Before each summer, it’s the same race against time: the association faces “a proliferation of abandoned kittens” that she urgently needs to bottle feed for the youngest, care for and place in a foster family before trying to have all these little people adopted.
150 foster kittens
With an additional constraint: “Before, we were quiet from October to March, but with global warming, the heat of cats hardly stops and we get litters of kittens almost all year round”worries Laura Quiñones, co-founder of Mustaches and company.
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Who currently supports 150, scattered in host families. Small balls of hair a few days old, found in a ditch in the middle of a heat wave, or abandoned during a move, in the parking lot of the building or in the outbuilding of the house. “Even before going on vacation, the biggest cause of abandonment in summer in Brittany is moving », laments Valérie Champion, co-founder of the association.
“To abandon a cat is to condemn it”
And even if it is “of a cat with babies… To abandon a cat is to condemn it. Between the cars, the fights and the lack of food, he only has a few weeks to live. The cat has long since ceased to be a wild animal. »
The right reflex, when you find a cat, “It’s to present it to a veterinarian to see if it is identified (it’s free) and to contact an association. You should never wait to see the animal’s state of health deteriorate. » Like this litter of kittens found in the middle of a heat wave, 10 days ago, of which only one survived “because the discoverer kept them for three days before bringing them to us”.
Over the past year, the association has cared for just over 400 cats and 60 dogs. Almost all of them have been adopted. “We are now at the maximum in terms of care, given our resources and the fact that we only work with volunteers. »
“To adopt now is to save two animals”
But what particularly worries Laura Quiñones is that “Many people wait until the end of the holidays to adopt. However, in two or three months, some kittens will be big and left out. » She then launches a call: “to adopt now is to save two animals: the one we welcome and the one who can take the place that has been freed. »
Contact for an emergency or to become a foster family: email@example.com or by private message on the Mustaches and company Facebook page. Other associations in Ille-et-Vilaine: Les Pachas, Félin possible, Bêtes de scene, Les P’tits Korrigans and les Aristopoils.