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71 cats, caught, neutered, de-flead and wormed last week. 37 females and 34 males.
What an achievement by a few wonderful people last week 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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Well... a long story cut short..sort of: 8 weeks old, injured with 1 foot missing, tail degloved both injuries badley infected and lots of smaller injuries too😪 and dehydrated and starving. This is how it began -About 11am yesterday while trying to finish the morning shift, I had a call from a friend telling me a lady had knocked on his door asking for help, she had been knocking on lots of doors asking for help! She had seen this little kitty in the middle of the road, a car drove over the top of the kitty and didn’t hit her but didn’t stop either! This kind lady stopped traffic, grabbed the kitty and could see straight away she was in urgent need of vet help but she herself lives off the grid, an old building in the middle of no where, no car, no electricity or water and her mobile was out of battery. With Debbie on stand by to go and get the kitty I phoned everyone I knew in the area to see if they knew who this lady was so I could track her down. 4 hours later I managed to track her down, she still had the kitty and cried when I offered help.All the vet clinics were closed yesterday (bank holiday) but Javier of Bichos Clinic opened up especially to help this kitty just as soon as we could get her there. By 4.45 Debbie had driven all the way up to Cotillo in the north, picked up kitty and we all meet up in Bichos, where Javier was waiting for us. Her left food is missing and she’ll need to have her leg amputated and her tail amputated too. We’re not sure what could have happened in this little kitties short life but she’s spent most of it in terrible pain. Bichos will be keeping her in for the time being and we’re hoping she will respond to the IV fluids and medication. Kitty is weak but she’s already showed us she wants to live and we’re going to do everything we can do to help her. My head is telling me it’s crazy, we have HUGE vets bills already and lots of cats that need neutering but something about how this little girl looked at us means we’re going to do the best we can to show her life can be good. Keep all your paws crossed for this darling little girl, she’s going to need it 

 

As you can see from the video at the bottom, Coti is doing really well

 

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All of these cats (and I have many, many more that I don’t have photos of) need our help to get neutered. I can’t express how important and urgently we need to help them.

Twinkle’s amazing supporters donate and help us to continue and I know you can’t keep giving, but please share this with your friends and family so we can neuter them ASAP, we can’t wait until we have a budget for them because more kittens will be born and the cycle will just continue.

The cats are in lots of different areas, Caleta de Fuste, Tamaragua, Villaverde, Llanos de la conceptión, Lajares, I could go on. We are desperate. Please share and thank you for caring.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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Enjoying the new view

 

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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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