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There are some wonderful people in Lonehill who, on a completely volunteer basis, take care of healthy populations of feral cats, bunnies, goats, dogs etc.  They sometimes share their tales with the Lonehill Community on this Lonehill Animal Welfare News website as they depend on the public for support, donations, volunteering and sharing in their good and not so good news sometimes.
If you have any articles and photos about animal welfare to share with the Lonehill Community, you can contact the webmaster to submit such articles and photos by Tuesday at 12:00 noon.  In the LRA newsletter a link is published weekly to this independent website.  Articles can be any length and photos any size.

FERAL CATS, RESCUES AND OTHER 02 MARCH 2021

Featured in our photos this week are: KLAUS a domestic stray who wandered into an office park at the beginning of lockdown last year, never claimed, who is being bitten by mozzies. Having now been ‘out in the wild’ for a while he, actually she, is not so easy to handle. After a few months of appearing regularly at feed time we trapped Klaus and got him to the Vet, no microchip and not a boy but a girl, but the name has stuck. Once opened up the Vet discovered that she had already been spayed so they just treated her for the mozzie bites, notched her ear and she went back to the office park. The feeder has been working with her because we need to catch her again to go back for another injection for the bites tho’ Klaus has been allowing us to apply various mozzie deterrents and meds. but she needs another injection which lasts longer. This week she has let us pick her up for a few seconds with no struggling so the hope is we can pop her into a drop in carrier, as she has become very trap wary, and get her to the Vet.

The 2 kittens, siblings, are domestics, dumped and abandoned, found by a passerby who is now caring for them with the possibility of adopting them. They have ringworm, no doubt why they were dumped, which is now being treated. Being domestics and so young, around 5 weeks of age, they could not fend for themselves and would have died. They are skin and bone but now on the road to recovery with warm beds, good food and love.

Flirty, a feral, is one of the old-timers from Pineslopes where his feeders have been caring for him since a kitten. We have been trying to catch him as he is appears to be sick, however, he has now disappeared. If anyone sights him please contact me.

Then on a lighter note Nutmeg, the Leaping Frog rescue, loves water, watch her video clip.

Kittens up for adoption: We still have the following kittens available featured previously, YumYum, Acona, Melnik and Amelia. Our younger kittens, almost ready to be homed, would not stay still for a second for their photo shoot but hopefully by next week we can feature them.

Adoptions: Approved adoption applications and home-checks apply whether it be for any of the kittens, teenagers or adult cats at the shelter, Friends Of Ferals, or with me.

Our adoption fee of R850 covers 1st vacs and boosters as well as 1st rabies, deworming, deflea, and sterilization when done by one of our nominated Vets.

Donations: I mentioned last week that there had been very few, actually no food donations for 2 weeks, it appears that someone once again has been stealing it. The bin is emptied daily but someone (caught on camera) gets there before we do! However the donations last Thursday and Friday were aplenty and collected by myself promptly, thank you.

Financial Donations to:
J David Cats Galore
Standard Bank
Branch code: 051001
Cheque a/c no. 002982846
Ben. Ref: “CG + cell number”

Proof of payments to either: Judy 083 611 1333 or judy.e.david@gmail.com

Judy
083 611 1333
Judy.e.david@gmail.com

Ben. Ref: “CG + cell number”

FERAL CATS, RESCUES & OTHERS – 23 Feb 2021

Sarah doing well
Beautiful coloured Abby

Aggy: a now 7 month old kitten who was a feral kitten and in foster care was still extremely shy and difficult to handle so not easy to home. When last week an adopter for another kitten visited Aggy’s foster mom to view a tame kitten she fell in love with timid Aggy and with the one on one attention Aggy now quite happily lies in her adopters t-shirt and has been taken to her forever home. See photo on the left.

Updates:

Sarah: see photo on the left. After a few thousand rands she appears to be back to her normal self and her foster dad tells me she even does ‘zoomies’ around the house jumping from one couch to the next and then onto the armrest without limping or showing any signs of pain or discomfort. Thank you all for the donations towards her medical care. She has a new lease on life.

Abby:  The next cat I wish to assist at the shelter and is always overlooked because there is always another emergency on the go or due to lack of funds, is Abby. Abby came to the shelter early 2019 when she gave birth to 6 kittens although she was still only a kitten herself. She and her litter then went into foster care. She was then spayed and once the kittens had been homed she returned to the shelter. From day one back at the shelter she was never 100 per cent being lethargic and withdrawn. I brought her down from the shelter early 2019 and we had bloodwork done from which we could not establish what the problem was but could see there was something amiss and she was treated for various possible ailments.

