The number of ruins dating back to antiquity amazes most visitors to Rome, but many others also comment on the unusual amount of wild cats prowling those same historical sites.
One explanation could be Italy’s progressive laws concerning wild animals that forbid the use of euthanasia.
This spawned many cat sanctuaries (most notably the one at Torre Argentina), that feed, vaccinate and shelter abandoned felines.
Friends of Roman Cats (FORC) is an organization founded on behalf of these harmless creatures and is “guided by the desire to help homeless cats through international cooperation and educational opportunities.”
For those interested in a cat themed Italian experience, FORC has offered a 12-day tour in the past that combines Italian cultural gems with some interesting cat sites in the bel paese.
For more information on FORC and the Cat Tour, visit www.friendsofromancats.org