Kittysnip, a Dubai-based animal welfare group, has organised a number of pet adoption days to re-home abandoned and vulnerable cats and kittens in the emirate.

Formally established in 2016, although in operation for 12 years, Kittysnip has fed, sterilised and taken care of the general well-being of over 650 cats living on the streets, found homes for more than 158 cats and raised over AED 383,000 for medical issues such as bite wounds and dental care. 

Kittysnip’s adoption days will bring together kittens and cats from various different backgrounds and circumstance such as abandoned, neglected and injured as well as those whose owners couldn’t afford their medical care.

Carol Geldenhuys, Founder of Kittysnip, said: “Apart from aiming to find a happy home for these cats and kittens, we hope the adoption days will help create awareness amongst those who don’t know how many pets desperately need a home.

“Sadly, for every cat we rescue at least another 100 suffer or die on the streets.

“We not only want to inform people about the multiple benefits of adoption but also the commitment involved when taking on an abandoned or neglected cat or kitten.”

During the month of September, The Courtyard, Al Quoz, will host adoption days on Saturday (1st, 8th, 15th and 29th) September between 10.30am and 4.30pm and Friday (21st and 28th) September between 12pm and 5pm.

Meanwhile, The Pet Shop, Al Quoz, will host two adoption days on Friday 7th and 21st September between 11am and 6pm. The Pet Shop will continue to host adoption days on the first and third Friday of every month thereafter.

As well as hosting cat adoption days, Kittysnip has been working to promote Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) especially for feral cats across Dubai that can’t be adopted. After being neutered, the cats are released back to the localities from where they were trapped, in an effort to control the environmental balance that prevents the presence of vermin on the streets.

Kittysnip have neutered over 640 cats to date, with an average of 40-50 cats being neutered every month.

“It’s no secret that there are more cats in Dubai than we know what to do with. An average female cat will have between two and three litters a year, of four to six kittens per litter,” added Geldenhuys.

“In a bid to reduce the street cat population in Dubai, we are continuously working to trap stray cats, have them neutered/spayed, treated for wounds and either adopted or released,” she concluded.

Every month an average of 550kgs of food is required to feed the abandoned and neglected cats, this equates to AED 6,000 per month.

Kittysnip relies solely on sponsorship and donations from a range of partners across the emirate including Noble Veterinary Clinic, Blue Oasis Veterinary Clinic, Royal Canine, Dubai Pet Food (The Petshop), Mediastow, Urban Tails, Hair Lounge, Mukund Jewellers, to feed, sterilise and cover veterinary bills.

With the number of abandoned and vulnerable cats on the rise, Kittysnip is always on the look-out for animal lovers and big businesses to sponsor cat food supplies or the neutering of street cats.

Source: Shamal Communications