We now believe that when being spayed 2 years ago part of the ovaries or uterus were not removed. She currently, every few weeks, comes in heat. First step is to redo the bloods and then possibly do surgery to establish if the Vet can find anything left behind that should have been removed previously, this can be major surgery.  However, I cannot do this until I have raised the funds to cover the Vets costs which are already at a discounted rate. 

Abby is a Torbie i.e. her coat is a mix between a Tortie and a Tabby. She was a domestic stray but having been at the shelter now for over 2 years she is very timid but homeable and one of my favourites, now about 2 and a half years old. Any donations towards her care would be greatly appreciated please make the reference “Abby + cell number”. I am personally paying the vet bills incurred for these cats out of my own pocket.

A huge thanks to Eileen of Lonehill Manor Retirement Estate where last year I trapped and had sterilised several of the feral cats and a few weeks ago caught a youngster called Oliver who has now been neutered and vaccinated and found a home in Glenferness. Eileen your donation will go towards Vet bills.

Aggy forever home at last

Kittens up for adoption: The 3 kittens featured 09 February are still wanting their forever homes, Acona (stunning long-haired tortie female), Melnik (loving tabby male) and Amelia (a sweet and gentle female tabby). See 09 February for more details.

Acona, Desert baby
Amelia
Melnik

As a separate write-up (see below and YummYumm’s video clip) we also have in foster care little YummYumm, our pure black male kitten of about 10 weeks of age, who is a survivor, tamed and socialised, his brother, Peanut was homed this morning.  However, don’t forget all the adult and teenage kittens we have at the shelter in Hennopsriver.

Food Donations: Our bin just inside the centre’s Pick’nPay has been empty for more than a week, however, thanks to those who handed in food to Biz X-press in the centre.

Adoptions: Approved adoption applications and home-checks apply whether it be for any of the kittens, teenagers or adult cats at the shelter, Friends of Ferals, or with me.
Our adoption fee of R850 covers 1st vacs and boosters as well as 1st rabies, deworming, deflea, and sterilization when done by one of our nominated Vets.

Financial Donations to:
J David Cats Galore
Standard Bank
Branch code: 051001
Cheque a/c no. 002982846
Ben. Ref: “CG + cell number”

Proof of payments to either: Judy 083 611 1333 or judy.e.david@gmail.com

Judy
083 611 1333
Judy.e.david@gmail.com

RESCUE KITTEN LOOKING FOR FOREVER HOME – 23 Feb 2021

YummYumm’s story

YummYumm (and really you just want to eat him up he’s so adorable) is a pure black medium length haired kitten.

“When I was very tiny, I think a few weeks old, I was neglected, abandoned and alone and my little heart was broken because 2 of my siblings didn’t survive after being found. My brother, Peanut, and I went into foster care but Peanut was homed this morning and now I’m completely alone but I have my foster mom’s cats to play with. I was really scared at first but my foster mom and dad gave me lots of cuddles and care and yummy food which I love and that’s why I was nicknamed YummYumm. My foster parents say I have grown into a healthy, purring kitten. See my video clip”.

YummYumm started off scared but has turned into an attention lover, he also pretends to be a big hunter with his toys.

YummYumm is FIV / FeLV negative and approximately 10 weeks old and in foster care in Parkhurst where he hopes you will visit him. 

Home checks and an adoption fee of R800 apply (which covers vaccinations and sterilisations).

Contact Judy on 083 611 1333 if you would like to adopt this gorgeous boy.

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FERAL CATS, RESCUES & OTHERS – 16 Feb 2021

Mommy Silk and newborns
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Adoptions:
Approved adoption applications and home-checks apply whether it be for any of the kittens, teenagers or adult cats at the shelter, Friends of Ferals, or with me.  Our adoption fee of R850 covers 1st vacs and boosters as well as 1st rabies, deworming, deflea, and sterilization when done by one of our nominated Vets.

Donations: Thanks to those who have popped food into our bin just inside the Lonehill PicknPay or dropped off with Biz X-press, tho’ in the past couple of weeks these have been few and far between.

Having now addressed Sarah’s medical issues, once I have raised more funds, I am now moving on to two other cats needing medical attention and the one will go to Paulshof Vet and the other Palm Gardens Vet.

Updates:
Silk (on the left) who gave birth to 5 beautiful babies some 4 weeks ago, just 3 days after going from the shelter into foster care, has been adopted by the mother of one of our previous adopters and she will be living just around the corner from me once her kittens are about 8 weeks old and ready to be homed. I am so happy when someone can open up their heart and home to one of our adult cats.

