First i thing to do, i fink, is to clarify the term “OWL”.
The region of Germany, where i live is called
OstWestfalen-Lippe .. it is the eastern part of the state of NorthRhine-Westfalia .. and LOL germans decided to call it East-West-(lol)-Falia or #OWL for short.
(if you really want to waste some time ..
read the Bielefeld conspiracy 😉
Long ago i wrote some words about our animal shelter here. It was the time when i found my #foreverhome. On twitter i very often get questions or comments about our shelter. As a lot of you know, my Hugodad works as a volunteer at the shelter, he tries to visit it every week (if time permits), very often he visits shelter on friday afternoons.
He plays with some of the cats ( some become his special friends/darlings), they cuddle with him and he tries to get nice photos (i call it #photies 😉 .
FYI photie is a wordgame with the german word “Pfote” aka “paw”
(as in “pawsum Hugi;) .
Some of these photos are used by the animal shelter organisation for their website and for local newspapers to help get cats adopted.
Very often i hear on Twitter, that we have a nice shelter .. and i have to say YES.
On the ground floor we have a friendly reception room with our “welcome guard” cats and the shelter team . the “guard welcome cats” are residents of the shelter. Then some large storage rooms for cat food, litter etc.
Next 9 friendly bright rooms for about 4-8 cats living together, each with an outdoor caged area. Finally 2 real large rooms for another 6-8 cats plus 12 additional single cat boxes in each room. single boxes are for cats, who need a special diet or do not socialise well with other cats. these to rooms have an outdoor area too for all cats, even for the single boxes.
The complete first floor is a quarantine and near-complete vet station.
New cats gets arrive here and stay here for 4 weeks. they get a complete check-up, vaccinations and vet treatment if necessary (I spent my 4 weeks there too).
A vet for and at the shelter (is securing medical support for all animals) works in the vet station (and he has another room in the main building).
So i have to say, it could be called a “luxury” shelter, cats do not have found their foreverhomes, but they do not have a bad/sad life here.
Opening hours for visitors , people interested in adopting a cat and volunteers are monday til saturday 15:00/3 pm til 18:00/6 pm .
This new(!) nice cat shelter house was planned and build in the years 2007-2009 (opening).
It was made possible by the legacy of an old catfriend lady. The shelter organisation got a real large sum of money(> 500000€) , which should be and was used for a new cathouse.
For some month (June 2013 til 07th Dec. 2013) it was my HugiHome. As all shelters I knowof , we need always more funds, but at least we have a very nice cathouse.
Now holidays in our state have begun (NRW Nortrhine-Westfalia) , which means, it is the time of the year, when the shelter will have a lot of new cats are arriving.
Some are young cats born in May and some real stupid people just dump their cats before they start their holiday trip.
To support my former now I started a campaign #owlcats (Cats in OWL aka Ostwestfalen-Lippe .. name of our region in Germany here, see above).
Here is the Start of #owlcats on Twitta,
I made a Storify (german. it is for our german audience) about #owlcats campaign
(#pawwave to shelterteam and some volunteer friends)
P.S.: maybe i will have to make some minor edit/updates)
(pictures in dis blogpost – as always .. – are copyrighted by my Hugidad)