I live in Israel. My cats need a home. Please help.

I am a Sri Lankan woman who is working in Israel as a care giver. What I want to ask is if there is a way to give my cats for adoption. I cannot see them suffering.

Before they were living with me, I had an apartment and I was taking care of them. They were so lovely and I was keeping them clean every week. I gave them shower. They slept on my bed or I arranged a place for them to sleep but unfortunately I lost the apartment with everything I had bought: lot of books, clothes, gifts for my family, 7 boxes of things to send to Sri Lanka.

The landlord, because of the electricity bill, he did not give me anything. He gave the apartment to someone else and they stole my things. Now I am living somewhere.

I was very sad and depressed but still my cats are roaming around the house they think that is their house. One day I saw the man who is living in that house took a stone to hit my cats and some times they throw out water at them. You know how I feel.

I feel so sad. Actually, I found something that human does not have faith fullness every day. I go there. I call them when they come. I give food and water. I feel happy instead of spreading hatred. It is so nice to love animals and to help them to survive but I need them to have a safe place and a good house and not on the street. If somebody can help me out I would be so glad.

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Hi, I don’t know your name. You wrote a comment and I have made it this article because I think it is important. I have visited Israel. I saw lots of feral and stray cats there. There are more community cats (stray and feral cats) than normal, probably, because the weather is warm.

Israelis, in general, are OK with cats. I say that because declawing cats is banned in Israel. However, some people dislike cats. It seems you have been treated badly and so have your cats. This is upsetting to someone like me.

I will guess that rehoming your cats will be very, very difficult. Not many people are like you. You care. Most people do not care about cats as you do.

The page you made the comment on had a good number of suggestions. You should try and contact them. In addition, I have used Google maps to search for “animal shelters, Israel”. Google came up with three. Dogs seem to be more important. However, I would contact them anyway. You can and see if they can help or if someone they know can help.


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I would expect there to be some private cat shelters and sanctuaries in Israel. They may be able to help but there may be a feral and stray cat problem which means they have no facilities to help at the moment.

I have found what I believe is a veterinary surgery. This is the link. Please click on it:

http://www.soffervet.co.il/

They may be able to direct you to a cat or animal shelter. Try and start in this way and see where it leads to. The way to do it is to start somewhere, then keep following the help you get until you arrive at what you want and your cats’ need.

Finally, please click on this link to see the results of a search on PoC of animal rescue organisations in Israel

Good luck. If you have time, please leave a comment.

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I live in Israel. My cats need a home. Please help. — 8 Comments

  1. Michael has given you good advice, good luck from me too, I am so very sorry for your situation and I do hope you find someone to help you with those poor cats.

  2. Israeli here. Every house in the city has something like half a dozen cats living around it. As long as somebody is regularly putting out food and water for them (this is done by neighbourhood residents at their own expense) they should be fine. If you have the means to take care of a group of cats you should make sure they are sterilised, and keep an eye out in case something is ever wrong and they need veterinary care.

    Very occasionally a cat will need or want somebody to take it home, but the overwhelming majority have their own established territory and habits and it is misguided to want to uproot them or pack them off somewhere. NB any type of cruelty to or abuse of animals is illegal in Israel.

    • Really nice to hear from you. It seems that Israelis have a good relationship with what I call “community cats”. This is pleasing. I have been to Israel and saw a lot of cats. I think the lady who is asking for advice had treated them in a way that is more like the way people keep cats in Europe and America. They were no longer community cats. For this reason she was concerned. That is how I read the situation.

      However, I take your point. I look forward to a comment from her. If she was just feeding them on the street etc. then I agree it is better to leave them alone and let someone else take care of them. Although, she did say that someone was abusing them. For that reason, also, it seems that it would be better if they were removed from that immediate area.

      • I agree. I’d even be able to offer a bit of money of that can help get them somewhere safe and looked after. I really hope she can keep them safe from the man throwing rocks at them. This would be heartbreaking to go back and see your cats unable to go in their own home with the new tennant just so typically having to be an animal abusing piece of dirt who should eat the rocks he is throwing as they might soften his heart a bit.

  3. It must have been a translation error or transcribing typo originally. The middle-east isn’t going to become a “sea of glass”, all their population is going to drown under a “sea of cats”! Now it all makes sense.

    • “Sea of cats”…not quite. There are a lot of community cats in Israel probably because of the warm weather but the people seem to accept them and live relatively harmoniously with their cats. Seems fine to me. Israel is exceptional for the area in banning declawing. However, I would have thought that the people of adjacent countries don’t even consider declawing their cat. If Israel banned declawing, it would indicate that some people did it.

  4. It’s interesting to have insight from Israel and I can now see what has happened.
    The lady out of the kindness of her heart took in cats used to living outside, where really it sounds as if it would have been better to simply feed them and look out for their health.
    They became used to being in a house and now of course they are bewildered as to why they are back outside and the new person of the house chasing them away.
    I find this very sad for the cats and for that well meaning lady too.
    Some people here have made the same mistake in a way, taking in feral cats who really are far happier living the life they were born to.
    If they are in a dangerous place then it’s far better to relocate them to a safe place than to take them into a house or to a Shelter where they may have no quality of life.

    • Correct Ruth. That is how I see it, too. It is interesting how helping can produce other unforeseen problems. Community cats are pretty content provided people treat them well. The only downside to being a community cat would seem to be a lack of veterinary care. Real expenses click in when you have to pay a vet and who pays for that when it comes to community cats?

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