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Advice please regarding stray cats
« on: July 03, 2017, 04:18:35 PM »
Hi all I am one of those soft English people that tends to take in waifs and strays and feed them... Currently I feed around  9 cats but because I am not resident here it concerns me when I have to leave them. Does anyone know of any organisation in the Teramo region which I could contact to try and discuss  a catch, neuter and release programme ? I do not have spare cash and it is impossible for me to spend 100 euros to sterilise  each female cat and 50 Euros on a Tom cat. However if there is any cat rescue around  I may be able to organise financial support for any legitimate business.

Any advice would be gratefully received

I have 4 kittens and Mum cat in a building behind my house and a young Mum and 8 day old kitten inside my house ... plus another few that wander around.

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Re: Advice please regarding stray cats
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2017, 05:09:10 PM »
Can you ask your local vet for advice? I know ASL or is it ASUL, I can never remember, have a service where they take stray dogs, vaccinate, chip and neuter them but I think they must be referred through the  Comune. No idea if they do the same for cats but it's worth asking.

If you do find out, please come back and let us know.

Sorry not to be more help! Good luck


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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2017, 07:39:54 PM »
Yes will do Carol.... I have sent an email to the Sindaco today but I am not holding my breath Lol....As for vets I spoke to a Professor at the Veterinary University in Teramo and they still charge even though the trainee vets perform the ops. As soon as I indicated that I may be able to organise funds from a UK charity for a sterilisation programme it all went quiet. A friend has just sent me an article from todays  Il Centro but that is Chieti ... out here in Hicksville it's a different story.

It appears that if there are groups of volunteers they can sway the communes into taking action..

I will keep you informed

Thanks

Kev . 
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Re: Advice please regarding stray cats
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2017, 06:30:06 AM »
Ok latest scenario re the 9 cats....I had absolutely no response to my emails which I sent to everyone in the commune, then quite by chance I spoke to someone who told me that I have to speak to the Polizia Communale or Vigili. So I just walked in and spoke to one of the lady officers and she said that ASL would do it for free but I would have to take them in myself... As these cats are feral that was not such a sensible idea so I told them this. Anyway they made a report and within 10 minutes of getting home I received a telephone call from the Vet at ASL who asked me to go and see him next week and they would help and I would not have to take the cats in.

So not getting too excited yet but looking forward to seeing if I can get in to see ASL for a chat next week....I will keep you posted.

Important that you visit in person I think .... I am already practicing my crying technique  8)
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Re: Advice please regarding stray cats
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2017, 09:54:49 AM »
Well done Kev! And thanks for the information and the update. Hope it happens 😉

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Re: Advice please regarding stray cats
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2017, 10:50:15 PM »
Hi one and all ..well after going backwards and forwards between ASL in Teramo and the commune , finally the vets assistant came round this morning and even though all the documentation which was signed  by the sindaco was about 10 cats and even the professor said sterilisation is done with a minimum of 10 cats ... it now turns out it has to be 20. Sometimes the stupidity of Italian bureaucracy  makes me so angry. No one agrees on anything... so no success story  on this occasion. Needless to say I have written a very firm letter to the Vigili outlining my disappointment . 
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Re: Advice please regarding stray cats
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2017, 09:50:24 AM »
How stupid!

Is it possible to team up with others till you have the required number and get them all done?

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Re: Advice please regarding stray cats
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2017, 10:03:36 AM »
Everything was signed off by the Sindaco/ Vigili  on the understanding that there are a minimum of 10 cats ... when ASL came yesterday  the goalpost had changed to 20 cats. The professor at ASL when I visited him even told me that it is for a minimum of 10 cats. I  Have already teamed up with others in the village but as I said if they turn up at an agreed time I will put food out and the cats all come...... But I can't do it any more . No one in the village had ever tried this before but I expect they will give up too.  I think this is probably the idea of ASL... they really do not appear to have the interest of the animals at heart which for a veterinary service is disgusting.

The mother cats who currently have older kittens are already in season again and of course the next litter will be quite young when winter arrives so these kittens will almost certainly die. So unnecessary.

I have contacts with a charity in the UK which would probably financially support anyone who  started a cat sanctuary ... Vets here are only interested in the money  Even the teaching hospital in Teramo which is only slightly cheaper than regional vets, has to charge money for the trainee vets ...     
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