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Snow Storm Blasts Cat Sanctuary

Snow Storm Blasts Cat Sanctuary

It looks as though a white Christmas is a sure-fire guarantee for the residents of Cat Shelter Felix in Serbia, and while the cats are greeting the white stuff with mixed reviews, the sanctuary’s caretaker fears this could be the first in a series of super storms.

Some of the cats playing on the patio before the storm hit.

“The youngsters are having a great time and loving the snow but most of the older kitties are definitely not impressed,” explains the sanctuary’s founder and full time care-giver Danica Mirkovic, who is trying to enjoy the cats’ antics despite her worries. “Some of them took a brief walk through the snow on that first day and decided they didn’t like it and are now resting in their warm rooms, while the others didn’t even desire to set foot outside. The only exception is Speki, whose fascination with snow is well known, but he won’t be so delighted if the food delivery truck doesn’t manage to push its way through.”

Indeed, the snow brings exploration and joy for a few of the cats, but Danica finds herself draped in concern.

“A state of emergency has been declared for Vojvodina,” she said. “We’re in the grip of a deep freeze, with continuing snowfall accompanied by frosty, biting and stinging northerly winds. Luckily, this heavy snow can’t pile up on my chain link fence, but the heaps of snow do build up on the rooftop. I guess it’s a good thing that I still don’t hear ominous cracking sounds from the roof as it is successfully holding the burden of extra weight, at least for now.”

In stark contrast to her life on the streets, this cat enjoys an outdoor cottage for a while before returning to the warmth of the indoor portion of the sanctuary.

At the first possible break in the weather, Danica plans to get busy reinforcing the sanctuary.

“All of the doors of the kitties’ indoor enclosure and the gates will have to be strenghtened and fixed. This winter is obviously going to be brutal with the above normal heavy snowfall and frigid winds. We must do everything within our power to prepare for the cold months coming ahead the best we can.”

Mission of Mercy for the Cats

Help is on the way for cats here in Serbia and in other cold climates.

Danica rescued each and every one of the 90+ cats at her sanctuary from terrible circumstances on the streets. Without her intervention, there is little chance that any of them would survive the winter here, let alone be safe and dry and receiving wholesome meals each day.

As part of Operation Holiday Kitty, the Harmony Fund sent funds to Cat Shelter Felix last night and a second grant will go out at the end of the month. In fact, funds will be sent to help homeless cats in many cold climates and to shore up shelter space, food and veterinary medicines for small animal rescue teams who rarely dare to dream that help will arrive from far, far away. More information here.

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4:45PM PST on Dec 29, 2012

Tks Danica. Great work!

5:29AM PST on Dec 28, 2012

Thanks for all you do for these cats.

10:45AM PST on Dec 25, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

5:14PM PST on Dec 24, 2012

Thank you for helping those babies Danica!!

5:36PM PST on Dec 21, 2012

Bless them all, thank you.

5:36PM PST on Dec 21, 2012

Bless them all, thank you.

7:26PM PST on Dec 19, 2012

Hope these cats are not severly affected by the storm and they all have a Merry Christmas. Thanks to the staff for taking such good care ouf them.

12:15PM PST on Dec 18, 2012

Thank goodness for kind, compassionate people like this lady. I wish for you that your kindness is returned tenfold xx

6:36PM PST on Dec 16, 2012

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1:36PM PST on Dec 16, 2012

thank you!

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