On holiday here and visiting Wat Pa Dara Phirom in Mae Rim, a lady was shocked at the state of the cats there, dozens of them, some obviously pregnant, some obviously sick and lots of kittens in various states of health, both good and bad.
The nuns at this temple just 8 km from Chiang Mai city certainly had their work cut out trying to care for them. (Photo left taken 6 months later, after care & good food) There was so much to do..
Traditionally in Thailand, if you have dogs, cats, puppies and kittens you don’t want, you take them to the temple and leave them there to be cared for. At that point your responsibility ends and the mess, for that sadly is what it is, is left for the monks and nuns to clear up. There are far more abandoned animals than the monks and nuns can cope with, and due to lack of money and animal care knowledge, many of the cats and dogs simply don’t survive.
Santisook Dog Rescue was already rescuing and sterilising cats in conjunction with the dog rescue.
We picked up the first group of cats, the young (as of yet not pregnant!) females and the sick and took them to Dr Tarns for sterilisation and medical care. The Kittens were wormed and vaccinated, the older males vaccinated too. (Their sterilisation would happen the following week).
In the next few weeks a total of 44 cats were sterilised and vaccinated. All kittens will be sterilised as they reach 5 or 6 months old. These projects can take several months to get all of the cats sterilised.
Sterilisation of females AND males is the number one priority of the cat rescue. Education about Responsible Cat Ownership is central to the cause if the numbers of unwanted, neglected and abandoned cats and kittens in Chiang Mai is ever to end.