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Uplifting the lives of Feral Cats

Sterilisation is key to alleviating suffering

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Far from leading idyllic, free-ranging lives, feral cats are far too often the victims of illness, accident or injury, and starvation. Without intervention, most feral 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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Join us in reducing feral cat populations to enhance the lives of feral cat colonies.

Feral 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 feral cats. Once returned to their colony they are provided with food.

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

TEARS feeds about 500 feral cats across Cape Town.


Feral cats supported


Sterilizations per year


Vaccines per year

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

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Feral Cat Successes

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