Pet Project Mallorca

Every week we aim to re home an animal currently being cared for by an animal refuge on the island. The project is supported by professional photographers from around the island, the PR firm Phoenix Media, and The Majorca Daily Bulletin.

Category: cats and kittens in mallorca

Animal Parties!

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This week’s Pet Project is a quick round up of fundraising events which are coming up in the next weeks in aid of rescued animals.

100% Animal On Sunday 27th October there will be the “100% Animal” festival. This will feature various organisations, refuges, charities, and ecological groups. There will be a little market for organisations to sell gifts, live music, face painting, presentations, animal training demonstrations, a charity raffle, tennis, a Coolest Mongrel competition and the Coolest Ferret competition, and a dog beauty parade featuring dogs which need adopting. The event is happening at the Agroturismo Ca Na Susi which is on Carretera de Valldemossa at km 10.9 (100 metres from S’Esgleieta) and will run from 10am to 7pm on that Sunday. Any enquiries can be made to festivalanimal@outlook.es

On Thursday 31st October, Halloween, you can join a part at Willies Bar in Magaluf. This bar is run byWillies Bar Nicky Morgan who has featured in these pages in the past. Nicky is a dedicated kitten carer, and has hand reared many, many little balls of fur!  This fundraiser will be in aid of “Cat, Kitten and Furry Friends” which are two online groups of animal lovers who respond to animals in distress and give of their own time freely, generously and willingly. The idea came after a colleague and friend of Nicky’s, Elaine Gill, found a dying cat in the streets of Santa Ponsa and they realised that they needed to have some money available for emergency vet bills. Nicky and Elaine along with another passionate animal Nicky Morganover Renee Nijs have got together to organise what sounds like a super party. There will be a free buffet and it is free entrance to the party. There will be live music from JP Bradshaw and karaoke as well, and there will be a charity raffle.  You can get more information by calling 971 130 503. Willie’s Bar is on Avenida Notario Alemany No 9, Magaluf.

Every week Pet Project aims to help to rehome an animal or to help and support a refuge or animal shelter here on the island. Pet Project is run by the PR firm Phoenix Media and is supported by the Majorca Daily Bulletin and some of the island’s best professional and amateur photographers. For more information or to get involved visit www.petprojectmallorca.com or like Pet Project on Facebook.

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Fun and Games in Magaluf.

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984066_496382010434048_1244851043_nYou 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?

IMG_0592“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!

IMG_0647“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 claire@proguardplus.com and Eli at eliwhillock@aol.com.

Pussycats and Open Days

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This week we have two beautiful cats from Mininas, the cat rescue organisation in Palma, and a fantastic opportunity to meet the good people of Dogs For U. Thanks to Cati Salva and Shane Green for their beautiful photos.
Narnia, photo by Cati SalvaKinder is around 2 years old. She was rescued in the cemetery area in Palma where she had been abandoned heavily pregnant. She had 5 little cuties and raised them like a super mom, all chunky and playful. All of the kittens have gone to loving homes, but nobody has taken any interest in Kinder so far. She is affectionate, sweet and loving. She purrs a lot and loves to have people around.

Kinder, photo by Cati SalvaNarnia is one of the unluckiest cats that Mininas have found so far. She was a street cat, but sweet and tame. She had a litter that someone threw in the trash bin, but she was not neutered at all. Then she somehow got hurt in her right eye and lost it. When they spotted her she was in very bad shape, the eye closed, the fur gone in certain spots. She turned out to be allergic to flea bites. The surgery was performed to take out the bad eye and close the socket to avoid further infections, and on the surgery table she was found to be suffering from mastitis. She had to have additional surgery in her breasts and had a long, painful recovery. While all of this happened, she was miserable. She had to wear a collar so that she didn’t lick the stitches and was not happy about this at all. She didn’t know how to move with the collar, she felt trapped. She was however very affectionate, purring from the moment she saw you, but she didn’t move out of fear. Those times are long gone. She is now free from the collar and has been gradually relaxing at her foster home. She is shy when she first meets a new person, but once she gets used to her surroundings she plays and moves around like any other cat would. She is a quiet cat and would work best in a quiet home – preferably with little other feline company. She is okay with another cat or two, but multitudes are not to her liking. Because she is shy, she needs a sweet, loving, soft person by her side that would have the patience to let her move and socialize at her own pace.

You can enquire about either cats by emailing mininasmallorca@gmail.com

Sandy, photo by Shane GreenSANDY, is a beautiful GSD-mix, young adult, soft and fluffy, full of beans and utterly adorable.  Sandy would benefit most with an active family, who thrive on walking and getting exercise and devoting time to playing with and training a new family dog.  You can meet Sandy on Sunday at the Dogs For U Open Day waiting to put dusty paws all over clean clothes!  The open day will be on Sunday 1 Sept from  4pm to 8 pm. There is a map available at http://dogsforu.org/ There will be dog agility demonstrations by PerrosYMas (Hundeschule auf Mallorca), cakes, drinks, tombola, clothes, bric-a-brac and a chance to meet the dogs and the DFU volunteers. You can get more information from 971 14 23 11.

