HAVANA TIMES — Walking through the historic part of the city always stimulates taking a good look around you, because if you don’t stay abreast of its changes it will seem at some point that you’re no longer in it.
The environment of this place has continued to change for a long time. First it was changed by collapsing buildings, and perhaps since at least this past decade it has been changed by massive renovation, restoration and maintenance of the physical environment and businesses in a neighborhood known as being the oldest one in the city of Havana.
Well people!, in one of my explorations that made for an eventful visit to Old Havana, I ran into a collection of cats that were taking advantage of the restoration of the Palace of the Captains General to breed and survive. But what made me notice and discover them was their being cared for by a woman with several plastic bags and plastic plates.
From what this lady said, some 23 animals (between them cats and kittens) were hiding on the side of the Palace under a container that serves as the construction office. Every day they would wait there for the generosity of this woman.
The woman, apparently in her sixties, says that people who pass by either abuse the little creatures or proceed on past with indifference.
She therefore devotes two times a day to coming and bringing them something to eat.
She can’t bear seeing the helplessness in which they live, surviving thanks only to their being able to hide under the container. She doesn’t live nearby, but she does work in the neighborhood, so she avails herself of the proximity by providing food as best she can through her own resources.
She obviously loves the animals and her sensitivity towards them makes her dedicate herself in this way especially to the kittens, which are suffering, suffering but growing up healthy – which is the reason for her joy.
As for me, I’m unable to do much for them since I already have enough cats in my care. Still, I’m gratified to know that there are city residents here who — though unable to provide an overall solution to the matter — do what they can for stray animals.
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