Feral Cat Contacts

Please note that all these individuals & organisations are doing what they do for the welfare of feral cats and depend entirely on donations and public funds to offer these services. Please assist wherever possible and donate generously should you be assisted. Also bear in mind, that who to call depends on what you want done with the cats!

Western Cape

Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL)

AACL has been protecting and caring for animals since 1956, similar function to SPCA.

Tel.: 021 534 6426/7 (Epping) or 021 951 3010/5289 (Sacks Circle, Bellville)
Website: www.aacl.co.za

Capetonians Against Animal Abuse

CAAA look after ferals mostly in Cape Town’s northern suburbs – Tygerberg, Durbanville etc.

Contact: Sura
Email: mtsmed@mweb.co.za

Cat Action Team

Feeds ferals in Paarden Eiland and other parts of Cape Town.

Contact: B. Victor
Tel.: 076 040 4878
Email: actionteam.cat@gmail.com

Domestic Animal Rescue Group (DARG)

DARG runs a no-kill animal shelter and adoption programme in Hout Bay. They have a park where there are resident feral cats. Although they are unable to take in more cats and do not find “homes” for ferals, they are always willing to give advice etc.

Tel.: 021 790 4050

Feral Cat Trapping & Sterilisation Network

This welfare assists with trapping and sterilising of feral cat colonies. They are no-kill and will not remove cats for euthanasia. Call June Bradbury (the founder) for advice.

Tel.: 0826542523
Email: cattrapping@gmail.com

Franskraal Ferals

Around 200 feral cats live at the Franskraal resort in Gansbaai. An animal lover, along with the resort manager and desperately trying to sterilize the cats and set up a feeding programme for them.

Contact: Wendy Youn
Email: apearlinhishands@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/FranskraalFerals

M.E.R.C.Y.

Connie & Steve run a project for the feral cats living at the V & A Waterfront.

Website: www.mercy.org.za

South African Feral Cat Network

Offer advice and trapping assistance. They work closely with TEARS.

Cell: 082 492 2296
Email: brendakerr1234@gmail.com

Southfield Veterinary Clinic

Dr. Lesley I’Ons is very experienced with handling and sterilising feral cats. She has sterilized ferals for TUFCAT and Cat Trapping for many years and she is highly recommended.

Tel.: 021 705 3475

SPCA

Most branches of the SPCA assist with feral cats.

Cape of Good Hope SPCA
Tel.: 021 700 4140

Feral Cat Unit – David Damon
Email: fcu@spca-ct.co.za

TEARS

Although TEARS focus on adoptions and run a No-Kill shelter, where possible, they do assist with sterilising ferals at welfare rates. They are also willing to give advice about trapping etc.

Tel.: 021 785 4282

TUFCAT

Sharyn & Janine are responsible for the cats resident on campus, finding homes for animals dumped there and assisting cleaning staff with their pets. They are hopelessly over extended, but are always willing to give advice.

Email: info@tufcat.co.za / sspicer@uwc.ac.za
Cell: 082 433 0932 (Sharyn)

If you cannot get hold of Sharyn, then try Janine on 076 637 1198

Gauteng

Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL)

The League has a programme where they capture, neuter and then return the cats to the same location. This is based on the strategy that well-treated feral cats are a sustainable way of dealing with rodent infestation instead of resorting to poisons which are harmful to the environment.

Inspector: Rulof Jackson.
Cell: 011 435 0672

Feral Cat Friends

Based in Benoni.

Contact: Z Hipson
Tel: 083 992 6210

Feral Squad

Contact: Tricha
Cell: 078 214 4241
Email: tricha4feralsquad@gmail.com

Four Paws

Although they mostly focus on squatter camps. They also help with ferals.

Contact: Merinda Brits
Tel.: 011 464 1920
Cell: 083 377 3219
Email: merinda@4ourpaws.org.za or sacha_fraser@hotmail.com
Website: www.4ourpaws.org.za

Friends of the Cat (FOTC)

They have a cat sanctuary and also find homes for cats. They also help with ferals.

