Sanctuary For Cats On Sardinian Beach Beckons Tourists

Travel site TripAdvisor named a cat sanctuary on a beach in Sardinia one of the island’s best spots to visit.

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Ciao, cats.

Before you head to the shore this beach season, pack your hat, towel, catnip mouse and laser toy because the only real place to see sand and surf is at a beach full of cats.

I Gatti di Su Pallosu cat sanctuary in Sardinia has been named the top tourist destination on the island by TripAdvisor, according to The Local. The sanctuary recently received a certificate of excellence from the travel site based on the high amount of five-star reviews it’s received.

“People love cats and they love beaches too, so it’s a recipe for success,” founder Andrea Atzori, who opened the non-profit with his wife in 2011, told The Local. He told the news outlet that 11,000 visitors, mostly from abroad, have come to the cat sanctuary.

So many tourists gave the sanctuary five-star reviews that it received a certificate of excellence. Via The Local

So many tourists gave the sanctuary five-star reviews that it received a certificate of excellence. Via The Local

Colonies of cats have lived on the Su Pallosu beach since local tuna fishermen imported cats to tackle the local rodent problem more than 100 years ago, according to the The Local.

Today there are some 60 felines living at the sanctuary, at least half of which are the descendants of the fishermen’s original cats.

“People are curious because they assume cats hate water, but the Su Pallosu cats grew up on the shore and have no fear of the sea,” Atzori told the news outlet.

“They are also super tame and friendly so know how to entertain visitors.”

The cats are all friendly and happy to come up to tourists. Via The Local

The cats are all friendly and happy to come up to tourists. Via The Local

That is all we needed to hear. Excuse us while we put on our flip-flops and board a flight to Italy. #kthxbye

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  • Awesome ,I would love to go there,better yet I would love to take my two cats there ! ????

    MJ Mashburn May 27, 2016 4:44 pm Reply
  • It looks beautiful! But who feeds them and gives them clean drinking water?

    Dianna Ziegler May 27, 2016 6:12 pm Reply
    • Please read:The feline sanctuary of Su Pallosu in Sardinia hosts a total of 61 cats, all endowed with microchip, 40 of which fully free and 21 receiving health care in a closed shelter, as of the Census of February 16 2015. All 61 cats belong to the Associazione Culturale Amici di Su Pallosu.
      The colony is about a hundred years old, is managed 24/7 by the Associazione Culturale Amici di Su Pallosu and never received any public funding: all feeding and medical expenses are funded by volunteers. All female and almost all male cats are neutered. All cats are registered in a record, i.d. photographed and their health taken care by the Clinica Veterinaria Duemari di Oristano.

      Andrea May 27, 2016 11:32 pm Reply
  • It looks beautiful! But who feeds them and gives them fresh water?

    Dianna Ziegler May 27, 2016 6:14 pm Reply

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