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January, 2015


TNR-wise it has been a very quiet month, and I think that we all, including the cats, are battling to get back into the swing of things. The terrible heat wave we have been having has not helped either. Work is ongoing at the Beaufort Street colony and Mandy reckons that there are only 2 or 3 cats still to be done. Three spays and two neuters were done this month. A teeny black girl was trapped this morning and there were doubts as to whether she would be able to be sterilized but the vets were able to perform the operation and she will be staying overnight in my garage to recover as it is quite cool and rainy today. Donations of food for this colony are needed on an ongoing basis and can be dropped off with Lynne at 87 Beaufort Street.

Gingerwitch, whom we listed urgently last month, is with Lorna. She bit a neighbour while still at Jeannie, and despite dosing her with Clomicalm, she was still quite wild and very nervous but is now slowly settling down. Any monetary donations towards her Clomicalm would be much appreciated and can be deposited into the vet account with the reference WILDCAT CLOMICALM.

Twiggy (now Annie, adopted by Tash and John Leiper), adopted at the beginning of the month, has settled in beautifully at her new home and is much loved by all her family. She also has a new brother called Timmy, adopted from the SPCA. We were delighted when Jethro Christian fell in love with pictures of Blackie-Chan (fostered by Elaine Clarke) and booked him on the spot, collecting him a few days later. Blackie-Chan is now known as Ren(egade). We wish you all many happy years with your new fur-kids.

In December Rika Ferreira of the Phoenix Dog Project approached Royal Canin for a donation of cat food for the Project and last week we received 40kg of food, which will be divided among our feeders. Thank you so much to Rika and Royal Canin for your thoughtfulness. The high-quality cat food is much appreciated, as we can’t always afford to give our ferals the best due to the high costs of food, but we like to keep them as healthy as possible. Zuzu and Apollo Grant say thank you very much for the empty boxes!  


Furry Funds

Emma Martin has once again been busy on behalf of the Grahamstown animals. Furry Funds is her latest venture and I urge you all to support it in any way that you can. It is a new Facebook page based in Grahamstown that all animal lovers need to Like! Our sole purpose is to raise money for animal charities in and around Grahamstown, such as the Grahamstown Feral Cat Project and the Phoenix Dog Project. We sell products, most of which are handmade and animal themed, and all the money will be donated to charity. Over time we will start to do further fundraising, such as blanket drives, raffles and pet food drives.




So head on over to
and hit LIKE to keep up to date with our fundraising events! And don’t forget to check out our photo albums to view some of the awesome goodies that we have for sale! If you have any items that you would like to donate please send Emma a message from the Facebook page, or email her at furry.funds.sa@gmail.com.




The GFCP logo bags cost R25 each and are an an essential item for any shopping trip.



Forever Homes Wanted

Missy and her two kittens, still with Elaine Clarke, are ready and waiting for their forever homes. Missy has been sterilized and Elaine advises that since then she has rediscovered her inner kitten! Considering that she is only just a year old, this is not surprising. When I look at the pics I just know they will all be wonderful additions to any home.

These two little girls are almost 10 weeks old now. They are the last two left from the mixed-aged litter. Since their last "brother" (Blackie-Chan), who was actually 4 weeks older, was adopted, their playful personalities have really started to shine. It would be amazing if they could go together, as they love playing and snuggling together.

Here are the two babies with the mommy cat who raised them. Missy is just on a year old now. She is a lovely, talkative, gentle girl, who loves to love. She is a very chilled-out cat, who deserves a quiet, gentle and loving home.



The adoption fee is R500 per cat (deworming, first inoculation and obligatory sterilization). If you adopt two cats at the same time the fee is R900. Please contact Elaine at elainetclarke@gmail.com or on 083 472 4669.




