The Cats of Torre Argentina
Rome is an astonishing city with an embarrassment of historic riches but when travelling there you should definitely pack your cat supplies!
With iconic buildings at every turn, bustling streets and world class museums, Rome is truly a city to savour.
It is always wise to throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain. Legend has it that doing so means that you will return to this great city. One visit could never be enough, especially if you are a cat lover.
Rome offers much to engage the mind and the soul but it is your emotions which are in play at Torre Argentina.
A Glimpse of Ancient Rome
In the heart of Rome lies a very special place indeed. Excavations began at Torre Argentina in 1929 and revealed captivating ancient ruins. Striking Roman columns and buildings have been uncovered and sit significantly below the level of the more modern streets that surround the excavations.
Standing at street level you look down into the site and gain a window on another world. As you gaze at the impressive Roman architecture you soon notice the many residents of Torre Argentina going about their daily business. This fascinating place is home to 150 cats.
When the excavations began many wild and abandoned cats started to take refuge in the comparative safety and shelter of Torre Argentina. Some of the locals began feeding and caring for the cats. Unfortunately this led to people abandoning more cats in the area thinking that they would be cared for.
Inevitably the cats became an enterprise beyond the scope of the local people and in 1993 the Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary was established. This charitable organisation has a base in an underground shelter at the site.
Take Cat Supplies when Visiting the Cats
You can visit the sanctuary to meet the cats and to see the fine work that is done there. It is an emotional experience as the cats are adorable and many have serious physical and mental health issues. Imagine the cat supplies required to care for 150 cats! The sanctuary welcomes donations of any size to help them purchase the cat supplies that they need. You can also donate cat food or any other cat supplies if you prefer not to give money.
It is possible to support the sanctuary’s work by adopting a cat remotely. You make a contribution to the cost of your chosen cat’s care and receive regular updates. You may also visit the cat if you find yourself in Rome. The cats chosen for this programme are those who are unsuitable for permanent adoption or who are unlikely to find new homes.
f you really fall in love with one of the residents then you can choose to adopt the animal. There are complications if you do not live in Italy and you should check out what is involved before setting your heart on a new fury friend.
A Special Place
Torre Argentina is a special place with a unique atmosphere which really tears on the heart strings. There is something wonderful about the combination of the ancient ruins, the cats and the amazing people who care for them.
There is much to see and do in Rome but if you visit this astounding city then don’t miss Torre Argentina.