Dumping

Dumping

People abandon cats for various reasons. Some want to rid their neighborhood of the consequences of unchecked breeding when the population gets out of control, some decide they don’t want a female cat around (pregnant or not), and some people cruelly separate...
Castration

Castration

Intact (non-neutered) male cats display several behaviors that can cause problems for humans as well as for other cats. Yowling, marking territory with pungent-smelling urine and fighting with other cats are common nuisances. Fighting can lead to serious wounds in...
Fostering

Fostering

Part of getting a cat ready for adoption is seeing how it adapts to an indoor environment with humans. Is the cat socialized and affectionate? Will s/he use the litter box? In addition to house training and socialization, a cat waiting for adoption may have special...
Secrets and scandals

Secrets and scandals

Vis is a beautiful tourist destination enhanced by charming street cats, but what happens to street cats when the tourists leave? It’s not pretty. Cats who’ve become dependent on food from tourists and local restaurants open only during tourist season are...
The adoption process

The adoption process

What makes a cat a candidate for adoption? Not every street cat is socialized, so the wild ones are of course best released where we found them after sterilizing. We always keep kittens or try to find foster care for them if our space is full, and for other street...
Dangers for street cats

Dangers for street cats

Street cats face many dangers, mostly from humans. Road accidents and intentional harm (drowning, dumping, poisoning, shooting cats with air rifles…) take the lives of many cats and kittens each year. Fighting with other cats for mates and resources can lead to...
Myths about sterilization

Myths about sterilization

Many people believe in myths about spaying and neutering. Here’s a reality check. Myth: I should wait until the cat has one litter before getting her spayed. Reality: it’s best to have female cats spayed before they’re sexually mature (so before four months old) to...
Population control

Population control

Cats are prolific breeders, so if left unchecked, a cat population will quickly grow. The only humane way to prevent uncontrolled breeding is through TNR, which stands for Trap, Neuter, Return. Read about the vacuum effect here. We practice TNR on Vis. A vet comes to...

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