Nadia Van Wyk

Quality Assurance and Safety SSA

South Africa, SSA

Environment

Kempton Park Feral Felines

Main aim of the charity

Our mission is to create healthy, controlled feral cat colonies and give all the feral cats in our area a chance at a better quality of life. TRAP-NEUTER-RETURN (TNR) FINDING KITTENS A HOME SPAY & NEUTER

How the employee got involved and why

I rescued my first feral cat at the premises of my previous employer. He was severely ill and definitely suffering. My intention was the get him medical care but he was beyond being saved and had to be put to sleep by our local Veterinarian. This completely helpless feeling made me realize that I need to act before these feral cats get to the stage where saving is not possible anymore. I never saw myself as a cat person, but these animals are mostly overlooked by animal welfare organizations and I could not look the other way any longer. My compassion for these feral cats are beyond measure and 90% of my free time goes to trapping, feeding, sterilizing and providing medical care for them. Through them my compassion for all animals has grown much bigger than I could ever have imagined. They thought me how to be strong in the most adverse conditions, to be grateful for every day I have shelter and food, to keep fighting no matter what life throws your way and they complete my life. The words of Mahatma Gandhi sums it all up, and this is how we should all strive to live: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” I started volunteering for this NPO in 2017.

What work does the employee do for charity

We are a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) providing food, shelter and medical care to around 1200 feral cats in Kempton Park. Our focus is on emphasizing the important role feral cats play in rodent control and creating awareness about these forgotten felines. We run a TNR programme (Trap, Neuter and Return) in Kempton Park to prevent unwanted kittens being born into a life of suffering. We also rescue, rehabilitate and re-home feral born kittens. Some of these kittens are only a few hours or days old and require bottle feeding in order for them to survive.

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