Tova Saul of Toronto moved to Jerusalem sometime in the ’80s and has since dedicated her life to looking after the street cats in The Holy City. She walks around the Old City giving injured cats medical attention, carrying food for them and even taking some home with her.
Tova Saul moved from the U.S. to Israel in the 1980s and has since taken care of the street cats.
Saul sometimes takes female cats to be spayed to reduce the birth rates of strays. The Middle Eastern city is home to millions of cats. Today, it is estimated that Israel has over two million strays roaming the streets and 100,000 are in Jerusalem. The city is said to be a favorable place for the felines since the climate is generally tolerable.
While people are sleeping, Saul prowls at midnight to feed the cats.
Some people have considered Saul the “Cat Lady of Jerusalem.”
But she is more of the Israeli stray cats’ unofficial chief caretaker.
Saul doesn’t even like to be called by her nickname. She told AFP:
“When people refer to me as the cat lady, they are actually defining everybody else as people who won’t lift a finger to help an animal in need. So really it’s an insult to the human race.”
Saul has properly counted the cats she had gotten spayed since 2009 — over 600 of them.
In 2016, she spent $15,000 from her own pocket just to look after the cats. In return, she only got $7,000 in donations.
For most of the day and when she’s not tending to the street cats, Saul is a tour guide and an AirBnB host. Even with her kind-hearted gesture of making sure the stray cats get treated well, there are still people who think negatively about Saul.
But the woman, who is in her 50’s doesn’t mind. Her mission is to keep the cats safe and show compassion to the helpless.
Source: Times of Israel
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