About Us
Our Story

Initially we were a foster home for about 40 cats, but the course was really set when we had to, as a matter of urgency, take in 50 plus cats. We refused to be onlookers. The calls started flooding in for assistance with ill, abandoned and stray cats. We knew we had to be part of the solution and decided to form an organisation in 2016 in order to be able to continue and to raise the necessary funding for ensuring the optimal well-being and care of each one of the now 150 cats under our wings. We fully understand just how big this responsibility is… and we take it very seriously.

What we do

With the little and scarce resources that we have, we strive to be that soft landing for any cat that enters our shelter. Based in Melkbosstrand, we care and provide for them in a shelter that is incorporated into a home environment. Each and every of our cats, kitten, golden oldies, special needs, three legs or one-eyed … they are our beloved cats. Our adoption criteria are very strict and if a suitable home for the specific cat is not found, their home is with us for life.

We also offer a spacious Wendy house with patio for new arrivals that are still in the process of being socialised and integrated with others. The property has pet proof electric fencing to ensure our cats cannot roam outside our boundary walls.
All our cats sleep on electric blankets throughout and the oldies and young ones with Mirinda and her husband Pieter.

We have had 80 adoptions in the last two and a half years. We regard an approved home as our last act of kindness to our precious cats. A suitable home to fit their needs and where they will be safe and treasured. We have the following procedure with adoptions: an adoption application questionnaire, a thorough home inspection and if approved we enter into an adoption agreement.

Emergency callouts and rescues of abandoned cats

We very often receive calls where cat’s lives are in danger. Our volunteers will not hesitate to jump into action, rain or storm at any time of the night or day to, intervene. One example is when we received a phone call during a storm in Cape Town, from a lady in Bothasig begging for assistance as no one else was prepared to assist. She informed us a stray cat was trapped in their ceiling after some building alterations. This cat had apparently been in their area for years and used to live on the roofs around the area. That same evening, we trapped the cat after lifting the trap through the roof trap door. We took her to the vet and they estimate her to be about 12 years old. This special lost soul now has a forever home with us. She still does not trust the human hand, but we are patient and have time… her name is Maggie. We have quite a number of ‘Maggies’ with us.

It is alarming the amount of calls we receive from the public about abandoned cats.

Our challenges

As with most animal welfare organisations we have constant challenges. This is especially with regard to cat food, litter and veterinary costs. We work hard to raise funds through craft markets, raffles, sponsorships for each cat and online auctions. As with most animal welfare organisations we have constant challenges. This is especially with regard to cat food, litter and veterinary costs. We work hard to raise funds through craft markets, raffles, sponsorships for each cat and online auctions. This contributes to cover a fraction of our expenses. An estimated 70% comes from the pockets of our volunteers.

Get in touch with us

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Mirinda De Jonge

+27 78 905 3134

Melkbosstrand