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Cat shelter takes in feline COVID orphans

Overflowing with aging cats who lost their owners to the COVID pandemic, a cat sanctuary in Barcelona has launched an online campaign to get them adopted.   


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Overflowing with aging cats who lost their owners to the COVID pandemic, a cat sanctuary in Barcelona has launched an online campaign to get them adopted. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Overflowing with aging cats who lost their owners to the COVID pandemic, a cat sanctuary in Barcelona has launched an online campaign to get them adopted. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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As cats of all colors, shapes and sizes basked in autumn sunshine in the courtyard, shelter owner Alex Salvador (pictured) was shooting an advertisement for "Whatever you can afford" donations on a smartphone, broadcast live on Instagram.     REUTERS/Nacho Doce

As cats of all colors, shapes and sizes basked in autumn sunshine in the courtyard, shelter owner Alex Salvador (pictured) was shooting an advertisement for "Whatever you can afford" donations on a smartphone, broadcast live on Instagram. ...more

As cats of all colors, shapes and sizes basked in autumn sunshine in the courtyard, shelter owner Alex Salvador (pictured) was shooting an advertisement for "Whatever you can afford" donations on a smartphone, broadcast live on Instagram. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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"The COVID situation has brought us older cats, cats in quite severe physical states, from elderly people who had not taken them to the vet for a long time, so the costs are very high," says Salvador.    
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"The COVID situation has brought us older cats, cats in quite severe physical states, from elderly people who had not taken them to the vet for a long time, so the costs are very high," says Salvador. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

"The COVID situation has brought us older cats, cats in quite severe physical states, from elderly people who had not taken them to the vet for a long time, so the costs are very high," says Salvador. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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The coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of onsite fundraising events and cut the incomes of existing donors, but the online drive has been a success, Salvador said. "We have adapted everything, the interviews for the adoptions, the interviews for the foster homes, the interviews for volunteers," said Salvador, whose late parents founded Jardinet 12 years ago.   


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The coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of onsite fundraising events and cut the incomes of existing donors, but the online drive has been a success, Salvador said. "We have adapted everything, the interviews for the adoptions, the...more

The coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of onsite fundraising events and cut the incomes of existing donors, but the online drive has been a success, Salvador said. "We have adapted everything, the interviews for the adoptions, the interviews for the foster homes, the interviews for volunteers," said Salvador, whose late parents founded Jardinet 12 years ago. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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The epidemic has also brought in new volunteers. "Since I'm working from home, I work remotely in sales, I need to get out a little bit. Coming here to Jardinets helps a lot," said Andreas Schaedler, 33, (pictured) a Swiss who lives in Barcelona.    REUTERS/Nacho Doce

The epidemic has also brought in new volunteers. "Since I'm working from home, I work remotely in sales, I need to get out a little bit. Coming here to Jardinets helps a lot," said Andreas Schaedler, 33, (pictured) a Swiss who lives in Barcelona. ...more

The epidemic has also brought in new volunteers. "Since I'm working from home, I work remotely in sales, I need to get out a little bit. Coming here to Jardinets helps a lot," said Andreas Schaedler, 33, (pictured) a Swiss who lives in Barcelona. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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Some cats also like to help with the integration process, like four-year-old street-born Zipi (pictured) who shows new arrivals how to respond to stroking and offers of food. "He has become the king of Jardinet, we are all in love with him," Salvador said.   


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Some cats also like to help with the integration process, like four-year-old street-born Zipi (pictured) who shows new arrivals how to respond to stroking and offers of food. "He has become the king of Jardinet, we are all in love with him," Salvador...more

Some cats also like to help with the integration process, like four-year-old street-born Zipi (pictured) who shows new arrivals how to respond to stroking and offers of food. "He has become the king of Jardinet, we are all in love with him," Salvador said. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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Shelter owner Alex Salvador drinks as she does a broadcast live on Instagram of street-born cats inside of El Jardinet dels Gats (Cats' Garden) in Barcelona, October 3.  
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Shelter owner Alex Salvador drinks as she does a broadcast live on Instagram of street-born cats inside of El Jardinet dels Gats (Cats' Garden) in Barcelona, October 3. REUTERS/Nacho Doce    

Shelter owner Alex Salvador drinks as she does a broadcast live on Instagram of street-born cats inside of El Jardinet dels Gats (Cats' Garden) in Barcelona, October 3. REUTERS/Nacho Doce    
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"The COVID situation has brought us older cats, cats in quite severe physical states, from elderly people who had not taken them to the vet for a long time, so the costs are very high," says Salvador.  
 REUTERS/Nacho Doce

"The COVID situation has brought us older cats, cats in quite severe physical states, from elderly people who had not taken them to the vet for a long time, so the costs are very high," says Salvador. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

"The COVID situation has brought us older cats, cats in quite severe physical states, from elderly people who had not taken them to the vet for a long time, so the costs are very high," says Salvador. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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Cats are pictured inside of El Jardinet dels Gats (Cats' Garden) in Barcelona, September 28. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Cats are pictured inside of El Jardinet dels Gats (Cats' Garden) in Barcelona, September 28. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Cats are pictured inside of El Jardinet dels Gats (Cats' Garden) in Barcelona, September 28. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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Shelter owner Alex Salvador opens the cage with a new cat at El Jardinet dels Gats (Cats' Garden) in Barcelona, September 28.    REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Shelter owner Alex Salvador opens the cage with a new cat at El Jardinet dels Gats (Cats' Garden) in Barcelona, September 28. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Shelter owner Alex Salvador opens the cage with a new cat at El Jardinet dels Gats (Cats' Garden) in Barcelona, September 28. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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Volunteers wash utensils for cats inside of El Jardinet dels Gats (Cats' Garden) in Barcelona, September 21. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Volunteers wash utensils for cats inside of El Jardinet dels Gats (Cats' Garden) in Barcelona, September 21. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Volunteers wash utensils for cats inside of El Jardinet dels Gats (Cats' Garden) in Barcelona, September 21. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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A cat is seen on a slide inside of El Jardinet dels Gats (Cats' Garden) in Barcelona, October 1. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

A cat is seen on a slide inside of El Jardinet dels Gats (Cats' Garden) in Barcelona, October 1. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

A cat is seen on a slide inside of El Jardinet dels Gats (Cats' Garden) in Barcelona, October 1. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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Cats inside of El Jardinet dels Gats (Cats' Garden) in Barcelona, October 5. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Cats inside of El Jardinet dels Gats (Cats' Garden) in Barcelona, October 5. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Cats inside of El Jardinet dels Gats (Cats' Garden) in Barcelona, October 5. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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Cats eat next to a placard reading "Adopt" inside of El Jardinet dels Gats (Cats' Garden) in Barcelona, September 21. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Cats eat next to a placard reading "Adopt" inside of El Jardinet dels Gats (Cats' Garden) in Barcelona, September 21. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Cats eat next to a placard reading "Adopt" inside of El Jardinet dels Gats (Cats' Garden) in Barcelona, September 21. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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A cat receives a slice of ham from a volunteer inside of El Jardinet dels Gats (Cats' Garden) in Barcelona, October 3.  
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A cat receives a slice of ham from a volunteer inside of El Jardinet dels Gats (Cats' Garden) in Barcelona, October 3. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

A cat receives a slice of ham from a volunteer inside of El Jardinet dels Gats (Cats' Garden) in Barcelona, October 3. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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