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.

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10503391_10152233130348507_940199882_oI was hoping that this week’s Pet Project would be a story of cat adoption triumph. Last week these two little guys, who my family have raised by hand from birth, were due to be adopted permanently by another family in Majorca. At the very last minute they dropped out. This means that these two loving, friendly, hilarious balls of fun and fur are in desperate need of a new home. They are almost three months old. They could be apartment cats as they have yet to go outside, and they are litter tray trained. They love to play, and they love each other very much. This is why they should not be separated and they are up for adoption as a pair. They are available for adoption through Cat and Kitten Rescue Mallorca run by Elaine Gill and Nicky Morgan. A big part of the adoption is the undertaking that the adoptees will commit to having the cats castrated when the time comes, and this means that their operations are paid for up front and in advance: the adoptee then receives vouchers which can be redeemed with one of the vets who is participating in the scheme and the animals are castrated. The cost per cat is 55€, plus if possible a donation to the organisation which covers other vet bills, food, kitten milk etc which then enables them to continue to save more little furry lives. And, do you remember the kittens that were found abandoned in a bin? They are now ready for adoption as well. If you can help and seriously want to have some beautiful cats in your life then get in touch with Nicky on 699 532 267. You can also find the organisation on Facebook Cat-and-Kitten-Rescue-Mallorca.10477726_10152233198358507_451343722_o

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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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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.

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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

Beautiful Blue-eyed Asmaar

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With the support of the Majorca Daily Bulletin, the refuges and the general public and with our increasing success of homing animals Pet Project is beginning to gain momentum. This week we welcome a guest writer, Llúcia Benito and photographer Cati Salva to tell Asmaar’s story.

Asmaar is a loving, kind and grateful cat, white like snow, with beautiful blue eyes. He is deaf, but this is not a problem for him, he’s just like any other cat.

Asmaar was found by Jessica Cusinier in Manacor inside a shoebox about to die, when he was less than a month old. At that time, Jessica was working at a veterinary clinic in Montuïri and she took him to the vet to try to save him. They fed him with a syringe, kept him in an incubator and held him for hours every day to keep him warm, and gave this little guy lots of affection and love. Every day was a new challenge for Asmaar.

The vets and Jessica, knowing how he was found, so small and without a mother, did not have much hope of him surviving. To everyone’s surprise, he managed to get to two months of age, and Jessica could finally take him home and adopt him. She had a dog, so Asmaar grew up with dogs.

A few years later Jessica moved to Palma and took Asmaar and Minkie (Asmaar’s best buddy) along. Because of job issues, Jessica had to move to Catalonia and left the cats in the apartment they rented to students. We can say that thanks to this fact, Asmaar has met many people: he is sociable and likes to be around people. It was in this apartment that I, Llúcia met Asmaar six years ago, because I am friends with Jessica. But it wasn’t until late 2012, by a twist of fate, that I ended up living in this apartment. So I have personal experience of living with Asmaar, he is a lovely cat.

But now the lease contract is about to end and this student accommodation will be closed down and so Asmaar needs a new home. He is currently being fostered but he really needs a permanent home. The woman who takes care of Asmaar cannot keep him for much longer. She starts working soon and has to travel a lot, and Asmaar needs a special person to adopt him.

Asmaar needs a person who can feed him small amounts of food three or four times throughout the day rather than bigger less frequent meals. So logistically his new home must be able to do this. Asmaar is quite territorial and therefore needs a home with easy going cats or no other cats at all. If you are looking for a new loving, calm and quiet companion, Asmaar is waiting for a second chance. You can contact me, Llúcia Benito either by email at lluciacbn@hotmail.com or by phone at 626083558.

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Every week Pet Project tries to help or re-home 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.