When I visited Israel back in January, I had a lot of catching up to do with travel, seeing family and friends (and booking a wedding venue!). While doing all that, I took my camera with me on every journey, and though not new to me I started once again taking photos of street cats, those who are often ignored.
If you’ve never been to Israel before, here’s an FYI: there are many street cats! They are of course harmless and if anything some of them might get a little bit too friendly (who doesn’t want some warmth and love?) They come in all shapes, colors and attitudes. And I wanted to share their stories.
I spent the better half of my visit to Israel getting to know them and photographing them. I waited for the right moment to get a bit of their personality across. It’s like photographing humans that can’t speak. Their emotions shine through their eyes. These furry friends will convince the biggest dog lover to be on their whisker-side.
It’s important to know that as much as they are absolutely adorable, having so many of them in the street is an epidemic. There aren’t enough homes to take all of them in. They can survive in the street for the most part, but they really all deserve a loving home.
There are many people who feed the cats in organized feeding-stations across the country and there are also a lot of communities and shelters that help take care of those cuties and find them a home when possible.