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Be Wise Sterilise

| June 19, 2015


Copyright: Be Wise Sterilise


What is Sterilisation?

Prevention of Animal Cruelty is as easy as ABC.

Animal Birth Control

What is Animal Birth Control ?

Sterilisation or “Fixing”

What is Sterilisation or “Fixing” ?

It is a short procedure done by a Vet under anaesthesia.

Preferably from the age 4 – 6 months but it can also be done at a much older age.

Spaying refers to the sterilisation procedure that is done to female pets.

During this surgery the reproductive organs, the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus are removed.

She will not be able to go into heat and get pregnant.

Neutering or castration refers to the sterilisation procedure for male pets.

During this surgery the male reproductive organs, the testicles, are removed and he will be unable to impregnate a female.
Animal Lovers Unite

As an animal lover it is YOUR responsibility to ensure that your pet’s offspring are not exposed to cruelty and suffering.

The best way to ensure this is to STERILISE your pet which will ensure that no future generations are exposed to any form of cruelty.

If everyone Sterilises their pets the number of neglected and stray animals will be reduced.

You can’t afford Sterilisation, YOU can’t afford not TO.



There are a number of very important and logical reasons to Sterilise your pet, these include:

Not enough homes for cats and dogs
Prevention of animal cruelty and abuse
Prevention of euthanasia of unwanted pets
Prevention of pet overpopulation problems
Animal shelters will not be overfull
Elimination of testicle and ovarian cancer
Less marking of territory by pets
Less roaming and fights

Understanding Sterilisation

Approximiately 1 million dogs and cats are euthanised per year in South Africa only and in the USA approximiately 6 million. The shelters do NOT want to do it but they have no other option.


An unsterilised pet and its off-spring can produce over 60 000 lives in 6 years.
Homeless and hungry strays could be aggressive and carry disease
Repeated pregnancies cause unnecessary strain on the female cat or dog and reduces her life span
Unsterilised bitches face an increased risk of breast cancer each time she comes on heat
Uterus infection is common in unsterilised bitches
Sexually active males spray or mark their territories, roam and jump fences to get to bitches on heat. They are more aggressive and prone to fighting each other.
Unsterilised males are vulnerable to prostrate disease and perianal hernias.
There are just not enough homes for all those dogs and cats.

What your pet will NOT become:

fat after sterilisation (unless you feed too much and exercise too little; like in humans)
have stunted growth
there are NO benefits in letting your pet having a first litter



Which in the end means:

Less pain and suffering for the animals
Improved health conditions for pets
Less heart sore for the people involved
Reduced costs at the end of the day

Take note:

No female pet needs to experience motherhood. In fact it is safer to not get pregnant because Sterilisation eliminates ovarian cancer and reduces the risk of mammary tumors
Cats and Dogs never miss or care about “What might have been” instead devote themselves to their owners and live full and happy lives without parenting experience
You can sterilise your pets from 5 months of age
Please discuss the importance of Sterilisation with your Vet



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Cat Assistance Team – Kommetjie, Western Cape

| October 26, 2010

The team consists of 3 volunteers

To provide basic animal welfare support to the cats on Pollsmoor Correctional Services Premises and support inmates to be able to care for their cats. Ensure effective cat population control by a continued trap-neuter-release program.


  • 10 Cat traps
  • Working under the umbrella of TEARS and private veterinarians for sterilisations and veterinary treatments
  • Funding is generated through selling of bric-a-brac and donations by individuals


Approval to start the project was obtained from the authorities in June 2005
Trapping sessions and interactions with wardens and inmates commenced June 2005
8 feeding stations are being maintained providing nourishment for approximately 50 cats 4 times a week


  • Identify feral, stray and inmate owned cats at Pollsmoor Correctional Facility
  • Sterilise, deworm and ear tip cats
  • Provide early sterilisation services
  • Educate staff and inmates about the basic needs and welfare of cats and provide a support structure to benefit inmates and cats
  • Provide food and water to cats where necessary
  • Monitor and attend to the health and well being of the cats
  • Assist in homing of cats where necessary


  • Provide shelter and feeding/ watering stations for the cats
  • Provide deworming, vaccinations and flea control to inmate cats and suitable colony cats
  • Offer veterinary assistance to inmate cats where necessary
  • Organise and facilitate educational drives relating to animals in general and cats specifically. Investigate the use of Sangomas to address the cultural issues relating to cats
  • Utilise the project to raise public awareness about the positive effects of the relationship between animals and humans


  • Wendy houses to keep trapped and sterilised cats for overnight prior to surgery and for post surgery recovery. As well as all for all supplies and traps etc. The minimum size needed is 3mx6m
  • Suitable transportation or vehicle
  • Financial support to cover veterinary costs and supplies such as dewormers, flea control and other.


