“The situation of homeless cats in the country has reached a state of explosion and lack of control,” warns Gadi Whitner, spokesman for the Animal Welfare Association of Israel, which is launching a campaign to adopt and raise awareness of the suffering of abandoned cats, along with a new digital adoption portal.

“The number of cats on the streets, at associations and quarantine stations is greater than that of dogs,” Whitner explains. “People are less likely to adopt cats, perhaps because they do not have such good public relations. But this cat is a stunning and adorable animal, they communicate exceptionally well, lovingly, this cat is a healing animal.They are so comfortable at home, do not have to go out with them, and enough to clean their litter box once a day.Today the sand is so advanced That even there is no smell. “

Cats (Photo: Haim Schwarzenberg)

“We uploaded to the association’s website all the cats that are in the kitten, and every week we will go up new joiners and congratulate the lucky ones who found homes,” Whitner explains of the newly established portal, “You can see pictures of all our amazing cats, read their ID, what they like , How they behave. Everyone is looking for love, they are suitable for any home that has a connection. But the most important thing as an effort is to know that it is a commitment, it is not a toy for a child or a momentary whim because when you return a cat you trauma him. We love to play, and it fills the house with happiness. “

He emphasizes that the association carefully examines the family before the adoption. “We make a contract with the efforts and can visit to demand the peace of the cat, and the adoptive family must not transfer the cat to another family or throw it on the street. We have a responsible adoption contract that aims to regulate adoption on the best side. The aim is to reach a situation like abroad. A social worker for the adoptive family’s home to make sure everything is in order, and of course to be following the adoption. “

As every year in the spring, the litter season of cats brings with it tens of thousands of puppies all over the country. Most of them are born on the street to homeless cats into a cruel reality that makes it difficult for them to survive at a young age, and later they look for food sources in territorial struggles, being exposed to disease, accidents, abuse and more. These days, the association receives dozens of abandoned kittens, which will be given up for adoption when they reach the age of three months, after receiving all the necessary vaccinations and undergoing spaying or neutering surgery.

Cats for Adoption Credit for Video Photography and Editing Gabriel Lucas

Subsidized neutering and sterilization

It is estimated that there are more than 2 million homeless cats in Israel. The solution to prevent the uncontrolled culture of homeless cats and reduce the suffering of these helpless puppies is spaying and neutering, surgeries that are the responsibility of local authorities. During the Corona period, however, most of them did not engage in the craft of capturing cats, spaying and neutering, which would have prevented many litters.

The Animal Welfare Association of Israel will subsidize the costs of spaying and neutering surgeries for homeless cats and domestic cats by the end of 2021, at a cost of NIS 100 for spaying and NIS 150 for spaying, and the association hopes that the spaying and neutering clinic can continue subsidizing in 2022. “It all depends on support. The public, by making donations to these vital surgeries, “Whitner explains.

Gadi Whitner (Photo: Doron Orciano – Whitner)Gadi Whitner (Photo: Doron Orciano – Whitner)

“We humans are to blame for the cats getting into a state of street life,” he emphasizes, “we are not saying that all cats on the street should be killed, absolutely not. But they should be cared for and cared for, they may not be walking around airports or hospitals. “We had a case where a cat fell into an operating room. They are dangerous. The street is a disaster, they are exposed to dangers, diseases and constantly in search of food and water. The local authorities, with the state, need to make an orderly plan for spaying and neutering and release budgets.”

Whitner warns that the situation of abandoned animals in Israel, which also includes the dog population, has already led to an outbreak of rabies in the country. “There are cases in the north, in the south and it has even reached the center. It is the price of neglect,” he explains, “in the Negev there are at least 100,000 stray dogs documented by us in the last year. There are lots of injured dogs, with holes in the body and suffocated puppies. “We have documentation of bands covering entire communities.”

NIS 4 million a year

The Animal Welfare Association of Israel has a protected facility for animals that can house up to 250 dogs and 100 abandoned cats. In the shelter complex, which covers seven dunams in Tel Aviv (159 Herzl Street), there are also complexes for the treatment of exotic animals and farm animals.

One of the most important issues for the association, is naturally the budget. The costs of maintaining the facility and caring for the animals are enormous, the electricity and water bills are very high as well as the costs of food for puppies, food for adults and patients, fresh vegetables and fruits for all peckers and rodents and of course expensive veterinary and pharmacological treatment. The association adds that the regular maintenance of the place requires considerable investment in the maintenance of expensive veterinary equipment in the clinic and in the sewer, air conditioning and heating systems, in repairing the pens, chicken coops, roofs and more. The funds for the maintenance and care of the animals are received from donations only, and the annual expenditure reaches NIS 4 million annually. (You can donate, among other things, on the association’s website or at the 4553 hotline *).

“Government assistance is provided to us once a year by the Ministry of the Environment, through a chariot project – help ranging from 150 to 200 thousand shekels,” explains Whitner. “This help can be enough to renovate a few individual pens for dogs, we donate this money but of course we do not “We can count on it as a backbone for current expenses and the maintenance of the place. We need donations from the public in Israel and around the world.”

To the adoption portal: www.spca.co.il

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