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The Cat Sanctuary in the Roman Ruins of Torre Argentina

By Thursday, September 18, 2014 , ,

Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary is a cat charity and shelter in the most unusual of locations. While the shelter itself is underground, it looks out onto a below street level square of roman ruins. According to some sources, this is where Julius Caesar was murdered, but now it is full of fallen columns, overgrown weeds, and cats sleeping in the sun.


It took us a few minutes to spot the cats amongst the ruins, and even longer to find the shelter itself, as you have to go down a set of steps to enter it. Anyone can go in, talk to the volunteers and yes, play with the kitties. The cats are all fixed/sterilized, tested for disease and vaccinated, and the organization does sterilization drives through out Rome. 



Despite their successes, the shelter itself has gone for long periods of time without electricity and water, forcing the volunteers to fetch water from the public drinking fountains to keep the shelter clean and the cats hydrated. Even now they do not have hot water or human bathroom facilities.




All the cats are all named, I heard one of the volunteers talk about one called Grumpy, and later she wanted a visitor to meet another named Lady Macbeth. Quite a few of the cats were blind. Since this is a long term no-kill shelter, many of the cats here are "un-adoptable", either being special needs or a bit too old to be re-homed.


I played with some of the kittens, while another woman sat with a very happy blind cat on her lap for quite some time, not having the heart to dump the sleepy cat off her lap.



As we were leaving, we heard some kids begging their parents if they could adopt a cat, even if the adoption was in name only. They sell things like kitty toys to support the shelter and there is hand sanitizer provided.

Learn more at their website Roman Cats

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12 comments

  1. Thanks for this post! I will definitely look for these ruins when I'm in Rome later this year. They look interesting enough on their own, but then add a few cats... I won't be able to play with them because I'm allergic, but they're fun to watch.

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  2. I lived next door to the "cat ghetto" when I studied abroad in Rome. So great to see these pictures, and a lovely reminder of my time abroad.

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  3. Wow! That's so sad...
    I can't believe they live there. I would love to visit these ruins. One day....

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  4. Aww what a cool place. Your cats are adorable! My boyfriend has 3 cats, he said since they were triplets he couldn't separate them. So they wake us up every morning at 6am to eat..Al 3 of them...at once, haha. I hope your having a great day!

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  5. How cool! I love the dedication of the volunteers.

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