Dear everyone - I've joined this forum as I'm trying any possible way to help the stray cats where I am currently living - Sarajevo, Bosnia. Very few people here care about cats or dogs and very few want to re-home them. I've been here one year now and have 4 of my own strays, and another 8 in the garden. Now it's winter I have made them all little styrofoam-lined boxes and filled them with straw whereupon they immediately moved in. They are so grateful for a little love and kindness and, of course, always line up for feeding time. I have already managed to capture and neuter two of them and have given rabies and regular anti-cat disease innoculations to 5 and am in the process of sending 2 to England to my mum, who fell in love with them when she visited here. It takes 6 months to process a Bosnian cat, under the PETS programme, so they can go to the UK, which seems to be the only country where people actually care enough to do something about these poor little creatures. So, I'm writing firstly, to see if anyone wants to adopt a Bosnian cat and, secondly, to see if anyone has advice or can help me here to help these cats.
There are NO sanctuaries here ... I'm trying to help one lady who personally looks after 15 cats and 200 dogs, but she cannot take any more and the conditions the animals live in are not good at all, but at least they are fed, have shelter and lots of love. The cases she has are horrible - one cat has no tail as it had to be amputated when someone stuck its paws and tail to a mouse glue trap; another cat had all its paws broken; yet another had been set fire to - it's really dreadful what people do to them - a friend of mine saw 3 boys nailing a kitten to a fence the other day, by the time she reached them to yell at them to stop, the kitten was dead - such cruelty.
Would anyone be interested in running a fund-raising campaign in the UK, specifically for these cats, or to help me from the UK to find homes for them. I have recently found a wonderful vet who spends all his spare time sterilising animals for free - but the situation is out of control - with packs of dogs running around and hundreds of starving kittens and puppies and adult cats desperately trying to survive.
Anyone interested in helping - please let me know.
Thanks and Happy New Year to you all.