A cat island sounds pretty magical, right? Who wouldn’t want to visit an island that was full of cats roaming around everywhere? These kinds of islands do exist in places like Japan and Brazil. Tourists can even visit them! However, on Furtada, a cat island off the coast of Brazil, the scene is not as idyllic as you might imagine.

Furtada Island started off with two abandoned cats and now has over 250! These cats not only reproduced, but people also started abandoning unwanted cats on the island. Sadly, this island is not very safe for these cats and they are not doing well. There are many dangerous animals and no natural sources of fresh water on the island, leaving the cats at risk of dehydration and kidney diseases. For years, kind people have come to feed the cats and bring them water; however, the pandemic has made this nearly impossible.

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The pandemic caused a huge drop in tourism, which meant that fewer people were showing up on the island to feed these cats. This is especially hard for the abandoned cats that don’t have the same instincts for catching food. One day, passing fishermen even saw a few cats who were eating the corpse of another cat. Fortunately, volunteers started collecting donations and visiting the island to bring food and fresh water on a weekly basis. The volunteers even offer medical attention to sick or wounded cats and try to adopt them out. These volunteers are amazing people, but helping these cats shouldn’t just be on them. The government needs to step in. Sign this petition to demand that the Brazilian government fund efforts to feed and care for these animals, as well as set up catch-and-release spay and neuter programs!

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