THIS APPEAL IS NOW CLOSED BUT YOU CAN DONATE TO THE NEW APPEAL AT www.youcaring.com/2016thaicats.
There are millions of cats on the streets in Thailand, suffering enormously. They suffer from starvation, disease and some horrific injuries, usually from traffic or the street dogs who roam free.
I am a breeder of Burmese cats in the UK. These cats mainly originate from Thailand, and I have a passion for all of the beautiful Thai cats.
I have rescued 3 cats from the streets of Thailand. They live with me now as my beloved pets, and are contributing their genes to our very inbred Western Burmese genepool.
I had seen a gorgeous little street kitten on Facebook. It looked about 10-12 weeks old. I asked my friend nearby to go and pick it up for me. By the time she got to where the kitten had been seen, neighbours told her that a rotweiller type of street dog had just killed it. I felt so bad, this kitten was just hours away from being taken from the street and given a loving home.
The photo of the little tortie kitten in the photo gallery is of my gorgeous girl, Suay Valentina, when she was first found in Bangkok. She was being fed in a temple by the monks, along with many other cats and kittens. Temples all over Thailand are renowned for taking in the street cats, but it comes very expensive. There is also a photo of her here in England, looking proud and elegant. I adore her!
During a recent visit to Thailand, I asked my friends to take me to visit Wat Taphan, where Suay was born, and rescued by my friends in Bangkok.
I was very shocked by what I found. Overpopulation, disease, dying cats and kittens. It was enough to reduce me to tears.
So it began. With the help of Nolan and Bew in Thailand, and with the blessing of Leung Ta, the head monk of the temple, we have now set up this fundraiser to provide food, medicine, veterinary treatement, vaccination and a spay and neuter programme for the cats at the temple.
The first £500 raised has already been donated to the Temple Cat organisation. Currently funds are being used to treat sick cats and kittens at Wat Taphan temple in Bangkok, and to feed, vaccinate and neuter the heathly ones.
Our volunteers in Thailand are giving their time freely to go in and feed, treat, vaccinate and spay/neuter the cats.
We have set up a Facebook page here, where you can view our progress
Thailand is a poor country, and veterinary treatment for the Thais is horrendously expensive. However, the cost is a fraction of what we pay for veterinary treatment here in the West.
Please would you find it in your hearts to donate a little? Even £5 or $10 would go a very long way over there.