The City of Athens manages a program that works to protect the stray animals of the city. Cats and dogs are collected, sterilized, treated medically, tagged, vaccinated, and put up for adoption. Those who aren’t adopted get released back onto the streets.
At first I was feeling sad about the sheer number of seemingly neglected animals in the streets. But I noticed people feeding and caring for a lot of them. And so I thought, well, it’s not just a choice between adoption or euthanasia that these animals have to live or die with. If they don’t get adopted, they still get to live! And they have their freedom.
Admittedly, It’s a very different way of doing things from what we’re used to in the United States, and it reminds me that seeing those differences in how to approach day-to-day issues is what travel is all about.
That said, I’ve got way too many pics of Greek cats and dogs.
So I’m only including a few of them here, but I’m contemplating doing a separate future post on the cats and dogs of Greece. What do ya think about that?
When you walk in a dream but you know you’re not dreaming, signore —
From Como to Roma, from Venezia to the Amalfi Coast, Italy’s got prrrrrty cats too!
And if you happen to find yourself in Venice anytime soon, I recommend checking out the Libreria Acqua Alta — literally, the high-water bookstore.
By the way, Venice floods sometimes, did ya know? So Libreria Acqua Alta has come up with creative ways of protecting their books from rising waters — by placing them in basins, bathtubs, and even using a large gondola as a bookshelf. Their unique décor, plus all those books to browse, is reason enough for a visit.
So the fact that kitties also frequent the bookstore? Well that’s just the catnip on the cake!
Now let’s hop on our Vespa and head south, to Roma!
Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary in Rome
Largo di Torre Argentina is a large square with remains of four Roman Republican temples as well as the Theatre of Pompey. Also, it’s popular amongst the gatti di Roma — the cats of Rome.
Largo di Torre Argentina isn’t just known for its cats, though. It’s famous for another reason.
It’s believed to be the site where Julius Caesar was assassinated — aka where he was stabbed 23 times.
Now Largo di Torre Argentina is home to the Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary — a great spot to visit if you’re a cat enthusiast, like me!
Just don’t expect the cats to actually care that you’re there to see them!
Moroccan cats up next! Click page three to continue! 😻