Hi all, I know its been a while since the last post, but this move to Ireland has been so time-consuming! Apart from settling in and looking after the animals that came from Spain with us, we have also taken on two donkeys who we are hoping will be able to be part of a donkey education/therapy project next year.
At the moment we are getting them used to interacting with us and the environment around them, as they were quite shy when we got them. The process involves taking them for walks, grooming, walking them in and out of challenging environments, and putting up with the seven cats who like to come with us wherever we go! I have to say they do take exception when the cats get to close and poor Gobbi has been close to stamping hooves a couple of times…but it doesn’t deter him!
The donkeys are not the best helpers though as I discovered when I was trying dig up a new yard area for them!
To be fair both Lee (my Stepdaughter and donkey expert) and me think they will be perfect to go with us to schools and events to promote animal welfare next year.
With winter drawing in and the urgent work list reducing at last, I hope to be able to spend more time working on WTFAW and on this blog!
Will keep you all informed on progress
We already have 6 rescue cats and could easily have many more as there are thousands of feral and abandoned cats in Spain but how do you deal with this difficult and emotive problem?
Juan Antonio, one of our six rescued cats
People love having kittens but very rarely have them neutered, resulting in an increasing population and a lot of welfare groups trying to deal with the ones that are not wanted.
Where I live the official method of control by the local authorities is to catch the stray/feral cats and destroy them.
The Trap Neuter and Release system works by trapping feral cats checking to see they are healthy and have no transmittable diseases, neutering them and releasing them back to the place they were trapped following up with health care and supplementary feed.
The idea is that by doing this a stable sustainable healthy population of cats remains. If you simply take all the cats from an area and kill them a vacuum is produced which is then populated by more feral cats and the cycle continues.
WTFAW is considering starting a trial project here in Southern Spain and would be interested to hear the views of its readers on this as there are strong views for and against the practice.
Please let us know your views on this.