There has to be room for good news too – and this little story about charity for an aged fur nose really goes to the heart: It’s the story of the cat Ludwig, a snow-white cat that nobody wanted when he was sitting in the animal shelter of “Noah’s Ark” , and that ended up in an extraordinary home: the Graz-Karlau prison. In fact, it is not uncommon for hard-to-find velvet paws, instead of having to spend a lonely existence in the animal shelter, move to Karlauer prison, where they lack nothing. Quite the opposite: While the two-legged friends are locked up behind bars and often have to serve long sentences, the cats there almost enjoy a fool’s freedom and can look forward to luxurious living conditions: “You (the cats, note) are allowed to relax in the common rooms and in the garden area move freely, have their favorite armchairs and cuddle places and also get small bites from lunch from the inmates, who leave them especially for the cats ”, know Noah’s ark zoo keepers.
And tomcat Ludwig has been leading such a life for a while now – in fact, at the proud 20 years of age, he is one of the “oldest” residents of the prison, based on the length of his stay. But then came the shock: the elderly house tiger was noticeably faring anything but well one day, the concerned inmates immediately raised the alarm and urged the guards to get help for Ludwig. They sent an emergency call to Active Animal Welfare: “Ludwig is doing very badly, he was lying on his side” – this information raised the fear of bad things. Poisoning? Stroke? The suspicions came thick and fast, and Ludwig was immediately transferred to the active animal welfare clinic, where he was treated with infusions and medication. And soon the redeeming news came: The cuddly senior boy could be stabilized and after two days of observation the sprightly beard of mustache was allowed to move back into the Karlau.
And that Ludwig could come back home safe and sound, that was probably the greatest pre-Christmas gift for the animal-loving prisoners in the Karlau. 20 of them were so overjoyed that they wanted to show their appreciation to Active Animal Welfare and the veterinary clinic in particular. As a thank you from the bottom of their hearts, the prisoners, who obviously do not have the largest purse themselves due to their situation, nevertheless donated between 10 and 50 euros to thank Ludwig for the treatment and care and to ensure that the animal rights activists are still there when they are to be needed.
And Ludwig? The snuggly, sprightly ball of fur is currently in the facility of the prison, where he lives like a king: There he gets a lot of attention and activity all day – and spends the winter of his cat’s life full of love and affection.