bit wild at first but was just in shock. 
Thanks to Lynne and Dougie for temporarily fostering him to make sure he was fit and well and felt safe. He was checked by Bichos clinic, deflead and wormed and now has a really good home with Kirsty. This morning she sent us a message to say his first couple of nights have gone really well. He only cried once last night when he got stuck under the bed, but got himself out, and this morning she woke up to Archie snuggled up and fast asleep under her chin. She’s totally smitten with Archie. What a wonderful happy ending for him

 

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Remember Dino or Dina from an earlier comment, we have found out she is a girl and called her Fluer.

 

Baby Fluer is now 224 grams. Hard to imagine just 12 days ago she was pulled out of the rubbish bin, tied up in a bad. She is so clever and has an amazing baby purr. We hope to be able to make her life complete and find her a great, loving home when she is 8 weeks. Donations towards her Royal Canine kitty milk would be greatly appreciated

 

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Our other emergency on Monday evening was 11 year old, Handsome Henry. He was attacked by a dog and has suffered a broken shoulder and has air in one lung. He does have a microchip, which is how we know his name and age but the owner has left the island and returned to Germany. So far we have been unable to get a response from our messages but we’re going to keep trying all possible options.

He was clearly loved, he is neutered and microchipped but his owner left Fuerteventura about 6 years ago. Remarkably he was attacked in the same street he used to live in. For now he is in our temporary foster cage, to rest and recover from his injuries and shock. I must add the owner of the dog acted in a very responsible manner, not only phoned us immediately and took him to our vet at Bichos but has offered to pay his vet bill.

HENRY UPDATE<

Henry had his check up a few days ago, the vet is very happy with his progress. No more air in his lungs and he can come off his pain medication this weekend. He still has a limp but he’s such a happy cat and has even learnt to play now. Can anyone give Henry a caring, peaceful home. He would give so much back. He is 11 years old and black and I know most people won’t be interested but he would repay you with love and gratitude. Plus he is in great health for a cat his age.All donations towards Henry vet bills would be a big help.

 

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Well it wouldn’t be kitten season here in Fuerteventura without at least one evil act of putting live kittens in the big rubbish bins, and this isn’t the first and I doubt will be the last.

We had a call on Monday evening to say this poor new born baby was heard crying and pulled out from the rubbish bin and removed from the bag it was tied up in.

Along with this only survivor were his dead siblings, they were covered in blood, their mothers blood from giving birth we believe. No sign of the poor mum I’m very sad to say, what must she have gone through or be going through.

When baby was found less than 48 hours ago he was just 114 grams, already he is 130 grams today. Poor baby never even had the chance to be cleaned by his mum after birth or have milk.

Thank you Frank and Amanda for saving this new born kitten and getting him to our vet for urgent milk and a check over, and to Debbie who is fostering him until he is weaned, recovered and has felt how kind life can actually be.
We welcome any help to cover his veterinary fees and the fees of those very likely to be coming in very soon.

 

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This street mum cat was clever enough to find a kind lady that allowed her into her home where the mum immediately give birth to these 3 very pretty kittens.

The kittens are just a couple of days old, mum is such a gently soul. You’d think the cardboard box and blanket she’s been given for her and her babies was the best gift ever.

The kind lady that has given refuge to the family can’t keep them, so has asked for our help.

In 8 weeks the kittens will be ready to be homed and so would the gentle mum after she has finished feeding her kittens and been sterilised by us.

Please contact Twinkle if you can offer a safe, loving home.

They are all so beautiful

 

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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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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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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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