This is about a lady who must have a very difficult life and I feel for her. She feels for the stray and unwanted cats in her neighborhood. She understands the hard life they lead on the streets. She lives in Novosibirsk, Russia (see map). It is the third most populous city in Russia. It is located in the south-western part of Siberia. The daily average temperature in that city in January is −16.2°C or 2.8ºF. That’s a killer temperature.
She cannot walk on by and let these cats die or perhaps survive, some of them. Over 15 years of rescue she has acquired 136 cats. The big problem is she does not have a lot of money (she used to, she says) and she lives in a small three roomed apartment!
It’s a shocker but I totally feel for her because she is not mad just compassionate but without self control or considering the practicalities.
The problems are immense for her. Think of the possibility of the spread of disease amongst the cats. The feeding problems. She sprinkles dry cat food over the floor as if she was sowing seed.
The medical issues must be horrendous. Vet’s bills etc. What do the neighbours say? The urination/defecation practicalities must be frightening. And it can’t be good for the cats. Not at all. But it is better for the cats living in her confined space than on the streets. That is a decent point to make.
Overall she contributes to cat welfare in Russia. But it is surely a sign that there is not enough being done by the authorities, or major Russian charities etc., to deal with stray cats humanely if a single lady has to take on such a huge burden because she can’t walk on by.
For her, it is a mental dilemma born out of compassion. The truth is you can’t be that compassionate in this world because it is too difficult to live picking up the pieces others leave behind.
Do you think she would last more than one day in the USA or Europe before someone called out animal control?
Note: My thanks to Ruth AKA Kattaddorra for spotting the video.