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To better serve our animal-loving community as we move into the future, we plan to expand our offering. And in the process, we thought a name change was in order is now

"Cuddly" is how we feel about animals and it's how animals make us feel. That being said, while there are many upcoming changes, our mission remains the same. We aim to help animals around the world live better lives through innovation, community, and kindness. Thank you for being a part of our movement and, now, the family.

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Help Us Sterilize More Street Cats & Adopt?

Let's make it our mission to help the street cats of Puerto Rico . The photos you see are actual cats we are all  helping.  As of March 2018 more people around the neighborhood of Puntas are trying to TNR more cats.   Adopt out when we can but stopping the cycle of reproducing cats on the street is the main goal of this wish.

Because of excellent Vets in Puerto Rico, offering discounted services to street animals, our cats for one cat are as low as $90.

Defensa will continue to support this effort to combat the overpopulation of cats on the street of Puerto Rico - no donation is too small - and every share can reach generate more awareness, help and donations!   And as the number of cats we TNR goes up so will the wish!   But please follow the updates below and us at Facebook/DefensaRincon 

Updates

  • say hello to baby baby kitten chico (and Dra. Christina) 

    CHICO was found on the big dangerous 115 highway in Aguada Puerto Rico.  His rescuer already has her hands full with 4 other street animals.    We want to avoid having to put this little guy back on the streets or to the only Shelter in our area that is a kill shelter!

    CHICO is our newest TNR and we really really really feel with your help we should be able to find him a home!  No Release for CHICO .. please help us with a share to your friends in Puerto Rico.  You donations will go towards his neuter, vaccinations and fecal.   




    July 31, 2018


  • thank you for your wishlist items!!

    More street kitties getting fixed and working socialization when possible!

    July 14, 2018


  • Another fixed and recuperating before being released 

    Thank you for making this important work possible.  When we can we are socializing and adopting

    July 13, 2018


  • Our newest street kitties 

    We are helping with food and asking for volunteers to help TNR 


    June 25, 2018


  • 'Van Gogh' just captured and heading the the Vet for neuter.   

    Help us fix more feral street cats with a donation!



    June 11, 2018


  • More kitties going today - 2 separate TNR efforts.

    We can only do this work with your support!


    June 11, 2018


  • Another TNR from Julie's efforts ..... this means one less cat can give birth on the streets of Puerto Rico thanks to your donations!

    From Julie : Today O'Keeffe was brought to the vet. As you can see, she is less than happy but is back at home with me. I will keep her inside while she is healing. I released Kahlo Thursday and she is doing well. I will continue to feed all of the kitties. Thank you for all your help.

    June 02, 2018


  • Rescuer Carmen could use donations and rides if you are in the Rincon area.

    Carmen is working to help several homeless and reproducing cats on her small street.   We are using your donations for food reimbursement but we really need more hands to help as Carmen does not have transportation!   If you can share maybe you can help us reach a cat loving driver in the Rincon area.   Please make a donation!  It all adds up and helps the hungry cats!


    June 01, 2018


  • We continue to offer TNR to anyone in Puerto Rico who can use our program thanks to your donations and shares!


    May 31, 2018


  • Newest trio to the TNR (adopt) program......

    KAHLO, O'KEEFFE, and PICASSO 

    These three are the most social of the bunch so be sure to check them out on out adopt page if interested. 

    Heading in on Monday for their vaccines and most important spay/neuter so please continue to donate to our TNR fundraiser.  


    May 20, 2018


  • Our newest TNR kitties 


    May 11, 2018


  • Meet Van Gough, Picasso, Kahol, Okeefe .... street kitties getting sterilized and if they are wanting to be adopted out that will be our goal.

    Please consider a donation and a share for our Trap, Neuter, Release (oh Wait can we Adopt) efforts!!!

    May 08, 2018


  • All 2.4lbs of her are safe because of those who donate and those who share!   Both make these rescues possible!   Thank you!