  • Create public awareness about the humane trap-neuter-release concept for feral cats in Cape Town
  • Raise public awareness about the need for sterilisation of companion animals
  • Raise public awareness about the Humane Animal Interaction link and its positive physical, emotional and mental effects
  • Utilize the presence of cats as a positive tool in offender reintegration

PO Box 48157

Country: South Africa

Contact Persons:

Denise – Office: 021 783 3900
Rita – Cell: 082 806 3144
Mandy – Cell: 082 723 1406



  • TEARS – The Emma Animal Rescue Society
  • Steenberg Veterinary Clinic
  • Kommetjie Veterinary Clinic
  • Hills Pet Food

Cat Care – East London, Eastern Cape

| October 29, 2010

Contact Person: Merlene Todkill

Tel: 0727149507
Fax: 043-7212663
Feral Cat Organisation Fund Raising No:
071 – 835 East London
Address/ Area:
East London


Our function at Cat Care is to capture feral (wild domestic) cats in harmless specialized traps. We then have them sterilized and returned to the localities from whence they came, thus stabilizing the population. If at all possible we do our best to relocate cats and kittens into caring homes. We also have feeding programs around East London for colonies that are starving.

Unfortunately on occasion some of the trapped animals are too ill or old and need to be euthenased. Not an easy decision but being the only humane way to end the suffering.

Due to the economic situation we are now also inundated with dumped cats and kittens, where people cannot afford to keep them. We are also assisting more and more impoverished people with sterilizing, feeding and general care of their animals.

A single female can produce approximately twenty-four kittens per year. If half of these kittens are female, they and their descendants can number a staggering FOUR THOUSAND stray animals within a period of only four years.


Cat Care East London wish list:

  • Cash donations
  • Materials to help maintain our traps eg: wood and galvanized wire mesh
  • Cat & kitten food
  • Cat toys

Our Banking details for payment are:
NEDBANK: Vincent Park: ChequeA/c No 1210415100 Branch Code: 121021
Proof of donation to be faxed to: Melanie or Lynda: 043 721 2663.

Cat Care – Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

| October 29, 2010

Cat Care - Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Neuter and spay feral cats. Feed feral cats. Monitor and rehabilitate feral cats whenever possible

Cat Care - Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Neuter and spay feral cats. Feed feral cats. Monitor and rehabilitate feral cats whenever possible

Contact Person: Merlene Todkill

PO Box 5600,
Port Elizabeth

Tel: 041 373 1629

Description of Organization:
Neuter and spay feral cats. Feed feral cats. Monitor and rehabilitate feral cats whenever possible.
The needs of a non-profit organisation are endless. Some of them include:

  • sponsorship or donations of nutritious cat food or sufficient funds to purchase
    this food every 6 weeks, along with potential storage facilities eg wendy house
    or other, for this food due to lack of premises;
  • sponsorship for the three to four tea rooms per annum, to reduce costs;
  • sponsorship or assistance with printing of newsletters possibly through
    advertisements within the newsletter;
  • sponsorship or assistance with printing of Christmas cards;
  • new traps and maintenance of existing traps;
  • new and interesting raffle prize sponsorships to encourage ticket sales eg
    magazine subsciptions, day outings, cat toys etc.;
  • supply of cat accessories and items to improve sales and fundraising;
  • good foster homes for kittens;
  • volunteers for administrative positions within the organisation;
  • more fieldworkers and volunteers to achieve our objectives;
  • improvement of public awareness;
  • monetary support for all of the above activities.

Cat Village – Gauteng

| October 29, 2010

Cat Village

Once deserted, neglected or lost, a thousand happy cats have found heaven on earth

The “lucky ones”, is how one can refer to the cat family in Cat Village – a natural garden in the East Rand that has been converted into a safe haven for a 1 000 happy cats.

