My aruba story started approx. 17 / 18 years ago when I was in my early 20's with my girlfriend/wife. We went to aruba with (tnt/gwv) on a last minute trip that cost approx. 400.00 and stayed at the Sonsesta (Renasience) The flight was delyaed for about 6 hours and we arrived at 7am and was reimbursed 200.00. So 3 nights and airfare to Aruba for 200.00 was a good start.
After visiting a few other islands we started to come back and started to visit Aruba again. We spent or honeymoon at the Divi/Tama, stayed at the Wyndham/Westin, Allegro many times (Occidental), Lacabana, and Brickell Bay. We made many friends and invested in some land and built a home 6 years ago. We obtained our residency and In travel back and forth about every 6 wks.
I decided to invest in another project which has been very stressfull to say the least. I had to let go a friend/manager and had to extend a stay from 2 weeks to a month. While dealing with the transition and Aruba laws and some translations problems on my part with the workers, I was stressed to the fullest. Ontop of these issues, I had a mother cat on the property and who delivered kittens in the office of this building. I will be honet I never liked cats before and had no idea what I was in for. I was told by the old owners that they would take care of them but when I came into the office which was hot, there was often no food or water. I started to take care of the mother and she was doing a great job with the kittens who she hid under many computer/phone wires and behind a cabinet. I had no idea how the mother was able to get to the kittens to care for them but she did and was very loyal and motherly. Well the mom and I became best of buds.
I contacted Lizzardo and Andrea from this site and explained situation and although Liz was dealing with some family medical issues on her own she stepped right up and worked her magic. I was hesitant in contacting her as I felt guilty, ofter I would read how her organization would need supply from the states and her I would be going to the island almost every month but not bring one thing. I also never contributed before to her funds, I also felt guilty as I asked Andrea for help as I would often have info or news about aruba but only contribute a little here and there.
Liz made several contacts and e-mailed me several times a day. While speaking with Liz the old owners came by and stated that someone was going to pick them up and take care of them. This was through some broken translation and after Liz asked my to ask more questions I was able to determine that take care of would have been having this male who works on the island and picks cats up kill them. This is when Liz saved them and contacted Yessy and all I had to do was to pay a small amount to have them boarded and taken care of while I'm gone. You can see the pictures of the mom cat and kittens on the aruba kitten rescue site. I will also assist in paying for adoption fee's/flight ticket if needed and Liz and Yessy are handling that if interested. Also the problem with translation with my workers was solved by Andrea/Liz as Yessy's brother Max was looking for some work and helped me for a few days.
Sorry if this is long and I just wanted to say that alot of you do help us and although alot of us just read we really appreciate all of the postings and info from Aruba Lisa, the O family, Andrea, Amy, Danny, Liz, Lizzardo and all of the others who I may have forgot. I especially want to THANK LIZZARDO FOR HER HELP. I will continue to help her cause and really appreciate all her help.
sorry about spelling