It all began with just one cat, a ginger tom called Zacky who came to live with us when his owners went to start a new life in Canada. I had wanted a Labrador, or even 2 but my late husband, Eddy, famously said "Let´s have a cat, they are less trouble" Zak was followed by Oscar, a tabby and white kitten who had a tight chain around his neck which was getting tighter by the day.  Then came the first rescue cat, a tabby kitten called Barney who was living alone in the cellar of an abandoned house in Mahon. I saw her sunbathing in the mid afternoon sun when all was quiet. She was followed by a Tortoiseshell with a broken leg who I was feeding in another cellar in Es Castell. She disappeared for a few days and later turned up with a broken jaw, off she went to the Vet, where a very crude solution was given to her jaw, a figure of 8 in wire which she removed within the week - the first cat I fed by syringe.

With these cats came a growing awareness of the plight of the stray cats and kittens of Menorca. There were so many starving cats and kittens with cat flu. I wanted to do something but had no idea of how to go about it until in 1999  I met Jennie Billiemore of twinkletrust.org and Valerie Sinclair of Friends of the Ferals. They were on their second visit to Menorca to do a neutering campaign. They were struggling to find  cats as they had no catcher with local knowledge to help them. They neutered the cats at a warehouse we were renting and some in my garden and then I took them round places where I fed strays. When they left they gave me my first trap and a crusher /transfer cage. A few months later they found a team of vets to come and neuter and  between us we financed it. Cats in Need Menorca was created in October 1999


 

 

 

In March 2000 we sold our car hire business and so  I had more time. I met our local vet and  slowly I met other like minded people, some of  whom had been quietly working on their own for years looking after the Island´s strays and we joined together to help and most importantly neuter and spay as many cats as possible. Neutered cats have the tip of an ear removed, sometimes quite difficult to see when the ears are back.

No cat is ever put to sleep unless it does not have a chance of quality of life, currently there are 2 amputees and a partial amputee living in the house and garden and many with an eye missing

We are self funding and rely on donations and the sale of greetings cards and gifts in our shop which you can visit if you are in Menorca. All our helpers are volunteers and we provide most of the food for the cats that we feed.