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September 2015




Please remember that our cash and food collection is this Saturday, 3 October, outside Pick 'n Pay, starting at 7am. Thanks so much to everybody who has so kindly volunteered to shake a tin for us. If you are planning to donate clothes and bedding for our sale on the 24th (see below), these can be dropped off on Saturday as well.

Viv Botha and Eileen Shepherd are arranging a clothing sale for 24 October: 8am outside Checkers in High Street. We have not had much response to our appeal for contributions, so if you have any decent second-hand clothing, bedding or curtains that you no longer need, please get in touch with one of us:

Viv Botha: 046 636 1940 or 072 020 5001

Eileen Shepherd: 046 636 1737 or 078 099 7711

Or drop at:

Lynne Grant:
87 Beaufort Street
(weekdays, during office hours)


Unfortunately, our calendar is not going to happen this year. Lara and I have both been extremely busy and have just not had the time to get together.

This from Lara:

We've reached the end of September, or Platform 9 and 3/4 as I like to call it, and 2015 has been a whirlwind of a year so far for practically everybody that I've spoken to. It's been a year of big decisions and big changes, and sadly the madness that these have caused has meant that the calendar project that I wanted to have ready and waiting at the printer has faced delay after delay. This means that unfortunately it will not be a project completed in 2015, but will have to wait until next year when hopefully it can be faced head-on.

Thank you to all of those who have volunteered your time to let me into your homes - I know that there are many of you that I haven't gotten around to yet, and I can assure you that I will be making time to do so as soon as possible. If there are more who would like to take part, this also means that your little furry friends can be photographed for the calendar, so just drop an email to lara@evanescent.co.za if you are interested.


Other News

Trapping has continued slowly but steadily: one male was neutered and eight females were sterilised.

Two weeks ago when I went to drop food off with Mandy at the Beaufort Street colony I was given the news by the neighbour that she had moved - not a word to me. Fortunately said neighbour seems to be quite fond of the cats and has agreed to keep feeding them and I have left my number in case there are any emergencies. I am very grateful to Mandy for working so hard to get the colony stabilised, especially now that she is no longer there, and we can only hope that matters will continue as smoothly as before.

Thank you very much to Emma Martin of Furry Funds for the wonderful donation of Lucky Pet which she received and some of which has been passed on to us. Furry Funds is super excited to announce that we managed to get sponsorship of 60kg of cat food for the Grahamstown Feral Cat Project!!! Thank you so much to Lucky Pet for your incredibly generous donation. The feral kitties will be very thankful for their yummy food.

More news from Ros (last month she was busy gentling a male kitty): success with the trapping of Roger! Early one morning I took my cat basket with me on my feeding rounds and Roger ran joyfully up to me, rubbed himself around my legs and I quietly picked him up by the scruff and into the basket. Not very happy at that I must admit but off to the vet we went. Later that afternoon, collected him, quiet growls coming from the basket and great relief when I opened it back in his territory and he shot off with a white lump of cotton wool on his notched ear. Early the next morning he was waiting for me and again wound himself around my legs so no hard feelings at all. So this little colony has two now sterilised but alas I have been unable to trap a pretty little Siamesy coloured girl who I fear is pregnant. I am hoping she will come for food once her kittens are born but at the moment I cannot trap her at all - she stays away and I hardly ever see her.


I feed a very lovely, gentle black kitty called Sooty in the ditch. She is already sterilised (thanks to Lynne and Lorraine) and has the most lovely nature. I wish I could find her a forever home - she is lonely and waits for me every morning, rolls onto her back and enjoys a tummy rub.

If anybody would like to know more about Sooty, please contact Ros to arrange a meet and greet. Her cell number is 082 758 4903. It would be awesome if she could find a home. So many of our "ferals" are so tame and well-socialised with humans, but unfortunately there are just too few homes. I received the pic from Ros this morning, and she apologises for the poor quality, but Sooty was more interested in getting loves than in posing for the camera.



(21 August to 28 September)
(some payments were not reflected at vet between 21 and 31 August)

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

Viv Botha
Colleen Duffy
Jennifer Gon
Jeanne Berger
Sheryl Drennan
Brian Kemp
Ella van Tonder
Anon (please let us know who you are so that we can thank you properly)
Emma Martin for Furry Funds

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


About Us

All donations go to sterilisation 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 cost us R440 and neuters R287,
plus extra for any complications such as pregnancy or undescended testes.

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

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 sterilisation 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 sterilised; 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.


Archived Newsletters

December 2014
January 2015
February 2015
March 2015
April 2015
May 2015
June 2015
July 2015
August 2015


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.


Useful Facebook Pages

Grahamstown Animal Network (GRAN): https://www.facebook.com/groups/GRanimalove/
Grahamstown Missing Pets: https://www.facebook.com/groups/341158359327237/


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