It was about a month after moving to San Juan and I was walking through my barrio (neighborhood) when I was approached by a small boy holding a cardboard box. Inside were four small kittens, probably only a couple of days old. Their eyes weren’t open yet and they were mewling quietly. He held it out to me and I honestly didn’t know what to do.
“Where is their mother?” I asked. He just shook his head and then ran off with the box. A couple of hours later I heard that they were left on the doorstep of another expat in the neighborhood.
Vets in the Operating Room
This sort of thing is way too common here. It seems like every few days there is someone posting online about how they had small kittens dumped on them and need help caring for them or finding them homes. Unfortunately they often don’t survive without their mothers, which is really heartbreaking for the people who try so hard to keep them alive.
To help combat the cat explosion, World Vets held a free cat sterilization clinic last week. You bring it, they will neuter or spay it. Free of charge (though they appreciate any donations that can help cover overhead). Set up in the Tae Kwan Do school for the day, people brought their cats in whatever they could find (or trap them in). Boxes, bags, pet carriers, clothes hampers. A few devoted people even set traps around town to try to catch some of the neighborhood cats. Over the course of the day, 55 cats were sterilized (as well as at least two dogs).
The work that World Vets does is crucial for keeping the animals here healthy and their numbers under control. The next event they will be holding in Nicaragua will be a three-day dog and cat clinic scheduled for August 1-3, 2017. If you are interested in finding out more about World Vets, interested in volunteering or want to donate you can find out more here: http://worldvets.org/