We Are La Casetta Dei Gatti
Saving Roman Cats
Help us give a second chance to the strays of Rome.
La Casetta Dei Gatti is a no-profit organisation and cat sanctuary in Rome. It’s a peaceful oasis in the middle of the city, surrounded by trees and nature, creating a safe space where our kitties can be happy and roam free.
Since 2004, we have been rescuing and looking after injured and abandoned cats. Over the years, we’ve found loving families for thousands of Roman cats, giving them a second chance at life.
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If you live in Rome or planning to spend some time in the Eternal City, you can support La Casetta Dei Gatti by becoming a volunteer.
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There are many ways you can help and support the work of our Sanctuary. From volunteering, to sponsoring one of our superstar resident cat to making a monthly donation. It’s only thank to your constant support that we can help and save the cats and kittens who need us.
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What We Achieved in 2022
Every year we are determined to continue our mission to give a second chance to Roman cats. In 2022, we have managed to get more than 120 stray/ abandoned cats adopted, carried out hundreds of spays/neuterings and managed to reach more than 25K people! Thank you for all your support. Our mission continues through 2023!
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HIT BY A CAR, HE ALMOST DIED AND HAD TO UNDERGO EXTENSIVE SURGERY. THANKS TO THE SURGEONS, HE'S HAD A SECOND CHANCE.
Poor Martino was run over by a car and almost didn’t make it. He arrived at La Casetta Dei Gatti in May 2023. After his accident he was operated on at another cat-rescue centre, however when he got to our sanctuary we realised that the surgery wasn’t done properly and he had to undergo a new surgery to fix his hind leg. But that’s not all: his jaw was completely necrotic, he had the jawbone exposed with no tissue of any kind to cover it. Unfortunately, the only viable solution was the removal of part of the necrotic jaw bone, which in Martino’s case was more than 50% of the lower bone.
Martino is a true warrior: he has learnt how to eat with only half of his jaw and makes progress every day! In spite of the surgery to his hind leg, he manages to make small jumps and to walk normally.
Now Martino is looking for a loving family and a forever home.
FOUNDWITH HIS FOUR PAWS TIED UP. HE HAD CONTINUOUS SEIZURES BUT OUR SHELTER CHANGED HIS LIFE!
Luciano has a very difficult story behind him. He came to us as a kitten, at only six months old, and he was suffering from severe epileptic seizures. We promptly admitted him to a renowned clinic in Rome, known for its excellent neurology department, and Luciano stayed there for a long time. Through an MRI and cerebrospinal fluid analysis, the neurologist hypothesized that Luciano had experienced a severe trauma that was causing these seizures. His story before being rescued is truly heartbreaking. Luciano was found on the street, all tied up with his four paws bound. Even the mere thought of what he must have gone through causes us immense pain. Luciano is only six months old and has already endured so much suffering. The first few months in our shelter were challenging for him. It took a long time for Luciano to trust us humans again. We showered him with love every day and lined his cage with cushions to prevent him from getting hurt during a seizure. Thanks to the medication he takes and the love of our volunteers, Luciano is now a different cat cnow. His seizures have almost disappeared, and his irresistible personality has finally emerged: “fear” and “shyness” are not part of his vocabulary… Luciano is a little bundle of energy! He spends all his time playing with the volunteers, running, jumping, and ambushing his roommates. He’s a small force of nature. It’s a wonderful transformation!
FOXY AND HER FAMILY FLED THE WAR IN UKRAINE. BY THE TIME THEY GOT TO ITALY, FOXY WAS REALLY ILL AND FOUGHT BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH FOR MANY MONTHS.
Foxy entered our lives in February 2023. She had the misfortune of being born in a territory that had become hostile to its inhabitants, both humans and animals. It was a territory of destroyed homes, families who had lost their loved ones, tanks, and bombs.
Her family fled the war in Ukraine, bringing Foxy with them, and after many hardships, they managed to arrive in Rome. One can only imagine what they must have endured. One day in February, they came to our sanctuary, desperate. They pleaded with us for help because they were unable to keep Foxy in the temporary housing where they were staying, and we couldn’t turn them away.
Unfortunately, all the stress Foxy had endured had serious repercussions on her health. Foxy started to deteriorate fast, with high fever, and once she was taken to the clinic, the diagnosis was truly heartbreaking: severe feline panleukopenia and calicivirus. She had to be fitted with an esophageal feeding tube because the severe calicivirus prevented her from eating. La Casetta Dei Gatti covered the expenses for expensive targeted therapies in an attempt to improve her condition, but for a long time, Foxy fought between life and death.
After spending a month in the hospital, Foxy slowly began to recover and started eating with appetite again! She was able to return to our sanctuary, where she continued the necessary therapies for several weeks, surrounded by the love of the volunteers who had become very attached to this sweet little cat. Foxy managed to make a great recovery. She was truly a little warrior. After three months, Foxy’s family found a permanent arrangement, and Foxy was finally able to return home to her normal life, surrounded by the love of her humans.
Together we can offer them a better future.
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