Torrevieja Town Hall launches campaign to save stray kittens
Residents of Torrevieja are urged not to separate kittens from their mothers
The CES project and the animal protection group of Torrevieja Town Hall have launched a campaign under the hashtag #noselosquites, urging members of the public to adopt appropriate courses of action when they come across litters of stray kittens.
Councillor Carmen Morate and Ana Llopis of the CES stress above all the need to avoid separating kittens from their mother, as this represents a threat to the lives of the newborns. If a litter is found unattended the most likely scenario is that the mother will return shortly, having most probably left her offspring in search of food or of an alternative location to look after them. The presence of humans is one of the few factors which can prevent her from doing so, according to Sra Morate.
For this reasons, kittens should be taken in only if one is ill or is found on its own in the street, and only when it is certain that the youngster has been abandoned should the CES, the Asociación Animalista or the “Albergue municipal” in Torrevieja be called.
Finding foster homes for cats is no easy task in Torrevieja - there have been just 100 successes in over a year – and one of the aims is to avoid overcrowding in the municipal cattery, although the protection of defenceless kittens is also high on the list of priorities.
In order to promote the #noselosquites initiative offline as well as on Twitter, posters are being produced, the objective being to make as many people as possible aware of the correct approach to stray kittens in the most populated municipality of the Vega Baja del Segura area of the province of Alicante.