Rescued kitten denied access to help

Just over a week ago a friend of mine found an abandoned kitten in a box. She spent the afternoon waiting with it in the hope of finding its mother but the mom didn’t show up. It appears that the kitten must have been a domestic one, and the owners must have abandoned it, that’s how it landed up in a box on the street, left to die.

She is a true animal lover and wild life ranger, and the only that that felt morally right for her to do was to rescue the kitten, who couldn’t have been older that 3 days.

She syringe fed it, tried to keep it warm and provide as much love to it as she could, in the hope of saving a life. Unfortunately her building policy is “NO PETS”. The manager found out the she had this kitten and demanded she put the kitten back in the street where she found it. She had a day to get rid of it before she would be kicked out of the building and/or pay a heavy fine. As my friend explained that she knew the rules, and didn’t however go out to buy a new cat, she just wanted to help it live until she could find a new home for it, the manager was in no means negotiable. Sad reality that animal lives, are so easily disregarded. Now I understand the problem here of many stray cats, etc and that sometimes perhaps it makes sense to put them down. But when looking at each individual case can we not have some compassion?

Sadly, during her quest to save the kitten, rehome her with a foster cat and deal with the manager of her building the kitten stopped breathing after a week 😦 I do feel that it is better off now, considering the challenges this poor thing faced. I am so proud of my friend still who, in her desire to save a little life, definitely extended the kittens life to a week more than it would have lived and provided it with the love it didn’t have.

Kudos to all you animal, earth and peace lovers. It takes one person to make change, whether it is in the life of an animal, to advocate on vulnerable people in unfortunate circumstances or to demonstrate love.


Friday souk- birds

We ventured out on Saturday to the Friday souk (souk Al Jummah) just to wander around and see what bargains we could find.

We started at the animal section- an incredible experience, I’m not sure if I was fascinated, shocked, scared or squirmish. But whatever it was I needed to contain myself as I didn’t want to model a fear of animals to my daughter. Although I am not really scared of animals I was squirmish as we entered each of the tiny shops that were filled with more birds than such a tiny space could handle and all the tweeting in this confined area was a bit hard on the ear.

Also just seeing so many animals, kept in cages smaller than they were was heartbreaking, rather disturbing.

A family member is a pigeon racer back home, he has more than 100 pigeons that he races every now and then. How it works is the pigeons are transported to a distant place and then they all fly back to their own homes and are timed to see how long they take. I took these pictures to send home because even he might never have seen such a variety of pigeons.

Last night curly tops made a special prayer, asking that God protect all the animals, everywhere.