The Cat was Saved

The SPCA Rescue Squad saved a homeless cat who was in distress while giving birth

Following a call to the Society’s call center, a cat who hid in a closet on a street in Bat Yam, was found giving birth, with a kitten stuck in her cervix. When the call was received, the SPCA rescue team went to her rescue. According to the callers, they had first approached the Bat Yam Municipality where they were told that neither the Municipality nor the Veterinary Department could help.

Due to the cat’s delicate condition, the rescuer used a special net to catch her and she was brought in to the SPCA clinic immediately.[ The kitten was already dead, and the cat underwent sterilization. The two-year-old cat was kept under veterinary supervision for one week, and once she regained her strength and recovered, she was returned to her familiar environment in coordination with the cat feeders, who were used to feeding her regularly.

The cat giving birth hiding in the abandoned closet
The cat giving birth hiding in the abandoned closet

It is estimated that there are over two million homeless cats living on the streets in Israel. Some belong to orderly groups and are fed on a regular basis and, in some cases, are altered, but most of them live lives of suffering under terrible conditions, struggling with never-ending battles for food and territory. The problem is that even cats that are supposedly cared for and are lucky enough to be fed regularly, are exposed to ongoing dangers. Often, they are suffering from cuts, inflammations, eczema, ulcers, infections or other illnesses, and are sentenced to lives of indescribable suffering. Even if the people in their environs notice their distress, the authorities do not always take responsibility and offer a helping hand.

The Society asks the public to be alert with regard to animal suffering. If you come across an animal in distress, please call us at: *4553.

Trapping, Spaying and Neutering

A kitten that was stuck in a restaurant fireplace in Tel-Aviv was rescued

A kitten that was stuck in a restaurant fireplace in Tel-Aviv was rescued by the SPCA and will be neutered at the Society’s clinic.

In order to facilitate the complicated rescues, the SPCA rescuers are assisted by state-of-the-art equipment such as a net gun, which shoots a 2/2 meter net and is primarily used to trap dogs; a net lasso to trap small inaccessible animals, primarily injured cats; Blowpipe – in which an injection is inserted with anesthesia and designed to trap animals from a distance (under veterinary supervision), and that is particularly effective in trapping unsterilized cats located in a group in which some of the cats have already undergone spaying or neutering; Pincers, which are primarily used to trap kittens and dogs in the chest area to prevent them from escaping or injury; Lasso stick – stick with lasso at the end, primarily used to trap wounded dogs; and dog and cat traps, in which food is placed as a bait for capture. The prices of these special equipment are particularly expensive, and we wish to thank Dr. Alice Neumov-Raban, whose donations has help us purchase some of the equipment.

Little Oren

A tiny kitten was rescued from the tree top by the Petah Tikvah Fire Brigade

This week we set out on another rescue mission that ended successfully, with the rescue of a cute little ginger kitten that was stuck on the top branches of a tree.

Following a call that was received in the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel call center, and a report from Petah Tikvah residents about a cat that was stranded in a high tree on Borochov Street, the rescue team set out to the scene. According to the neighbors, the cat was stuck up in the tree and had been yowling for three days without food or water, while all their calls to the Municipality and the Fire Brigade went unanswered.

Since the cat was stuck very high up, the rescue team realized that only with the help of the Fire Brigade and their special ladders could the cat be reached. The Society staff contacted both the Veterinary Department, directed by Dr. Tika Brown, who sent supervisors to the scene, and the Fire Brigade. The Petah Tikvah Fire Brigade team, under the authority of the shift officer, Simon Lugasi, reached the spot, took out their equipment and with the help of a very high ladder, the kitten was safely rescued.

The kitten, a cute, friendly, ginger, four-month-old kitten was named Oren. He will remain in the Society for a few days of observation, be given vaccinations and be neutered and then we will find a loving and responsible family for him.

We wish to express our appreciation to the Petah Tikvah Municipality Veterinary Department who set out immediately to help the kitten and to the firemen who undertook the rescue of the hapless creature. We call on all members of the public to be vigilant and to keep their eyes open for animals in distress and, when necessary, to call the Society’s call center: *4553.

