The Lowveld Feral Cat Project:
The Nelspruit SPCA took over the services offered by the Lowveld Feral Cat project recently. We are a caring bunch of Volunteers that share in the idea of giving back. We all are very passionate about the Feral Cats in and around the Lowveld. With many of us having more than two cats of our own, we are possibly a bunch of crazy cat ladies and men all trying to make a difference. We completely rely on Food Donations and Financial Donations.
The Lowveld Feral Cat Project seek Volunteers to help Trap and neuter as well as help with Feeding Stations and to help with food or money. We work with various Vet and Animal Hospitals around Mpumalanga in the efforts to help control the Feral Cat colonies. Our initiative, to control any size of Feral Cat population by use of the Trap, Neuter and Return System and to Feed and sustain a healthy stable but caring existence between Humans and Feral Cats.
Vaccinations are very important to ensure no disease is spread as this could be an epidemic all on its own.
Having The Feral Cat Colonies really is a great help for places that have pest and rodent problems, and with a relatively sized colony 15-20 Feral Cats one will notice quite a difference regarding this matter!
We have put this web site together to ensure we educate people and to help people with a Feral Cat problem. We want to ensure that the general public is able to shout out for assistance knowing that someone is here to help. We would also like to make sure that the public realizes how important it is to have you Cat Neutered and Vaccinated. The populations we are in control of currently started because people didn’t have their cats neutered and lead to where we are now. We encourage the public to assist in the project to take responsibility of the careless action of others, that has lead us to raising Funds and Neutering.
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The SPCA Nelspruit Feral Cat Project Policy
Policy Adopted by SPCA Nelspruit Managing Committee at the Committtee meeting held at SPCA Nelspruit, 6 Meidlinger Str, Nelspruit on 2019/08/08
Date policy was last updated: 2019/07/29
SPCA NELSPRUIT FERAL CAT PROJECT POLICY
NSPCA Ruling on Cat Traps
”It is imperative that every SPCA upholds the law. The Animals Protection Act Section 2.1 (k) states that it is an offence if “having laid any such trap (for the purpose of capturing an animal), fails either himself or through some competent person to inspect and clear such trap or device at least once each day.” When hiring out cat traps, the onus is on the SPCA to ensure that the Animals Protection Act No 71 of 1962 is not contravened. The National Council of SPCA’s therefore advocates that any traps hired out have a lease period of a calendar day (24 hours) maximum, or preferably an overnight lease. Please ensure that your Society is fully compliant and that any contracts or agreements with regard to leasing traps are amended accordingly. [Circular 154/2014 dated 29 July 2014]”
The SPCA Nelspruit Feral Cat Project (Formerly known as the Lowveld Feral Cat Project) will henceforth be a membership based project.
To be able to benefit from the services and equipment of the SPCA Nelspruit Feral Cat Project you would need to become a member of the Nelspruit SPCA at a cost of R150,00 annually as well as becoming a member of the SPCA Nelspruit Feral Cat Project at a cost of R150,00 annually. Should you choose to not become a member of the SPCA Nelspruit Feral Cat Project (The SPCA Nelspruit Membership is non-negotiable), you can hire the trap at an escalated price of R100,00 per day and the refundable deposit will increase to R1000,00.
Membership will entitle you to:
Feral Cat Colony spayed/neutered at a cost of R650,00 per cat.
Cat Trap Rental at R50,00 per day. (Refundable deposit payable of R500,00. If the Cat Trap is not returned every 24 hours you will loose your deposit.)
Cat Trap Rental at R100,00 per day. (Refundable deposit payable of R1000,00. If the Cat Trap is not returned every 24 hours you will forfeit your deposit.)
The Cat Trap
Should the trap be damaged, lost/stolen or broken while in your care, you will forfeit your deposit and you will be invoiced an additional R500,00. Even minor breakages/damage will be considered broken.
Cat Trap Usage Do’s
- All Cat Traps must be returned to the SPCA Nelspruit every 24 hours, regardless if any cats are trapped.
- The Cat Trap must be covered with a blanket.
- The Cat Trap must be monitored regularly throughout the day/night.
