Save A Gato (Cat)
The San Juan National Historical Site "Paseo del Morro" in Puerto Rico has an interesting situation that puts a bit of suspense to the walk. You will get the sensation of someone watching you; and it is all about a colony of cats.
A colony of cats that Save a Gato (gato is cat in Spanish) is responsible for. Save a Gato is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, care, sterilization and adoption of homeless cats of the streets of the Old San Juan, Puerto Rico through an agreement with the National Park Service.
Save a Gato operates solely on private donations, and the work of a committed corps of volunteers. The organization is dedicated to the rescue without the use of euthanasia. Save a Gato is the first group in Puerto Rico to implement a successful rescue, sterilization and return (Trap / Neuter / Return) of cats which is achieved by reducing their numbers in a humane way. The entity has the support of several reputable veterinarians, including a former president of the College of Veterinarians of Puerto Rico. The lodge and base of operations is located near the Puerta de San Juan behind the Casa Rosa. In this space is located "La Casita" (The Little House) providing care of cats with various health problems and also runs the adoption program.
Paseo del MorroClick thumbnail to view full-size
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You Can Help
June is the National Adopt a Cat Month
What is better a rat or a cat?
You could contact us...we have cats for you to adopt if you want one and want to be part of this great event of the year. You could also contact Save a Gato.
Let's see how you can help even if you are not in Puerto Rico:
- Adopt a cat: St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey adopted twelve kittens from 8 weeks and 3 months of age. The kittens went to the town of Chatham of that state on flight # 648 from American Airlines.
- Make a Donation: Every TNR costs money even when Save A Gato is a volunteer organization and get some things for a reduced rate. The need of dry and wet cat food, cleaning products (bleach, floor cleaner, paper towels, dish soap, sponges, garbage bags and antibacterial spray), bath towels, cages, bowls, plates, etc.
- Get an Old San Juan cat souvenir that helps the cat: Colorful posters of cats along the Paseo del Morro by local artist Haydee Alvarado.
- Get a Children's book called Cat Tales of Old San Juan. The story of the arrival of the colonial cats. The book is written in Spanish and English language.
- Get a T-shirt sold in benefit of Save a Gato; all these items are found at local stores or purchased through the Save a Gato web site store.
The good you do will be back to you as a boomerang.
Froggy213 loves animals, that is why he fell in love with this butterfly and the picture at the right shows how he was willing to adopt more cats than those we have.
You could do the same when you come and visit this wonderful island and perhaps you will adopt a cat.
Blessings from God to all!
© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill
© 2012 Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill