Soltalk September 2017 - Page 51

CAS News Featured dog of the month: Punki dangerously low genetic diversity, making it vulnerable to disease and birth defects”. (Ten years later after an extensive conservation campaign their population hit 313.) So, what we are dealing with when we see a cat colony grow in our near surroundings are not feral or wildcats, but domestic cats without homes. They are homeless cats. Punki was a young pup who was found in the Nerja campo a couple of years ago and taken in by a young Spanish couple who already had two dogs. She lived happily in their garden and became part of their family. Unfortunately the couple has recently broken up. The girlfriend has taken one dog to her father’s house and another was rehomed to Holland but poor Punki has no place to go. She is a very affectionate two to three year old female who gets along well with other dogs and who loves human Punki company. The scientific consensus, briefly put, is this: when humans were predominantly hunters, wolves became of great use and these wolves gradually through their contact with humans became domesticated dogs. Wildcats, however, only entered the scene when human populations began to settle down and store surplus crops that attracted mice which attracted cats. This period of the domestication of cats was roughly 10,000 to 12,000 years ago. Why does this matter? Iberian Lynx Because the domesticated dog and cat are human inventions evolved through thousands of generations of accidental and later purposeful breeding. These animals depend on us for their survival. As the example of the true wildcat, Iberian lynx, illustrates in the wild extinction is never too far away. El Trapiche Market Welcome back! Colin and Marjorie who ran a stand for CAS at the Almuñecar Sunday market for over six years make an amazing return, seeing to the Tuesday market in Trapiche. Unfortunately, some health issues forced them to stop in Almuñecar over a year ago, but they are back in the fray again until the end of the year when Sue returns to her perch. CAS Shop News The CAS Shop is located next door to the Good Stuff Café in Nerja at Avda Castilla Perez 2. To ensure a good turnover in our clothing stock we now have a colour coded pricing system. When we change colours every six to eight weeks the old colour ticket items go to half price. Bargains galore! And with summer (somewhat) behind us, our shop will resume its normal opening hours, Monday to Saturday 10am until 2pm. We are always interested in hearing from people who would like to join our shop volunteers. One four hour shift once a week makes a big difference. For more information you can phone the shop on 689 314 350. Could you help? CAS is always i