Keeping feral cat colonies under control
PROJECT Feral Cat (PFC) has grown its footprint after spending some time in KwaMbonambi sterilising the feral cats at Allways Towing.
Eight feral cats living on the property were trapped, sterilised and released, aiding in the control of the colony.
‘We so enjoyed this campaign, and with cat names such as Gearbox and Propshaft, it is one I will not forget,’ said PFC founder, Heilke Ackerman.
‘We are so grateful when businesses not only take care of the feral cats on their properties, but also when they take action and responsibility to stabilise the colony through sterilisation.’
While in the area, PFC sterilised five other feral cats that are fed by KwaMbonambi resident, Namji Chetty.
‘There are still a lot of cats in the area and we are hoping to plan another day there in the near future.’
PFC is a non-profit organisation relying on private donations and sponsorship to carry out its work.
This year alone, PFC has sterilised 395 feral cats and found loving homes for 86 kittens. Sixteen cat houses have been hand-built and placed in strategic areas to ensure the feral cats are protected against the elements.
To date, the NPO has received 365kg of cat food in donations for the larger colonies.
‘We had some good big campaign days to target areas in Alton, Arboretum Primary School, KwaMbonambi, Nibela Lodge near Hluhluwe, and even a farm outside Amatikulu,’ said Ackerman. ‘It is so rewarding when you manage to do 10 to 20 cats.’
There are also some downsides to Ackerman’s work, not least the few cases of animal cruelty, including feral cats being poisoned, one homed feral cat being shot with a pellet gun and others being trapped and intentionally hurt.
Ackerman is holding a fundraising raffle and is planning some bigger fund-raising campaigns before the year is out.
Donations of cat food, old blankets, curtains or even unused cat toys are welcomed.
For more information, PFC can be found on Facebook – Project Feral Cat.
One of the Allways Towing feral cats about to be released after sterilisation
‘Rango’ inspects part of the cat house structure being put together