“Someone do something” – I thought it would be more than obvious from the title that it is an awareness video. I had the script ready for quite some time and we were just looking for the right kitten and the right opportunity to come along – it had to be a calm kitten that we could place in a box somewhere and be sure that he would not run off or do anything to hurt itself.
And then we rescued Sea Urchin – I know, weird name right? But it did fit him and it sounds a lot better in Greek – so I had my leading actor. The video was kind of a success I guess, but I get the feeling from the comments that people are confused. They keep asking whether the kitten has been rescued, why I keep film it instead of picking it up etc.
So, here’s the whole story: Ahinos (Greek for sea urchin) had been rescued by SCARS about a week before the video was made Still a bit reserved and quite calm as a kitten, I figured he would be a good spokesman for all the kittens dying in the streets of Greece every day. The video was filmed within less than half an hour. We just placed Ahinos on the side of a pedestrian street – I was behind the camera and a fellow volunteer was right beside him, ready to grab him in case he attempted an escape – and filmed random people passing by him.
It wasn’t a very busy day and we didn’t want to have him get very anxious, so I also passed by a couple of times, pretending to be an indifferent pedestrian. The woman picking him up at the end is a SCARS volunteer. We took Ahinos back to his foster home and the next day the video was uploaded. Ahinos has been already adopted and now lives with his forever family in Germany. He was lucky. But there are thousands of stray kittens in Greece who are never rescued. Blinded or even born blind, malnourished, sick or hurt, they barely make it to puberty – the wilderness of the city takes hundreds of lives every day. I guess if everyone picked up a kitten in need of help, the problem would be solved. If everyone neutered at least one female stray cat, there would be fewer kittens like him. If everyone…oh, well, wishful thinking. But in case this video convinces at least one person out there that they can be hat “someone”, that means having at least one kitten rescued – and that’s all I wanted.