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17-year-old stray cat Anastasia is bound to be permanently removed from her home outside a historic palace in Croatia’s tourist hotspot, Dubrovnik and people are not happy with it.
After the news spread across social media, thousands of people both Croatians and international netizens have signed a petition against Anastasia’s eviction by the city museum’s authority.
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The 14th-century Rector’s Palace in the Old City has been Anastasia’s home for many years and is also quite popular with locals and tourists alike. While there have been attempts to find her a new home, the kitty always returns to the palace without fail, which prompted volunteers to put a cardboard box for her in the palace porch.
However, this did not fly well with the museum authorities who removed the box soon after.
Her current home was made by an animal-lover completely out of wood in a Gothic Renaissance and Baroque architecture - basically a miniature version of the palace. It even has a plaque bearing Anastasia’s name on the front.
This cute little home was also not welcomed by the museum and the cultural guardians have ordered for it to be removed. Noooo!
According to the museum authorities, nothing can alter Dubrovnik’s “unique cultural and historic whole, especially by building shelters or dwellings”.
And once this news reached the eyes and ears of netizens online, a social media outrage began and as of Saturday, 12,000 people have signed the petition which demanded the museum to reinstate Anastasia’s home.
The kitty’s fate is yet to be determined but things don’t seem all chummy as Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Frankovic has backed the museum’s decision.
What do you think about this little fiasco? Is it really wrong to provide stray cats temporary homes in public spaces or is it better for authorities to find them a forever home? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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