Come to think of it, “heaven” is probably a better description for this unique sanctuary in Benoni, Johannesburg. Here you will find no cages with cats awaiting their fate. It is a happy place for animals that could so easily have been put down or neglected until they died.

All the cats arrive here because they were lost, had to fend for themselves or because they were the result of unwanted litters. Many arrive in a malnourished and traumatized condition.
All of them are cared for with passion and love.

Contact Person: Heather Seagers

Address: Gauteng

Fax:011 425-4167

Cell: 083 6688595 

NPO 033-895-NPO

Website URL:


  • They have a human to clean, sweep and tidy their houses.

  • They live in a natural garden fenced at the perimeters of a 5-acre property.

  • They sleep in dry, warm wooden huts which are scattered throughout the property.

  • They receive medical care when needed and food and clean water is available 24 hours a day in the form of scrumptious, soft food or dry pellets.

There is no limit as to how long the cats are kept and therefore they consider the shelter as their forever home. A special treat is when visitors arrive to brush and love them.

 The “angel” that made all of this possible, is Irma Teller, a lady entirely devoted to the rescue of abused, abandoned or homeless cats. For many years, Irma and her husband, Herbert, had a desire to create a cat sanctuary where they could care and look after unwanted and neglected cats. In 2004, they decided to put their dream into action and started looking for a property.

Their wish must have been written in the stars, because a friend approached them and offered their property on the East Rand.

Initially, the property consisted of 2 ½ acres but it has since been expanded to 5 acres. It was an overwhelming task to convert the empty tract of land into a secure haven for cats. The property first had to be walled and made cat-proofed. Herbert with his skills, precision and perfection, built and modified the Wendy houses which provide shelter for the cats. Thereafter, six carefully planned and fully equipped quarantine enclosures were built to accommodate new arrivals.

Each of the huts was also equipped with verandas from where the cats can observe daily activities, as well as inside shelves onto which carton boxes are placed with warm blankets. The cats can sort out their own bed mates and stay in a hut of their own choice.

Sadly, Herbert passed away some time ago and Irma was left with the daunting task of continuing the work with the help of one or two workers and a few volunteers. She rises long before dawn every morning to start the task of cleaning, cooking and preparing food for the cats. Her work usually continues until after ten at night. If one of the cats is sick, however, she will sit with him throughout the night.
But that’s not where it stops!

  • New arrivals are thoroughly checked and any medical requirements are attended to such as neutering and snuffles.

  • Once the cats have been evaluated and passed the test, they are released into the main sanctuary where there is Wendy houses equipped with baskets and blankets.

  • Natural grass is in abundance and over 100 shrubs and trees have been planted in order to provide a stress-free environment with natural scratching posts.

  • There is a beautiful forest which supplies shade and trees to climb, while the ferals prefer to live in rustic hides made from branches and twigs.

It goes without saying that it costs a lot of money to maintain all of this.

Cat Village has no permanent source of funding, and Irma is dependent on donations from the public.
If you are interested in helping us,

  • By Donations

  • Sponsorship

  • By becoming a Village Member

  • or just a visit to the Cat Village to spoil the “lucky ones” it will be much appreciated.

Vision and mission

Our mission is to provide shelter, food and medical support to homeless, neglected and abused cats within the Gauteng area. In doing so, we enhance their lives in a caring environment which will ensure that they live out their natural lives in secure and happy surroundings. Cat Village is geared to providing veterinary nurses the opportunity to have hands-on practical experience with the residents. We also aim to raise awareness of the plight of unplanned litters by joining forces with organisations such as  and Every animal deserves a loving home!


Since commencing operation, we have survived the establishment stage to the extent that some 1000 formerly destitute and traumatised cats have found a home where they are sheltered, fed and have lost their fear of humans. Some cats originally described as lost causes have fully recovered and are now leading a normal life. Our casualty rate is less than 2%, which is phenomenal given the condition many of them are in when they arrive at Cat Village.


Any assistance from you to help lighten Irma’s load would be much appreciated. She has never faltered in her constant love and devotion to animals. Cat Village is a happy, loving home for cats, where you as a visitor are always welcome.

