Our major projects:
International Cat Care´s European Feline TNR Training Centre has run 6 TNR courses to date with delegates from 10 countries who have all returned home with new skills and impetus. The centre is fully booked but courses will reopen to applicants later in 2014.
We have been working with ACVC Sudan in a multiplicity of ways to develop feline welfare and veterinary care from what is almost a zero base. As well as teaching feline content (for the first time ever) on the veterinary degree at the Sudan University of Science and Technology, we supported, funded and participated in practical hands-on training for vets and volunteers in the running of a feline TNR programme.
Tanzania Animal Welfare Society (TAWESO)
In 2012, International Cat Care supported feline TNVR (Trap Neuter Vaccinate Return) training and development with TAWESO. We provided on-the-ground training for vets, charity volunteers and livestock technicians in the area around the Tanzanian city of Dar Es Salaam. We have also made a significant donation of TNVR equipment such as traps and restrainer (squeeze) cages, plus surgical instruments.
Plataforma Gatera – Spain
International Cat Care has been supporting Plataforma Gatera, a cat welfare organisation in Barcelona, since 2011. We provide them with advice, equipment and guidance, and are holding a joint cat welfare conference with them for feline vets in Barcelona.
Community Cats Network – Ireland
We are working with CCN to develop their skills and capacity – providing support on volunteer recruitment and retention, equipment for TNR (trap/neuter/return). In September 2013 we worked closely to provide a feline welfare training event for vets, nurses and other animal welfare staff. By financially backing the event, fegistraion fees collected from attendees went straight to CCN to fund their ongoing TNR programme.
Training workshops – Lithuania and Greece
International Cat Care has run training for vets, focused on early neutering, in Kaunas in September 2013, with support from Lithuanian charity PIFAS.
A stakeholder training day for charity and council staff in Greece with the Panhellenic Animal Welfare Federation, took place in Athens in 2012.
‘Today was an incredible experience for all those who participated in the workshop. I find no appropriate words to express my feelings and gratitude to you all.’
Sofia Tzoniki & Irini Molfessi, Panhellenic Animal Welfare Federation
Working with street cats – India
In 2013 we worked with WVS (Worldwide Veterinary Service) to develop a training programme for vets at the WVS International Veterinary Training Centre in Tamil Nadu, India. As well as the training we provide, we also provided equipment (traps and squeeze cages) so that the trainees can put into practice what they have learned. This equipment also protects the staff and students from the risks of manual handling of cats of unknown temperament. ICC staff again attended the centre in 2012 to "train the trainers" at the site.
ACT – China
We support ACT Asia for Animals in the delivery of training for vets and volunteers in China.