Sarah had her dental procedure last Tuesday and thank goodness because once under the anaesthetic the ‘moderate’ periodontal disease requiring dental scaling turned into major dental surgery.
She had 1 canine, 3 premolars and one molar all in the upper right jaw removed, however, the teeth were not the problem but the bone around the teeth was very friable, necrotic and infected. She must have been in pain for a long time and without surgery this would not have been picked up as at the time there seemed no need to do x-rays which we had previously had done on her spine, where we discovered degenerative spondylosis and an arthritic front paw. Sarah, a real lap cat but hater of other felines is now in ‘permanent’ foster care close by where I can keep an eye on her but already the dental surgery has made a great difference to her quality of life.

Shiray, the last of her litter and now 5 months old, has landed with her bum in the butter. Homed 10 days ago with JoJo from a younger litter. See the video clip below on the left.

Opal, a pure black kitten now 6 months old and homed a while ago with his pure white sister, Luna, just loves water. See video clip below.

Kittens up for adoption:
Sahara featured last week has been adopted and has a new home in the Midlands. The other 3 kittens featured last week are still wanting their forever homes, Acona, Melnik and Amelia. Our two other litters of kittens are only, in one case, not yet 2 weeks old and the other only 5 weeks old.
As mentioned last week, most of the above kittens will likely outlive me, so for those of us still wanting the companionship of a cat we have at the shelter many teenagers and adults also looking for forever homes.

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Financial Donations to:
J David Cats Galore
Standard Bank
Branch code: 051001
Cheque a/c no. 002982846
Ben. Ref: “CG + cell number”

Proof of payments to either: Judy 083 611 1333 or judy.e.david@gmail.com

Judy
083 611 1333
Judy.e.david@gmail.com

FERAL CATS, RESCUES & OTHERS – 9 Feb 2021

A further thanks to the person who made the very generous donation to our account with the Lonehill Vet. Although we are still a long way off from meeting the amount to pay for much needed procedures this is a most amazing start.

Updates:
Shiray the last of her litter, her siblings having been homed a few weeks ago, was spayed last Wednesday and best news ever, went to her forever home on Friday last. She has been homed with a younger kitten from a different litter and the 2 are inseparable.

Sarah: I am picking her up this morning to go for her dental. These dentals are so important and if left untreated can be life threatening. We recently took one of our other adult cats, Summer, who was not eating, depressed, lethargic and losing weight rapidly, to have a dental procedure done and it has given her a whole new lease on life. We are hoping for the same with Sarah.

 

Melnik
Sahara

Nutmeg: Our little long haired beauty had her booster vacs last week and was tested for FIV and FeLV and was negative. She has been adopted by her foster mom.

Kittens up for adoption: Hereto photos of 4 of our older kittens awaiting their forever homes. Our two other litters of kittens are only, in one case, not yet a week old and the other only 4 weeks old.

ACONA: About 11 weeks old, as with many Torties, is laid-back, loving, energetic and interactive. She knows exactly what she wants and can be pretty persistent in getting it. She has one green eye and one blue.

MELNIK: Acona’s sibling, a male tabby has a squint which the Vets tell us will correct itself in time. He is very affectionate and demands attention and love. He’s inquisitive and a climber of note.

SAHARA: sister to Melnik jumps, climbs and twists in play. She’s always very busy, bold and daring

AMELIA: A sweet doe-eyed girl, is quiet and gentle and plays the big sister by cuddling with other kittens and grooming him or her. She had no litter mates and is about 13 weeks old.

Most of the above kittens will likely outlive me, so for those of us still wanting the companionship of a cat we have at the shelter many teenagers and adults also looking for forever homes.

Adoptions: Approved adoption applications and home-checks apply whether it be for any of the kittens, teenagers or adult cats at the shelter, Friends of Ferals, or with me.
Our adoption fee of R850 covers 1st vacs and boosters as well as 1st rabies, deworming, deflea, and sterilization when done by one of our nominated Vets.

Financial Donations to:
J David Cats Galore
Standard Bank
Branch code: 051001
Cheque a/c no. 002982846
Ben. Ref: “CG + cell number”

Proof of payments to either: Judy 083 611 1333 or judy.e.david@gmail.com

Judy
083 611 1333
Judy.e.david@gmail.com

Acona, desert baby
Amelia

CAROLE’S CAT CHRONICLES – 9 Feb 2021

Cleo enjoying the warmth
Donations

SUNSHINE

At last we have the sun back. The cats are so happy to feel the warm sun on their fur. Here on the left, I have shown a picture of Cleo enjoying the warmth. Also sunbathing on the picture blow on the right.

