This was going to be a docu-post, following cats I saw on the streets here in Mazatlan, but street sightings have always been rare, and this time, non-existent. Cats aren’t popular here, the locals preferring dogs. Often it’s thanks to visitors that the cats get any care at all.
There is a shelter here, Amigos de los Animales, who tries to do their best, but right now they have over 100 cats and kittens in their care. There is one nice colony room, but the others are kept in cages. Hopefully they will adopted, but like everywhere else, most people want kittens. They are working on spay and neuter here, but have a long way to go, especially since the climate is conducive to a year-round kitten season.
Many of the cats are shy, and some feral. Some are friendly, and I was barraged with requests for attention.
One cat immediately caught my eye, an old black boy with a bad eye and no teeth. His whiskers were matted and his fur filthy. I did what I could to wash his face, and he was very sweet about it, though not so much with the body mats. I gave him fresh water and when I came back later, he was sleeping. I wanted to rescue him, save him, fix him, but I can’t. I even looked up how to adopt from Mexico, but honestly I don’t have the money or time. It breaks my heart, but at least he is safe and fed. And today he has clean whiskers.
There was one cat at the shelter who has the run of the place. She showed off in her sun spot for some nice pictures. She will certainly be adopted.
The volunteers have made a cat climber out of netting, and the cats treat it like a hammock. This one is King, at least for the moment.
Things are improving here for cats but it’s slow. If you vacation somewhere like this, consider spending a little time helping out at the local shelter.
UPDATE: Today while on our walk, we finally ran into a street cat! Stay tuned for CATS OF MAZATLAN 2!