Bingo! Just another street cat (not).
By Vicki McLeod
It was a year ago, give or take a week, when I was looking through the Mallorca animal Facebook groups to see if there was any news I could use for the Pet Project column when my eye fell upon this lively looking kitten. Her alert expression made me laugh out loud, and somewhere inside me I knew that I was going to adopt her. This was in direct opposition to the whole point of Pet Project: I had started the project earlier in the year as my response to the growing problem of abandoned animals in Majorca. I simply couldn’t adopt them all but I wanted to help, I wanted to find a way to get those animals to people who would love them and look after them. I couldn’t bear the sight of yet another dejected dog dumped at the gates of Son Reus for whatever reason, and I knew that if you had better photos of the animals that they were more likely to be adopted. The first ever Pet Project column was inspired by Cati Salvo who is a very talented amateur photographer (thanks should also go to the amazing professional photographers that have given their time over the past year including: Karl Grant, Oliver Neilson, and Samantha Hemsley, and I am very happy to say that this list is soon to be joined by more, thank you). Cati had taken a wonderful photo of a cat that needed a home, and although I couldn’t offer that animal a home at the time, I was inspired to help him. So I asked the Majorca Daily Bulletin for their support, happily they agreed and they have patiently given Pet Project a space in their newspaper every Friday for almost 18 months now; thank you to Jason, Humphrey, Christina and the rest of the MDB team. Between us so far we have homed several dogs and cats, and have given publicity and helped with fundraising for a variety of causes around the island as well.
I did adopt the kitten. I rang up the person who had posted the photo in Facebook and arranged to meet them on a road in Palma. I literally took delivery of this little scrap of fur outside of a Bingo hall. And that is how she got her name. Bingo. A year on and she delights me every day with her quirky personality. Even though she was a feral cat born in the house of man who had Diogenes syndrome (a hoarder to you and I) she settled right in to our house and got on very well with our other pets. The moral of this story? Sometimes you have to follow your heart. If you see an animal in need and you can help, then please do.
Coming up this weekend on Saturday July 20th there is a fundraising party to help at the CEIP Miquel Duran i Saurina (check with the organisers for the full address). It is to help fill the coffers for a sterilisation project for stray and feral street cats (just like my beloved Bingo who started off as just another street cat). The sterilisation project is very important as it is absolutely the best way to prevent disease and over population of cats. Adult tickets are 10€ and include a vegetarian buffet and children’s tickets (under 12 years) are 5€. The price includes dinner, a drink and dessert. There will be live music and entertainment for children as well, including face painting by the lovely Marion Donaque. If you can’t make it to the event then please do think of making a donation to the cause. You can get more information about the party at www.facebook.com/talldorella.mallorca.
If you want to support Pet Project as it grows then please join us on Twitter at @petprojectmallo, on Facebook (search Pet Project Mallorca) or on the web at www.petprojectmallorca.com. Please keep reading the column every week in the MDB and show your friends!