Below are some of the most common questions we get. We have provided answers in the hope that you can proactively resolve your query. Of course your situation might be slightly different, but you can adapt the information you read here to give you the best solution for your situation. Please read these through before contacting us when the situation is not a matter of life or death for an animal.
Being able to work together to help animals, relieves the stress on those of us already in daily demand. Remember! Deciding to help an animal in need is YOUR responsibility. By asking others for help, you are passing the responsibility on.
Is it life or death?
If you have found a sick or injured cat that needs urgent veterinary treatment, please call the local police. If they do not respond or you wish to help the cat immediately, collect it in a box or something it can travel safely in and visit the nearest vet. Do your best to help the cat, with the advice of the vet. Maybe the cat has a microchip or tattoo and the owner can be located.
There are different reasons why cats appear at your door. Consider the following options:
- It is new in the area and out exploring
- Looking for shelter to give birth
- Hungry and searching for food and water
- Hunting for a sexual mating partner
In the first instance unless the cat looks sick/undernorished/in bad condition, do not feed. Should she/he need medical attention or is a pregnant female, please take the responsibility of helping and visiting your local vet. This may bring costs which you should discuss with your vet first. Explain you found the cat and it needs help, they can check if there is a microchip or tattoo, so the owner can be traced. Vets who work supporting cat protection work may offer you payment support and help you find the best solution depending on treatment needed.
If he is only passing by, he will soon be off home.
After not feeding, if he is still around the next day and not in "tip top" shape, there is the chance he is asking you for help. By providing food and water you are taking the responsibility to care for this cat. Start by putting up posters in the local area (bars / pet shops / supermarkets / vets / dentist / doctor / town hall / post office / car window etc) and asking if anyone has lost their cat. Give your telephone number so you can be contacted quickly by the owner. Ask them for a photo if they say they own the cat, to be sure you are handing the cat back to the right person. Contact local animal protection centres to let them know, it is possible they have been contacted by the owner. Local newspapers also run "lost and found pet" announcements for free - use this avenue to try and find the owner or excite someone into adopting. You can also post a photo and the location information with your contact details on Facebook.
Use these links to post the information: Facebook: AldeaFelinaDenia and Facebook: LostAndFoundDogsCatsCostaBlanca and here: Facebook: Mascotas perdidas o encontradas en Denia
If you can provide a permanent home for this cat; enjoy your new family member! Should this not be possible and after exhausting all avenues, go back to your local rescue centres and talk to them about the options available. There is no guarantee that the best answer is to give the cat to a shelter, but with the experience many volunteers working daily in this theme have, they can find a solution with you.
If you have a local community of cat lovers, perhaps between you it is possible to share responsibility and pool together funds to pay for food and vet bills. A safe place to shelter from the weather and dangers like free running dogs and cat "unfriendly" people should be provided, along with a constant supply of cat food and fresh water. In Spain, with the good weather conditions, cats living a free outside life have the best they can ask for. Important! Do not consider this option without castration. If you live in our catchment area and need help castrating street living cats, you can contact us for support.
In all cases of wanting to help, your first step should be to visit a vet together. Ask them to check for the presence of a microchip, look if it is castrated and give a general health check up. If castration has not been done, ask the vet to do this. To return a cat to the street uncastrated is not helping the overpopulation problem we fight.
Whether you are on holiday or living in the property, you may find an unknown mother cat with her young on your property. We receive many calls from people in this situation.
The first thing we ask you to do is speak to your local neighbours and locate the owner. Once you are sure the cat has no home to return to, your choices are very few. If you do not take charge of this situation now, it will not go away, only get worse. Depending on the situation with the family and the age of the kittens, you have different options. Please contact us for advice.
There should be no reason why you cannot take your cat with you. Having a pet is for life - a member of the family.
If you are returning to the UK, the good news is the 6 month quarantine period for rabies has been lifted. You can find out how to make the necessary arrangements through your vet.
Travelling through Europe is also easy, with the correct paperwork prepared in time you can travel without problems by car, plane and rail.
In extreme circumstances when you cannot keep your cat, you have various options. Firstly spend as much time as possible looking for a new safe home with friends, family or neighbours, both in your current area and in the area you are moving to. Put adverts in local newspapers and in communal areas like vets, shops, post office and supermarkets. When you have tried without a result, contact your local shelter for advice. Depending on the age, health and character of your cat, it may not be possible to find a new home through a shelter. You should do all you can to give your cat a happy life with a new family if you cannot manage to arrange to keep it. Your pets are YOUR responsibility, like your other loved ones. By law you have to do what is best for the cat and ensure it has a prosperous future, not abandon it.
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