Hello: I’m vacationing on Vis island. Today I saw some cats with bad eye infections. I wanted to help, so I asked people where the vet clinic was, but was told there’s no vet on the island. Then I found you: can you do something to help these cats? — Ana Maria Vanderghem

This is the type of message we get regularly from people visiting the island, people who are dismayed by the sad condition of cats on Vis. Rescue work involves following up on these messages, finding the cats, determining whether or not someone is already taking care of them, then seeing what we can do to help. We also have a facebook page where people can report cats in need of help. 

The first step is catching them: some are friendly, some are scared, and some are completely feral. Next, we bring them to wherever we can keep them in a controlled environment for the time needed to give them medication, or to hold them before a trip to the vet in Split. Sometimes they need cleaning: four kittens rescued from behind the post office were covered in spaghetti and needed a bath. Strengthening the network of people who can help with this work is one of our primary goals. 

While street cat sterilization is now funded by the town of Vis, we always need donations for other veterinary expenses such as exams, medications, veterinary-prescribed food and equipment to help us save lives. Every little bit counts!