DONATIONS

Last week my donation bin was full of donated cat food. On the left and below on the left are some of the items donated. I was thrilled to see so many bags of cat food. Thank you to all of you who donated. Our red bin is located at Vet to Pet in Lonehill shopping centre. If you wish to donate soft food or pellets, please also drop them in the donation bin there.

We also need some towels, so if you have any old towels you want to get rid of, as long as they are clean, please drop them at Vet to Pet.

I think everyone was happy to see and feel the sun which re-appeared on Monday. Trying to feed the cats in the pouring rain is no fun.

VOLUNTEERS

There are a dedicated group of volunteers who help me with the feeding of the cats, to whom I am so grateful. However, this past week two ladies have had to stop helping because of personal circumstances. I am therefore, looking for two extra volunteers to help out once a week for approximately half an hour. I will supply the food. If you would like to help me, please call CAROLE on 082 424 2363.

Carole
caroledike@gmail.com

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Cleo sunbathing

CAROLE’S CAT CHRONICLES – 2 Feb 2021

SPRING CLEANING THE CATS’ IGLOOS – NOTE THE CARPET SCRATCH PAD ON THE SIDE OF THE GREEN IGLOO.

Just before the heavy rains we did a thorough clean out of the inside and outside of the igloos. All are dry inside with a fitted carpet for comfort. All blankets were removed at the end of winter but with this cold weather we are thinking of replacing a few for warmth since all this wet and cold weather.


DONATIONS

The donations have been coming in to our Red donation bin which is wonderful to see. A lady named Linsay donated 2 bags of Ultra cat. And a gentleman named Ryan donated a large bag of Iams. Thank you so much!

VOLUNTEERS

One of our regular volunteers is retiring and I am looking for a new lady to take over her slot. If you can spare 30 minutes once a week about 5 pm to feed three of our very special geriatic 12 year old cats, please let me know. Only a year ago there were 6 of them but age and living outside, through the cold and erratic weather has taken its toll, and, together with Renal failure and other illnesses, we have had to say good bye. It has been very hard to lose them as they were part of the family that were originally all together and interrelated:  sisters, cousins, parents.  I have cared for them for over 12 years and to see just three of them left is very hard. More than ever they need our help, affection and of course, food.  It is a commitment.  If it is your day to feed they will be waiting for you. Hungry for their one meal of the day.. 365 days a year they are fed.  You will see how healthy they look. They all have an igloo to sleep in to protect them from the rain and cold.

Carole Dike
082 424 2363

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FERAL CATS, RESCUES & OTHERS – 2 Feb 2021

Big thanks to Rose Davie for her donation towards my Vet bills.

This week due to lack of time with 2 Vet appointments every day and the rain, tho’ much appreciated and keeping me cool, has delayed many of my outings.

Nutmeg: the kitten abandoned in the Leaping Frog Centre is off to the Vet on Thursday together with 2 other cats. Nutmeg will get her booster vacs, rabies and be tested for FIV/FeLV and hopefully be ready for homing a few days after.

Sarah: Is off to the Vet this morning together with her X-rays for a 2nd opinion having got her back on track with her bad eating habits.

Shiray: the last of her litter still in foster care, her siblings having all been homed, is being spayed on Wednesday.

Astra: another rescued kitten will go for a check-up and hopefully her first vacs also this week.

All 4 of the above are actually going to different Vets.

Many more cats and kittens are being taking regularly from the shelter to our Vet up there.

Due to lack of time and the fact that my camera on my phone has problems I am just showing a few photos below of kittens that are available for adoption – Robyn, Sahara and Jasper.

Adoptions:
Approved adoption applications and home-checks apply whether it be for any of the kittens, teenagers or adult cats at the shelter, Friends of Ferals, or with me.

Our adoption fee of R850 covers 1st vacs and boosters as well as 1st rabies, deworming, deflea, and sterilization when done by one of our nominated Vets.

Financials Donations to:
J David Cats Galore
Standard Bank
Branch code: 051001
Cheque a/c no. 002982846
Ben. Ref: “CG + cell number”Proof of payments to either: Judy 083 611 1333 or judy.e.david@gmail.com

Judy
083 611 1333
Judy.e.david@gmail.com

FERAL CATS, RESCUES & OTHERS – 26 Jan 2021

A plea for vet bills please: These are mounting up on the cats and kittens I have down here in foster care and with which I cannot burden the Friends of Ferals shelter in Hennopsriver as theirs too are ever increasing with our local Vet there. I do not run accounts with the Vets who already give me welfare rates and altho’ these cats are the shelter’s responsibility if there is no money to pay the Vet I pay the Vet out of my own income which being retired soon disappears. Even if it is R100 donation it all adds up, please!

