How does the capital care for cats?

Author: R. Motyl

Sunday, August 8, is International Cat Day. Cat holiday in Poland falls in February, but there is an opportunity to remind how the capital cares for free-living cats, about 29,000 of whom live in Warsaw.

The city takes care of cats all year round – funding treatment, sterilization, feeding, and subsidizing non-governmental organizations for animal protection. It is important to emphasize that cats living in the city are not homeless. They should not be caught or taken anywhere, and living conditions should be created in the previous shelters. They are part of the urban ecosystem and their presence prevents the spread of rodents (mice and rats). Free-living cats live alone or in groups. In many cases, groups of free-living cats are made up of related individuals who are born and raised within it. They usually keep enough distance from people.

The city, along with non-governmental organizations and members of the Industrial Social Dialogue Commission for Animal Protection, has been urging Warsaw residents (especially building administrations, property managers, communities and housing cooperatives) to take an active part in caring for them. Cats living freely in Warsaw. This appeal is particularly relevant to the provision of year-round shelter with free access to the basements of residential buildings. Cat houses can only be created for animals that do not have permanent shelter. Such solutions should only be used in safe areas (fenced, protected or controlled).

Since 2005, the city has been working to care for and reduce the number of free-living cats. An important aspect of these activities is the sterilization and castration of cats. People who look after free-living cats, so-called social caregivers, are people who look at these animals with enthusiasm and desire. If anyone wants to join this group, they can apply to the Environmental Protection Departments located in the district offices.

The city also finances the karma passed to welfare workers. In 2019-2020, Warsaw received a total of about 474 tons of dry and wet food. In the first half of 2021, about 114 tons of feed was purchased for free-living cats.

Non-governmental organizations whose legal objectives are to protect animals receive annual subsidies from Warsaw for sterilization, castration, veterinary care, feeding, and improving the living conditions and education of homeless and free-living animals. This is done in the form of open tenders. They can spend the subsidy on both homeless and free-living cats and cats cared for by social guardians. In 2020, the city gave a subsidy of 900 thousand PLN to 20 organizations. zloty.

The Bureau of Environmental Protection has an Animal Relations Department (tel. 22 44 32 579 or 545), and the Municipal Police has a specialized EcoPatroles (tel. 986). You can contact them about stray animals and free-living cats.

The Na Paluchu Shelter also has an adoption and education center to help cats – Ochota na Kota. Established in August 2018. The space in the building is arranged with a walker so that the animals can meet their species needs. The two rooms are equipped with scratches, hiding places, shelves and other accessories. As a result, the animals waiting for their last nest are left in a comfortable condition. Adoption processes are conducted in Ochota na Kota. An individual or family interested in adoption has a chance to meet the cat, stay with it, and talk to the professional help staff both before and after the adoption.

Paluchu Shelter also has a dog kennel, established in 2006 and adapted to care for about 180 cats. Currently, the facility needs to be modernized. It is planned to demolish the current building and build a new two-storey building here. Depending on the adopted production technology and the amount of equipment, the expected cost of modernizing the kennel, along with the construction of a cat shelter during the modernization period, will be about 3-5 million PLN.

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