On Top of the Cypress Tree

Kitten stuck on top of 15 meter tall tree successfully rescued

For five days, in the scorching heat of mid-summer, a kitten found itself stuck at the top of a 15 meter tall Cypress tree, without food and water and with no way down. After several days during which residents of the Yad Eliyahu neighborhood in Tel-Aviv heard the meowing of a cat, the mystery was revealed – the cat was perched at the top of a cypress tree on 25 Margolin Street. A neighborhood resident, who contacted the Tel-Aviv Municipality and the Veterinary Department, was told that they do not deal with these types of cases, although the law states that municipalities are responsible for animals found within its jurisdiction. The same resident called the SPCA Israel’s emergency hotline and reported on the miserable and terrified cat who was constantly mewling.

A rescuer with the SPCA Israel, rushed to the location. Once he realized that a ladder was needed to rescue the animal, he called the fire department, which sent a team with a 4 meter ladder. The firefighters, who claimed that “Tel-Aviv did not have such a tall ladder”, tried to use the water hose to spray in the direction of the cat and left the site the same as they came. The rescuer then called the Electric Company, which claimed that their lift vehicle was on call. A private company, contacted by the SPCA Israel for the rescue of the cat for a fee, could not send a team and promised to help the next morning.

After much hard deliberations that were conducted at 23:00, the decision was made to return the next morning to try to rescue the cat. In the early morning hours, the SPCA Israel team traveled to the site, and after contacting the fire department, a lift truck was sent. The Israeli police also contributed to the effort, blocking off the entrance to the street and finding drivers whose cars were parked on the side of the street so that they could move them to make way for the truck. The rescuer climbed on the lift that was raised to the top of the tree. With the help of a grabber with a long mechanical arm, managed to grasp the terrified cat and rescue it from danger before everyone who had since gathered in the environment.

The cat was sent to the SPCA Israel clinic, where it was diagnosed as being a 3-month old kitten that was dehydrated and hungry. The kitten drank and ate but was still stressed. It will stay under close supervision over the next several days until it is ready to be put up for adoption.

The SPCA Israel wishes to express its deepest gratitude to the neighborhood resident to contacted the SPCA hotline; to the fire department of Tel-Aviv Municipality that helped in the cat rescue – Moshe Aharon, Yishai Ventura, Shai Bitan and Eli Manoblar, and to the police officers who also took part in the rescue – Hir Aladin Rabia and Gyori Mickey.

It is important to know that due to the number of homeless cats in the city, a number that is steadily increasing due to abandonment and poor care by the authorities, the distress of cats is also increasing. Unfortunately, neither the municipality nor government entities know how to provide a real-time solution to animals in severe distress. It is extremely regrettable that in Israel, and particularly in Tel-Aviv, which prides itself on proper treatment of cats in the city, a cat was stuck for five consecutive days on top of a tree with no one to rescue it.

If you also encounter animals in distress, please do not ignore them and call the SPCA Israel Hotline at *4553.

Blood Brothers

Three brothers were rescued – two of them are still waiting for a new home

About one month ago, a telephone call was received in the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel, notifying us that some kittens were stuck behind an industrial refrigerator in Petah Tikva. The Society’s rescue team rushed to the scene and succeeded in getting out the three adorable, ginger, male kittens.

The three brothers were brought to the Society where they have been taken care of and gaining their strength for the past month. A few days ago one of the kittens was adopted, and now both Harel and Eliezer are waiting for their own warm home. They are gorgeous and cute, calm for three month old kittens and are even already castrated and immunized.

Anyone interested in adopting Harel and Eliezer, or either one of these adorable kittens, are welcome to come to the cat shelter during our working hours or may contact us by phone to get further details at: *4553.

Who Am I and What is My Name?

Kitten saved from sewer is looking for a name and new owners

Street cats do not lead an easy life, to put it mildly, being constantly exposed to danger wherever they go. Needless to say, those who have the most difficulty are the young kittens who are weak and have not yet developed an immune system, making them more susceptible to disease. The colder months make survival even more difficult, with the kittens’ search for warmth likely to lead them to places where their lives are endangered.

About a week ago a call was received in the Society’s call center. The caller was a shop-owner from Bat Yam who reported that she had been feeding a small kitten for a few weeks through an opening in the sewer near her shop. When the various authorities to whom she turned for help did not respond, she approached the Society, who immediately sent a rescue vehicle to the area. The Society’s rescue person discovered that the kitten was in the sewerage channels and in order to rescue her, the drainage entrance would have to be opened. It isn’t clear how the kitten got inside – perhaps she was born there, or perhaps she got lost in the sewers while searching for food and warmth.

