Expats Forced To Take In Stray Cats. A new strategy to reduce the number or stray cats on the Costa Del Sol is now being trialled
Expats Forced To Take In Stray Cats
Many expats have expressed anger at this new initiative to reduce the number of stray cats on the Costa Del Sol, though animal rescue charities are applauding the plan. Expats living on the Costa Del Sol will be required by law to take in at least two stray cats.
From next week, expats living on the Costa Del Sol will be contacted by text message informing them that they have been selected for stray cat re-homing. If you do not receive a text message, you will be required by law to visit your nearest town hall and provide contact information so that you can be allocated two cats.
Expats are being advised to spend time this week making sure that their homes are suitable for cats. Requirements include two scratch poles per cat, one litter tray per cat, one soft bedding area per cat, one food bowl and one water bowl per cat, one empty pizza box per cat. Fines of up to €476 euros will be imposed on any household not meeting these conditions.
Homeowners will be responsible for their new cat’s veterinary needs. These will include neutering, vaccinations, and microchips. Costs are expected to be around €400 per cat. Felix Albondigas from Lower South East Nerja Townhall says “if these people can afford to leave their own country and come to live here, they can afford €800 for two cats. If they don’t like it, they should go home. We’re taking back control”.
Animal Rescue Charities
Costa Del Sol animal rescue charities are praising this new initiative. Mr. Bigglesworth from the Cats Of Costa Knowledge says “Stray cats are a real problem here. People always complain about them, and now something is being done. This is the best possible thing that could happen for the millions of cute little stray kitties who live rough here”.
Whilst some of the expats we’ve spoken to have been supportive of this plan, many are outraged that they will be forced to take in stray animals. Tom Anjery, originally from Birmingham, is with the Andalucian National Union Society. He says “actually I’m not from Birmingham, I’m from Smethwick. It’s outrageous that the Spanish government are trying to palm off their stray cat problem onto us expats.”
Tom goes on to point out that not everyone likes cats. “My wife doesn’t even like cats, she says they will scratch her imitation mahogany furniture and urinate in her genuine Michael Kors handbag which she bought for €30 from the man on the beach. It’s not acceptable. Brexit can’t come soon enough, then we can send the stray Spanish cats back to the Spanish streets”.
All Nationalities Must Take In Stray Cats
This new initiative isn’t just affecting Brits here on the Costa Del Sol. A spokesperson from the secondary parliamentary division of elected parliamentary license holders in Marbella, Sylvester Elgato, said “All nationalities living here on the Costa Del Sol are required by law to take in two stray cats. The only exceptions are the Spanish, because this is not our problem as the cats were brought here on boats from Britain in the 16th century, and the Koreans because there is a chance they will eat the cats”.
Roland El Raton agrees that this is an important step, but says it doesn’t go far enough. “What about all the stray rats here in Spain? There are millions of them heading into the winter months with no shelter and food, or medical care. People should be forced to take in stray rats as well. It’s discrimination. If you can take in two cats, you can take in two rats as well”.
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Written by Michaela Stracken, Costa Del Sol Update
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