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Mr Fanis and the cats

The yard behind Mr Fanis’ house, where the cats live.

The yard behind Mr Fanis’ house, where the cats live.

Mr Fanis is an older gentleman who lives in a central Athens area in the remains of a dilapidated house. Although he faces serious health issues and despite his lack of any kind of income, he takes care of many cats, some of them in his “yard” and others on the surrounding streets, approximately 20 cats in total.

Putting aside his dignity, he welcomes every possible offer of food (both for himself and his cats) by his neighbours and sometimes he eats nothing just to feed his “children”, as he calls them.

Blacky and Ebony on their way to the vet for spaying.

Blacky and Ebony on their way to the vet for spaying.

We met Mr Fanis when one of his neighbours got in touch with us at Nine Lives, asking for our help to spay some of these cats. He even offered to pay a part of the cost and we thank him most gratefully for that. We went there with traps, aiming to catch and spay four cats, based on this man’s kind donation, but we found ourselves in a very difficult situation. Lots of cats, in the yard, outside in the streets, female pregnant cats, tomcats chasing females and attacking each other – and amongst them all Mr Fanis crying out for help.

Life is tough for cats and people alike in this destitute downtown area

Life is tough for cats and people alike in this destitute downtown area

We had to make a decision and the only decision we could make is to spay/neuter as many cats as funds allow, both inside and outside the yard. In our first week of work there, we have taken three female cats for spaying and one male for neutering. But there is still so much to do and we cannot turn our back on this situation by going away and leaving all these poor souls behind, as they will soon become more and more and more.

In addition, we really want to help Mr Fanis who is exhausted and desperate, as he continues to welcome all the newborns too.
If you would like to help us to help Mr Fanis and his cats, please make a donation and write ‘Mr Fanis’ in the notes.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.