The Kittens of San Juan

Jim and I have been in Puerto Rico for a week now. I promised I’d post, so I’m sort of ready now. This trip has been different for many reasons, some we understand, some, not sure we do. We’ve been TRYING to buy a boat (in Florida). Made an offer, not accepted (not uncommon), we choose not to counter. Now, contemplating our course and path with the boat. Buying a big boat is in many ways not like buying a house we are learning. Lots of energy expended during the early parts of the trip.

As you may know, Puerto Rico is experiencing *many* earthquakes right now. Some quite devastating, others just frightful for people as their are so many. The quakes are centered in the southwest part of the island and for the most part, life goes on for the rest of the country (yes, I call it a country) with occasional big quakes felt elsewhere and folks sending supplies and traveling to help out in the impacted areas. Although we were not here after Maria struck, folks have told us they feel more out of sorts with the quakes as they know what to do before and after a hurricane. This just goes on and on; more than 500 quakes greater than 2 since the end of December with 6.4 being the biggest and most damaging. I have a quake tracking app on my phone (now) and it bings multiple times a day with quakes over 3 and some over 4 or 5. We’ve only felt and heard one in the places where we have been, but we have been about as far away from the quakes as one can get in Puerto Rico so far. We have yet to have a power outage anywhere we have been. However we did meet a few people without power in isolated apartment blocks in San Juan and saw power trucks out working on repairs.

Dramatic clouds and sunset over maybe functioning power plant.

Now, on to the kittens. Some folks may find this sad and depressing, but it does not feel so, mostly. There are “stray” cats all over old San Juan and living around the water edge of El Moro; the original fortress built in the 1500’s by the Spaniards.

Along the waters edge, in the rocks and the vegetation is where the El Moro kittens live. It is actually a pretty safe environment under the plants which can be quite dense in places. There are also big plastic bins with food and water where the kittens can eat.

There is an organization that traps, spays and releases the kittens to live their lives and finds homes for kittens that are comfortable around people. Our sense is the organization is not being too successful as their are lots of cats, most not too afraid, most looking pretty healthy and a few willing to let you pet them.

A happy “city” cat taking a siesta under a parked car.
Another city cat.

There are also food and water bowls all around Old San Juan. So folks accept the kittens and feed them. They don’t seem to have such a bad life. So, with out further ado, the kittens:

This guy was more playing with the pigeons than really trying to catch a meal.
This is one beautiful cat!
A kitten with no shame.
A nice napping cubby.

I will trying to write more soon.


The Kittens of San Juan — 2 Comments

  1. The kitties – wonderful amazing and sad all at the same time. I would want to adopt them all. Is there an organization that accepts donations for the kitty work?