Flood-hit Spanish animal shelter makes desperate plea for funds

Published:  26 Oct at 6 PM
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An Estepona-based cat sanctuary is desperate for funds to rebuild their shelter, destroyed by torrential floods caused by huge storms.

The non-profit Gatos y Amigos cat rescue shelter was flooded and almost completely wrecked during the massive thunderstorms which hit Estepona last weekend. Nine cats were drowned and many others managed to escape and have not yet been found, but the rest are in desperate need of a safe haven. The shelter’s volunteer organisers are appealing to locals and expats alike for funds to rebuild the shelter, with donations of food, blankets, medical supplies, sandboxes, bandages and other essentials also desperately needed.

The shelter was started in 2013, providing a safe, Costa del Sol haven for abandoned cats as well as veterinary services and loving care by volunteers, Anyone who’d like to donate can do so via several pick-up points including the Clinica de Puerto Alto, Clinica Estenova on Avenida Carlos Cano, Clinica Blue Bird on Calle Ibiza, Clinica Estepona, Clinica Banos del Carmen on Calle Bolivia and Zapateria Calzados Peral. To donate money or adopt a cat, visit Estepona’s Facebook page or Asociacion Gatos y Amigos. All donations will be welcomed, both by the volunteers and the cats themselves.

In other news, IATA is reporting the likelihood of a 95 per cent decrease in flights to and from Spain in the event of a no-deal Brexit, and other transport authorities are casting doubts on their ability to run regular cross-channel rail services. Weekly flights between the UK and Spain total over 5,000, with the spectre of many thousands of passengers stranded at airports and unable to travel a nightmare for everyone involved. Apparently, the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority and EU officials are planning for a deal allowing a basic level of service, but the UK government’s insistence on no-deal as a possible outcome is holding back talks aimed at resolving the impending crisis.
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