The rescue person called the Veterinary Authority, Dr. Tzarfati, ,who sent a supervisor from his office along with another supervisor from the Traffic Department to open the drainage system. Then, with the help of special equipment, the rescuer managed to get the kitten out and brought her directly to the Society’s clinic.

Dr. Ayah Peri, who examined and diagnosed the kitten, said that she was dehydrated and under extreme stress. After being administered first aid, which included liquids and nourishing food, the kitten was kept in the veterinary clinic for medical observation. The kitten has gained strength in the past week and in another month will be able to move to an adoptive home.

The two-month-old, grey tabby kitten is presently enjoying the attention that is lavished on her by the staff and volunteers. While waiting to go to her new home, she is looking for a name. If you have an idea for a fitting name for this little one, you are invited to enter the Society’s Facebook page to make your suggestion and also to share the information with your friends.

We hope that this sweet kitten will find a home very soon. Should you come upon an animal in distress, please call us to report the incident so that we can help.

Ma’ayan Squared in a Double Rescue Operation

Two kittens were rescued from car engines on the same day

Many kittens born on the streets slowly get to know their way around but their unquenchable curiosity often leads them to the edge of the abyss. One of the most dangerous phenomenon is their search for a warm nook, which they too often find in the bumpers of cars parked on the streets. The engine, that retains its heat, provides them with the warmth they are looking for, but often they have difficulty finding their way out or are killed when the engine is ignited. This phenomenon is most common in the winter season, but throughout the whole year, cars constitute a dangerous shelter to tiny kittens.

One day last week the Society rescued two kittens that got stuck in car engines. The first incident took place in the Tel Kabir residential district in Tel Aviv, when Ma’ayan Demati, aged 17, and her father heard the sound of cats yowling coming from the bonnet of the car, while they were driving. The father stopped the car as quickly as he could, turned off the engine and started looking futilely for the cat. They continued on their way, assuming that the cat had managed to run away, but when they reached their destination they again heard the yowling.

Ma’ayan, who rears her own cat, ran to bring food for the cat in the hope that the cat would be tempted out, but it was all in vain and the cat remained in the engine. Ma’ayan remembered that she had once read that the Society carries out cat rescue missions so she immediately contacted the Society Hot Line. The Society’s rescuer set off to the scene and began the rescue operation, which went on for about one hour because the frightened little kitten went deep down into the engine. The kitten was rescued and brought to the Society where the vet on duty examined her and found her to be in good health and very friendly! At the moment the cute, two-month-old, black kitten is being looked after in the Society and in another month will be strong enough to be adopted into a warm and loving home.

The second rescue took place about one hour later in Rishon Le Zion. As Ma’ayan Levine parked her car, she picked up the sound of a cat yowling from a nearby car. Ma’ayan called the Police in order to locate the owners of the car, but after half an hour of waiting on the line, the call got cut off. When she called again, she was told that there was no point in contacting the Police as they couldn’t help her. Ma’ayan didn’t despair and decided to contact the Society. And so the rescue person set out for the second time that day to rescue a kitten from a parked car. The grey dappled kitten was brought in to the Society safely, and in another month he will also be ready to go to a new, adopted home.

Please remember – a light rap on the bonnet of the car or making a sudden noise under the bumper can flush out cats hiding in the engine and so prevent their deaths, as well as damage to the engine, which can cost a lot to be repaired.

We wish to thank Ma’ayan from Tel Aviv and Ma’ayan from Rishon Le Zion for their alertness and for their prompt reporting which led to the kittens being rescued. If the stories and pictures of the kittens touch your hearts, you are invited to come to the Society and to adopt them.

All’s well that Ends Well

Another kitten rescued from being run over at the Hashalom Train Station

Another animal rescue reached a successful ending after the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel successfully rescued a kitten caught in the train tracks at the Hashalom Train Station in the city.

A passenger on the train who noticed the frightened kitten on the train tracks trying to escape the train called the SPCA call center to report the incident. A SPCA rescuer immediately left for the site and, with the help of a train station employee, tried to grab the kitten and rescue it from being run over. Fortunately, the train did not hit the kitten, which had escaped to the inlet in between the station platform and the track.