Tel.: 011 501 3176 / 442 7219
Website: www.friendsofthecat.co.za

Glen Animal Clinic

Pretoria based vet with experience of handling and sterilising feral cats, also have a special interest in them and/or rent out cat traps.

Contact: Dr Pieter Bosch
Address: 100 Glenwood Road
Tel.: 012 361 6206

Hatfield Bird & Animal Hospital

Pretoria based vet with experience of handling and sterilising feral cats, also have a special interest in them and/or rent out cat traps.

Contact: Dr Dave Kenyon
Tel.: 012 348 1119
Website: www.hatfieldvet.co.za

Magaliesberg or Pretoria North

Pretoria based vet with experience of handling and sterilising feral cats, also have a special interest in them and/or rent out cat traps.

Contact: Liz
Cell: 082 5201748
Email: liz@ncat.co.za / elizabeth.hillman1@gmail.com

National Cat Action Taskforce

Contact: Tersia
Cell: 083 327 0365

Pieter Joubert

Independent operator.

Cell: 082 962 7433 (for feral cat trapping)

KwaZulu Natal

Feral Cat Rescue Trust

A small group of volunteers, passionate about giving feral cats a better quality of life on the Durban streets. Our primary concern is sterilisation, but we also feed many colonies and rescue the sick and injured.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/FeralCatRescueTrustDurbanSouthAfrica

Jellicle Cats

Durban based. Also assist with ferals on the university campus (UKZN – Howard College).

Contact: Jenny
Email: blightj@ukzn.ac.za

Kitten Action

Based in Kloof, Durban.

Contact: Mandy
Tel.: 031 764 6845

Pietermaritzburg Cat Volunteer Programme

Pietermaritzburg campus currently has a long-standing volunteer programme of looking after the feral cats on campus.  This program supports the TNR (trap, neuter and release) approach to managing the cats.

If you would like to get involved or help with this program in any way please contact Julia.

Contact: Julia
Email: braine@ukzn.ac.za

Eastern Cape

Grahamstown Feral Cat Project

Neighbouring States

Alley Cat Allies

Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. An engine for social change, Alley Cat Allies was the first organization to introduce and advocate for humane methods of feral cat care, particularly Trap-Neuter-Return, in the American animal protection community. By establishing and promoting standards of care, our organization has brought humane treatment of cats into the national spotlight, now embraced by major cities and animal protection organizations coast to coast. In 20 short years, we’ve changed America to better understand and respect the lives of cats.

Website: www.alleycat.org

Mozambique Animal Protection Society (MAPS)

MAPS was founded by Cheryl Coleman and Moira Felgate who like a lot of people were appalled at the extent of animal cruelty and neglect in Mozambique.

Website: www.mozmaps.weebly.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MozambiqueAnimalProtectionSociety

People for the Aid and Treatment of Animals (PATA) – Mozambique

Our goal is to address rabies through vaccination and education and reduce over-population of domestic animals in Mozambique.

Email:  patamozambique@gmail.com / claudia@patamozambique.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PATAMozambique

Holiday Resorts, Institutions & Other Places that Care for Ferals

For many animal lovers, going on holiday can present serious dilemmas and can be stressful if the resort, campsite or other accommodation is overrun with hungry animals, usually cats. We constantly hear horror stories from people who have gone away to chill out only to be confronted with suffering and starving hordes. Some have even had to deal with animal extermination and a general lack of compassion on the part of the owners and management of these places. One place keeps being mentioned – viz., the resort at Gariep Dam – apparently the place has been overrun with cats for years and every now and then locals shoot them until the breeding starts again. If anyone knows anything about this or has been there, please let us know.

Italy & Greece

Feral cats can also be used as “working cats” to deter rodents on farms and at hospitals, hotels, factories, restaurants etc. Institutions such as old age and children’s homes could also benefit from keeping a small group of sterilised feral cats, which would also provide interest and interaction for residents. In instances where this has been done, it has been found to be good for people’s mental and physical health. The famous Coliseum cats in Rome who live among the ruins in Torre Argentina, are a huge tourist attraction and the Italians consider them to be an important part of the Roman “bio-cultural heritage”. These feral cats are featured in many coffee table books and on postcards, and tourists travelling to Italy always expect to see them when visiting the Coliseum.

