Animal Allies, a registered Non Profit Organisation, was started in January 2010. Armed with traps, nets and little experience we embarked on our first feral cat capture.
Our goal was to trap, neuter and release (TNR) as well as vaccinate, feral cats around Gauteng, thus preventing the spread of certain diseases as well as overpopulation.
While we focused on feral cats people approached us on a daily basis to help with sterilisation's and veterinary care in poorer communities. Thousands of animals live in and amongst the poorest community settlements and have limited or no access to veterinary services. The result is untold suffering. This led us to our first sterilisation campaign in September 2011, where we dewormed, vaccinated and sterilised close to 600 dogs and cats free of charge.
There are so many abused, abandoned and suffering animals that desperately need help. We have realised that the only way to end this is through education and sterilization. By focusing on these we are hoping to decrease the amount of suffering, unwanted animals and subsequently reduce the euthanasia rate.
Each animal that is saved from brutality, neglect and starvation is a victory for us in our objective of preventing cruelty to animals.
We have recently embarked on another sterilization and education campaign in Honeydew Squatter Camp. What started off very slowly, through trust and education has suddenly gained momentum and we are sterilizing, vaccinating and deworming up to 20 animals per week. Every animal treated from this area receives a food parcel and the children are rewarded with a sweet pack. Included in the pack is an educational leaflet explaining the basic care of their animals.
To date we have sterilized, vaccinated and dewormed over 4500 dogs and cats that won't be contributing to the overpopulation crisis. Every animal guardian has been educated and now knows that help is just a phone call away.