Mama Cat Trust is a North London based animal rescue working with all animals but mainly cats and foxes. We promote responsible and humane treatment of all animals.
The work with foxes has increased hugely over the last few years to meet the demand with so many urgently needing help . The main issue for foxes is mange which is extremely prevalent now in London and severely debilitating. It causes them a great deal of misery and suffering resulting in death if they are not treated for it. The link below gives advice on how you can help foxes with mange.
Sarcoptic mange in foxes
Comprehensive details about mange courtesy of the Fox Project.
Cat sterilisation programmes in Spain
Mama Cat Trust is based in the U.K. but as well as rescuing animals daily here, also carries out some of its work with feral and street cats in the Cambrils area of Spain. This involves the implementation of neutering programmes focusing on feral and stray cats.
Trap Neuter Return
Unspayed feral/stray female cats spend the majority of their lives hungry and pregnant or nursing yet more unwanted kittens. Unneutered tomcats roam to find, and fight to win mates, often suffering potentially life threatening wounds in the process. Most kittens born in feral colonies do not survive their first year. This is a miserable life where it is a struggle to survive without veterinary treatment.
The solution is the trap, neuter and return method where cats are caught in a specialised and harmless trap. They are then given a health check, neutered and treated for any other problems. They are then returned to their familiar environment where they can live a longer happier, healthier, and less anti-social life. If the area has become unsafe, for example in cruelty or poisoning cases, an alternative habitat is sought. Where possible, loving homes are found for kittens and tame cats but there are always more kittens and cats than there are homes.
After sterilisation each cat is given an internationally recognised ‘ear tip’ which is a simple and completely painless procedure carried out under anaesthetic where the tip of the ear is removed. The type of ear tip does vary in different countries, sometimes a notch is removed from the side of the ear. An eartip identifies the cat as neutered and prevents further retrapping and an unnecessary operation.
We urgently need to raise funds in order to carry on with our work. I know a lot of people raise money by being sponsored to run marathons for some of the big charities and I wondered if any kind (and energetic!) soul would consider running for Mama Cat instead? We need to raise £5000 just to become a registered charity.