A day at the PAWS-PATAS cattery in Los Gallardos in Almeria

SOCIAL SKILLS: All PAWS-PATAS cats receive personal attention Photo credit: PAWS-PATAS

RAIN, sun or national holiday, it’s the same thing for the cats and kittens of the PAWS-PATAS shelter in Los Gallardos.

The same could be said of the dedicated and passionate volunteers who care for them, assisting Cattery Manager Fiona.

“They start at 9 a.m. and the good news they all want to hear is that no kittens or cats have been abandoned at the doors of the shelter,” said Chrissie Cremore, contributor and fundraiser at PAWS-PATAS.

There are litter boxes to clean, food and water bowls to wash and refill, floors to wash, and special diets or medications to administer before playtime begins.

Kittens like to socialize a lot, which luckily tires them out and so they need a nap. Teenagers usually “helped out” throughout the housework and take naps.
Older cats are now ready for calm, personal cuddles and affection. Individual needs are respected, as they have waited so long to be chosen that Fiona and the volunteers know all of their quirks.

Shy, nervous cats need more time to relax, which improves their chances of being housed, Chrissie explained.
There are vet errands to organize, as many abandoned cats and kittens are very sick. Scheduling shifts can be a juggling act of too many cats and kittens and too few volunteers, as minimizing cross infection is essential.

Cat litter needs to be washed and dried, home checks organized and food, medicine, litter and litter – the cattery processes 30 bags a week – put away. Outdoor vegetation must also be controlled.

“Without statutory funding, PAWS-PATAS relies heavily on the wonderful and supportive public. Vet bills and medication are incredibly expensive and extra food is needed if our fantastic donations haven’t arrived from Holland,” Chrissie said.

Before handing over to the night shift, Fiona and her volunteers finally tear themselves away from their bundles of love and pleasure, who are patiently living in hopes of finding their “forever” homes.

For more information and to volunteer, adopt, foster or donate, visit the website www.paws-patas.org.

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