Parque Kennedy is a cat park in Lima, Peru. Home to over 100 stray cats, learn about what makes Kennedy Park so unique and special.
Parque Kennedy, The Cat Park In Lima
Before traveling on to Machu Picchu, we first had the chance to explore the city of Lima. While wandering around, we were very surprised to find that there was a cat park in Lima. We’d never seen a cat park before, but Parque Kennedy, clearly belonged to the cats that could be seen all over the grounds.
They were everywhere! In the bushes, on the grass, up in trees, and on park benches. And it was obvious that they were used to people as they leisurely walked passed or looked up lazily from where they were napping.
About “El Parque De Los Gatos”
Apparently, cats have called Kennedy Park their home for over 20 years. Rumor has it that the original cats were left there by priests of a nearby church in order to help control a plague. But no one knows for sure.
Over the years, however, they multiplied and the community began caring for them. Unfortunately, people also began to abandon their pet cats there under the assumption that the deserted cats would also be cared for. With so many cats, the park began to be referred to as “El Parque de los Gatos” or, the cat park.
The Pros And Cons Of Parque Kennedy
We were told by a local that some people do not like the cats being in the park. They think it is unsanitary and an irritation to have so many cats there. Others feel the opposite. For example, there are many local residents that are not allowed to have pets in their apartments so they enjoy going to the park to find temporary animal companionship.
Caring For The Kennedy Park Cats
I was initially hesitant to touch any of the cats. But as we got closer, the cats looked very well fed and taken care of. It turns out that there is a group called Grupo Voluntario de Defensa Felina, or Feline Protection Volunteer Group, that feeds the cats daily and periodically provides basic veterinary services such as deworming, vaccinating, spaying, and neutering. On the weekends, they also set up a booth at the park to assist in adoptions.
Kennedy park itself is also very well cared for. All of the grass and bushes were neatly trimmed, the trash bins weren’t overflowing, the park benches were pristine, and there was no garbage lying around on the floor. We were also pleasantly surprised that it didn’t smell like over 100 cats were around.
Where Is Kennedy Park?
Kennedy Park is in the Miraflores district of Lima. If you’re hanging out on the Miraflores beaches, it’s about a 15 minute walk or 8 minute drive. There are also local bus stops nearby. You can find it easily on Google maps.
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Final Thoughts On The Cat Park In Lima
Whether the park remains cat-friendly will remain to be seen. One thing was for sure though; everyone seemed to be enjoying this cat park in Lima. We saw people cuddling with cats and petting them as they chatted with friends or read books. If you’re a cat lover, we definitely recommend you visit Kennedy Park while you’re in Lima.
What do you think of Kennedy Park? Do you like the idea of a park where you can pet local strays? We’d love to read your comments below! 🙂