Please Help Irma to continue with her unselfish ambition of caring for the cats that she loves so
much. Any kind of donation is much appreciated

CatPals – Pretoria and Centurion, Gauteng

| October 29, 2010

CatPalsis a small non-profit volunteer organisation caring for the feral or street cats of Pretoria and Centurion in Gauteng, South Africa.

CatPals is a small non-profit volunteer organisation caring for the feral or street cats of Pretoria and Centurion in Gauteng, South Africa.

Anneke Brits:
(c) 083 327 0365
(for publicity, volunteering and information about feral cat management)

Doreen Gough:
(c) 082 497 7938
(for adoptions)

Lorna Kolver:
(c) 082 770 1326
(for donations to sales table only)

Pieter Joubert
independent operator
(c) 082 962 7433
(for feral trapping and removal only)

Address: Pretoria / Centurion Gauteng
Country: South Africa

CatPals is a small non-profit volunteer organisation caring for the feral or street cats of Pretoria and Centurion in Gauteng, South Africa.

For more on our activities, see “What does CatPals do?” below.

Our history and philosophy
CatPals was born about 15 years ago, when three intrepid women began to work among the feral cats of Pretoria, South Africa, calling themselves “Cat Rescue”. They were remarkable women, working long hours in addition to their full-time jobs and spending many thousands of rands of their own money. From these small but determined beginnings, the organisation grew to its present size of around 60 members, eventually changed its name to CatPals, and was registered as a welfare non-profit organisation. Like other volunteer organisations all over South Africa, what it lacks in size and means it makes up for in enthusiasm and dedication. If asked to explain in one sentence what we are about, we would say: “Everything we do, is aimed at caring for the homeless and especially the street or feral cats of Pretoria and Centurion.”

Banking information for Donations:

CatPals funds its wide-ranging cat rescue activities from 3 bank accounts. All three are with Standard Bank, Brooklyn (branch code 011245). Any donation to any or all of them would be most welcome, since without the help of animal lovers, we would not be able to continue our work.

  • Account no 017573378 (name “CatPals”):
    Feeding and medical expenses of adoption kittens and cats, and general expenses
  • Account no 017513464 (name “Feral Friends”):
    Feeding and sterilisation of feral cats

  • Account no 414959183 (name “Feral Management”):
    Running of sanctuary for non-adoptable cats

cats’9lives – Pretoria, Gauteng

| October 19, 2010


cats’9lives – Pretoria, Gauteng The "cats'9lives" organisation is dedicated to caring for stray , unwanted and abandoned cats and kittens until such time that they are able to find permanent loving homes.

The "cats'9lives" organisation is dedicated to caring for stray , unwanted and abandoned cats and kittens until such time that they are able to find permanent loving homes.

The “cats’9lives” is a registered Non-Profit Organisation, dedicated to caring for stray, unwanted and abandoned cats and kittens until such time that they are able to find permanent loving homes. This organisation has no source of income and does not benefit financially from the adoption fee. Care is given by volunteers; therefore we are appealing for sponsorship of donations for food, litter and veterinary fees.
(See banking details above)

We have very limited space for adult cats and rely on foster homes until they are adopted. When an adult cat is rehomed the adoption fee ensures that the cat is inoculated, dewormed and sterilised. While the cat is with us they are fed, given lots of love and receives the necessary veterinary care when needed.

The kittens come mostly from backgrounds where the mother has disappeared or they have been dumped and left to fend for themselves. Where possible we try to keep them with their mothers until they are 6- 8 weeks old. If they are too small to feed themselves, our willing volunteers bottle or syringe feed them until they can eat solids. At this stage they come to our shelter to await adoption, which takes place from 7-8 weeks onwards. Due to the space restriction we have curtailed our numbers to about 20 kittens. The adoption fee includes 2 vaccinations, deworming, and sterilisation at 5-6 months by one of our designated veterinarians.
Since the start of “cats’9lives” in 2006 over 1200 kittens have been adopted and with the emphasis of the organisation on STERILISATION we have thus kept the number of unwanted kittens to the absolute minimum


Feral cats Because we are also involved with sterilising and feeding of feral cats we often find tame adult cats which got either lost or was abandoned by their owners, eating with the feral cats.  We then take them for a full medical check up, sterilise and innoculate them before finding them good homes. If there are kittens in a feral colony which are abandoned and can’t fend for them selves we also take them into our care. They get taken care by our volunteers who bottle feed and socialise them until thet are 8 weeks old and then they go to Avril, from where they will be adopted. All the above get funded by donations or by ourselves.

