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Can you imagine what it would have been like to land at Heathrow yesterday in the eye of Storm Eunice.
If only cats could talk.

This is Zara. Zara is around 5 to 6 months and arrived with us from the United Arab Emirates.
After a long flight, though turbulent, she had a safe landing at Heathrow yesterday morning.
She then spent the day travelling up to Bradford to join us at BCWR.
Her rescuer in UAE wanted her to come to us for rehabilitation following a serious accident, and she funded all her travel arrangements.

Zara was found at around 10 weeks old on a construction site with a spinal fracture causing paralysis.
It is likely she had an altercation with large plant machinery or that building materials fell on her, causing a serious life-threatening fracture to her spine.
Zara arrived with us late last night, and she has had a restful night, and she will also rest for the next 48 hours.
We look forward to starting her rehabilitation and really hope for a full recovery in several months to come.

Many people ask “why rescue from Dubai when Bradford has its own issues?”
When I asked the ladies in Dubai what would happen to Zara if we could not rescue her, we received the following responses:

“Euthanasia. Probably they will keep for a while in the clinic if no one offer home pts

In the past cats with Fiv they pts but now we are sending over sea.

Similar cases like Zara are let on gardens or street until die

Yes there are no rescue centres at all, they are illegal. Independent rescuers have to rescue stray and injured cats secretly. It’s even illegal to feed the street cats. The rescuers risk huge fines (and deportation) for feeding and rescuing cats.

The scary thing is the government encourages breeding and there are places called animal markets where breeders take their cats and kittens to be sold 🥺
Fundraising is also illegal.

Rescuers in United Arab Emirates rely on volunteers in the UK and Europe to raise money to help pay for huge vet bills, neuters, vaccinations etc.

The government see the street cats as vermin and if too many people complain about a colony they will call pest control in. The street cats will be collected and deposited in a desert area with no food and water and will be allowed to starve/dehydrate to death. Horrific 😿

Honestly without a rescue involved Zara would not be around long that is the true reality😔

In animal market when animals get sick no one will treat them they just put beside the trash for easy collect.

The government have a limited tnr in some areas only but unfortunately they will return fast the cats and many of them are dying as surgeries open or get infected . We can not complain as this is government property

This is short as the real condition of the street cats. They are so many everywhere. Too many loose then eyes because infection and no place for them .I have 3 kittens eith only one eye founded in less than 3 days and some of them with missing limbs

People just pass and no one help. I was late to rescue a kitten and a guy just smash with his shoes, very few people care about animals. Is always the same question why waste money on animals and not on people”

As you can imagine, receiving these responses was truly shocking, so we welcome Zara with open arms.