Just a quick note with directions to the Cat Sanctuary on the Lido, for those that fancy a visit, and would like to make a donation.
"DINGO is a nonprofit organization that helps stray cats in Venice. These cat colonies are scattered throughout Venice and its islands. DINGO relies on private vets who work at reduced fees as well as the Public Veterinary Services whose help is unfortunately quite limited. They rely heavily on donations, sell a yearly calendar and have a stall in the market where they sell donated items.
DINGO address: Cannaregio 482/B, 30121 Venezia.
Secretary for DINGO: Signora Gabriella Sanna. Head of Malamocco Sanctuary: Maria Grazia Macaluso "
The Sanctuary is open to the public Monday thru Saturday, 9am till 1pm. Please be aware that the sanctuary is run by a very dedicated, but extremely under resourced staff. It may be that there won't be anyone available to show you round, due to vets visiting etc, so an email before, may be advisable.
The address of the sanctuary is
Gattile Di Malamocco
Via Teadato Ipato
If you arrive on the Lido via vaporetto, as you exit the water bus stop, about 20 metres to your right, is a bus stop that will take you down to Malamocco. (If you have the 1/3 day vaporetto passes, these also work on the land buses on the Lido) You'll stay on the bus for about 10/15 mins and get off at Malamocco. With the sea on your right, via Teodata Ipato is on your left. Walk to the end of this road, and then take a right turn, and then turn right again, and the shelter is just there.
Here's a link to a google map;
and he's a link to google earth, which shows the cat's home, with it's lovely cat houses, and sheltered gardens (bottom right hand of the picture, the office building has a greenish roof, with the white cat house roofs showing up to the right.)
If you love cats, it's really worth the trip. They are all genuinely loved and cared for, and if you can afford it, really need donations to go towards the vets bills.