Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Some in Israel Rescue Gaza Pets

We've heard story after story about people having to leave everything when they were removed from their homes in Gaza, but what about the animals left behind? Thankfully, a group of animal rescuers were sent to round up stray cats and dogs. Hat tip to Rory on this one.

Tal Levy, evacuated on Thursday by Israeli troops and police from the Gaza settlement Kfar Darom, said he saw many stray animals in the area before he left.

“Horses, dogs and cats and even chickens were wandering the streets,” he told Israel’s NRG Web site, affiliated with its Maariv newspaper. “There is no one to feed or care for them.”


Regular readers of my blog know that this kind of statement breaks my heart. I'm grateful though that someone is looking to help out these little critters.

Animals found in the settlements will be put in shelters in Israel until new homes are found for them. Israel has put out public service announcements calling on people to adopt them.

“We were promised that if they do decide to put even one animal to sleep, they would let us know 24 hours in advance. I will then go and rescue it,” Kuzi said.


Kuzi is now one of my new favorite people!

He said there was no clear estimate of the number of pets in the settlements and he expected to find mostly stray cats. Settlers had officially registered 150 dogs, but Kuzi said most of them probably left with their owners.

Cats always get the short end of the deal. I had to hide this story from my two sensitive felines.

10 Comments:

At 6:16 PM, Anonymous seawitch said...

This is distressing. Cats always do seem to receive the short end of the stick. I'm be hiding this news from my three babies.

 
At 6:32 PM, Blogger Tran Sient said...

I suppose they would be on a stick if they get left behind.

 
At 8:28 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Esther,
Between blogging frenzies, I caught a snippet of this on FNC. Glad you posted this.

I can't abide cruelty to animals.

Our oldest, Sheba (age 17) was literally an alley rescue. My heart goes out to the stray cats in Gaza.

 
At 5:22 AM, Blogger Warren said...

I also heard that the trees, (orchards), planted by the settlers, are being transplanted for eventual return to their owners.

Doesn't this whole thing point out the difference between Israel and the "Palestinians". No human life was lost, the IDF acted in a humane and sympathetic manner and didn't over react to the small amount of violence.

You can only imagine what this would have looked like if situation were reversed.

 
At 7:29 AM, Blogger BonnieBlueFlag said...

Now that is what I call packing up and moving out, lock, stock and barrel!

Esther,

Thank you for posting this item. I had not seen any news regarding the animals left behind, and I was reminded of the problems here with natural disasters, when no one wants to allow pets in the shelters.

I guess someone had to leave their horse behind, hoping it could graze, when the hotels would not take him/her.

 
At 9:35 AM, Blogger Gindy said...

" also heard that the trees, (orchards), planted by the settlers, are being transplanted for eventual return to their owners."

That blew me away when I read about that.

"Doesn't this whole thing point out the difference between Israel and the "Palestinians"."

Agreed.

 
At 1:57 PM, Blogger patrickafir said...

Yeah, I saw this on Fox too. Thank goodness Israelis appreciate how precious life is.

 
At 1:57 PM, Blogger patrickafir said...

Yeah, I saw this on Fox too. Thank goodness Israelis appreciate how precious life is.

 
At 3:24 AM, Blogger Batya said...

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http://me-ander.blogspot.com/2005/08/heval-hevalim-34.html

 
At 2:04 AM, Blogger shahama said...

Do not feel a sense of relief. The rescue attempts are still underway and being hampered by the Ministry of Agriculture which has been given the authority to issue and rescind permits to enter at will. Today the permit for Rishon Loves Animals was rescinded and maybe others as well. The ministry is also stubbornly refusing to allocate any money to help the organizations with the rescue. Months ago they committed to help the farm animals and pets relocate but not the strays. So far they have only helped some of the farm animals and time is running out.
The situation is horrendous. The Noah Federation with Let Animals Live have submitted a complaint against the ministry to the police against the ministry for infringement the animal welfare law. Every day without food and water endagers the animals more and more. Every day we move closer to total withdrawal. For more information contact the Noah Federation of Israel Animal Welfare
Organizations or the Cat Welfare Society of Israel.

 

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