Cattery Cattery for Los Gallardos-based animal charity PAWS-PATAS

DEMOLISHED: Fiona standing at the former site of the PAWS-PATAS Quarantine and Admissions Block Photo Credit: Chrissie Cremore

THE PAWS-PAWS mentioned in the name of the Los Gallardos-based animal charity belong to both cats and dogs.

The cattery plays a major role in PAWS-PATAS rescue and adoption activities, but recently the association faced a major disaster.

“Over the years, the foundations of the all-important quarantine admissions block have gradually become unstable. After the recent persistent rain, the building had to be demolished and the rubble removed immediately for safety reasons,” Chrissie Cremore told the Weekly euro news.

“It’s put us under extreme stress and anxiety so we need to rebuild as quickly as possible,” Chrissie said.

“We needed more foster parents as the situation is only going to get worse, but with the incredible help of many people offering to become foster parents, the situation was rectified quite quickly.”

Nevertheless, PAWS-PATAS desperately needs to rebuild this unit and to date they have raised €2,000 but need over €20,000 to rebuild.

“This is a huge achievement for our already overstretched volunteers, so any fundraising help is welcome,” Chrissie said.

She explained that the PAWS-PATAS cattery run by Fiona Standing is small but the association is continually asked to help.

“We need to ask people to fill out a ‘waiting list form’ which you can find on the www.paws-patas.org website,” Chrissie said. “This is especially relevant now that we have nowhere to put incoming cats.”

The website also gives details on how to volunteer, foster (always desperately needed, especially for bottle-feeding tiny orphans) or help with vet errands and, in fact, donate.

“Please mention ‘cats’ when donating,” Chrissie added.

PAWS-PATAS also needs help driving their books each month to Scotty’s in Mojacar where they raise money to sterilize local cats through their used book sale.

“If you’re over 25, you can use the PAWS-PATAS van,” Chrissie said. “To find out more, send an e-mail to [email protected] address.”

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