Missing Cats


My sweet, 12 year old girl, Kahlua, has been missing in the Donkin Street area for over a week now. She is a tabby and her top canine teeth are missing. I am busy fostering some kittens at the moment, which she's less than pleased with, so I'm hoping she's maybe tried to move in somewhere else for the moment? If you have any info regarding my sweet girl, please contact me at
or on 083 472 4669.

Thank you.

Elaine Clarke


Last month I reported that a cat, through my own negligence, had escaped from my car. Sadly, Ginger has not yet been found but I am hopeful that now everybody is back from holiday and the schools are open, he will turn up.

On Friday 12th December a cat escaped from my car while I was driving down Templeton Drive above Graeme College. Ginger (his name) was being taken to the vet to be sterilised. He dashed into the gardens between Rowley and Miles Streets. On Saturday 13th I visited every house along that block of Templeton and also both sides of Kettlewell (above Templeton) and either spoke to people and gave them posters, or put posters in letterboxes. The posters included a picture of Ginger as well as my name and contact details.

Ginger is not completely feral, but is very wary of strangers. If you know anybody who lives along those streets and in the general area of Graeme College, PLEASE ask them to keep an eye out for him. He lives across town so must be very afraid and distressed. He is a fully grown ginger male (unsterilised) and his stripes are not very pronounced. I am hoping that now everybody is back from holidays he will be spotted, perhaps on the Graeme College grounds near the kitchens. If you think you might have seen him, PLEASE CALL ME on 0768 299 208. I really want to find him and get him back to his home.



Happy Endings

By some oversight I do not have a “happy ending” story for this month, but here are some pics sent to me recently. (Please feel free to email me your stories of adopting from the GFCP, as well as some pics, and I will publish them in future newsletters.)

Vlooi caught on Zander’s skateboard... Seems this is what happens when she’s left with two boys for the holiday!

(from Elmien Kew)


Nala was adopted from you in July 2013, she is an absolute delight and moved with me to JHB last year. This is her greeting me when I get home, jumps into the car and demands attention!

(from Marcelle van Hees)


Adopted in July 2011, this is what Garfield does when he is feeling horny!!

(from Griet Wood)




(20 December to 27 January)

Thank you so much to everyone who donated. Your support means so much to us and helps us to continue with our work.

Melinda Botha
S K Mantel
Jethro Christian (adoption fee)
plus one anonymous donation

If making electronic payments please remember to include WILDCAT and your name as a reference so that we can thank you. If possible, email proof of payment to: l.grant@nelm.org.za


About Us

All donations go to sterilization and a small portion to food.
Occasionally there are costs for veterinary care of ferals who are ill or injured.

We appreciate your generosity greatly as it enables us to continue helping the feral cats.
Spays and neuters cost us R500,
plus extra for any complications such as pregnancy or undescended testes.

The adoption fee is R500, which includes first deworming and inoculation and obligatory sterilization.

If you would like to donate any amount, please deposit into our vet account at:

The Grahamstown Veterinary Clinic,
Standard Bank Account No 282625054
Branch Code 050917

Please add the reference "W/CAT" and your name, and please notify us if possible
so that we can follow up donations in case of accidental misallocation

Please do not take any feral/stray cat into the vet for attention and charge it to our Wildcat account without prior approval from Lynne.

The Wildcat account with the vet is meant for sterilization of ferals and will only under certain exceptional circumstances be used for other procedures.

Grahamstown Feral Cat Project uses the TNR (Trap, Neuter & Return) approach - globally recognised as the most humane, least costly and most sustainable way of stabilizing feral cat populations.

Volunteers humanely trap the feral cats; we take them to the vet to be spayed or neutered; the tip of the right ear is snipped off so we can easily identify that they have been sterilized; we return them to their original territory where they live out their lives (adult ferals cannot be tamed). Feral kittens, wherever possible, are fostered, tamed and homed.


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The Grahamstown Feral Cat project promotes responsible pet ownership. This includes proper care (feeding, vaccination and preventative treatment against parasites, etc.) and sterilisation to prevent unplanned kittens and reduce the number of homeless animals.


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