    May 07, 2018


  • Today, we are spaying/neutering and vaccinating 6 kittens and two adult female cats. Francesca, Genia, Micaela, Raul, Pepe, Leo, Mamacita (gray tabby adult), and China (orange tabby adult) will have better lives now thanks to your donations!   Please share and consider us when you are ready to adopt!  www.DefensaRincon.org/Adopt



    May 03, 2018


  • Another day another group of kittens needing rescue!  


    This group of 5 were found hiding in the front seat of a truck in danger if the truck owner had arrived and saw them there. 

    We are inundated with kittens! They are multiplying and will continue to do so if we can't have them spayed/neutered.  


    Please consider a donation to this ongoing effort!

    April 29, 2018


  • Some are much more tame than others!!!!    TNR work continues

    April 28, 2018


  • We tried to spay three females today but could only catch Mama (the mother of the 6 kittens). She may need to change her name to Libertad now. Lol! 

    April 25, 2018


  • SIX STREET KITTIES got to the Vet ...... Raul is just not having this vet thing while Leo looks on like “dude just chill out”

    April 21, 2018


  • Nursing and we are working on Vetting and adopting as many as possible!!!  It is just $70 for one cat!  Please consider sponsoring 1 cat or share with your friends and sponsor 1 cat as a group of friends!!!!    Your actions make our work possible!  Thank you!

    April 20, 2018


  • Cookie & Jakx made it to NYC!!!   Thank you all - we always prefer TNAdopt to TNRelease!!!!

    April 19, 2018


  • We are moving the '10 Abandoned Cats TNR Work in Puerto Rico' wish into this on-going TNR wish.  Our goal is to adopt out any of the cats we can with your help!

    Both donations, wishlist items, shares and homes can make that happen.    Here is a little re-cap of the last few updates on the 10 cats wish we will close in a day or so! Thank you all!

    Updates

    All of the cats who were rescued have now been adopted into families. The rescuer returned to the spot where the other 3 should have been found a few times now, but there was no sign of other kitties. However, there were signs that someone had been feeding them and so we are beginning to suspect that someone else rescued the remaining three cats. We will continue to go back to the spot periodically to see if we can rescue any more.

    April 16, 2018

    SHY SHY saved as a TNR and now for adoption in Maine! This is what your donations and shares for our TNR cats make possible!! Thank you all!

    March 28, 2018

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    Just a quick update - this work continues but the lead TNR volunteer is now SCOOBY's care giver so a slight lull in activities. That said, Defensa will help anyone TNR so should we get a new request to help a street cat we will post it in this wish! Thank you all for your shares and donations helping us TNR more cats in Puerto Rico

    March 24, 2018

    7 kitties happy update ... from volunteer at RPC

    I just came from RPC working with one of their special needs dogs and I had the pleasure of visiting with your 3 CUTE kitties who are doing amazingly well!! Prince is SUPER friendly and you can pick him up and he purrs the whole time!! Shakira is also very friendly now and loves to play and Shy Shy is still a bit shy, but she is coming along and no longer timid or fearful and is friendly to some of the RPC staff members. It really is a miracle to see the change in them now that they are becoming acclimated to their new situation.

    March 13, 2018

    Just an update that Miss Thing (now Jett) is thriving in her new home in Maine!

    March 03, 2018

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    Miss Thing made her way to Maine where she is now known as Jett. She is making herself at home, playing with toys, and soaking up all the love her new mom can give. Meanwhile, her siblings, Shakira and Prince, are also up in Maine along with their friend Shyshy waiting to find their forever homes like Jett. They are receiving wonderful care with our friends at RPC (Responsible Pet Care) in South Paris, ME while they wait.

    February 27, 2018

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    Today, Miss Thing is flying to Boston where she will be driven to her forever home in Maine. Soon, I will begin to trap more cats now that these 5 have all moved on to the next chapter in their lives.

    February 23, 2018

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    They made it to Maine :)

    February 18, 2018

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    3 More Saved ..... Please donate and share so we can rescue more .... From their rescuer .....

