There have been a lot of reports recently about the bad conditions and care of animals at the cat and dog pound based at Natura Parc in Santa Eugenia. In the interests of unbiased reporting I went along to see the conditions for myself last week. I didn’t announce that I was from a newspaper but instead told them that I was enquiring about adopting either a rabbit or a cat. I have to say I didn’t feel very comfortable about it, I guess I won’t make the greatest undercover reporter. But what I found may surprise you dear reader as it wasn’t all bad, despite the reports. Firstly, the staff that I met there were lovely, friendly and helpful. Secondly, yes the conditions for the cats are not ideal at the moment, but they are building a block for a cattery with indoor and outdoor facilities and room for a veterinary clinic. Thirdly, it was quite a cold day when I visited and was heartened to hear that the one poor lonely rabbit (which apparently is unusual, there are often more than one waiting for a home) was being kept in a heated area rather than unheated. I almost took this furry angora boy bunny home with me. Rabbits are free to adopt, and very straightforward. You have to produce ID and sign some paperwork.
If you are looking for a cat then please consider going to Natura Parc first and seeing if any of them catch your eye. There were a couple that really stood out for me, including this beautiful grey girl, and a very chatty ginger tabby boy! Adoption of the cats and dogs is relatively cheap. They are chipped and vaccinated and provided with a passport for 30€ per cat and 56€ per dog. The pound is open Monday to Saturday. Call for opening times 871 719 772. Natura Parc is close to the village of Santa Eugenia, on Ctra Palma Sineu 15.7km. The cattery isn’t so easy to find, but go to the main building and ask for directions.
If you use Facebook then I urge you to join this new group online which is coordinating the exchange of medications for animals. It is being overseen by several vets and a chemist and is a great initiative in these times of financial crisis. Well done to the originators! Search for: Intercambio de medicina para animales solo en Mallorca. Perhaps you have some medications that you no longer need which you could donate?
If you want to work on some obedience skills with your dog then get yourself over to the Dogs For U workshop this Sunday. You can book by calling 626 919 312. This time it will be a “Recall Workshop: Learn how to motivate your dog to come back when called”.
Every week Pet Project tries to help or re-house a homeless animal in Majorca. Pet Project is supported by the Majorca Daily Bulletin, the PR business Phoenix Media Mallorca and several professional and amateur photographers around the island. You can get in touch with Pet Project at http://www.petprojectmallorca.com