One day I had a call from some concerned tourists staying at a hotel in Ayia Napa. They had been feeding a small kitten at the hotel during their stay but the kitten was sick and they asked for my help as they wanted to help him get well.
The couple went back home to UK the following weekend and had asked me if I would continue his unfinished medication. They also contacted me on their return to say that they would like to adopt the kitten and would I arrange for his passport and foster him until he was ready to fly back and this I agreed to do.
I searched the hotel every day but couldn’t find him! I was worried that he had become even more sick and had possibly even died because he had not had his medication.
I had to search for quite a few days before I eventually found him on the other side of the hotel grounds from where they had been staying and feeding him. I found him quite by chance as I was just about to give up once more when something told me to walk towards the beach. As I followed the path towards the sea he suddenly appeared out of the bushes in front of me!
He was still quite sick but after more medication and a few days at my home he was looking much better and started to play with my other cats.
A few weeks later after all the arrangements had been made and all his vaccinations and microchip had been done I took him to the airport for his flight to a wonderful new home in UK.
It was very difficult to say goodbye to him as by now I had become quite attached to the little man and he had become part of my family albeit for a short time. So after lots of hugs and kisses we said goodbye and I cried all the way home.
I knew I would miss him but I was so happy that he wouldn’t have to live a life of fear or uncertainty any longer and that he was going to a place of safety and love where he was to live with 2 other cats, both beautiful pedigree Siamese – talk about from rags to riches!!
This hotel ultimately became the first hotel to take part in the Famagusta Cat Care Project and I decided to name the feeding station in honour of Simba as he was the first cat I re homed from there and as a thank you to Jacqueline and Rod for adopting him.