The long journey is over and the 50 cats Santisook rescued from southern Thailand have arrived in Chiang Mai, safe and sound! It was a difficult journey, but a very interesting one. After travelling 1700km south to Hat Yai, Santisook was surprised to find that we were famous – word had spread about our rescue mission and we were inundated with kind offers of meals and accommodation for both humans and cats. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who was so supportive of our mission and a big thank you to all those kind people in southern Thailand spending their own time and money to care for street dogs and cats.
The cats were brought to meet us in Hat Yai as it was far too dangerous for us to travel any further south. A very kind lady allowed the cats to stay in her house that night, to rest in preparation for the long trip back to Chiang Mai. The next morning we set off early and the next two days were devoted to carefully driving the cats, stopping every couple of hours to clean them, give them water and make sure they were safe and comfortable. Our wonderful volunteers were tireless in caring for the cats and our driver did an amazing job driving safely and carefully for over 12 hours a day. Arriving at our cat shelter at midnight on Thursday night both cats and people were tired but very glad to be home.
Now, the cats have settled in nicely and are proving to be very sweet and affectionate cats. They have all been vaccinated and checked over by our vets; in the next few days we will begin sterilising the cats so they are ready to go to new, loving homes. After a huge journey and a tough start in life they are still all just typical cats – sweet, happy and always demanding food!
If you would like to adopt a cat please contact Santisook and to make a donation please see the donations area on this website.
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