    Today was a day I feared may not come: Shyshy, Shakira, and Prince departed for Boston where they will be met by Pat Ingersoll and driven to RPC (Responsible Pet Care) a wonderful no kill shelter in Maine where they will be available for adoption. Getting them into crates this morning was like, well, herding cats, but they eventually were rounded up and things couldn't have gone more smoothly from there. There are at least 3 other cats (possibly 5!) out there that need rescuing and vetting and more money is needed to rescue them.

    February 17, 2018

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    From their rescuer ... and your donations and shares are still needed please. There were a lot of CATS!!!

    Do you know what makes me happy? Kitties eating their diarrhea meds! For some reason, the meds are bubblegum flavored. All cats love bubblegum, right? Well, no. I mixed it with tuna, but they still wouldn't eat it. Finally, I put a larger pile of tuna on each plate and they all began to eat it. I'm hoping it helps them to feel better quickly!

    February 15, 2018

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    SHAKIRA, SHYSHY & MISS THING are finished with their deworming meds and will hopefully be healthy and clear to fly soon.

    Unfortunately the litter box has been getting a workout with 2 of the cats having diarrhea the past week and we need them to be healthy before heading off to Maine.

    Donations have stopped coming in for these cats and we don't kow why.

    PLEASE consider donating any amount you can.

    Even the most basic need like litter here on the island is expensive (and we are going through a ton).

    February 14, 2018

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    From their rescuer yesterday

    This morning, two of the kitties are still having diarrhea post deworming. I have taken fecal samples and will bring them to the vet today to try to figure out what is going on. Shyshy, while still shy, has been a bit bolder since he rejoined our group. He lets me get within a foot of him, even when he is eating. I wonder how much of his catitude problem has to do with how his tummy feels with all of the diarrhea. Hopefully, we can get it under control so he can start feeling better soon. Deworming and vet visits and kitty litter are all adding up! I'm hoping people will continue to support these kitties and not give up on them. They have so much potential.

    February 10, 2018

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    From their rescuer yesterday ....

    Miss Thing continues to demonstrate for Shakira how to get your way with people. Every time I come around, she purrs and loves. You can see Shakira watching her with curiosity. It has now become standard that when I finish petting Miss Thing, Shakira lets me pet her a little bit. At one time, I was concerned if she could be someone's pet but I see enormous potential now. Prince is still scared but he is also calming down a bit. Instead of always growling at me and hissing, he now squawks at me. When I walk away, he peers his head around the corner to watch me. In two more days, he will be able to join the girls and I think he will be a lot happier.

    February 05, 2018

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    This beautiful TNR .. is turning into a TNAdopt :) ... Thank you all for making this possible with your shares and donations! From rescuers ...

    It's official! Shyshy is now a foster fail at the new foster home. His new mom has plenty of experience with Siamese cats and has loads of patience with him. Shyshy is in the perfect spot!

    February 02, 2018

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    We hope you are keeping up with the updates! This TNR has turned into TNAdopt thanks to your donations, shares, adopters and rescuers!!! THANK YOU FOR THE wishlist items too .... Kitties love the food!!!

    February 02, 2018

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    From their rescuer yesterday :)

    Somebody is mad at me! Prince was neutered today and is back home resting. At yesterday's vet visit, we discovered ear mites, hookworm, and cat lice so he has to remain separated from the other animals for a few more days until he is better. Meanwhile, Miss Thing's sores are looking better today and Shakira is allowing me to pet her though she is reluctant.

    February 01, 2018

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    Meet Prince! When we got a chance to look at him, it was clear we did not have Princess Leia in custody. Prince is sweet and gentle like his sister, Miss Thing, but is very scared right now. He was found to have lice, ear mites, and worms so he is staying in a wire dog cage for the time being to keep the other animals safe during his treatment. The cage is large enough to fit a small litter box and food and water dishes as well as a cat carrier with a blanket so he is a little snug but has everything he needs for now. He will be neutered tomorrow morning.

