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  • Writer's pictureAlyssa Chen

Macau Cat’s Paradise

Updated: May 9, 2021

Lived in Macau for one year, if I have to name the most amazing place one has to see, definitely I will recommend Cat’s Paradise in Coloane!

Cat’s Paradise is a cat shelter run by ANIMA. This center is relocated the end of last year from ANIMA’s headquarter at Ko-Ho- the other side of Coloane- in order to separate the overpopulated dogs and cats, and give both animals a better quality of life. Different from other animal shelters in the world, ANIMA does not execute animals unless few are painfully ill (average 3% of total taken animal population!) Plus no cages are seen in Cat’s Paradise to keep these cats. ANIMA builds this shelter as a open space with the maximum exposure to the big nature. Therefore, all cats can freely explore their most favorite corners, come to visitors to ask for a gentle touch with an ease attitude (this interaction is totally encouraged to help visitors understand better the cats here as ANIMA would like to minimize the returning of the adopted cases!) Even those handicapped ones live and breathe the same proudly as they are all equally well treated with respect here.

Putting myself in this context is always a good reminder for me to re-think of life. Having been working in an industry that always strives for creating the most beautiful things, sometimes it is easy to get lost in pursuing the outlook. However, when coming back to simplicity as such- watching how the staffs here taking care of baby kittens and sick cats with full passion and dedication, and how these cats enjoy the present and freedom regardless their sad stories, I can totally feel the respect and unconditional love to lives being the most beautiful experience in life. They sound noble yet the most basic as everyone can afford to give.

If this does not sound strong enough for you to visit Coloane next time you travel to Macau, well I believe the famous Andrew egg tarts plus a cup of rose coffee next door can do! That’s normally what I do after visiting Cat Paradise, and the package always makes me feel completed both spiritually and sensuously. You should try!

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