We recently had a visit to the sanctuary by local photographer Yulian Sotolongo Vazquez who took some amazing pictures of our beloved residents.
Currently there are around 180 cats who call the sanctuary home, each of them has their own unique, quirky personality and these photos do an amazing job at catpturing their beautiful souls.
We are currently working on building a new area at the sanctuary to house a group of 15 cats whom desperatly needed to be relocated and in the next update we will share pictures of the completed project.
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With winter just around the corner we have been working on getting the newly built cat houses equipped with wood burning pellet stoves to keep the kitties warm and cozy. Even though the temperature here in Spain rarely dips below freezing it does get quite chilly at night and very humid so heating definitely improves the quality of life of our furry friends. And when day turns to night, they know it’s time to get a good spot by the fire to cozy up for the evening and nothing warms our hearts more to see them happy and content.
When we moved the cat shelter to its current location just over 4 years ago, the very first house we built was for our cats with FelV. For those of you who don’ t know, FelV stands for feline leukemia, it’s a virus that weakens the cat’s immune system which can lead to various diseases and eventually death. It’s contagious from cat to cat so it’s important that all cats are tested upon arrive at the shelter and those who are positive must be kept separate.
During the move we had a very limited amount of time to build some shelters and move 150+ cats so the original house we built was actually made out of scraps of wood. Over time it has deteriorated, and its foundations were beginning to rot so the time has come to rebuild it.
The old house has already been demolished, new materials have been purchased and building starts next week! The new house will be approximately 350 square feet (32 square meters) with windows for natural light, a wood pellet stove for heat, a loft area, a covered porch and will be fully furnished with lots of shelves and soft comfy beds for our furry friends.
We are really proud and excited about this project. Cats with FelV are not widely accepted at other facilities so they really don’t get much of a chance and we are one of the only shelters in the area with a dedicated space for them. On average cats will live for 2 to 3 years once diagnosed and we aim to make that time as comfortable as possible for them.
The house you see in these pictures is the old one and I will be sure to update you all the pictures of the new house as soon as we’ve completed it. I’ve also included some pictures of our lovely FelV residents. Enjoy!
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