How?

We do not run shelters or sanctuaries – our emphasis is on working to support local organisations on the ground in their development, to produce locally sustainable long-term benefit for cats.

How we are helping cats worldwide

  • We provide local organisations with good equipment and the right training on how to use it
  • We work with local organisations to influence their local and central governments
  • We train LOCAL vets and inspire LOCAL vet students to work with cats
  • We support the upskilling of charity volunteers
  • We encourage the development of feline medicine for veterinary surgeons and nurses/technicians
  • We make sure that an understanding of cats and their needs is at the heart of everything we do
  • We work with local organisations to encourage responsible cat ownership

See where we are working


How we are promoting feline health and welfare

Control and stabilise cat populations

Trap/Neuter/Vaccinate/Return

TNVR (Trap/Neuter/Vaccinate/Return) is practised in countries where there is a high rabies prevalence. TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) is practiced in countries with a proven rabies-free status.

The removal of cats from a site, either for warehousing in pounds or "sanctuaries" or culling, does not address the issue of the causes of the animals being there in the first place. It simply leaves an open vacancy where resources such as food, rubbish, and territory are exploited by any incoming or uncaught entire cats to maximum advantage. With high nutrition, lack of territorial threat, the cats quickly breed more successfully to repopulate the site.
 
With TNVR the colony initially stabilises, and a gradual reduction takes place, without creating a sudden vacuum.
TNVR is:
  • Of relative low cost
  • Effective (only if the catching is done intelligently and with good equipment)
  • Humane
  • More compatible with many religious or cultural practices concerning killing of animals or kindness to cats
  • Of benefit to health of the individual cats
  • Of benefit to prevent nuisance for the community.
  • Maintains the cats as a valuable asset in rodent control

Nutrition

We are also working to improve understanding of feline nutrition. It should be borne in mind (especially if you are reading this in a country with a long tradition of cat ownership) that in many of the countries we work in, there is no commercial pet food, and pet ownership may be minimal. Working with unowned cats, we are faced with huge challenges in ensuring that the tyoe of diet these cats naturally receive (scavenging, or fish fed, for example) can be improved but at the same time having to be careful that attempts to improve nutrition do not result in a massive population explosion of street animals. Our staff’s work on the ground is therefore incredibly challenging and has wider consequences than the welfare of individual cats.