Between trains, the rescuer descended onto the tracks and after several minutes, managed to grab hold of the kitten, to the cheers of the passengers waiting at the station. The kitten was treated by SPCA veterinarians and will soon be put up for adoption.

This is not the first cat rescue from the train station. Several months ago, at the exact same train station, another kitten was rescued by the SPCA following reports filed by passengers. We would like to express our gratitude to these alert passengers for their reports, as well as the Israel Railway for its cooperation in rescuing the animals.

Substitute Mom

SPCA Representatives Rescue Kitten Adopted by Monkey in Animal Corner

Exotic stories of animals that adopt young animals of the opposite gender occasionally appear in the media, capturing our hearts. This case took place last week in the animal corner on Kibbutz Nir Eliyahu, located near Kfar Saba.

A woman visiting the site called the offices of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel to talk about a kitten that was adopted by one of the monkeys and whose condition didn’t appear to be good. SPCA representatives arriving at the animal corner on the kibbutz learned from the employees at the site that the kitten had accidentally entered a cage with one male and three female baboons. The male baboon had been spayed but the three females had not been neutered, leaving their maternal instinct still intact.

The dominant female in the group decided to adopt the kitten as her son and never left its side for a moment. As a result, all of the kitten’s attempts to reach food failed, making it become hungry and exhausted. Animal corner employees claimed that taking the kitten from the money would cause mental distress. In addition, the story became a real attraction. To SPCA representatives, however, the kitten’s welfare and concern for its fate took top precedence and they asked to remove the kitten from the money cage.

The next day, Tamar Freedman, a monkey expert from the Ben Shemen Monkey Park arrived and determined that the kitten must be removed from the cage. Rescue attempts failed and SPCA representatives returned to the animal corner the next day. After several hours of attempts, Dr. Dganit Ben Dov, Veterinary Service official in charge of enforcing the Animal Protection Law in the Ministry of Agriculture, joined the SPCA team.

The difficulty involved in rescuing the kitten was attributed to the structure of the baboon cage, which was composed of two chambers separated by a guillotine door. Working together, with each member being positioned on opposite sides of the cage, the SPCA representative and Dr. Ben Dov waited for the right moment to separate the kitten from the monkey. At a certain point in time, the monkey released the kitten, who momentarily skipped to the other side of the cage, and the guillotine door shut, separating the kitten from its adoptive mother.

The exhausted kitten received nourishing food and underwent veterinary testing, where it was diagnosed as suffering from muscular dystrophy in its legs caused by the monkey’s grip of the kitten as if it were a baby monkey, wrapping its arm around the kitten’s stomach, leaving the four legs suspended in the air and preventing the kitten from using them. The kitten recovered over several days after undergoing physical therapy to strengthen its legs. This kitten will soon be up for adoption, and will be delighted to be raised in a warm home with a loving family.

Trains Stopped – Kitten Rescued

All trains were stopped and a representative of the Society rescued a kitten from the danger of being run over

The birthing season, during which thousands of kittens are born in the streets, is felt very strongly at the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel. Many citizens who encounter kittens in distress contact us and ask for our assistance in rescuing them. Thus, in recent weeks we rescued cats from busy streets, wells, hollow tree trunks and other strange places.

Yesterday the offices of the Society received a telephone call from a passenger on the Israel Railway who wanted to warn us about a kitten on the train tracks of the busiest train station in Israel, the Shalom Station in Tel Aviv. As soon as the call was received a representative of the Society was dispatched to the train station in order to rescue the kitten, and at the same time the spokeswoman for the Society contacted the offices of the railway management and asked them to stop all train movements.

All the trains were stopped for a number of minutes while a railway worker tried to catch the kitten, with all the travelers looking on, but without success. The trains began to run again, but luckily the kitten was not run over. The Society’s representative got to the railway station a few minutes later, the trains were stopped again, and the representative succeeded in catching the kitten quickly, to the cheers of the crowds of passengers at the station.

The two month old female kitten was brought into the Society’s veterinary clinic to be examined and was found to be healthy and especially friendly. In another month it will be a candidate for adoption, and anyone interested in adopting it is invited to contact the Society to receive further information.