Visitors to Israel are often surprised by the huge number of cats living on the country’s streets. There are estimated to be some two million stray cats here, though no-one really knows the true number.
Though life can be hard for a street cat, animal welfare organizations do their best to look after them – neutering them and returning them to the streets where they were found. Many residents also feed the wild cats, while others adopt them.
Some surveys suggest that about 30 percent of pets in Israeli homes were taken off the street, while another 20 percent were adopted from animal shelters.
In honor of Israel’s cats, we’ve put together eight pictures of cats in the country. Enjoy!
If you’d like to adopt a street cat in Israel, contact the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel.