Lutwala Dive at Gili Trawangan is hosting a small cat hospital
Cat hospital at Lutwala Dive
Lutwala Dive, at the north coast of Gili Trawangan, is hosting our cat hospital.
We have a tiny cat hospital at Lutwala Dive, north coast of Gili Trawangan. If your cat is sick or hurt, or you find other cats that need help, or orphan kittens, our cat hospital is the place to take them. We will do our best to help every cat that is brought to us.
PLEASE CONTACT CAT HOSPITAL FIRST TO CHECK IF THERE IS ROOM FOR YOUR CAT AND WHAT TIME IS BEST TO GO VISIT: tel. +62 877 6549 2615 SMS ONLY!
All cats have their own cage, they are fed and medicated and looked after until they are healthy enough to go home or to be released where they were found. Kittens we vaccinate when they are old enough and then we try to find homes for them.
Hospital care is free of charge, and we never turn away a cat in need. But please do understand our cat hospital is a charity work and Tori who looks after the sick cats has a real job too, and is sometimes very busy with managing the dive shop.
We encourage donations to cover the food and medicine costs. Donation box is available at the Lutwala office.
Lutwala Dive has always supported Cats of Gili.
In fact, Cats Of Gili wouldn't even exists without Fern Perry, the cat loving owner of Lutwala. She was the one that gave a kick to our crazy cat lady Susanna's butt to really start doing something for the cats of the Gili islands, in a bigger scale and more officially, than she was already doing. Fern presented the idea to Gili Island Dive Association (GIDA) and Gili Eco Trust (GET), got the thumbs up and after that Susanna officially launched Cats Of Gili project in September 2013.
Since then Lutwala Dive has been helping out our efforts a lot. They have donated accommodation to visiting vets, have given us space to use for temporary vet clinics and have adopted cats and kittens that have needed a loving home.
Things got even better after Tori Taylor took over the dive shop management position in Lutwala in 2014.
Tori used to be a vet nurse/technician, in her "old life" back in the USA, and is an animal lover to the core. Once she and Susanna met and connected, Tori started taking in orphan kittens and sick cats that needed 24/7 care. Pretty soon the occasional orphan kitten or sick cat evolved into a cat hospital. Lutwala's old class room was given to cats, we stocked the place with cages and medicines and Tori trained some of the local staff at Lutwala to help out.
Lutwala Cat Hospital has been running since October 2014.
We've had hundreds of cats and kittens there and there has only been a day or two when the hospital has been empty. Most of the time we have around 10 cats there, but sometimes as many as 25 cats at the same time.
Of course, not all cats make it, no matter how hard we try. It's always sad to lose a cat, but we try to remember the ones we have been able to save.
And of course our tiny cat hospital is not perfect. We cannot take Xrays or do any lab tests, but as with everything else: we do our best with the resources we have.
Sunset Vet Clinic in Bali is also helping out, they are just a phone call away for consultation and advice. In case it's something serious, we encourage the cat owners to take their cats to Sunset Vets.