The main threat for the African wildcat is cross-breeding with domestic cats and because of this pure African wildcats are scarce. It has been estimated that in a 12-year lifespan a single female domestic cat could be responsible for as many as 3500 descendants.
Feral domestic cats also compete with wildcats for prey and habitat and can also transmit infectious diseases to them such as FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) and FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus).
GKACI is run solely by volunteers and funded on donations alone.
By using humane food-baited traps we catch, sterilize, vaccinate, treat and release feral cats. In doing this, we hope to reduce the damaging effect the feral cats have on the local African wildcat populations as well as to limit cruelty towards feral cats within the community. In addition to the TNR project we maintain 28 feeding stations scattered across Hoedspruit. Feral kittens are fostered and adopted out to loving families.
Feeding stations must be monitored, and traps set and collected twice a day. Fundraisers are also held regularly and any feral kittens adopted out to loving families.
Every single cat that is trapped gets vaccinated against rabies.
Rabies is a dangerous virus that is fatal in all species, and any warm-blooded animal can become infected; the biggest carriers being cats and dogs.
We have the support of an incredible community, but need help raising money.
DONATIONS GO TOWARD:
Sterilizing, vaccinating and routine treatment and care of feral cats.
Maintenance and purchasing of the well-used and humane cages.
Food, water, bowls, maintenance and purchasing of the stations.
It takes a village to raise a child and it takes a dedicated community to strive for the conservation of species. Working with everyone from those in the town houses to those in informal settlements, we look to educate all members of the community on the importance of working together toward this common goal.