Monday, February 18, 2008

On the Cats of Haifa: Also a Baha'i Pilgrimage Experience

I've heard more than one Baha'i pilgrim mention the fact that Haifa has many feral cats. -gw

There are thought to be about 500,000 or more feral cats in Israel and helping to prevent the welfare problems associated with this large population is a major challenge.

WHAT IS Cats of the Holy Land? It's a two-pronged project that we support for homeless cat populations in the US and Israel.

Rambam Hospital in Haifa is the largest hospital in northern Israel. On twenty-five acres of hospital grounds, about 70 cats of a feral colony have been cared for by the hospital staff for several years.

Here is a meditative video that integrates images of the cats of Haifa with the experience of a Baha'i couple on pilgrimage to the Baha'i Holy Places there. -gw

{Photo: Uploaded on January 26, 2008 by Shayan (USA) on flickr, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic}

1 comment:

Barney said...

My son (a cat lover) got ringworm from one of Haifa's feral cats while he and his wife were serving at the Baha'i World Centre. It took him ages to get rid of the infection.