Similarly, the free roaming cats of the Greek islands, Mykonos, Paros an Naxos, have also been the subject of picture books. Local fishermen are known to share the damaged bits from catches with the cats, who in turn keep the rats away.

Lamu

For those planning a trip a bit further afield, there is always Lamu, a small island off the coast of Kenya. Lamu, Kenya’s oldest living town, was founded in the 14th Century. It is one of the original Swahili settlements along coastal East Africa and the old city is inscribed on the World Heritage List as “the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa”. The port of Lamu has existed for at least a thousand years. The town’s history is marked by a Portuguese invasion which began in 1506 and they dominated for many years. After a rebellion against the Portuguese, in 1652, Lamu was assisted by Oman in lifting Portuguese control. Lamu’s years as an Omani protectorate mark the town’s golden age and during this period, Lamu became a centre of poetry, politics, arts and crafts as well as various trades. Today, Lamu is a popular destination for backpackers in search of an authentic experience.

Due to the narrowness of the streets, motor vehicles are not allowed and the city must be explored on foot, by bicycle, or, on donkeys. These wonderful animals do all the heavy work on the island. Fortunately, The Donkey Sanctuary in England has opened a small clinic there are provides free treatment for the 2000-3000 working donkeys living there. Howver, the donkeys are not the only animals working on Lamu and there are thousands of cats living there as well.

The Lamu cats are famous all over the world. They are believed to be a preserved gene pool of the long-legged, fine-boned Egyptian cats of ancient times that travelled on the dhows of Arab traders in past centuries.

In Lamu the cats are still appreciated for efficient work in keeping the rodent population down. Their position in Lamu, where the resident human population is predominantly Muslim, has been enhanced by the fact that the Prophet was particularly fond of cats, as was his first disciple, Abu Hureira, ‘The Father of Kittens’.

Although it is hard to estimate the precise number of cats in Lamu, a conservative figure could be as many as 4,000 in town alone and close to 10,000 in the archipelago. Although most are attached to some household, many are ‘street-cats’, struggling to survive on handouts from fishermen and shop-keepers, scavenging in rubbish bins and catching rats when possible. Fortunately WSPA (www.wspa.org.za) has been involved for several years and ensures that the cats are sterilised.

South Africa – Club Mykonos Resort

Like many similar places, this well-known resort situated on the West Coast is also home to feral cats. According to the PRO, the feral cats on the resort have designated feeding areas and feeding times.  They do request that the guests not feed the cats as they don’t want to encourage the cats to seek out food from the units and thus become a ‘nuisance’ to guests. They have placed collection boxes at reception for guests that wish to assist with caring of the cats are encouraged to make a donation.  The money collected from these boxes is used to purchase feed and to have the cats sterilised.

If you want to go there:

Tel.: 022 707 7000
Website: www.clubmykonos.co.za

South Africa – Pollsmoor Prison

We were very proud to find out that Pollsmoor Prison has decided to follow UWC and adopt the “trap-neuter-release” (TNR) model to deal with their feral cat problem. Rita Brock who developed the proposal that ultimately convinced them to follow this path used the experience of the UWC Feral Cat Project. We commend Pollsmoor for this enlightened and brave stance, which is increasingly necessary in the light of the growing body of evidence that links inter-personal violence and other forms of anti-social behaviour to animal cruelty and abuse. Pollsmoor have previously initiated a successful and unique bird project as part of the rehabilitation of certain violent offenders.

South Africa – Sun City

Sun City, the world famous casino and holiday resort, borders the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, where there are endangered African Wildcats. In order to prevent the feral cats living in the vicinity of the Sun City restaurants from becoming a nuisance and to keep the population numbers under control, they (under the auspices of Angie Bauer) have embarked on a TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) programme. This is also important to prevent the ferals from interbreeding with the Wildcats in the reserve and thereby diluting their gene pool.

To find out more or to help:

Email: angie.bauer@suninternational.com

If you manage a feral cat colony, know of other groups, feeders and trappers or want to be listed here, please email: info@tufcat.co.za, we’d love to hear about your experiences, observations & findings.