Uplifting the lives of Community Cats

Sterilisation is key to alleviating suffering

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Far from leading idyllic, free-ranging lives, community cats are far too often the victims of illness, accident or injury, and starvation. Without intervention, most community cats lead short and miserable lives.

A female, as young as six-months, can have three litters a year, which increases the colony and extenuates a cycle of continual reproduction and ultimately suffering. These young females experience high levels of stress while nursing, and without human intervention as many as half of the litter won’t survive.

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Community cats are trapped and brought to the TEARS hospital to be sterilised, vaccinated for rabies, and treated for parasites (worms, fleas and ticks). They are then, as quickly as possible, returned to the colony they came from, or if they need can’t go back, we integrate them into an existing colony in a stable environment.

TEARS volunteers and staff work late at night to trap community cats. Once returned to their colony they are provided with food.

Approximately 250 cats are sterilised a month at TEARS from community colonies across Cape Town.

TEARS feeds about 500 community cats across Cape Town.


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Sterilisation and vaccination is key to reducing overpopulation and uplifting the lives of community cats.  

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Community Cat Successes

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Our Skye’s the Limit!

Beautiful Skye is a man for all seasons. At the Cattery, he was resident in our feral cat section. To begin with, he seemed to fit the description of ‘feral’ as he kept to himself and shied away from people. Rob came to TEARS Animal Rescue in 2020 with the intention of adopting Skye. He…

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Partnering with the Marchig Animal Welfare Trust

TEARS Animal Rescue is one of the leading organisations in the sterilisation and management of Feral Cats in the Western Cape, and our Feral Cat Project aims to reduce feral cat populations and enhance the lives of feral cat colonies through a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programme. TNR represents an effective solution for feral cats by stabilising…

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What is a Community Cat?

Community cats is a term used to describe outdoor, unowned, free-roaming cats, who can be feral (wild), shy or friendly. Community cats face many challenges: They must endure weather extremes such as cold, heat, wind and rain Community cats face starvation, infection and attacks by other animals Unfortunately, almost half of the kittens born outdoors…

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Feral Cats: Trap-Neuter-Release

For the last 10 years, TEARS Animal Rescue has supported the feral cats in the Western Cape with a clinic that sterilises on the basis of TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return).   Stray or feral cats are humanely trapped and taken to the TEARS Clinic to be sterilised and vaccinated against Rabies.  After recovery, they are then released back to…

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The Relationship Between Feral Cats and Horses

Recently, the TEARS Feral Cat Project relocated 13 feral cats from the Cape Nature Reserve near Witsands to a horse stable in the Noordhoek area.  We are blessed to have avid Horse-Cat rescuer Erin Le Roux from Whispering Woods who has always allowed us to bring unadoptable ferals to live the rest of lives in the horse…

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Life of Community Cats

Letting go is important when fostering kittens or puppies – it’s so easy to get attached very quickly. I am proud to have, for years, been part of a very special group of volunteers who work on the TEARS Community Cat Project that manages to trap, sterilise, feed and treat so many thousands of feral…

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