    January 30, 2018

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    Shakira is out of hiding and into the window now. She spends a lot of time watching the birds outside but is still uncomfortable around me. Miss Thing continues to thrive and loves to lounge on her cat perch, napping and purring. Shyshy is, well, shy. He watches me and observes me from behind his perch. A few times he has seemed less nervous and has allowed me closer, but he and Shakira will require a lot of patience, I think.

    January 28, 2018

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    From their rescuer / traper / volunteer / HERO!!!

    Miss Thing, Shyshy, and Shakira continue to heal from their surgeries. Miss Thing has completed deworming and Shakira and Shyshy have one day left. Shakira and Shyshy are still a bit nervous but they are eating and drinking. Miss Thing continues to be pleased with the situation and purrs constantly. She is sweet to the other kitties and to people. Her sores are healing slowly, but they don't seem to bother her much. Monday night, I will go back to try to trap one or two more.

    January 27, 2018

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    Graybird and Thing 1 were vaccinated and spayed/neutered yesterday and are healing well as they begin deworming treatment. We now know a little more about them. Graybird is a 9 month old male who is very social and affectionate with people and other cats. He purrs a lot and talks a lot and really would make a great family cat. Thing 1 is a 3 1/2 month old female. She is sweet and affectionate with cats and people and she loves to play with toys. This kitten would also be highly adoptable. The bad news is that the landlord does not want me to feed the cats there anymore, just trap them. (He took their bowls and sleep boxes away.) That means that I really need to try to find homes for these kitties before releasing them back to where they aren't wanted and on a busy street. The good news is that Graybird has just been adopted today! I will go back to try to trap a couple more tonight.

    January 24, 2018

    ONE ADOPTED!!!

    I just got word that things are going great and he is in his forever home where he will eat homemade cat food each day

    January 24, 2018

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    First of many vet visits for the TNR (now 10) cats

    Graybird and Thing 1 were vaccinated and spayed/neutered yesterday and are healing well as they begin deworming treatment. We now know a little more about them. Graybird is a 9 month old male who is very social and affectionate with people and other cats. He purrs a lot and talks a lot and what's even better is he FOUND A FOREVER HOME TODAY. He did a test run with the family dog and as you can see by the picture they are best buds already.

    Thing 1 is a 3 1/2 month old female. She is sweet and affectionate with cats and people and she loves to play with toys. This kitten would also be highly adoptable. The bad news is that the landlord does not want me to feed the cats there anymore, just trap them. (He took their bowls and sleep boxes away.) That means we desperately need to find foster homes!!

    The trapping and vet visit will continue. Please continue to donate to what may be a very high vet bill when all is said and done

    January 24, 2018

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    Progress! Thanks to your donations, shares and rescuer/trapper/cat wrangler Ellen!!! From Ellen just now ...

    Thing 1 and Graybird were caught today. Graybird allowed me to pet him and I was able to get him then without the trap. We are at the vet now waiting for vaccination and neuter.

    January 23, 2018

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    The work continues to help these SEVEN ABANDONED cats!

    If you follow us on Facebook you will see lots of activity with these cats. Vet visits in the works and volunteers + potential adopters coming to help socialize! Our goal is to TN .. but make the R an Adoption!!! (smile).

    This work really is ONLY possible with your support in the form of donation and shares! Thank you all! Team Defensa!

    January 21, 2018

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    And than there were EIGHT!!!

    We are committed to vetting these cats and attempting to adopt out! Please continue to share and donate!

    Enjoy this video of 'Shakira' in her box!! https://youtu.be/AVlln3G4K0o

    January 21, 2018

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    And now SEVEN....

    From volunteer this morning

    This morning, I went back to feed the kittens. There are now SEVEN kitties to be fed, watered, spayed/neutered, and vaccinated! Please donate to help if you can!


    April 18, 2018


  • 2 more kitties get their Vetting thanks to your support of our "TNR .. oh wait can we find them homes? work!"  Thank you all!  These 2 aren't missing the streets at all!!!

    Thank you!   

