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2016.03.17 09:47

Shelters with feeding points for feral cats

Algirdas Acus2016.03.17 09:47

Feral cats often divide residents of apartment buildings into the ones who tend to care and feed them and the others who are angry about all the mess around.

Feral cats often divide residents of apartment buildings into the ones who tend to care and feed them and the others who are angry about all the mess around.

Activists from Lithuanian NGO Pet Welfare Initiative aim to resolve the dispute by introducing official feeding points with cosy shelters for feral cats in apartment buildings’ yards.

“A lot of people are angry that I feed cats under their windows, and in this legal place I can feed cats without fear”, says Larisa, a resident of one of Vilnius apartment buildings.

Larisa is one of those cat feeders who look after feral cats daily. Cats usually know their feeding time, and now they wait for Larisa to come with the goods.

Pet Welfare Initiative started to fit shelters for cats last fall, and now the organization has 21 feeding point – the aim is 35.

The cost of one such “cat house” is 50 Euro; all money was raised from cat lovers’ donations.

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Sound bite (Lithuania)

MILDA BUKANTYTĖ, representative of NGO Pet Welfare Initiative:

Based on the system, special permissions are granted in municipality for an official cat feeding point. These points are places where feral cats can be fed, handled, sterilized and you can see these special shelters built for them.

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LARISA ZOBINA, feeder of feral cats:

A lot of people are angry that I feed cats under their windows, and here I can feed cats without fear that someone would shout at me, and even if they would, I know what I can answer.

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MILDA BUKANTYTĖ, representative of NGO Pet Welfare Initiative:

In order to avoid all that discontent, we want clean feeding points with special shelters.

Sound bite (Lithuania)

MILDA BUKANTYTĖ, representative of NGO Pet Welfare Initiative:

There are many feral cats near apartment buildings, and I do not see any decrease in numbers. However, there are many people who want to take care of those animals.

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