Over 1,000 of cats have been stranded on Phi Phi Island in Krabi Province of Thailand, left behind by their owners after COVID-19 that killed the country’s tourism.
The cat owners who were working people or entrepreneurs left the islands since the pandemic started, thinking it would be temporary. The situation, however, had never really improved.
Only some came back and retrieved their feline friends after it was clear tourists were not returning to the resort islands any time soon, according to Suda Klinchuen, a volunteer.
The authorities had tried to control the cat population through mass sterilization, but to no avail.
Hence, every day a large number of cats are seen along the streets around Phi Phi Islands, waiting to be fed by volunteers who are cat lovers. The feeding started in March last year, according to Suda.
“A lot of them were starving,” she said, adding that currently the cat food was all on her.
The stranded cats, however, remain healthy, getting fed twice a day in the morning and the evening by the volunteers. Ahad been set up under the name translated as “The Stranded Cats of Phi Phi Islands” and open for donations.
The authority had surveyed the islands and confirmed the cat population was over 1,000.