often causing disagreements with their neighbours which in turn can result in them being reported to the Police.
When I spot one of these cats or hear about them I try and find out who feeds them and then arrange to catch and neuter them. While the natural wastage is high, due to traffic accidents and natural causes, neutering makes a big difference to their quality of life and sometimes we can convince their opponents to leave them in peace especially when they know there should be no more kittens.
It makes sad reading, but what can any of us do to help?
“The Cats in Need Charity continues to work hard to round up strays and funds the neutering programme. We’ve neutered literally hundreds of cats so far this year, but it seems like a never ending task,” says Janice. “We urgently need more volunteers to help catch cats for neutering. It’s not difficult, You just need an enormous amount of patience as the cats are very nervous and scatter at the slightest sound or movement, even just a leaf falling!
“All the money we spend comes from donations made directly to Cats in Need, from our collecting tins, and from the sale of greetings cards and gifts etc. We do not receive subsidies from Town Halls so any donation you can make, no matter how small or simply a couple of tins of food will help the cats. Alternatively, people can help Cats in Need by sponsoring a cat for just 50 euros (£40) a year. Cheques made payable in either euros or sterling to Janice Bockling. Thank you.”
Don’t miss feeding time
The cats love meeting visitors too and really enjoy Friday and Sunday mornings, especially when there’s extra tinned food and people to cuddle and stroke them. They are fed around 11.30am and as soon as they hear Janice call they come running from all directions of the house and garden – it’s a great photo opportunity. They are always very grateful for any tinned food brought – otherwise it’s biscuits…!
Check out the Charity Gift Shop
The shop has some great new ideas for interesting presents or cards, many of which are new for 2010, including beautiful new bags, tea towels in a blue and white Provencal design, Cats in Waiting tea pots, bookmarks and lovely bone china mugs. There are also plenty of new greetings cards to choose from, including exclusive hand-finished designs. And it’s not all cats, there are dogs and horses too plus designs for men – so something to suit all tastes.
Visitors are welcome to come and browse during the shop’s opening hours where light refreshments are also available – all proceeds go to help raise funds.
Cats in Need is open on Fridays from 11.00 to 13.00 and Sundays from 10.00 to 13.30. You can call the Cats Helpline on 610 012628 between 10.00 and 14.00 any day of the week.
To find Cats in Need take the road from Mahon to Es Castell, go through the town and up a slight hill until you come to a crossroads. Turn right towards Sant Lluis, then after 100 metre, right again into an unnamed lane and follow it round to Number 16, where you will usually be met by several of Janice’s many resident cats!
Cats in Need, Noria Riera 16, 07720 Es Castell, Menorca. Tel: 971 366 999
Janice is also in Mahon on Saturday mornings (weather depending), and has a stall selling a wide range of gifts just in front of the American bar which attracting lots of new customers.
A selection of cards is also on sale in the Trebaluger supermarket, Jason’s hairdressers in San Luis, Victoria’s shoe shop at Son Bou plus showcases at the Playas de Fornells Country Club and the Hotel Collingwood, Es Castell.
Please do try and visit, the charity really needs your support to continue its eleven years of work caring for the stray cats of Menorca.