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Torre Argentina Roman Cat Sanctuary Provides Home And Healthcare To Abandoned And Stray Felines


Torre Argentina Roman Cat Sanctuary Provides Home And Healthcare To Abandoned And Stray FelinesTorre Argentina is a Roman cat sanctuary built upon, it is believed, the sacred grounds where Roman Emperor Julius Caesar was stabbed by his rival Brutus in 44 B.C.

The history of the cats’ residency began in 1929 when the sacred area of the Torre Argentina was excavated.

For nearly 65 years stray and abandoned felines found a home in the protected area below street level. The only people who provided for the cats were a series of gattare – cat ladies. One of the most famous gattare was 1950s Italian movie star, Anna Magnani. During breaks in filming at Teatro, Argentina Anna would spend time feeding the cats.

It wasn’t until 1993 that Lia Dequl and Silvia Viviani came to the aid of a woman who had been working alone to care for the felines. Lia and Silvia stepped in to help the woman feed as well as spay and neuter all the cats.

In 1993 there were 90 cats that needed care and the numbers grew daily because some Romans abandoned their cats and kittens amongst the ruins. That is when the Torre Argentine Cat Sanctuary was founded. But caring for the cats brought the women near economic ruin and they needed help to keep caring for the felines.

Though embarrassed, Lia and Silvia began approaching tourists who appeared more interested in the cats than the ruins and asked for donations to support their project.

Their hard work paid off and the women received not only cash donations but also help from volunteers from all over the world. In 1998 the first of many galas were held to raise money for Torres Argentina.

Torre Argentina sanctuary is now able to provide medical care and medicines for cats with chronic illness. The organization now offers access to test kits for FIV/FeLV. Cats living at TA are also available for adoption, even internationally. Interested parties can visit the organization’s website for more information.

Torre Argentina Roman Cat Sanctuary Provides Home And Healthcare To Abandoned And Stray Felines

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  1. robin Rue says

    We have a stray in our neighborhood. I wish someone would send her there 🙂

  2. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    This just melts my heart. I love to see places that offer a safe place full of love for stray animals. I think it’s the beset thing anyone can do.

  3. Jen Rattie says

    That is so amazing! I saw something like this for dogs in another city, as well. I think taking care of animals is one of the best things any human or organization can do.

  4. mitch says

    Thanks for sharing this, we are planning an Italy trip right now! And you mentioned Anna Magnani, not enough people know about this great actress, she is Mamma Roma! I love this story of how she used to feed the cats!

  5. Pam Wattenbarger says

    This is so great! All of my cats are rescues so I have a special place in my heart for cat sanctuaries.

  6. Theresa says

    What an amazing story. I am glad these kitties have caring people at this sanctuary to look after them.

  7. Janell Poulette says

    This is such an amazing organization for stray cats. I am a huge cat lover and i would adopt every stray cat if i could. But I’m so glad they get the help they need. Awesome history behind that also.

  8. Toni | Boulder Locavore says

    Wow! This is a really amazing organization! I wish I can visit this cat sanctuary one day! 😀

  9. Marcie W. says

    What an amazing place and I’m sure all of the kitties are so happy! Anyone who goes out of their way to care for animals is a winner in my book.

  10. Joanne Ozug says

    I have seen this place in person but had no idea of the story behind it! WOW!

  11. Louise Bishop says

    This is truly awesome. I always worry about stray animals, but it is refreshing to see an area that people can dedicate to those strays and give them some kind of home.

  12. Mm says

    Cat sanctuary? really a good idea. I hope every place has that.

  13. My Teen Guide says

    Wow. Cat sanctuary is really a good idea. The abandoned cats are safe in there

  14. Our family World says

    It’s really a great idea! Cats will be free in the beautiful place there.

  15. makeba says

    What an amazing story! What a beautiful thing for them to love and care for stray cats like this!!

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