Associations are multiplying: these Varois who are mobilizing to take care of cats

A refuge to protect and socialize out of sight

Somewhere in the middle of nowhere, not far from the city of the Dragon, a haven of peace exists for cats. A refuge was recently created by the Amis des chats de Draguignan with the aim of providing an oasis for certain felines so that they can eventually be adopted.

Behind the vegetation, only the fences leave a clue. Once through the gate, a first chalet takes shape. “This is where we store the food, blankets and documents needed to monitor each cat we take in,” says Alain Manjeard.

23,000 euros injected

“In total, the association has put 23,000 euros on the table to create this structure.” This is organized into three spaces, the first part of approximately 600 m², with the first chalet, then you have to go through an airlock in the center which gives access to two other spaces.

“On the one on the left, we will install very discreet houses with all the cats socialized, cared for and ready to be adopted”, projects Alain Manjeard. On the right, over an area of ​​750 m², this is where the magic happens between a dozen cats and as many volunteers every day depending on their availability.

On site, they are busy preparing a bowl of pâté per cat. The latter approach curiously, feeling the time and the smell of the feast coming. Some are impatient and go straight to the table to beg for their due. Among the volunteers is Monique. “It’s super nice to be able to participate in the association, it helps the cats and then it brings us calm and comfort in the natural setting of the shelter”she explains. “The park has two chalets built by Alain, in which the animals can sleep”explains Audrey Schlauberg. “Then there is the chicken coop.”

A lonely cabin

A hut isolated from the rest of the cats in which the cats not yet socialized are placed. That day, Plum and Autumn occupy it. “These are two sisters that we recovered after the death of their master”explains Caroline, a volunteer. “If Autumn is doing really well, it’s more difficult for Prune who is having a hard time with the situation, and is completely prostrate, not wanting contact and barely eating.”

Because, for cats, the relationship with the master is fusional. “If a cat loses its master, depression is guaranteed, and the animal lets itself die”, explains Alan. The last resident of the chicken coop was Siam (bottom left). He recently joined the other cats, but is still very fearful.

In total, this refuge has already saved around twenty cats out of the 350 felines cared for by the association.


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