CONTROVERSIAL street cat feeders in Javea may soon be given special IDs to carry on giving food to abandoned felines.

It comes after the town hall officially authorised volunteers to feed the estimated 35 cat colonies that exist in the Costa Blanca town, according to Javea Feral Cats treasurer John Harris.

Each colony around 30 cats each. 

Anyone feeding these felines, who often live among ‘rubbish tips’, have faced the threat of fines and verbal abuse – until now.

OFFICIAL: Posters designating cat colonies in Javea

“This new councillor is listening to us and understands the situation,” president of the Javea Feral Cat Association, Liz Trafford, told the Olive Press.

Liz said the new councillor for services, Kika Mata, has been ‘very helpful’ and issued posters permitting the practise in designated areas.

Following meetings with the police, the town hall will now discuss providing ID cards to volunteers

STREET CATS: One of an estimated 35 colonies in Javea

“The nearby restaurants are the worst – they throw food on the ground, which encourages ants, rats and so on,” Liz added.

“It’s still a bit of a grey area, but those registered to feed are OK.”

She said that a municipal cattery – Catland – would help to rehome cats and kittens ‘with nowhere else to go’, but would in no way get all the cats off the streets.

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