Two Gray Cats From Buenos Aires
by Sebastián Paul
Noria and Cinza
Cinza and Noria arrived in a box, 2 weeks old and making a noise that sounded more like birds having a serious discussion.
We were asked to take care of the litter they were part of, the mother had died because of unknown reasons and a surrogate female cat was not at hand.
We are part of a chain of people who care for domestic animals in need. Argentina does not have the ASPCA-like organisations known in the North and so the private initiative we are part of, exists to try to cope where officially recognised care leaves off.
Because of this lack of organised care of animals there is a huge population of strays in Argentina, living off of what the streets have to offer.
Many people 'have' a stray or two, meaning they put out food and sometimes a box as shelter. It's a depressing situation, as one can only care for so many animals while there are many more out there, including pedigree dogs and cats thrown out for whatever reason.
We've cared for Border Collies, English Sheepdogs, Schnautzers, Poodles, Siamese cats, A Turkish Van (yes, with differently coloured eyes..) apart from an army of mixed breeds.
Noria and Cinza now both have a home where they are well cared for.