A couple of years ago I finally made it to Paris, and fell completely in love. But the dream doesn't stop there, and it became official, shortly after we got back, that Venice would have to be our next European adventure.
And so it stands to reason that I've spent incredible amounts of time over the past two years researching Venice and our future dream trip there.
Needless to say it has lead me to discover a great many wonderful things, including two different Cat Sanctuaries and some great groups! For instance, DINGO, the non-profit group running multiple colonies sanctuaries throughout Venice and the Islands. Now unfortunately they're website is purely Italian so I can't glean much from it outside of wanting their calendar, but thanks to the good old web super highway I've found some great folks talking both about the group and the various sanctuaries.
Kathleen37, has posted this about DINGO on trip advisors website:
“ Cat Sanctuary, Malamocco, Lido, Venice. ”
Apr 13, 2007, 3:27 AMVeniceTravel Blog in 1989 DINGO opened it's first cat sanctuary on the island of San Clemente (previous site of a mental hospital), then moving them to Malamocco, on the Lido (after San Clemente was sold for redevelopment), as part of the city's Sterilization and relocation program.
Just a quick note with directions to the Cat Sanctuary on the Lido, for those that fancy a visit, and would like to make a donation.
"DINGO is a nonprofit organization that helps stray cats in Venice. These cat colonies are scattered throughout Venice and its islands. DINGO relies on private vets who work at reduced fees as well as the Public Veterinary Services whose help is unfortunately quite limited. They rely heavily on donations, sell a yearly calendar and have a stall in the market where they sell donated items.
DINGO address: Cannaregio 482/B, 30121 Venezia.
Secretary for DINGO: Signora Gabriella Sanna. Head of Malamocco Sanctuary: Maria Grazia Macaluso "
The Sanctuary is open to the public Monday thru Saturday, 9am till 1pm. Please be aware that the sanctuary is run by a very dedicated, but extremely under resourced staff. It may be that there won't be anyone available to show you round, due to vets visiting etc, so an email before, may be advisable.
The address of the sanctuary is
Gattile Di Malamocco
Via Teadato Ipato
Lido Di Venezia
If you arrive on the Lido via vaporetto, as you exit the water bus stop, about 20 metres to your right, is a bus stop that will take you down to Malamocco. (If you have the 1/3 day vaporetto passes, these also work on the land buses on the Lido) You'll stay on the bus for about 10/15 mins and get off at Malamocco. With the sea on your right, via Teodata Ipato is on your left. Walk to the end of this road, and then take a right turn, and then turn right again, and the shelter is just there.
Here's a link to a google map;
and here's a link to google earth, which shows the cat's home, with it's lovely cat houses, and sheltered gardens (bottom right hand of the picture, the office building has a greenish roof, with the white cat house roofs showing up to the right.)
If you love cats, it's really worth the trip. They are all genuinely loved and cared for, and if you can afford it, really need donations to go towards the vets bills.
Check out Mama Cat Trust's blog post about her visit to Malamocco's cat sanctuary in March of 2008. It sounds like a wonderful place to visit as well as support, I'll definitely be looking into how to get my copy of their calendar.
The other Torcello cat story (Churches in Venice) and When you get there (Torcello) (Churches in Venice), where she meets such a lovely and handsome kitty it makes me long to do one of DINGO's long distance adoptions. Honestly, how cool would it be to introduce your cat as the one you adopted from Venice ???!
The Cats of Venice. Published in 1998 it promises 80 glossy photos of cats luxuriating and frolicking back when they still owned the streets of Venice.
Now I guess we all know what I want for Christmas right? A DINGO cat calendar, a venetian cat and the Cats of Venice. No sense in asking for it if it won't present a little challenge to the gifter right??!
Happy Feline Friday!