Sacred Cats of Rome!
Its an experience every tourist who visits pet friendly Rome goes through. The feral cats largely found living in the ancient monuments of Rome are very soft and lovable cats. You cant stop falling in love with them. Rome's cats are different. There are about 2000 colonies in Rome and close to 300,000 cats living in them. They have been living in this region for ages now and with their existence for years and years the Rome's city council has started to protect the cats naming them the Bio Heritage of Rome.
The city has a huge cat sanctuary, called the Torre Argentina. The abandoned cats are taken care in this sanctuary. As you enter this place and glance around the ruins of the four temples you spot a black and white shaded cat on the broken columns, a few lazing around on the wall, a few just brush past you as they were unaware you were here, a grey colored one looks at you and makes you feel as if he was waiting for you to arrive. The mood inside this place is very soothing and the cats are everywhere.
This sanctuary was founded in 1993 to take care of the cats that were in trouble. The cats in these ruins of Rome were in need of food. .This sanctuary is run by few volunteers and mostly using tourists money which they collect. But once people learned about this sanctuary the inflow of abandoned pets has increased.
The sanctuary maintains a computerized list of cats and their stats. You can come here and adopt those lovely cats and take them home. There have been a lot of adoptions taking place but never enough to match the inflow of cats into this region.
However the sanctuary makes sure to take care of all new arrivals. All new cats are quarantined and medical attention is provided to protect them. There are dedicated do vets to take care of these cats.
There is a huge requirement for this sanctuary to find new homes for the cats. So if you have a heart towards cats these can be adopted so easily. The sanctuary also allows you to pay some minimal amount of money for taking care of a cat and it keeps you posted about its activities. Pictures of your pet will also be sent across to you.
If you are moving into Italy there are lot many options for you to enjoy your stay. Be a champion and adopt a cat so that it might be a friend to your own cat. Take your cat for a stroll in the ruins and see if it finds a friend whom you would be able to adopt. WouldnҒt it be a treat to watch an abandoned life being sheltered under your roof?
If you are living in Italy, we suggest helping out where you can - here is their help link and please note a few items below:
This Sanctuary shelters anywhere from 250 to 300 abandoned cats. On Yearly basis more then 600 cats! We are an international group of volunteers who work together to raise the quality of life of Rome's abandoned cats. We look for people who are outgoing and self starters. Volunteers should be open to rolling up their sleeves and jumping in where needed.We have the following openings:
Cleaning and taking care of the cats
This includes cleaning cages, distributing food and treating sick cats.
Օ Administrative help
We also need people to help with clerical work such as stuffing envelopes, making photocopies and various other administrative tasks.
We look for people who are able to speak to the many tourists who visit, giving a tour of the sanctuary (mostly English speakers) and eventually asking for contributions.
ՕWe need "Foster Parents" fast!
If you're already living in Rome, you can become a "Foster Parent". You'll take care of the very young kittens in your own house. This way we can prevent the kittens getting sick (only 50% of the young kittens survive staying at Torre Argentina). Especially in the spring we have many abandoned kittens and are in need of volunteers!
If you are available to temporarily care for young abandoned kittens in your own home, please contact us: Tel: 0039 06 687 2133 or email us:firstname.lastname@example.org
Most of our funding comes from passersby and is channeled into neuter/spay programs. Public relations and education projects are also important to us as our popularity grows along with the number of cats left on our doorstep. (654 Last year).
Housing is available for approximately $400/$450 a month. This usually consists of a nice room in someones apartment.
If you are interested to work with us, we would be happy to know more about you and answer any further questions you may have.
Please send a Curriculum Vitae (if you have one) to:
Public Relations and Education