- If you are unsure how the Cat Trap works, training will be provided from the SPCA Nelspruit
- Only leave a set/armed trap out when you are home (or place where you set it) and able to monitor it continually. If you need to leave, disarm the trap and leave it in place.
- If you captured wild animal, release it immediately. It is illegal to catch wild animals without a permit.
- If you captured the incorrect cat, release it immediately or contact the SPCA for advice.
- The trap may only be used to trap FERAL If a tamed cat is brought to the SPCA due to a neighbourly dispute, the deposit will be forfeited, and the SPCA will advise the owner on the legal steps they can take.
- The trapped feral cat must be taken to the SPCA as soon as possible as unnecessary confinement is a contravention of the Animals Protection Act.
- A dark, quiet and safe place must be chosen for the trap.
- To bait the trap, put a few spoonful’s of cat food in the toe of a stocking and tie it to the trigger bar. Sprinkle small amounts of the cat food around the area to attract the cat, but not too much because you want the cat to feed inside the trap.
- All trapped cats MUST be taken to the SPCA.
Cat Trap Usage Don’ts
- Do not tilt the trap.
- Do not open the trap to give the cat water.
- Do not stick anything into the trap to poke the cat.
- Do not allow dogs to sniff the trap with the cat inside.
- Do not leave the trap uncovered, (even when transporting the trap/trapped cat).
- Do not leave the trap uncovered in bad weather.
- Do not allow children near the trap.
- Do not bring the trapped cat into your home, as it might carry all kinds of illnesses that could infect your dogs and cats.
Prior to Hiring a Cat trap
- Assess the affected area. Identify the best area to set the trap. Should you not have the knowledge to assess the affected area, a trained SPCA Field Officer/SPCA Inspector will assess the area for you when they are not attending to emergencies.
- Assess the colony. Keep record of the number of cats and any possible illnesses, eye infections and injuries.
- Set up a feeding station in the area where you want to set the cat trap. Provide fresh food daily, preferably in the late afternoon. Try to do it at the same time daily until you see they are used to the feeding time.
- It is never a good idea to remove the full colony from your area. Try to keep a small colony of no more than 5 sterilised and vaccinated cats to keep rodent populations down, to keep other feral cats at bay and to keep snakes away. By removing all the cats you create a void for other Feral Cats to move in.
Feral Cats in General
- Cats usually come into an area due to an easily accessible food source e.g. canteen, kitchen, unsealed dustbins, people feeding them.
- Exclusion is the first step by controlling where and how they are fed, as this will make trapping and monitoring them much easier.
- Setting up a feeding station makes them used to getting food from a specific place at a set time and makes trapping much easier.
- As a member of the SPCA Nelspruit Feral Cat Project you qualify for a reduced fee when sterilizing your feral colony.
Items you will need to trap cats
- Clean old sheet or blanket
- Approximately 20cm of the foot of an old pair of stockings or pantyhose.
- Cat Food
When hiring a Cat Trap you will be supplied with the following
- A copy of the NSPCA Operations Manual Feral Cat Section. (Section 4-10 : Page 1 through 4)
- A copy of the NSPCA Operations Manual Feral Cat Section Instruction Sheet. (Section 4-10 : Page 7)
- A copy of the Cat Trap Hire Form that was completed and signed by yourself. (Section 4-10 : Page 6)
- A copy of the SPCA CAT TRAP CONTROL SHEET with the Trap Check list, completed and updated by a SPCA Authorised person. (Section 4-10 : Page 5)
- A copy of the SPCA Nelspruit Feral Cat Project Policy. (This Document)
Please Make a Donation Today!
We would like to thank you for landing on our Donations Page that offers three ways to help! Please feel Free to look over all three.
Here we have Account Numbers that you can Donate to. You will be able to just copy and paste using this text and numbers provided.
Please choose which Project you would like to Donate Towards and use the Ref provided:
Nedbank – Current Account
Acc no: 1522015361
Branch Code: 152205
Ref: Feral Cat Project
Sterilisations & Vaccinations:
WESTACRES ANIMAL HOSPITAL,
Acc no: 1589339096
Ref: Feral Cat Project