Meet Sana, Mana, and Loi, three kittens my family rescued two months ago. They were found abandoned at two or three weeks old. They were bottle-fed and lovingly raised, and today they are playful, healthy three month old kittens. And they are in need of urgent adoption.
Including these kittens we have five cats and an injured dove. We live in a relatively small home for our family (and pet family) size, and the enclosed quarters combined with the number of animals has caused a dramatic increase in allergies. My father, mother, and brother have all developed severe allergies and asthma. They have had multiple asthma attacks over the past month and a half. My mother has now developed a chronic cough. One of our cats has also developed sudden symptoms of asthma. Our only solution at this point is to cut down on the number of animals in our home. These kittens are at the perfect age for adoption. They are happy, easy to care for, and lively.
But of course, there’s a hurdle. We live in a small, rural town in Saudi Arabia. There are no veterinarians here, let alone shelters or rescues that would facilitate adoption or rehoming. Our cats see vets in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, a four hour drive from my home. Riyadh has rescue centers and shelters, but every last one is filled to the brim. One rescue has a capacity of twenty cats and has been carrying the same twenty cats for months. Another has expanded to the owners’ homes, and holds fifty cats. It seems there is no demand for adoptable cats in Saudi Arabia. Pure breed kittens and cats are often purchased directly from breeders – many of these cats end up on the street after they grow out of their kitten phase. These moggies barely have a chance, but I have contacted every rescue I can and asked them to put out word for me.
I am also asking for help here. Less then 1% of Tumblr users are from Saudi Arabia. Fewer from the area I need adopters in: Riyadh/Al-Qassim/Jeddah. And even fewer will be willing to adopt. But I have to try. Our health issues are growing worse every day. If they cannot be adopted, there are only two options: put them out on the street, or euthanasia. They would not survive the streets – our high temperature today was 113°F (45°C) – and beyond that we all believe that it would be inhumane to turn out three kittens. I am also unwilling to consider euthanasia at this point. It seems unnecessarily cruel to end these three happy, healthy lives. Please help me by reblogging this, spreading the word on social media, and talking to your friends. Any way to reach potential adopters in Saudi Arabia.