Hundreds of Roman Cats
Largo di Torre Argentina
June 9, 2008
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While Jen sought out some pasta for us to eat,
we wandered across the street to see these remains of Roman
temples and Pompey's Theater. We had heard that this was
the place where Caeser was assassinated, and also that it was
a favorite place for Romans to drop off unwanted cats.
But we didn't know that it was also home to an amazing
cat shelter, the
Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary. Volunteers from Italy, England,
and the U.S. take care of hundreds of felines in a little
animal shelter tucked under the roadway, nursing them back to
health and hoping to see them adopted.
They were only too happy
to show the girls around, for an hour or so, while I lingered
nearby (the smell of 100 sick cats was a bit overwelming) and while
Jen's pasta grew cold.