Animal Lovers living in Puglia will know that often cats and dogs have a hard time. Many who live here have already rescued abandoned animals or those born wild. If you are thinking of moving to Puglia and you are an animal lover, beware, they will tug at your heartstrings, With us it is cats, we arrived with two English boys, who are no longer with us having lived to a ripe old age. We thought we would escape the stealth invasion of wild and abandoned cats in our area as our boys were quite territorial. It wasn’t to be. About a year after we arrived our first “visitor” arrived and stayed. Bella opened the doors to every other cat in the neighbourhood. I’m sure she went out and told them to come home with her. With our friends, Val and Mino at Puglia Pooches, it is, as you can imagine, mainly dogs although they do have cats as well.
Our policy of having all our new arrivals sterilised has paid off and over the years the number of feral cats has dropped to almost nothing. We now have 14 cats who either live with us or come for food and medical help when they need it. Some are quite old now having been with us for anything up to 16 years. We cannot take in any more cats as, at some time, in the not too dim and distant future, we plan to downsize and move to our smaller house in Casalabate.
We often get asked if we can find homes for cats and dogs who, for whatever reason, their owners are unable to provide a home for any longer. Right now we are looking for a home for this beautiful German Shepherd, Yuma. He is the family pet of the mother of a friend of ours. Unfortunately, the mother is not in good health and can no longer take care of the dog. He is three years old, vaccinated and micro-chipped and needs to go to a loving family home. Please contact me using the contact form here and I will put you in touch with Sabrina.