You may have seen her around, Renée Nijs is known as The Dog Lady of Magaluf. She’s the cheerful character walking her pooches around and about in a pram. Yes, a pram. This weekend coming Renée is organising and gathering together like minded people for a fundraising party for SOS Animales, and she would love it if you would join her. It does sound like a lot of fun to be honest. There will be food, drink and entry into the tombola for the bargain price of 20€ per person, plus plenty of silly party games to keep everyone entertained. It will be at the Pirates Beach Bar in Magaluf on Sunday 15th September it is scheduled to start at 11.00 and go on until 15.30pm. You can make a reservation beforehand by calling 971 131 328. Renée wanted particularly to mention all of the businesses which have been supporting her cause: Katmandu, BCM, El Mundo Restaurant, Tapas, Ecus Rent A Car, Nicky Morgan of Willies. It really has been a labour of love for Renée to get everything together as she has no car and does everything on foot. Well done Renée and we hope your event goes with a bang!
Kitten rescue dramas
Scots born Eli Whillock, who is a huge animal lover is contributing to this week’s Pet Project with her own tales of kitten rescues, can you help her home the last remaining pussycat?
“My friends Sascha and Antonio were having a walk with their daughter Sophia on her horse Lluna I in Son Ferrer. They were passing a derelict building when four tottie kittens ran up to them crying their wee heads off. They were friendly, unusual as they thought they would be feral kittens. The kittens were trying to follow them, crying all the way. So when they went home they gathered dishes, food and water and returned to them… they were starving! I went with them and they were in a horrible situation, rattling around the rubble and filthy rubbish. The picture taken of the four of them gorging was their first look at food, they were lying in the dish, on top of each other, it would have been funny if it hadn’t been so sad. It was really difficult to leave them as they were running after us like we were the Pied Piper, screaming in distress. We knew there was nothing we could do at that point, so they were left in the building that night and our friend Claire went in following morning, she visited them, fed and watered them again. One was missing, but we later found out that it was found by a local lady who has many cats, and she took it in.
“We decided we couldn’t leave them there but there was no room at various shelters to take in more kittens, so Claire offered to house them in her laundry room on a very temporary basis until we could, hopefully, find homes for them or find someone to foster them. We managed to cobble together a bed, litter tray, lots of food and toys and Claire’s laundry room was a much better bet than where they were, 50 yards away from a farm with lots of large dogs, and right beside a busy main road! It was not good. So off they went with Claire to Paguera to be looked after by Claire and her little boy Fred.
“So now there were three. Claire managed to find a fabulous home for one of them, and the tabby and white boy was picked up on Monday. I decided to give the ginger boy a home. Claire has 3 cats already and Sascha has 6!
“So now we are one! A little tabby girl… Claire and I took the kittens to see Ricardo the vet in Paguera who very kindly offered his services to check them over. Healthy looking wee souls, no fleas and he wormed them for us. Ricardo reckons they are about 7-8 weeks old. They are all extremely tame, enjoy being picked up for a cuddle, munching and drinking well and are using the litter tray no problem at all.
“All we need now is a kind soul who has been thinking of adding a cat member to their family, or who knows that one more wee soul won’t make that much difference to the one or two they already have, to come forward and give her a loving forever home.” You can get in touch with Claire at email@example.com and Eli at firstname.lastname@example.org.