Every week the PR firm Phoenix Media aims to help an animal rescue organisation and re-home an animal with the collaboration of the island’s best amateur and professional photographers and the Majorca Daily Bulletin. 

 

 

 

Bingo! Just another street cat (not).

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By Vicki McLeod

Bingo2 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 yearBingo 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!

Tigger seeks home!

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TiggerThis handsome chilled-out tabby cat is Tigger, and he urgently needs re-homing, because his owners are returning to the UK for health reasons – and their new rented home there does not allow pets.  Much to their surprise, the couple has sold their home on Mallorca very quickly and have to vacate it by the end of the month. Along with the stress of moving at short notice, and health concerns, they have the anxiety of trying to find a new home for their feline friend. As often happens here on the island, Tigger adopted them, when he decided that he liked the garden of their home near Calas de Mallorca. He’s been with them for just under four years, and was just a young cat when he arrived. He’s been neutered, has just had his annual vaccinations, and is in good health.

Although he lives outdoors, Tigger is never far from the house – usually snoozing under a bush – and loves human company. He enjoys being stroked and fussed, and will happily jump onto an available lap if someone’s sitting outside – but he is not used to children. Described as a ‘loyal companion’, he likes to be close by when anyone is in the garden. He waits patiently at the door each morning for his breakfast, and returns in the evening for his dinner. Tigger’s ‘owners’ live on a small development of holiday homes and, unfortunately, they have no neighbours in full-time residence who could take on their much-loved companion. The new owners of their home will be staying here for holidays only.

Could you give Tigger a loving home? If so, you’ll be gaining a loyal companion – and reducing the stress that his owners are currently going through. You can contact them on 971 833 733
or email gillcwll@msn.com

Photo credit for Tigger – Jan Edwards

Spay Shuttle! (the mobile vet clinic)

A repurposed ambulance!Simple as ABC: Animal Birth Control.  A rather familiar looking vehicle pulled up outside of Natura Parc refuge recently and proceeded to neuter some of the residents of the pound. Sheridan Conisbee from Dogs For U was so excited about this new initiative that the organisation took on Lenny and Basil after they had been neutered to show their support to the new idea. This is what she had to say about the project from the animal rescue and rights group BALDEA.

Basil

Basil

“Maxi Lange of BALDEA who attended all day (phew, very hot and tiring) told me that the mobile clinic was once an ambulance from IB Salut, the Government´s health service, which was given to them for use as a Mobile Vet Clinic.  With donated funds, BALDEA kitted it out to the standard demanded by the Veterinary authorities, and with signage on the outside saying “Sterilisation Unit for Abandoned Animals”. It is used when funds allow to neuter feral cats and dogs from shelters, rescuers, refugios, etc.  It is not for cats & dogs privately owned already.

Lenny

Lenny

“The case for pre-adoption neutering: I reckon it´s in the interest of the wider animal welfare community on the island and especially dog & cat rescuers to get behind this and show support for a pre-adoption neutering policy at all pounds on the island.  We should be demanding it.   It´s simple: the cost of pre-adoption neutering can be covered by an increased adoption fee, hence the shelters themselves wouldn´t be losing financially.

Inside the mobile clinic“Looking outside Mallorca for statistical evidence, since California mandated sterilisation of shelter dogs before adoption in 1998, the numbers of dogs killed in California shelters has fallen by 22% (Source: Animal People News, investigative journalism).  If Mallorca´s municipal and private pounds could adopt this approach and lead the way for neutering to become the accepted norm amongst the island´s dog owners, lots of lovable dogs like Lenny and Basil wouldn´t be having to take their last walk!”

To keep this running, BALDEA are desperately in need of funds for equipment and supplies.

How you can help

·         Write to your pound telling them of your support for increased adoption fees if they introduce neutering.

·         Donate generously for BALDEA´s mobile clinic.  This marvellous motor is in dire need of investment in a Gas Anaesthetic Machine to facilitate sterilizations, safely and quickly.  It also needs funds for much-needed supplies, including dog and cat spay sets and suture material.  You can go to http://www.baldea.org for more information.

Lenny and Basil are both looking for permanent homes, so please do contact Sheridan at http://www.dogsforu.org for more information.

Photo credits for mobile vet clinic and dog photos – Sheridan Conisbee

Every week Pet Project tries to help an abandoned animal find a new home in Majorca. You can help by lending your support online at http://www.petprojectmallorca.com