Who Are We


Feral Watch & TNR is a registered non-profit company (NPC 2020/065177/08) with PBO number 930070126.  The organisation was founded in 2018 after being a branch of Feral Care Friends since 2016.  We run operations mainly in and around the Highveld Ridge area which has a large population of so-called gutter cats that reside in this area.  

Two more branches function in Standerton and in Welkom.  Our main focus is to establish cared for, controlled & healthy feral cat colonies. We are a pro-life & pro-sterilization organization. This means that we do not euthanize healthy animals.

Like most animal welfare organisations, we rely on public support & donations to continue the good work. We can now issue a Section 18 (A) tax receipt for your donations.

Feral Watch’s methods are approved by the NSPCA.  Over the past 2 years, we have already established various controlled colonies.  We currently care for almost 300 cats daily!

 

  

 

About Operations


  • We work with feral cats only, not domestic cats
  • Cats/kittens  are not removed unless their lives are in imminent danger
  • We are not a shelter for unwanted domestic cats
  • Do not feed colonies, if you are not going to TNR them
  • We do not support ‘’free to good home’’ advertisements for many reasons
  • We do adoptions, but keep in mind that a feral cat’s transition to domestic life is a slow process and some may never fully transition
  • Please contact your local SPCA for animal emergencies or to report cruelty!
 

What Does TNR Mean


TRAP

Humane live-trapping the day before procedure, lured by tasty food into a special cage

NEUTER

Spayed or neutered by our trusted Veterinarian, vaccinated & ear-tipped for identification

RELEASE

Released back into their territory as soon as awake after procedure and no other concerns are present

About Feral Cats


  • Feral cats are not domestic cats, but are born in the wild & are independent beauties
  • They live in colonies of which the size & temperament may vary, forming around food sources
  • A matriarchal rule holds for cats. They are territorial and seldom just lets in a newcomer
  • You can’t dump a cat with other cats in a colony as they won’t just be welcomed & will have to fight for survival
  • Killing feral cats does not lower their numbers and new feral cats will soon take up their place (“vacuum effect”)
  • Feral cats are scared of human interaction and will not survive in a caged environment for long
  • They have to fight for survival every day
  • A female cat can fall pregnant at the young age of 4 months with 4-6 kittens.  In 7 years, one pair of unfixed cats and their offspring can produce more than 300 000 kittens
  • Males can smell the females in heat from miles away. This is also why your unfixed male will walk around
  • If they went through a TNR program, you will identify them by their badge of honor: a tipped ear

How many cats were spayed or neutered by us in 2019?

These cats will not contribute further to the overpopulation of felines and they will live healthier & happier lives!  

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