In addition to its main activity of neutering and re-homing stray animals,
SASG is involved in several projects to improve animal welfare in Malta.
The first project was to provide a recovery center for cats
that have just undergone surgery. Female cats need to be kept under observation
and given medication for a few days after they have been spayed. Most carers and feeders
are unable to look after these cats after their operation so we offer
this facility to encourage them to neuter their cats.
This garage, owned by a member of SASG, has been changed into a recovery center
where up to 14 cats can kept for recovery at any one time. The cats are looked after,
by Janine during their recovery period.
Neutered cats arriving at the recovery center where they will stay for a few days.
Traps are also made available to carers of cat colonies to facilitate the catching
of these feral cats.
The concept of 'cat cafes' has long been embraced by most European and
other countries world-wide as well as Hoteliers all over the world.
A cat cafe can be established
in any place where there is an existing cat colony. This area is
declared as a cat friendly zone by the local council/hotel that would
like to put animal welfare on its program. A feeding table and cat
shelters are provided in this area. The feeder of the colony and visitors
are encouraged to feed the cats at this station only, thus ensuring that
the cats are kept in the area and discouraged from roaming too far.
This also ensures that the surrounding areas are keep clean and
free of littering by well meaning animal lovers.
This is one such 'cat cafe' that was provided for the cats living in the
gardens of the Ramla Bay. SASG member, Michelle, can be seen feeding the
cats as they welcome her to their feeding station. Michelle keeps an eye on
this colony and ensures that all the cats here are neutered.
The Floriana Council should be highly praise for their initiative in
contacting us after agreeing to establish some 'cat cafes' in 3 public
gardens in Floriana. Not only did they agree to build the feeding tables
but they also provided some large kennels to provide shelter for the
stray cats in these gardens. The stations were erected at Boffa Gardens, Preziosi
Gardens and St. Philip's Gardens (Argotti) Unfortunately, the chairman of the
Malta Embelishment and Landscaping took exception to the 'cat cafe' at Argotti
and has ordered its removal. This feeding station has now been moved to the
garden in front of the Floriana Cauncil building while the cats at Argotti
have been left without shelters and without a feeding station.
This photo shows another 'cat cafe' being erected at the Sea Bank Hotel
in Mellieha. The hotel management agreed to
build a feeding station and establish a feeding area where their guests are
encouraged to feed and enjoy the company of their cat colony. The gazebo in now
complete and provides a sheltered area where the cats are fed daily by the guests.
Sasg members have neutered all the cats at the hotel.
Members of SASG encourage local councils and hoteliers to adopt the
concept of a 'cat cafe' in their area as this will be to the
advantage of their locality. A delilict eye-sore can
easily be transformed into an attractive recreation area and declared a
cat-friendly zone by the council. A feeding station and a few cat shelters
can easily be provided by every council. This will serve to encourage
cleanliness and to educate their community into caring for the abandoned,
homeless and hungry poor creatures, who were calously abandoned by
uncaring owners. SASG would undertake to neuter the stray cats in
Another project was to improve, by building a shelter, the facilities
at a carer's enclosed location which housed many animals. SASG worked with
volunteers and together they provided the funds which enabled the volunteers
to make the improvements
The shelter serves as a temporary home for dogs and cats that have been rescued,
usually from life threatening situations.
Cats having a dinner al fresco
people to adopt rescued dogs and cats if they are looking for a faithful companion.
We also encourage the public to visit the shelter to choose their own
animal or alternatively to sponsor one of these loving friends.
shows some of our success stories. In 2006 we re-homed 72 cats in Germany, 7 cats in Switzerland, and
38 cats and kittens in Malta. We also re-homed 36 dogs and puppies in Germany and 18 in Malta.