Monday, December 21, 2015

Squinty found, Chevvy still missing.

Squinty was found at worksite, emaciated and suffering from the flu.
Some great news from Nine Lives Greece this morning, Squinty has been located, and now has a forever home! She was found in rough shape at a worksite and needed immediate medical attention. We're very thankful that three of the four cats "relocated" from the U.S. Embassy in Athens in recent days have now been found and are being cared for. However, one life-long resident of the Embassy grounds, Chevvy, is still missing, and the circumstances of the "relocation" of these four cats remain unexplained.

We wrote to Ambassador David D. Pearce and asked him to explain the recent "relocation" of cats from the Embassy. Please help us to keep the pressure on the Ambassador and Embassy staff to explain the "relocation" of the four life-long resident cats and why their account of events does not match that of local rescuers on the ground. Please feel free to use the following letter or elements of it to ask Ambassador Pearce to come forward with more information about these disturbing events. The email address to write to is athensconsul@state.gov.

You can also increase your impact by using social media!
Leave a message on the embassy’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/USEmbassyAthens
Tweet the U.S. Embassy: @USEmbassyAthens
Tweet Ambassador David D. Pearce: @daviddpearce

Dear Ambassador David D. Pearce,

We are writing to you in regard to four cats who were relocated from the grounds of the U.S. Embassy in Athens on or about Dec. 11. It has come to our attention that one of these cats is still missing and another was just found at a worksite emaciated and in need of emergency medical treatment.
We know the Embassy is aware of the public’s concern for these cats, but has said nothing regarding their safety or whereabouts since this Facebook message on Dec. 14:
“The U.S. Embassy Athens has received several messages expressing concern for the cats living on its grounds. Some of the cats were moved to another Embassy facility in Athens, which is another safe, fenced compound. Several of the cats continue to live at the Embassy as they did before. Thank you all for your concern.”
Two young cats were found by embassy personnel last week, and another, Squinty, has also now been found. According to a post on the Nine Lives Greece Facebook page the morning of Dec. 21:
“[Squinty] was hiding in a worksite between a rubbish dump and a busy road leading to Parnitha. The owners of the worksite, on seeing the poster, kindly gave us permission to search this huge site, and we found her hidden between machinery and construction materials. Squinty is painfully emaciated, filthy & suffering from flu, but still had plenty of purrs for her rescuers. We took her straight to the vet for emergency treatment, as she is in critical condition after this ordeal.”
Because the Embassy has provided little information regarding the welfare of these four cats, and because reports from animal welfare groups in Greece appear to contradict the embassy’s explanation of events, we ask that you please provide at your earliest opportunity information regarding the following questions:
-Why, how, and by whom were four cats “relocated” from the U.S. Embassy Athens grounds on or about Dec. 11?
-Did the Embassy consult with any animal welfare groups or professionals to make sure the process of relocation was done safely, humanely, and effectively? If so, with whom and on what date?
-Is the private worksite where Squinty was found the place where the cats were released by or at the direction of Embassy staff? Is this worksite the “safe, fenced compound” mentioned in the Dec. 14 Facebook post?
-Does the Embassy have written policies concerning the cats who live on the grounds and how they are managed and cared for? If so, please provide a copy of these policies.
Many Greeks are upset by the Embassy’s apparent disregard for the lives of these four cats who had made the Embassy grounds their home, and in the U.S., we are hearing from many of our 143,000 supporters who are furious that they would be represented abroad as uncaring toward animals in general, and cats in particular. We urge you to provide a thorough, public explanation of the process by which these four cats were relocated. Thank you for your immediate attention to this matter.


Sincerely,


Maggie Funkhouser
Director of Communications and Outreach

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