Murano, like Venice, is a cat-friendly environment. There are no automobiles
to run over careless kitties, the natives put out food for strays, and rodents
add protein and prey value to feline diets.
Venetians and Murano residents will tell you that cats aren't as plentiful as
they were a generation ago, before the cat sanctuaries run by an organization
called DINGO took hundreds (or maybe even thousands) of feral cats off the streets. Dogs are the current
fashion, which is good for dog fanciers but unnerving to locals who fear a
Willardesque invasion by rats and mice.
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