SPAY & NEUTER PROJECTS CURACAO
The stray cat problem on Curaçao is big. It’s huge! Perhaps invisible to many, but the suffering is enormous. The overpopulation in residential areas and in resorts causes sick cats, malnourished kittens, cats hit by cars and the dumping of these animals.
Since cats are able to survive without people and because they often hide in the bushes or come out of their hiding place around dusk, most people do not experience this as a problem.
But the reality is different; we can tell this, among other things, because of the number of cats and kittens that are delivered at our doorstep.
Miriam Bleeker from Kitten Rescue Curacao
“I receive requests for help from people and resorts on a daily basis. It varies from an explosive increase of cats on location to kittens who are dumped or their mothers are lost due to an accident or illness. It is poignant and yet not many people know about it”.
Only by means of many spay and neuter projects this distressing situation can be tackled. The Kitten Rescue Curacao Foundation participated in the past in several spay and neuter projects together with Wings For Animals. Since May 2019 we organize our own Spay & Neuter projects on the island in cooperation with vets from the Netherlands like our own ambassador & vet Piet Hellemans. Our shelter houses an operating room that is occupied by Dutch vets several times a year. Vets that pay for their own flight ticket. The foundation takes care of housing and a rental car for the vets via local sponsoring like via Lagun Blou Resort or Autoverhuur Willemstad . Because of this approach we made sure we minimized the cost of spaying a cat and it became financially possible to spay and neuter cats on a large scale. In 2019 we also launched the LEX-fund . A fund to help stray cats TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) and owners from cats who don't have the financial means.