    April 16, 2018


  • Hello FRANKIE ... Just rescued today and heading to the Vet this week!  This little kitty surely wouldn't have made it alone much longer on the big streets of Puerto Rico! Even MAMA dog approves!!!   We are hopeful FRANKIE is another Trap, Neuter & do-not-Release kitty!   Thanks to your support people know when they see a kitty like this on the side of the road in Puerto Rico we are all here to help them rescue that kitty!   Even if they need to TNR ... we are here!!     Your financial donations make this possible!   Thank you!



    April 14, 2018


  • Jakx & Cookie are getting Vet care - Thanks for your donations and shares for street cats like these two who had serious ear mites and intestinal worms - left untreated they can kill young kitties with low immune systems - and treatment for each cat can be under $100!!!   

    April 12, 2018


  • TNR work continues.

    Ellen was able to get the first 4 cats to the vet for their much needed neuter.

    They are now back at their very temporary foster home recovering.

    Unfortunately there are still many more including 2 pregnant females and newborn kittens.

    PLEASE consider a donation! This is becoming a very expensive mission



    April 05, 2018


  • We are authorizing SEVEN cats to be sterilized ASAP!  Please donate and/or share to help us TNR more street cats in Puerto Rico.  This is just one of the 7 ... we will add the rest of their photos to the wish photos next!

    April 02, 2018


  • The newest to enter our PUNTAS STREET CATS TNR PROJECT!    Food and toys and blankets have been given to their rescuer and we are working to fund their Vetting ASAP.   Including fixes the parents!   Please continue to share and donation - and if you are in the Rincon Puerto Rico area - or have friends that are - please include in your share that hands/volunteers are needed to help with the logistics of Vetting these street cats!

    March 31, 2018


  • Meet LUNA newest to the ongoing TNR of cats in Puerto Rico.  Your donations and shares are needed to keep us going please!

    March 02, 2018


  • We continue to offer help to those wiling to TNR thanks to your continued support!

    January 02, 2018


  • TNR (Trap Neuter Release) work is happening again! 

    Can you tell how many cats are in this huddle? We can't. 

    But this group of adorable Puntas cats are ready to be caught, sterilized then released back to their colony.  

    It’s very important work and will keep the number of stray animals down which is becoming increasingly difficult since Hurricane Maria.  

    Please continue to support our TNR efforts 

    December 16, 2017


  • UPDATE on  NOCHE, one of the 'Puntas Street Cats TNR Project' that had and injury to his eye.

    It is with great sadness that his rescuer and our Vets made the painful decision to end NOCHE's suffering.

    His injury was just too severe.

    In Edwardo's words ;

    "A few days ago I noticed he had an eye punctured and had rips across the side of his face near his eye. From the puncture in his eye I could see the fluid slowly draining from his eye. I was so saddened, when I realized that saving this cat was not likely. I knew recovery from treatment
    would require a collar and eye drops but his wild behavior would not allow for that.
    I rushed him to the Aguada Medical Clinic hoping I might be wrong in my analysis but the veterinarian said the same. The cat's wild nature would not allow for follow up treatment if
    surgery were performed. My voiced cracked when I said, then put him down. As painful as that sentence was to say, I kept in mind that leaving him in that condition was not an alternative. At least I was able to end his suffering."

    THANK YOU Edwardo for showing these cats kindness and love even if it were for just a brief moment.   

    Your donations make it possible for us to help rescuers and fund these TNR Projects.  Any amount makes a difference.

    July 25, 2017


  • SENOR NOCHE .. showed up last night with a serious eye injury / puncture.    Volunteers are working now with our PET VET donated feral cat trap to help get him to the Vet ASAP.  We will keep you posted.  Please consider a donation and share to help our Puntas Street Cats TNR Project!

    July 18, 2017


  • BEACHY getting spay!    Please consider a donation and a share - our TNR efforts only work because of your donations!  Thank you all!

    July 13, 2017


  • Meet BEACHY our newest Mama Cat in the Puntas Street Cats TNR Project.   Just $150 allows us to make sure she is healthy and not reproducing!   Please donate to BEACHY's Vet Services

    July 10, 2017