Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Rome's Cat Sanctuary!
My friend and I got out our map of Rome and circled our sites for seeing: Colosseum, Pantheon, Forum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and....
Hoofing it over, we laughed, thinking what our husbands would say: "You were in Rome and went out of your way to find a cat sanctuary???"
Guess who gets the last laugh, though: the sanctuary is on the site of Roman ruins, precisely where Julius Caesar was assassinated back in the day.
We couldn't believe our eyes. These Roman animal rights people managed to get this major archaeological find (discovered in a 1946 excavation) as the location of an adoption, feeding, neutering, etc. place.
When I went to Italy in 1991, there were stray cats everywhere, especially in the Forum and Colosseum. Over the past 20 years, committed trap/neuter/release people have helped these cats, relocating them and getting them homes.