Of great importance to our organisation is the emphasis on STERILISATION to keep the numbers of unwanted kittens to the absolute minimum.

Kittens: Avril – 0723915035
Treasurer:Engela – 0834683143

e-mail: Avril


P.O. Box 98096
Waterkloof Heights
Pretoria 0065

NPO 048 – 500

Bank Account:
Standard Bank Brooklyn, Plus Plan account 414961110, Branch code 01-12-45

Catz r Us – Pretoria, Gauteng

| October 19, 2010
Catz r Us Pretoria, Gauteng Rehoming and Fostering Organization

Rehoming and Fostering Organization

Contact Person: Charlene:
Cell: 0827005839

Rehoming and Fostering Organization

CLAW – Johannesburg, Gauteng

| October 19, 2010

CLAW provides desperately needed veterinary services to dogs and cats, as well as vital animal care education to pet owners in the poorest of communities.

CLAW provides desperately needed veterinary services to dogs and cats, as well as vital animal care education to pet owners in the poorest of communities.

Contact Person: Cora Bailey


P.O. Box 546, Florida, 1710
The clinic is in Florida but please make call for directions.

Country: South Africa

Tel: 011 763 1638
Fax: 011 672 1604


CLAW provides desperately needed veterinary services to dogs and cats, as well as vital animal care education to pet owners in the poorest of communities.  Since its start in 1999, CLAW’s team of veterinarians and local volunteers have treated, vaccinated, and provided spay and neuter services to sterilize thousands of pets.

CLAW is an internationally known and well-respected animal welfare organisation, renowned as the pioneer of community based primary animal healthcare in South Africa. IFAW is proud to support CLAW as a flagship project of its Community Led Animal Welfare programme. It is the only provider of animal healthcare in most of the areas in which it works. CLAW is entirely community based and its full-time staff all hail from the areas it serves, supplemented by a loyal band of volunteers.

Co-Sanc – Johannesburg, Gauteng

| October 19, 2010
Co-Sanc is a compassionate, no-kill but scientifically run cat shelter and animal adoption centre. We are not a new charity, but it is a new place, being a co-operative venture between a veterinary clinic and 5 pro-life animal charities.

Co-Sanc is a compassionate, no-kill but scientifically run cat shelter and animal adoption centre.

We are on lovely country property in Nooitgedacht between the Lion Park and Muldersdrift.

Melanie Mulock-Bentley – 084 958 8073
Jennifer Harper – 082 325 3585

STERI-SCHEME & SANCTUARY MANAGEMENT: Dr Shelagh Hahn – 082 892 1269

CO-SANC is a compassionate, no-kill but scientifically run cat shelter and animal adoption centre. We are not a new charity, but it is a new place, being a co-operative venture between a veterinary clinic and 5 pro-life animal charities.

We DO NOT take in animal directly from the public because we control numbers strictly and have an admission and quarantine process controlled by our vet. Admissions are strictly by arrangement with one of the participating charities, and all our animals are sourced from them. Cats live on the property.

Dogs and other animals are brought in on weekends for the public to view.

We charge a R500 adoption fee because all our cats are sterilized, vaccinated, dewormed, tested for the “Dread Disease” cat viruses, microchipped and have all past a 16-point, 7-day veterinary check/testing and quarantine period. We do all this on admission, not only on adoption, so we carry the costs upfront, and the cats are ready to leave immediately.

We DO NOT euthanase, except in rare cases of terminal illness or incurable suffering.

Apart from our cleaner/caretaker, all staff, including our vet, work on a voluntary basis, so all donations benefit the animals directly. VOLUNTEERS ALWAYS WELCOME.

We are on lovely country property in Nooitgedacht between the Lion Park and Muldersdrift. Please come and visit us for an enjoyable family day out, we are open Saturday afternoons and all day Sunday.

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