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Photo Essay On Cats

Italy is pretty famous for its stray or “free” cats. I’ve read that there are 300,000 feral cats in Rome alone, living in over 2,000 colonies. In Rome, cats that live around the forum, Colosseum, and other ancient sites have been protected since 2001 and tourists can even visit Torre Argentina, a Roman cat sanctuary. Knowing this, it was no surprise that my daughter immediately latched on to the bounty of felines on our recent trip to Italy. A true cat lover, she immediately adopted every stray feline we ran across in Italy and enrolled them in her “Kitty Trick School.” [Seriously, she has a whole program including report cards from Kitten day care through Cat University, complete with its own quarterly newsletter.]

Whipping out her travel journal, she would record where she saw the cat, give it a name, and add it to her running tally. It reminded me of her counting perros in Spain. This was serious scientific study.

By the time we got to Capri, the Capri Cats decorative pillow that adorns my mother-in-law’s couch suddenly started to make a lot of sense.

I finally got in on the picture and started snapping cameos of the cats we would meet along our walks through Capri.Since I’ve had a crazy week between travel, snow and a sick child, I thought I’d change things up a bit and share a photo essay of the cats of Italy as a part of Photo Friday. Enjoy!


For more photos to inspire your travels, check out Friday Postcards on Walking on Travels.

Do your kids like to look at cats or dogs on your travels?

Over the past 10 years, FixNation has significantly expanded its scope and services – and we plan to continue doing so in the decade ahead. We’re helping in more ways than ever, but our mission remains unchanged – we strive to make the world a better place for ALL our feline friends, especially those with no place to call home. Here are some of our latest initiatives:



FixNation not only offers free spay/neuter services for homeless cats, we also rescue tame cats that are doomed to be euthanized in local shelters. Our customized van transports these red-listed kitties to local and out-of-state nonprofits seeking adoptable animals.


FixNation works in close partnership with the ASPCA, Wings of Rescue, and Alaska Airlines to coordinate airlifts to communities that have – believe it or not – an acute shortage of friendly, adoptable cats.


FixNation is a model TNR program for many other communities, not just in the U.S. but overseas as well. Last year, Let the Animals Live, the largest animal welfare organization in Israel, sent staff and volunteers to LA where they spent two weeks shadowing the FixNation medical team and learning how to run a successful high-volume spay/neuter clinic.


Cats on Pawtrol
FixNation is partnering with local rescue organization Kitten Rescue to launch an exciting new working cat program in 2018. The goal is to rescue feral cats from “Death Row” at shelters and relocate them to wineries and farms looking for pesticide-free rodent control. This innovative partnership was inspired by the legacy of FixNation co-founder Mark Dodge, who passed away earlier this year.


In addition to providing free spay/neuter surgeries to homeless cats and discounted services for pet cats, FixNation also loans humane traps to the public and offers free education, training, advice and information on the care and management of feral colonies.


When you make a gift to FixNation, you’ll help improve the lives of our feline friends while supporting our Trap-Neuter-Return mission – proven to be the most humane and effective way to naturally reduce the number of homeless and feral kitties living on the streets. Thank you for supporting FixNation!

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