The arrival of spring in Andalucia brings with it two things guaranteed; sunshine and kittens! Whilst many of us can think of nothing better than that, sadly the start of kitten season in Spain signals a period cruelty and suffering for many of the nation’s cats. The exact number of feral cats in Spain is unknown but they are a familiar site in any spanish town.Thousands of unwanted cats are born in Andalucía every year, some are lucky enough to find refuge in the mountains but many suffer horrible lives filled with hunger, pain and cruelty. In an ideal world all cats and kittens would have loving homes but sadly this is not the case,and in Spain stray cats are often treated as vermin.
It was on such a spring day in 2016 that kittens, who were only two days old, were thrown in into a trash-bag and left to die. Sadly, one of them had already passed away, but the other two had held on very tightly to their tiny lives and were meowing at the top of their lungs for someone to save them. They were in luck when an animal lover heard them as she was throwing her rubbish away.
Katherine Napper who runs a trap-neuter-release program called ‘Cats of Las Alpujarras’ responded to a call for help and agreed to hand rear them. She named them Ninja and Samurai in homage to their fight for life, and together they became the Trash-Bag Warriors.
Their struggle for survival inspired Katherine to educate a new generation of animals lovers in Spain and she has written a story about their journey which is featured in our rescue kitten anthology called ‘Kitten Rescue Tales’.