- Title: PURR-ty for over 250 cats living in Indonesian shelter
- Date: 23rd December 2019
- Summary: PARUNG, WEST JAVA PROVINCE, INDONESIA (DECEMBER 23, 2019) (REUTERS) CATS MEOWING FOR FOOD CATS SHELTER OWNER, DITA AGUSTA, PUTTING FOOD TRAY ONTO GROUND / CATS SURROUNDING AGUSTA CATS WAITING FOR FOOD VARIOUS AGUSTA MIXING FOOD IN BUCKET TRAY AGUSTA SITTING AND MIXING CAT FOOD IN TRAY AGUSTA SPREADING CAT FOOD ON TRAYS / CATS EATING AGUSTA GIVING FOOD TO HER CATS CAT EATING ON FOOD TRAY (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) CATS SHELTER OWNER, DITA AGUSTA, SAYING: "This is purely from my heart to help the cats, and whole-heartedly willing to share our house to those cats in need for shelter. And in my heart it is hard to see abandoned cats on the streets. But, we don't always rescue cat that seems healthy, because we think those cat survive on its own on the street. But at least we help them by providing them food." VARIOUS OF CATS SITTING AND SLEEPING ON A SINK AND A STOVE CATS WALKING BACKWARD FROM CAMERA / AGUSTA SEATED AGUSTA PLAYING WITH HER CATS (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) CATS SHELTER OWNER, DITA AGUSTA, SAYING: "Approximately, in one day we spend at least one million rupiah (USD 71) for the cost of the food, including dry food, fishes, chicken heads and also, the medicines and sands for around 250 cats." POINT OF VIEW FROM CAT, OTHER CATS WAITING FOR FOOD (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) CATS SHELTER OWNER, DITA AGUSTA, SAYING: "I did not collect them and the most important thing is all the cats here need to be sterilised so that it stops to populate. Also, we help them to find adopters and most of our cats here are healthy and ready to be adopted, except for cats with disability which will stay here with us forever." CATS RESTING ON WOODEN SHELVES CAT LOOKING ON CATS PLAYING VARIOUS AGUSTA SHOVING UP CATS FAECES FROM SAND BOX INTO THE TRASH VARIOUS AGUSTA'S EMPLOYEE CLEANING CAT'S FACE VARIOUS AGUSTA HOLDING AND KISSING HER CAT
- Embargoed: 6th January 2020 09:59
- Keywords: Cat Indonesia conservation shelter stray cats wildlife
- Location: PARUNG, WEST JAVA PROVINCE, INDONESIA
- City: PARUNG, WEST JAVA PROVINCE, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
- Topics: Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA001BB72Q87
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Meoww! Over 250 cats surround 45-year old Dita Agusta as they know it's time for food.
Agusta and her husband Mohamad Lutfi, 51, opened their home in Parung of West Java in Indonesia to care for felines in need since 2015, in the hope that one day they would be adopted.
The couple spends around one million Indonesian Rupiah (USD 71) each day to cover the costs of food, health care, and well-being.
Agusta said taking care of these cats comes "from the heart".
"It is hard to see abandoned cats on the streets," she told Reuters, adding that she would not pick up cats that already looks healthy from the streets.
Agusta also said that cat manure is processed so that it does not affect the surrounding community. Workers clean the entire house twice a day to make sure the shelter is sterilized.
The four-legged furballs are also neutered to keep the population contained.
(Production: Yuddy Cahya Budiman, Heru Asprihanto, Juarawee Kittisilpa)
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