Former Scots expat in Spain needs help rehoming 41 adopted Spanish street cats

Published:  31 Aug at 6 PM
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Animal lover Laura Inglis is seeking new homes for 41 rescued Spanish street cats, all of which accompanied her when she relocated to her home in Scotland.

Laura lived in the Costa del Sol town of Puerto de la Duquesa for eight years whilst working as a project analyst, during which time she adopted 41 abandoned or injured felines found wandering close to her home. Notwithstanding the considerable expense and complications of bringing that number of cats back to Scotland, she simply couldn’t bring herself to leave them to their fate.

The move back to Scotland took place because Laura needed to be close to her mother in Edinburgh, and the bill for transporting the 41 cats back to the UK was an incredible £8,000. The amount included transportation, pet passports, rabies jabs and microchipping, and a further cost of £ 80 per cat for blood tests and jabs is looming. Monthly bills for cat food add up to £600.

Laura and all the cats are now living in Edinburgh in her mother’s terraced house, and she's trying to raise extra, much-needed funds via her Facebook page. Abandoned and stray cat rehoming charity ALStrays were able to help her with the transportation costs for her army of felines, as every last euro she earned during her job in Spain went on expenses for her adopted cats.

ALStrays partner Chris Marshall said it’s not unusual for expats to accumulate a large number of dependent cats, as the way they are treated by local people is totally unacceptable. He admires Laura’s efforts to find homes for her cats, but believes it might be a struggle. Before they can be adopted, the cats need to be de-wormed, de-flead and have the necessary inoculations, but right now they’re happy to play in Laura’s mother’s garden, safe from ill-treatment and starvation.
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