Animal Allies, a registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO 095505), 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.
To date we have a presence in Honeydew Informal Settlement, Eskom Informal Settlement and Katlehong. All treatments and sterilizations are done free of charge in all three informal settlements. We also provide food on a weekly basis to the animals in our care.
January 2018 saw us put a fully equipped mobile clinic on the road. Not only will this allow us to help so many more animals but we’ll be able to do all the treatments and surgeries on the door steps of our patients. This means we’ll be able to expand our services to other provinces. This mobile clinic will further prevent thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens ending up in shelters, being abused and euthanized. When you think that one unsterilized female and male dog and their offspring, over a six-year period are responsible for the births of 67000 dogs and one male and female cat and their offspring are responsible for the births of 420000 cats over that same period its clear why sterilization is essential and the only way we will combat the overpopulation crisis.
To date we have sterilized, vaccinated and dewormed over 11702 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.