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A House for Cats and Kids

by Fundacion Vivatma
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids

Dear donor and friend, You Know Who. We are really wowed and honored by your support and I can tell you that I have not been lazy working on behalf of cats with special needs. As I already told you, feral cats in our region mostly suffer from Feline Leukemia or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), which means death sentence for sure, unless they are rescued and treated adequately. We ultimately lost Lakshman due to FIV, but life goes on and that’s when Floki showed up. Likewise every abandoned animal, Floki can tell his story of abandonment, illness and cruelty. He has been thrown away in a plastic bag, covered with paint and dying of pneumonia and spent two months recovering in our local veterinary, before I decided to adopt him. He is also diagnosed with FIV, which usually comes with ulcers and tumors in the mouth, causing a lot of pain and complicating feed intake. But since he knows he has a home, he’s been making good progress, and again we can confirm that home, a family life and tuna make the difference. Obviously these infected cats need medical treatment to stimulate their immune system, but the secret for a better quality of life actually is a loving home. Hopefully some day we can build our House for Cats and Kids, so that many cats can recover in a safe place and finally find their match. Thank you for your trust, dear donor and friend, You Know Who.

Lakshman
Lakshman

Dear donor and friend, You Know Who. We have been busy during the last few weeks, creating our Safe Haven project. Well, it’s public now and we are ready for a miracle to buy our own piece of land, I guess you already know that our landlord withdrew the permission to build the House for Cats and Kids on her place.

Meanwhile, cats still need to be rescued, fed, and taken care of. Especially those semi-ferals, who once had grown with blankets, toys and kitten food, only to be abandoned later in the mountains. Some of them survive and get adapted to “life in the wild”, they try to avoid humans, because they do not trust them anymore. But hunger forces them not to remove too far into the woods, and there is still that longing for warmth, because they remember.

Lakshman came into our lives two years ago, a six to eight years old stray with a suspicious mind towards humans. But his disease, probably feline immunodeficiency virus, which caused carcinogenic tumors in his mouth, prevented him from hunting, he was starving and asked for help. At night, I used to leave some food outside for the invisible cats and there was Lakshman, who only showed up in the darkness to devour his food and then hid again. After a year he responded to his name and let me touch him, he learned to defend his food against bold neighbor cats and even opossums, but it took another year until he finally chose a cozy place inside, not without back-sliding, he often prefers sleeping in the cold and would never ever let me open his mouth for medication. But he is home now, and that means a lot.

I already told Merlin’s story in another report. It is similar to Lakshman’s, but as Merlin is quite younger, his adaption process has been faster and within only about eight months he became a confident, lazy couch potato.

Those forgotten cats like Merlin and Lakshman are our future target group, it’s a real challenge, but it’s absolutely worthwhile.

His first house outside (night camara capture)
His first house outside (night camara capture)
An opossum, stealing his food
An opossum, stealing his food
Lakshman in his tree house
Lakshman in his tree house
Merlin
Merlin

Dear donor and friend, You Know Who. Thank you for your patience, after three months without a single word you really deserve an update. Life sometimes is unpredictable and it turned out that we, given to certain circumstances, decided to reach out for an own piece of land, where we are free to realize our projects. So, in spite of the changed circumstances, we are still committed to our project “A House for Cats and Kids” and we know that we are doing the right thing. This is just a big opportunity to expand our vision, to create so much more and to become a blessing not only for homeless cats, but also for blind senior strays. We will work hard on changing our actual project into its grandest version, and I promise it will include our wonderful House for Cats and Kids. Because with your help, we already gathered $2,610.00 that are not lost, but deposited safely on a special account. We want to thank you so much for your solidarity, support and confidence. It means the world to us and gives us the power and the strength to go ahead. As an African proverb says: “When you want to go fast, go alone. When you want to go far, go together”, so let’s do this. Let’s go far, let’s go together.

The imaginary House for Cats and Kids
The imaginary House for Cats and Kids

Dear donor and friend, You Know Who. Finally, here they are!! We are so excited to share our architectural plans with you. Still, we do not know where to build our wonderful House for Cats and Kids, but at least we want to make it more visible.  A big THANK YOU goes out to our architect friend Iván Ángel, who was so inspired by the project, that he donated the plans. As you can see, there are two wooden modules, the cats’ sleeping rooms. In the middle there is a patio, a large space suitable for wheel-chairs, where the kids can play and interact with the shelter cats. Our main task now is to look for a lot with a house, to provide us with electricity and water, in order to avoid the official building permission, which is quite expensive. Maybe we have to create a mega project, to include our shelter dogs we already take care of, and offer some stray veterans, blind and too old to survive outside in the streets, a safe place to spend their last golden days, weeks or months. We’ll let you know!! And, as always, your ideas are so very welcome. Let’s do that together! Thank you for being there.

Floor plan of the facade
Floor plan of the facade
Section 1 (patio and dormitories)
Section 1 (patio and dormitories)
Section 2 (roof design)
Section 2 (roof design)
The very first scratch. Historical.
The very first scratch. Historical.

Dear donor and friend, You Know Who. This is going to be my last-minute report and you really deserve to read some Vivatma news to know, how we are doing. We have already made the first steps, reaching out to a local architect for a plan, but as time in Colombia doesn’t exist, he has not yet finished it. But as soon as I hold it in my hands, I’ll share it with you, promise!!

The other news I want to communicate, is that the owner of the piece of land where our dog shelter is located, does no longer agree to our project “A House for Cats and Kids”. Which means that we don’t give up never ever, but have to face a real challenge, because now we need either to buy an own piece of land (money issues!!!) or rent one (same issue). We have not yet solved this problem, because it’s a really big one, but I’ll keep you informed. For now, your donation is safe, and we won’t touch it before we finally can start to realize our dream. Thank you again for your support and your confidence; we feel that although we are having a difficult time, we are not alone.  By the way, any suggestions or new concepts are welcome!!!!

 

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Fundacion Vivatma

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Fundación Vivatma
Tabio, Colombia
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