Below are some of the most common questions we get. We have provided answers in the hope that you can proactively resolve your query. Of course your situation might be slightly different, but you can adapt the information you read here to give you the best solution for your situation. Please read these through before contacting us when the situation is not a matter of life or death for an animal.
Being able to work together to help animals, relieves the stress on those of us already in daily demand. Remember! Deciding to help an animal in need is YOUR responsibility. By asking others for help, you are passing the responsibility on.
If you have lost your cat, please fill in this form so we can place an announcement on our website and Facebook pages.
If you are feeding free living cats, you surely know that it won’t be long before the females are pregnant. A never ending cycle of pregnancies not only increases the group of cats, but adds a huge amount of hard work and suffering to the cats and also to you.
By working with Aldea Felina you can make their lives better and your job easier.
How does it work?
Cats who know and trust you are easier to catch. You have the best chance to get them in to a cat transport box and to our clinic. Those who are not so easy to catch can be transported using a special trap. We hire these traps to you for the duration of the time, until all the cats are caught. We can give you advice on how to use the traps and we also arrange with you the appointments at the clinic.
Once the cats are neutered, health checked and returned to their feeding place, you can enjoy caring for them without the worry of babies appearing. Any new cats to the group must be dealt with immediately, catching them and bringing them for neutering as soon as possible. Thus keeping the group healthy and as small as possible.
The costs on your part, for the medical expenses are:
♦ Hire of trap: 50 € deposit. Returned to you when we receive a clean, undamaged trap back
♦ Operation female: 65€, includes short stay in the clinic to monitor her recovery
♦ Operation male: 40€, 24 stay in clinic
To secure the appointments and organisation work that needs to be done by Aldea Felina, we require a deposit at the beginning of the job. Once all the cats have been sexed and neutered, we can confirm how many operations we have done and present the final costs. Should a cat present any health problems while in our clinic, we will contact you to discuss them with you and provide the necessary treatment needed.
If you cannot catch and transport the cats yourself, we can arrange to do this for you, for a fee. We are all volunteers and require the travel costs and expenses to be covered. We can confirm a price once we know the size of the colony and amount of work involved.
Talk to us about arranging to catch and neuter the cats you are caring for, it is a relatively quick job, and together we can share the work and costs.
Please fill in the this form if you need help controlling a group of cats, so we can work out a plan. Time is of the essence!
Important: once you start feeding cats, you take on the responsibility for them. Please consider this when you see a cat in need and help them, not turn away. Many sick and injured cats can, with a little attention and medication, make a full recovery. Cats have a strong tolerance for pain, but why should we leave them to suffer when we can stop it? Wouldn’t you want that for yourself?
At Aldea Felina we have the ability to care medically for the cats we come into contact with. The sooner a cat can be returned to a healthy condition and be neutered, is a life saved and years of suffering stopped, for female cats who do not have to care for their family and all that entails. We look forward to working with you reducing the population of abandoned cats living in our communities.
If you have a heart for cats and would like to support our Programme, please donate. You can read more about our work and find all the donation methods here. Thank you!
There are different reasons why cats appear at your door. Consider the following options:
- It is new in the area and out exploring
- Looking for shelter to give birth
- Hungry and searching for food and water
- Hunting for a sexual mating partner
In the first instance unless the cat looks sick/undernorished/in bad condition, do not feed. Should she/he need medical attention or is a pregnant female, please take the responsibility of helping and visiting your local vet. This may bring costs which you should discuss with your vet first. Explain you found the cat and it needs help, they can check if there is a microchip or tattoo, so the owner can be traced. Vets who work supporting cat protection work may offer you payment support and help you find the best solution depending on treatment needed.
If he is only passing by, he will soon be off home.
After not feeding, if he is still around the next day and not in "tip top" shape, there is the chance he is asking you for help. By providing food and water you are taking the responsibility to care for this cat. Start by putting up posters in the local area (bars / pet shops / supermarkets / vets / dentist / doctor / town hall / post office / car window etc) and asking if anyone has lost their cat. Give your telephone number so you can be contacted quickly by the owner. Ask them for a photo if they say they own the cat, to be sure you are handing the cat back to the right person. Contact local animal protection centres to let them know, it is possible they have been contacted by the owner. Local newspapers also run "lost and found pet" announcements for free - use this avenue to try and find the owner or excite someone into adopting. You can also post a photo and the location information with your contact details on Facebook.
Fill in this form on our website so we can publish the information and find the owner: Lost Cat Form
Use these links to post the information: Facebook: AldeaFelinaDenia and Facebook: LostAndFoundDogsCatsCostaBlanca and here: Facebook: Mascotas perdidas o encontradas en Denia
If you can provide a permanent home for this cat; enjoy your new family member! Should this not be possible and after exhausting all avenues, go back to your local rescue centres and talk to them about the options available. There is no guarantee that the best answer is to give the cat to a shelter, but with the experience many volunteers working daily in this theme have, they can find a solution with you.
If you have a local community of cat lovers, perhaps between you it is possible to share responsibility and pool together funds to pay for food and vet bills. A safe place to shelter from the weather and dangers like free running dogs and cat "unfriendly" people should be provided, along with a constant supply of cat food and fresh water. In Spain, with the good weather conditions, cats living a free outside life have the best they can ask for. Important! Do not consider this option without castration. If you live in our catchment area and need help castrating street living cats, you can contact us for support.
In all cases of wanting to help, your first step should be to visit a vet together. Ask them to check for the presence of a microchip, look if it is castrated and give a general health check up. If castration has not been done, ask the vet to do this. To return a cat to the street uncastrated is not helping the overpopulation problem we fight.
Whether you are on holiday or living in the property, you may find an unknown mother cat with her young on your property. We receive many calls from people in this situation.
The first thing we ask you to do is speak to your local neighbours and locate the owner. Once you are sure the cat has no home to return to, your choices are very few. If you do not take charge of this situation now, it will not go away, only get worse. Depending on the situation with the family and the age of the kittens, you have different options. Please contact us for advice.
There should be no reason why you cannot take your cat with you. Having a pet is for life - a member of the family.
If you are returning to the UK, the good news is the 6 month quarantine period for rabies has been lifted. You can find out how to make the necessary arrangements through your vet.
Travelling through Europe is also easy, with the correct paperwork prepared in time you can travel without problems by car, plane and rail.
In extreme circumstances when you cannot keep your cat, you have various options. Firstly spend as much time as possible looking for a new safe home with friends, family or neighbours, both in your current area and in the area you are moving to. Put adverts in local newspapers and in communal areas like vets, shops, post office and supermarkets. When you have tried without a result, contact your local shelter for advice. Depending on the age, health and character of your cat, it may not be possible to find a new home through a shelter. You should do all you can to give your cat a happy life with a new family if you cannot manage to arrange to keep it. Your pets are YOUR responsibility, like your other loved ones. By law you have to do what is best for the cat and ensure it has a prosperous future, not abandon it.
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