Nadia Van Wyk

Ground Handling: Quality and Safety Director, SSA

South Africa, SSA

Environment

Kempton Park Feral Felines

Main aim of the charity

To serve and improve the lives of the countless, suffering, homeless feral cat colonies in Kempton Park through TNR (trapping, neutering (sterilizing) and returning); provision of shelter and nutritious cat food in feeding stations; providing shelter and care for queens and their kittens in our nursery until weaned and then fostering and arranging the adoptions of their baby feral kittens.

How the employee got involved and why

One day, in 2017, whilst walking from the parking area at work to the office area, I noticed a small, bedraggled and emaciated teenage kitten meowing pitifully. My heart was moved by the obvious suffering and hunger of the kitten and prompted me to share my lunch for the day, which just happened to be a tuna sandwich. Kitty devoured the offerings and so my daily feeding routine of Archie (as I named him) began. This routine and our relationship building made me realise just how easy it is to disregard the simple needs of a feral cat. I learned that he actually had a wonderful and unique personality and I wondered about how his days were spent. This started me on a path of feral cat research, more feral cat experiences and I eventually joined this amazing NPO whose volunteers selflessly give up most of their time and resources in their attempts to make the feral cat lives better.

What work does the employee do for charity

I, as well as a group of our NPO’s volunteers, manage various colonies of feral cats by: • Educating and initiating management programmes with the necessary parties involved (e.g., property managers, company owners/management, shopping center management, homeowners, garage owners, etc.); • Setting up feeding stations by providing donated kennels or feeder structures, blankets, bowls, regular nutritious cat food and clean water; • Rescuing any baby kitten/s by trapping the baby/ies and their mom/s together in order to keep them in our nursery until the kittens are weaned. They are then placed with foster volunteers who socialize, love and care for the kittens in their own homes (we are a shelter less NPO). The feral mom/s are then sterilised and returned to their exact locations where trapped and adoptions are arranged for her/their kittens. • Trapping the feral cat/s; transporting the feral cat/s to the veterinarian clinic/s; collecting the feral cat/s after their sterilisation/s and/or any other medical treatment/s they require; keeping them overnight in a climate controlled and sheltered area and providing them with food and clean water for the night; releasing them back to the exact location where they were trapped the next day; and then, • Continually managing the colony by ensuring that all the cats in the colony are sterilised and healthy (our veterinarians clip the ears of the sterilised feral cats thereby making their sterilisation status identifiable so that no further trapping of them is necessary unless they are in need of emergency medical attention) and continual feeding and maintenance of the shelters provided. I have attached some pictures of one of my beloved colonies of feral cats who I presently take care of.

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