The kingdom of cats: how pedigree animals are rescued in Voronezh

Veronika Mironova is a veterinarian, animal behavior correction specialist and head of the local social project "Cat Kingdom". Nika herself, her husband Eugene, as well as friendly volunteers and doctors who help to save, treat, promote and attach abandoned pedigree animals stand behind the sonorous name.

Beautiful, thoroughbred, unnecessary

People give birth to pedigree animals for various reasons, for example, phenotype, hypoallergenicity (myth: allergies happen to any animal), pedigree qualities ("this is a shepherd dog and must be smart by nature"). A thoroughbred animal is a sign of social status ("your Spitz is an adorable Spitz, no more than a thimble"), and what child doesn't dream of a cartoon furry as a gift? And then it turns out that the Spitz is alive: if you feed him with anything, his pancreas will refuse, and if you do not deal with him, he spoils things and barks. Treat? Expensive and troublesome, easier to throw away or. bring to sleep.

The death of the nursery and "bad apartments"

“Many are proud that they have thoroughbred animals: in the nursery, the animal is better than from the street or than from the fruit-breeding company. But it happens that the nursery ceases to exist: it gradually becomes unprofitable and remains only in pictures on the Web, says Veronika. - What should the cats that were born in this cattery do? First, they are deprived of meat, food becomes cheaper, then they stop paying attention, their wool becomes dull, oily and smelly. Mats, sticky excrement, parasites. From just a separate room (also bad, since the heap is almost a guarantee of viruses in the pride) they are transported to the basement of an unfinished house. People come to feed them, but not every day. Cats run wild, grow overgrown and get sick. Some run away, and since these are non-castrated producers, mestizos of Maine Coons, British, orientals. They can easily be sold as pedigree - and everything will start all over again. ”

Hey volunteers!

And what about the "nursery"? Pictures continue to appear on the Web, cats are put up for sale. although the train is going downhill and it's high time to jump. And then the owners come to understand that they need to get rid of the cats: throw them away ("what are we - animals or what?", Put them to sleep or ... turn to volunteers - always asking for money and not very kind.

And here in the "Cat's Kingdom" - or rather, in the car, which will then need to be washed and ventilated from a terrible smell - four Maine Coons of varying degrees of murder - and, moreover, not sterile. They are waiting for a veterinary examination, analyzes, grooming, treatment against parasites, sterilization, vaccinations - and after treatment and bringing them into a divine form - they will be sent for overexposure to our few volunteers, PR and attachment. Therefore, volunteers who work “in the field and by hand” always need the help of financial curators - people who will bear at least part of the cost of one or several animals.

Who pays?

For example: rescuing four cats in Voronezh on the very first day cost us 18,600 rubles: treatment for parasites, sterilization, hospital, food, trays and filler, absorbent diapers, carriers, gasoline. There are simply no other options but to announce financial charges. For example, "Cat's Kingdom" took part in a competition of local socially significant projects and applied for a grant, but at the last moment there were not enough votes: it turned out that it is much more important to save the black soil in the Black Earth Region.

But before that, for example, you shoot a cat from a tall tree or drive 300 km from Voronezh to a remote village to catch another poor fellow, or go along with police officers to a "bad apartment" where it's in complete hell do not live, but the very "forty cats" exist - only without the "grandmother": she lives comfortably in another place.