Upon moving into my new Mexican Casa I was greeted by a friendly cat at my backdoor. She got my attention quite quickly with her howl-like meow. In my ignorance, I thought she could smell Pooky and wanted to meet the new cat in town… I soon realized she was like most other animals in this area– starving!
I’ve always been told to never feed an animal that isn’t yours, as they will keep coming back for more… But this new cat looked at me with her pretty blue eyes and I knew I wasn’t going to be able to ignore her meows for too long.
I soon learned my new friend was not only hungry, but she was also pregnant. It’s one thing to ignore a starving cat meowing at your door, but a PREGNANT starving cat? My heart can’t take it. I set up a water and food dish outside for her in our spare bathroom that desparately needs fixed.
There has been a fair in Las Palmas for the last 2 weeks, one night Ricardo and I went to check out what the vendors were selling. Hiding under a display of pots and pans was the CUTEST little kitten. She must have been about 6 weeks old, she too was hungry as she was licking the cement trying to find a crumb. I grabbed Ricardo and told him I could not leave this kitten here, she was too precious. He reminded me that most of the animals in Mexico aren’t cared for and are in the same situation as this little kitten. He then told me she was probably the pet of the vendor… He tried to give me any explanation possible to avoid me bringing this darling kitten home. I stuck out like a sore thumb amongst the Mexicans shopping. I was chasing this little kitten under all of the displays, while the Mexicans didn’t take a second glance at it. This is another one of those “things” in my Mexican life that won’t ever be “normal” to me.
Puerto Vallarta does have an SPCA and other organizations that care for these street animals, but there are just so many animals that need rescued, and not enough space at the shelters to take in each one.
If there was ever a time I wanted to set out and *save the world* it’s when these little pets without a voice look at me with hungry eyes that just want to be loved. </3