In Ras Al Khaimah Cat Cafés are supported with a cat care and control program by RAK AWC; RAK AWC will trap, vaccinate, desex and release healthy cats.
We now have Cat Cafés placed in residential areas, schools, hotels, entertainment parks and labour camps. These are a very important part of the work that we do with the help of our stray animal catching team to clear the streets of Ras Al Khaimah and provide a safe and clean place where they can get the food and water they need to remain healthy animals and live out their days
Studies and experience have shown that simply removing cats will not solve problems an area might have with stray cats. As long as a source of food, water and shelter remains available, others will soon take the place of the cats removed. If, instead, a stable colony of sterilized and medically attended cats is permitted to stay on the premises, this will prevent newcomers from moving in and also keep rodents, snakes, scorpions etc, at bay. The Cat Café has proven successful in a number of countries worldwide. Pictured left is a Cat Café that is currently placed in a labour camp in RAK. You can see here a few curious felines eager to investigate the shelter!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
1. RAK AWC will join efforts to catch all of the cats on the premises.
2. RAK AWC will desex, vaccinate and deworm the healthy cats and will euthanase those that are sick and injured. A fully implemented plan means that the complete feral cat population in the selected area will have been neutered, vaccinated and de-wormed, and their ongoing health will be monitored by the RAK AWC as well as by those directly concerned.
3. An area away from other food sources must be provided and cats must be provided with food, purified water and shelter only in this designated area. It is very important that cats are not fed in any other area and that bins are securely closed so that the cats become accustomed to going to the shelter for food.
4. The shelter is staffed by volunteer cat-loving individuals, employees and guests, who are all welcome to interact with the cats if they wish. Regular feeding times should be established.