Nutmeg growing by the hour

Nutmeg: the 7 week old kitten abandoned in the Leaping Frog Centre and in my care for past 4 weeks (now 11 weeks old) is still getting 2 baths a week for the ringworm which seems to have cleared up but still 1 week of baths to come. She has had various check-ups followed by her 1st vaccinations and her booster vacs and rabies will be at the end of next week. Her meds alone have cost me R700.

Sarah: still in foster care, is being monitored closely in the hope that we can get her healthy and fit before her next visit to the Vet for a further check-up possibly at the Specialist Hospital to see whether anything can be done on the old break of the ankle and the degenerative spondylosis which were diagnosed after doing x-rays. This again has so far cost me well over R1000.
Then 2 of the shelter’s kittens also in my care but with foster moms were spayed and, well after curfew, decided to pull out their stitches which meant me dashing around to the 24 hour vets to get the smallest of buster collars (cones) which were still too large so another plan had to be made which involved someone taking shifts to stay up all night.

 

Shiray: Watch the video below, she is still awaiting her forever home. She is still in foster care, her siblings having all been homed weeks ago and she would have been my kitten of choice. Such personality, can play on her own or with the resident cats of all ages and loves cuddles from her human foster parents.

Sarah in foster care
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Food Donations: Our bin just inside the Lonehill Pick’nPay has had little or nothing in there for the past week or so but to those that did donate, thank you. A huge thanks to Linda for the donation of food you left with Biz X-Press and condolences to you at the loss of your darling kitty. May she fly free with the butterflies. Also thanks to Melanie for the regular donation also left with Biz X-Press.

Adoptions: Approved adoption applications and home-checks apply whether it be for any of the kittens, teenagers or adult cats at the shelter, Friends of Ferals, or with me.
Our adoption fee of R850 covers 1st vacs and boosters as well as 1st rabies, deworming, deflea, and sterilization when done by one of our nominated Vets.

Financials Donations to:
J David Cats Galore
Standard Bank
Branch code: 051001
Cheque a/c no. 002982846
Ben. Ref: “CG + cell number”

Proof of payments to either: Judy 083 611 1333 or judy.e.david@gmail.com

Judy
083 611 1333
Judy.e.david@gmail.com

CAROLE’S CAT CHRONICLES – 19 Jan 2021

CHRISTMAS 2020 RUSHED UP ON US AND I DID NOT HAVE A CHANCE TO WRITE A  CHRISTMAS WISH TO EVERYONE, NOR THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR KIND DONATIONS!!
 
One of my volunteers had a birthday that month and asked that people brought her cat food rather than presents.  We were overwhelmed with cat pellets and thank you to all of you who donated.  Such a kind gesture.  Together with the regular donations we certainly had plenty cat pellets and a few tins and a large box of pouches from Lee Klette.   
 
Also, a last minute donation received early January, a large bag of Iams. Thank you so much to the lady who left her name but I didn’t get it, to thank you personally.
 
THANK YOU ALL.
 
 
Donations received end of December
Donation received early January
Nutmeg

Staying in December whilst I was feeding  at the Leaping Frog, a delivery man from Nandos stopped me to ask if I knew about the small kitten down by Nandos take-away that seemed lost and was hungry.  He said he had been been feeding it (with Nandos chicken).  Not Peri Peri!!!

I drove down the road to the entrance of the drive-in and looked towards the wall of the exit where the cars come out.  There was quite a bit of trash there and a ginger kitten trying to find food in the packages.  It was very nervous.  I talked to it soothingly and brought some proper cat soft food from my car which the poor little thing devoured.  I put a water bowl down as well and she drank thirstily.

Most of the time she was just nervous.  No hissing or spitting like feral cats do.  After she had finished eating she gave two or three quiet little meows.  I got a carry cage from my car but couldn’t get to her to catch her.  She was up on a ridge. I decided to come back the following day and try again. 

In the meantime I had told Judy.  The next day I went about the same time 4pm but there was no sight of her.  I waited and hoped it would appear.  But nothing and then there was a storm brewing. I gave Judy directions as to where to find her and she said she would pass by later. 

Amazingly I received a call from Judy later to say she had seen her in a storage  place next to Nandos taking shelter.  She came to Judy as if she wanted to be rescued rubbing her face against Judy’s hand. Within minutes she was safe in a carry cage with Judy.  The rest of the story I shall leave to Judy as she has been caring for this abandoned kitty since.  She is apparently so tame and just loves love.  Who could have left her like this to fend for herself.  She is only a baby..  more pictures below of, now named, Nutmeg. Also read Judy’s article following this one.

Carole Dike
0824242363