Class Photo

Tens of abandoned kittens, who were born last spring, are crying out for gentle hands to stroke them and warm homes to live in

Diesel was rescued from the engine of a parked car; Pele was almost run over on a busy road and was saved through the kindness of two tourists; Ronnie and Yoni were abandoned in a cardboard box along with their mother; and Gali, Mali and Toby only just survived without their mother until they were picked up by alert neighbors. All these cute kittens, along with many others, reached the SPCA following the whelping season last spring, and now they are crying out for warm homes and responsible owners who will take care of them lovingly for the rest of their lives. In order to encourage adoption of kittens, the SPCA prepared a ‘Kittens Class Photo – Graduates of Spring 2015’.

Kittens Class Photo - Graduates of Spring 2015
Kittens Class Photo – Graduates of Spring 2015

The kitten whelping season brings with it huge numbers of kittens every year. Most of them are born on the streets to homeless cats and must deal with the cruel realities of life and difficult conditions of survival, while others are born to house-cats whose owners didn’t take care to have them spayed. The SPCA, whose gates are always open to all animals in distress, took in tens of kittens in the past few months. The staff of the SPCA looked after these adorable kittens for many long weeks with care and affection and now, at the age of three months, they are candidates for adoption. It is vital to point out that, in order to prevent uncontrolled proliferation of kittens and pups, who have great difficulty in finding adoptive homes, all the dogs and cats given out for adoption from the SPCA are spayed or neutered.

Baby Zoom

They are sweet, heartwarming, and are looking forward to taking their first steps in a warm home. Come to adopt them!

Every spring brings a proliferation of newborn kittens. Most of them are born on the streets, the offspring of homeless cats, into a cruel reality that is difficult to survive, and some are born to domesticated cats whose owners did not get them spayed.

The SPCA, whose doors are open to all animals in distress, has taken in tens of kittens over the past few months. For many weeks the SPCA team has taken care of these adorable kittens and now they are three months old and ready to be adopted. According to SPCA policy, all dogs and cats are spayed or neutered before being given for adoption, with the express purpose of preventing uncontrolled population increase leading to unwanted kittens and puppies that cannot find homes.

To encourage adoption of these cute kittens, the SPCA team has produced a series of photos with colorful accessories from the world of babies. The kittens in the photos, along with many other cats and dogs, pedigree and mongrel, are waiting impatiently in the SPCA shelter for warm and loving homes.

Come to adopt a pet and gain a loving friend who will bring light and joy to your life.

Photography: Haim Shwarzenberg

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.

Bella mia

Jennifer Fleisher, a player of the Israel national basketball team, had her cat flown to her grandparent's home in the U.S.A., with the help of the Society

Jennifer Fleisher, a member of the Israel national basketball team, grew up and was raised with cats from when she was a baby. Her family was always raising cats and she was used to playing and feeding them. At this time she is unable to have a cat in her home because she is frequently flying to France, where she plays for the Challes-les-Eaux team, to the United States, where she visits her parents and family, and to Israel to represent us faithfully in the uniform of the Israeli National Team.

While Jennifer was living in Israel, and right before she moved to France, she visited a friend in Kfar Saba. There she heard the mewing of a cat, and following the sound she found a cute calico kitten, which followed her around the streets of the city. Jennifer wanted to take the kitten with her, but because she was due to leave Israel she refrained from doing so. The next day she returned to Kfar Saba still thinking of the kitten. When she found the kitten, she decided that she could not leave it on the street, and she took it with her. According to Jennifer, this is a special kitten. “She isn’t so beautiful to look at, but she has an amazing and friendly personality. I decided to call her Bella,” Jennifer said.

During the following three days Jennifer tried to find an adoptive home for the kitten, but was not successful. In the meantime the two became friends, with the kitten walking after her wherever she went and even sleeping in her bed. When it came time to fly, and she had not yet found a solution for Bella, Jennifer brought the kitten to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel – Tel Aviv. Bella, however, did not leave Jennifer’s thoughts, and she continued to search for a home for the kitten even outside of Israel.

Amazingly, her grandparents, who live in California, and whose cat had just then died, expressed interest in adopting Bella. Jennifer contacted people from the Society, who after making various enquiries, began the preparations for sending Bella to the United States. Since we are talking about a long procedure, which includes a three month wait for blood tests and inoculations, Bella stayed at the cat boarding facility of the Society and was pampered by the staff.

