(This is another post featuring people who work in relative anonymity and do a great job without very much marketing and fanfare – and Cilla focuses on sterilisation and education, so she is investing in the future of animal welfare – her efforts are making a sustainable difference. Nice job, Cilla!)
Since 2003 I have been actively involved with animals. And yes, most people are animal lovers but I think people are uninformed of the fact of how many animals really get homed and adopted and how many get put to sleep just because there are simply too much animals. Everyone loves to take the puppies, but all those puppies GROW UP… and that is where I want to make a difference…
I started a sterilization project and received support from Vets – giving me discounted rates on sterilisations. We try as far as possible to give poorer people the opportunity to sterilise their animals giving them affordable prices.
We do between 8-25 private sterilisations weekly. People will bring their animals to us on Tuesdays between 7 and 8 and we will take them to the vet to get sterilised and will return them the next day.
There are 7 white informal settlements in Pretoria North and we are currently busy sterilising the 4th informal settlement’s animals. We go to the informal settlement, talk to the people and explain to them why it is important to sterilise. We then pick up the animals, take them to the vet to get sterilised and then take them back to their homes. If we have a lot of sponsored animal food we will give it to these people. We leave our contact details with them should their animals get sick, need food, help or advice, so they can contact us – and believe me – they do!
We also help with trapping and sterilising wild cats living in warehouses, houses etc. Most of the time the cats are returned to where they are caught.
We regularly send out emails seeking stables where people would require wild cats since not everyone wants the wild kittens back. We NEVER get involved where animals are euthanized and if we get asked to euthanize a bunch of wild cats or kittens – we will not do it! We are only involved in sterilising and re-homing animals.
We also take in a lot of strays and animals that has no homes to go to. We would take them to the vet, sterilise them, see that everything else are fine and will then advertise and try and find a home for them. If we do not find a suitable home we make use of kennels, but while we are doing this we will still try and find them a home. We will help the kennels with dipping, cleaning the cages and giving food. No animal will be send to a kennel without being sterilised.
For this project we make use of unemployed people. Angelique helps with the telephone calls, admitting the animals; catching the cats… she really helps a lot! When an animal is hurt she will take them to the vet, she gives advice, visits informal settlements with me (or alone) and she really connects with the people! Her father in law, Paul, is doing the driving – we received a bakkie as a gift! Luckily my private vehicle can rest and not get more kilo’s on the clock – believe me, we drive a lot!
We receive no fixed income from any person or institution and only rely on donations. We are very fortunate as up to now we have had people giving donations to the informal settlements, otherwise we will do functions to raise funds.
Every weekend we give food to 200 wild cats! There are between 120 and 150 wild cats at Nissan. I also give food to the cats at Wonderpark Shopping centre and Akasia Hospital. We have already sterilised most of these animals, but are still busy. Then there are one or two firms in Rosslyn were we also give food to the cats. We also have a current account with a vet, and he waits patiently for his money…
I brought my 8 wild cats with when we moved from Midrand. Nissan arranged for a special cage to keep the wild cats in. They were released a few months later and they are all doing well!
Wollies Animal Project