I have been thinking very seriously about the cat/dog overpopulation problem here in Nairobi. I have purchased four cat traps that are available for loan to your school, church, mosque, office or apartment building if you are overrun with cats. I have managed to negotiate a half price feral spay/neuter rate with a few vets that include a rabies vaccination, deworming and ear notching so the cats can be identified as part of a vaccinated, neutered feral colony.
KSPCA will do the same for a donation or very low fee but it’s difficult to schedule and arrange transport if you are far from Langata. I am currently trying to fundraise for those that can’t afford to spay/neuter. I also need a few more cat traps for large colonies and I also want to purchase a few dog traps. I have my eyes on a few male dogs that stay near schools, dukas, roadside lunch and stands that are being cared for to a degree. These dogs would be better guard dogs for the business if they hung around instead of went off in search of hot bitches. They would also be less likely to be injured in a dogfight or hit by a car straying far from their area in search of the ladies.
In order to proceed I need funds. I do not intend to compete with KSPCA in any way, I have had many conversations with the Director and she agrees that they cannot do all the trapping, spaying and neutering that needs to be done. I think KSPCA does a great job considering they get no funds from the government; it’s all donations and they are always underfunded and understaffed and they don’t only deal with cats and dogs. They also get involved with donkeys, humane slaughter in the abattoirs, horses, injured or mistreated farm animals and even animals tied up in court cases or sorting out animals of people involved in crimes and deportation (who remembers the Artur Brothers? Their Boerboels were held by KPSCA and shipped on to family members after their deportation).
I have the traps and intend to put them to use as well as purchase more and to be able to have funds on hand for spay/neuter. The link below is from the US on trapping, handling and maintaining a feral colony. It may be more than required for Kenya, but it contains good info for people wanting to trap and maintain a colony. The cats MUST be put back in the place where they were trapped after they are neutered and vaccinated. If you drop the cats at KSPCA, move them elsewhere or euthanize them, other feral cats will just move in.
The cats that you know (vaccinated against rabies) are best kept in place. If you do get a new cat moving in you will know it as the vets take off a bit of the cats ear tip so that you can see at a distance the cat cannot reproduce and has had a rabies vaccination. (New cats can move into very large areas where colonies of cats can remain separate on a large plot or campus) then you need to trap the new cats or you will again have an increase in the cat population!
Please contact me (contacts are given at the end of this article) if you need to borrow the cat traps. If you are able to contribute, please use this link for my fundraiser on MChanga. You can contribute by Mpesa and seems to be working pretty well, we just need more funds to continue to trap, neuter and reduce rabies.
Many thanks to anyone that helps animals in any way, whether informally or with an organization. If everyone could help just a little in some way, it will go a long way to improving the lives of animals.
Amy is a Companion Dog Trainer who provides education about dogs and
their welfare to residents of Kenya. AmyLRapp@aol.com. +254 733 255 406
Check out her website here (CustomMadeK9.co.ke)