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The cats of San Juan



The Old City of San Juan once had a problem with rats. The solution was cats... until the cat population got out of hand. Some people advocated capturing and killing the cats, but a group of volunteers lobbied for permission to trap, neuter, and vaccinate the cats instead. This group has successfully done so with 95% of the feline population and, in addition, have set up feeding stations along the path beside the walls of San Juan. While ambling along this beautiful pathway overlooking the ocean, visitors can see the cats - and the iguanas - of San Juan. Here are just a few of the cats who've been rescued by Save A Gato.









56 comments:

  1. I'm glad they came up with two solutions. Great photos this week of the cats about town.

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  2. Awww...looks like they are enjoying it and well-fed. Love it.

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  3. To cure one problem they created another! Nice photos of the feline population.

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  4. On Santorini Island in Greece, the problem is dogs everywhere.

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  5. They are so beautiful !!
    Lovely photos !!
    Greetings

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  6. Hi Sue
    I'm so glad a humane way was found to take care of the cat population inn San Juan. It is a good idea fr feral cats everywhere!

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  7. How kind, compassionate and wonderful that this organization was able to help the cats in this way. Your photos are terrific. Thanks so much for hosting.

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  8. Thank you for hosting! I love seeing your pictures every week! Speical cats!

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  9. Hi! These cats are very cute. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. I love your cat post!!! Cute kitties!!!

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  11. Love all the cat photos - what a rich history as well! Great post!

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  12. Kitties' interesting visual narrative!

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  13. Lindas imagens!
    espero que o problema seja solucionado
    Zizi

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  14. Very nice. I love organizations that do stuff like that.

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  15. Nice photos & an interesting story about the cats :-)

    Have a meowtastic week :-)

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  16. They look amazing and cute and so many!

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  17. Lovely shots - thanks so much for sharing. :)

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  18. Glad the cats are allowed to stay. Thanks for always sharing interesting photos and hosting a great hop!

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  19. Charming cats and as a cat owner i'm happy they weren't killed.

    R. Täysin arkista

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  20. That's certainly lots of Cats around Happy WW

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  21. I'm happy to see that the cat overpopulation problem was handled in the best humane way.
    Terrific pictures!

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  22. I love cats! Thanks for hosting. Have a terrific week!

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  23. Hi Y'all!

    I love the money cats! They're "lucky" cats, ya' know.

    Y'all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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  24. The same thing happened in Jerusalem.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2016/05/ww-aging-cartoon-characters-disney.html

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  25. Glad somebody is taking care of the cats. There is another organization called Save a sato (mutt).

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  26. We have active spay and release programs here too.

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  27. Cool story! I love that they found a way to save the cats.
    :-)
    Traci

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  28. So wonderful to hear of those warmhearted people. Thank you for sharing the story and the pictures :)

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  29. How cool that there are so many public cats! I'd love visiting there!

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  30. Good to know that someone came up with a humane way to control the cats population in San Juan.

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  31. I'm glad they were able to keep the cats by neutering them instead of killing them, they're so lovely. Lovely shots here Sue! - Tasha

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  32. Lovely cats!

    Thanks for hosting Sue, and have nice ww!

    Best, Joana

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  33. What an excellent idea and certainly makes the place more quaint !

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  34. I'm glad they handled the problem and don't kill the cats. They are very cute.
    Have a nice week

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  35. When in Aruba, my daughter and her honey buy bags and bags of cat food to leave for their favorite strays!!...:)JP

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  36. We love photographing cats on our adventures!

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  37. I love historical tidbits like this. :-)

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  38. That's a lot of cats, but I'm glad they opted for humanely dealing with the problem.

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  39. Always good to know the story behind the pictures!

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  40. Thanks for the lovely comments Sue! - Tasha

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  41. Great story and the images are magnificent! Remind me of this: The Cats of Ulthar by H. P. Lovecraft http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/cu.aspx

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  42. In typical cat style they all look very laid back and relaxed

    Mollyxxx

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  43. Our Mom has seen the San Juan cats!

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  44. Wow, that was one massive task, but thank goodness it was done and the cats saved! purrs ERin

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  45. So glad you are helping the San Juan cats! Keep up the awesome work, as the kitties all look very happy.

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  46. I am glad people helped these beauties.

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  47. Wonderful post!
    Thank you for joining us at the Travel Tuesday meme. I look forward to your next contribution!

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  48. It reminds me of the Spanish town of Guadalest which also has been taken over by cats!

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  49. That's so awesome that a group was willing to stand up for the cats and save a few cat lives through spaying and neutering! I love hearing awesome stories like that. :)

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