Volunteers recognised for their hard work

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URBAN CATS: Feline colonies are being monitored by volunteers.

VOLUNTEERS who have been monitoring feline colonies in the city received special identification cards from the Palma City Council recognising their service.

The cards were given during a training day and debate held recently at the Son Reus Animal Protection Shelter.  More than 60 people attended the event including volunteers responsible for the feline colonies in the city, members of animal protection associations and other interested parties.

According to the City Council, the role of volunteers goes far beyond the visible aspect of feeding the cats. Volunteers also have a fundamental responsibility to monitor the health of the colonies and to collaborate with sterilisation efforts essential to control the population.

Head of Son Reus Animal Shelter Pedro Morell said there are currently 49 active colonies with volunteers responsible for them and last year, 569 cats from the colonies were sterilised.

Councillor for Ecology, Agriculture and Animal Welfare Neus Truyol thanked the volunteers for their work and said the event had been a way to show their gratitude for their efforts.

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