Animal lovers in Stralsund are shocked: Cats hotel set on fire

Stralsund. Catherine Shoric is sad, angry, shocked. At about 7:20 pm on Sunday, the cat hotel in the immediate vicinity of Strelapark was set on fire by unknown perpetrators. It was built only last year by the Animal Conservation Society and set up there to provide a feeding and shelter for the wild cats that live in the area.

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Volunteers who live in the area take care of the supplies. However, not all residents are like that, as the head of the animal shelter in Stralsund knows. “We cleaned up a litter dump there at that time in order to make a home for the cats at once. However, some are upset about it and want it to go away, even though the cats themselves have always lived there,” says Catherine Schorich. Always trying to make things clear.

The wooden walls were lined with styrofoam to protect the cats from the cold.

The cat’s house as a place of feeding and observation

After all, cats are cared for here – including medically. In order to prevent reproduction, traps are regularly set up to catch and neuter young animals. There were more than 30 animals last year. “Then there are residents who simply open them up and think we should leave the animals alone,” says the animal shelter manager. Feeding from the balcony is also not useful, because the animals are cared for. In turn, the site is also used to get rid of pets that are no longer wanted here.

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“We know some people aren’t happy with the cat house. But we also tried a lot to discuss possible solutions. But then people don’t want to understand it,” says Catherine Schorich. She doesn’t believe in a silly boy prank “Several openings were deliberately set on fire,” she explains.

“It took a lot of effort to build the cat house,” says director Catherine Schorich. Skilled workers built it last year on the site of an animal shelter, and DAPA helped with transportation. The individual components were assembled on site and the roof laid.

This is what the cat house, set up by the Animal Protection Society last year, looked like before the arson.

This is what the cat house, set up by the Animal Protection Society last year, looked like before the arson.

This is now charred to the ground. “The fire department says that if the roof hadn’t been there, the trees would have caught fire,” says Catherine Schorich. An orchard separates the Strelapark car park from the Louis-Fürnberg-Weg settlement. Treetops enclose the cat’s house. The fire in the building could have quickly developed into a major fire if the residents had not detected and reported it in time.

The cats are still missing

Staff and volunteers are now primarily concerned about the animals. The cat house keepers had 17 animals shown here. “So far, only four cats have returned. So we don’t know what happened to the others,” says Catherine Schorich. They could have fled trauma or been injured. Cats usually return to their territory. Therefore, it is not easy to implement, and she has set up Animal Shelter Such feeding stations are located in several places in the city.

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The news of the accident spread quickly on social media. Many Stralsunders are indignant and want help. “According to the police, we have not yet been allowed to clear the area because investigations are not yet complete,” said the director of an animal shelter. In a statement on Facebook, the facility also stated that human and financial resources do not currently allow for new construction.

Volunteers set up feeding bowls under the badly damaged facility.

Volunteers set up feeding bowls under the badly damaged facility.

“Technically talented people quickly get in touch. Then we will just have to save on materials. But what happens with wood prices is well known. And then the transportation has to be organized again. Because it is not possible to build on site, because electricity will probably be necessary,” she says. Catherine Shorech, describing the situation. She also fears that cat enemies will attack her again soon.

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The search for witnesses to the accident is still underway. Donations are also being requested to build a new building in order to provide a warm shelter for the cats again before the cold season. Donations are possible via: Sparkasse Vorpommern, IBAN DE03150505000100074243, BIC NOLADE21GRW or PayPal: tiernotaufnahme-stralsund@t-online.de.

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