Bella in her new home in the States
Bella in her new home in the States

This week the waiting period was over; Bella flew to the United States and arrived safely at her new home in California. “Bella’s acclimation was very quick,” Jennifer tells us. “The large selection of toys that they bought her did not impress her and she prefers spending most of her time on the laps of my grandpa”.

The Killing of Cats in Rishon Le Zion

An unknown person cruelly killed two kittens in a residential neighborhood

Galina Finklestein, 61 years old, from Rishon Le Zion is a sworn cat lover. She is raising a cat at home, and is consistently feeding the cats that live in the street in her neighborhood. The cats have become part of her daily routine, but nothing could have prepared her for what happened, on what seemed to be a perfectly normal day.

She heard the loud howling of cats in the street, and Galina assumed innocently that the cats were playing and amusing themselves or maybe fighting amongst themselves. What she was about to see would never have occurred to her. When she went down to the yard to feed the cats, a frightening sight was revealed to her eyes: two kittens, which she was in the habit of feeding, were dead after there heads were smashed into a wall. The blood of the kittens was splattered everywhere, and the mother cat was standing by their bodies and howling helplessly.

The enraged Galina contacted the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel and found it hard to describe what had happened. Representatives of the Society who arrived at the scene instructed Galina to speak to the police and to file a complaint about the criminal deed. Galina even contacted the office of the mayor of Rishon Le Zion, but got no response to this terrible occurrence.

According to Galina, one of the neighbors threatened her in the past saying that he would destroy the cats that she feeds, and even her husband testified that the time that the howling was heard was when that particular neighbor would go off to work every day. The police told Galina that the complaint would be investigated, but in the days following the filing of the complaint not even one policeman showed up at the site. This shocking occurrence is the latest in the chain of abusive incidents against animals, which does not gain serious consideration by the police. Almost weekly we receive complaints about abuse of animals. However, the police does not take action and does not do enough to investigate each incident. We are of the opinion that this criminal contempt of animals cannot be tolerated by society. It is not possible that individuals will carry out shocking crimes against animals and the authorities will remain indifferent to these acts. Animals are not able to raise their voices in protest, but we, who give them a voice, demand a stern response. We are sure that only when the police will begin to take action to investigate, and the courts will mete out true justice and will begin to convict and to punish, then the public will understand that for every action there are also consequences. Until then the animals are in real danger, and are easy targets for those who think that everything is permissible and that they won’t have to pay for their actions.

Kittens in a bag are thrown into a refuse container

Three small kittens were thrown into a refuse container by an inebriated man

Another case of abuse of cats occurred about two weeks ago at about 2:30 in the morning. At that time a call came in to police headquarters about kittens that had been thrown into a refuse container on Nachalat Binyamin Street in Tel Aviv, next to Hotel Nordau. A security guard who works close to the hotel is the one who called the police, after he saw one of the guests of the hotel throwing a garbage bag into the container and returning to the hotel. His suspicions were awoken when immediately afterwards howling noises were heard coming from the refuse container.

The security guard began to search within the refuse container until he found three small kittens, about two weeks old, within the bag that the hotel guest had thrown there. The security guard contacted police headquarters, and within minutes a patrol team arrived at the site from the Lev Tel Aviv – Yarkon area police station, who saw before their eyes the frightened kittens.

Limor Rostmein, one of the police officers who arrived at the site of the occurrence, said that when the police team entered the hotel they found the man, who had thrown away the kittens, totally inebriated. The mother cat was found in his hotel room along with three other small kittens. The man claimed that he thought the kittens were dead and therefore he threw them out. According to the policewoman, the man who threw out the kittens was so drunk that he could not perceive whether the kittens were alive or dead.

The police team arrested the man for further questioning at the Lev Tel Aviv station house. The policewoman, Limor Rostmein, collected the six kittens and their mother and contacted Hilma Shmoshkovitz, the chairwoman of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel, who quickly alerted a Society worker to meet the policewoman to collect the cats and bring them to the Society. The mother and kittens have been at the Society since then and have gotten used to their new surroundings. In another two months, when the kittens will be big and strong enough, we will be able to put them up for adoption, and we hope to find warm homes for them.

We wish to thank the security guard, who showed responsibility, and the policewoman, Limor Rostmein, through whose efforts the kittens were saved. Sadly, there are many other cats living in the streets whose luck is quiet different than that of these kittens, and who will meet their end in atrocious deaths by way of road accidents, abuse, cold, hunger and illnesses. We fervently hope that these things will not happen in the future, but together with this we are full of hope that the officers in the Israel Police will be sensitive to the subject of animals, and will function correctly, as did Limor Rostmein.