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It is hard to believe that the same graceful creatures who were once revered in Ancient Egypt are now often discarded like rubbish in derelict areas across the globe. They have gone from royalty to poverty, from being dressed in jewels and even mummified upon their deaths to living with mange and ticks before dying alone on the streets. Fortunately, thanks to kind-hearted animal lovers like you, some cats are extremely well cared for. Humans value them for their independence, devoted companionship, intelligence, and natural ability to hunt vermin and other household pests. Even so, the fact that there are 100 million cats who are not so lucky is a crisis.

Cats breed as early as five months old, with high fertility rates allowing them to bear several kittens at a time. The animals can also birth up to five litters every year. While a cat’s life expectancy is dependent on a multitude of factors, their average lifespan ranges between 12 and 14 years.

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If not effectively managed, the population of street cats grows rapidly, and more and more will be born into lives of suffering. Street felines live in close proximity to each other, prompting the transmission of contagious diseases, parasites, and bacterial and viral infections such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). By providing critically needed food, financing vaccinations and running effective trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs, we give street cats a chance to survive and have some semblance of a decent life.

This is a temporary solution for the ongoing issue of cats in crisis. Through public awareness campaigns, it is our hope that pet owners will think twice before resorting to dumping their precious animals and that more individuals will become inspired by the mantra "adopt, don’t shop” when they come to consider a pet.

NFA works to help street cats around the world. We support projects in Greece, Italy, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Mauritius, Morocco and Zimbabwe.


Network for Animals runs a long-term trap-neuter-return (TNR) program and provides food for the street cats on the islands of Ithaca and Kefalonia. Credit:NFA/Lisa-Mari Spence

Greece 🇬🇷

Cats of Ithaca and Kefalonia (CIAK)

In summer, life is easy for Greek street cats because tourists and restaurant owners feed them. Winter is always a much sadder story, as street cats see their food supplies vanish along with the tourists. The situation on the Greek islands is particularly severe because very few people spend winters there. Network for Animals funds spay and neuter programs and provides food for street cats on the islands of Kefalonia and Ithaca.


Network for Animals funds the feeding and care of street cats in Paciano, Italy.

Italy 🇮🇹

In Paciano, Italy, we provide funding for the care and feeding of street cats.


Together with a skilled team of local veterinarians, NFA conducts regular trap-neuter-release (TNR) programs. Credit: NFA/Daniel Snyders

Kenya 🇰🇪

In Lamu East, Kenya, countless unwanted cats and kittens lead miserable lives of hunger, neglect and pain on the streets. With not a single shelter or veterinary clinic and no government help, street cats are left to breed unchecked, resulting in a deadly population boom and immense suffering for the animals. Together with a skilled team of local veterinarians, NFA conducts regular trap-neuter-release (TNR) programs to end the tragic cycle of birth, disease and death for Lamu East’s street cat population.


A sick kitten rescued by the Second Chance Animal Rescue (SCAR) organization which Network for Animals supports.

Mauritius 🇲🇺

In Mauritius, we financed the creation of a no-kill animal shelter for Second Chance Animal Rescue (SCAR). Caring for some 100 unwanted cats and dogs in foster homes in late 2024.

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Network for Animals team member Debby Querido visiting our partner, Protect Xai-Xai’s Furry Friends, in the coastal village of Xai-Xai, Mozambique.

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Protect Xai-Xai’s Furry Friends (PXXFF) in Xai-Xai

Network for Animals supports a mobile cat and dog sterilization clinic in the rural area of Xai-Xai in Mozambique. This sterilization program has curbed the birth of unwanted animals and improved the overall health of the region’s animals.

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Morocco 🇲🇦

In Morocco, street cats are breeding at an uncontrollable rate. Local communities often turn a blind eye to their suffering, and with each new kitten born, another helpless animal is condemned to a life of disease and suffering. And with a single unspayed cat producing up to five litters each year, there is an uncontrolled and explosive growth of cats fighting for survival on Morocco’s streets.

The only way to prevent long-term suffering is through sterilization. Together with our partner, Kawthar Cats, we embarked on a mass sterilization project, preventing even more kittens from being born into a life of misery.


A kitten with a severe firecracker injury is treated and cared for at Roatan Rescue, a shelter supported by Network for Animals in Honduras.

South Africa 🇿🇦

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In the impoverished farming town of Calvinia in South Africa, hundreds of dogs and cats are suffering the effects of a devastating, years-long drought. The drought has destroyed this Northern Cape farming community, leaving both people and animals starving.

We work with partners on the ground to sterilize the animals of Calvinia’s Blikkiesdorp township while providing critically needed veterinary care, treatment and food to the hundreds of dogs and cats who call the area home. Since our work began there in 2021, we have helped bring hundreds of animals back from the brink of death, conducted several mass sterilization drives, and delivered literal tons of pet food. We continue to work closely with the community to help keep their animals healthy and fed.


A Cat Trapping and Sterilization Network (CTSN) team member assists in the trapping of a feral cat for sterilization and treatment in Cape Town, a program supported by Network for Animals.

Cat Trapping and Sterilization Network (CTSN)

In Cape Town, South Africa, we support the work of CTSN which cares for feral cats in industrial areas.


Network for Animals team member with TEARS Animal Rescue during community outreach in Cape Town.

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Network for Animals supports the TEARS (The Emma Animal Rescue Society) Cattery in Cape Town, South Africa, which cares for some 150 cats at its shelter, by providing funding for much-needed food, vital search and rescue missions and veterinary care. All the cats in TEARS’ care have been previously abandoned, abused or neglected, often rescued from the city’s poverty-stricken township areas.

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Network for Animals supports the Friend Animal Foundation (FAF) in Zimbabwe. Pictured above, Network for Animals team member Debby Querido visits the FAF cattery in Harare, Zimbabwe.

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The dire economic situation in Zimbabwe has left countless animals sick, starving, homeless and dreadfully neglected. We support several partners there, including the Friend Animal Foundation (FAF), which cares for around 145 unwanted cats. We took responsibility for FAF when it faced closure and are now financing care for all its animals while working towards the day when FAF will be self-supporting.

We also support feeding, sterilization and treatment programs in Harare and Bulawayo to improve the lives of the cities’ street cat populations.


Our support has helped cover life-saving veterinary care, treatment and rehabilitation for a number of their cats, including Sheba. Credit: NFA/Taryn Slabbert

The founder of our long-term partner, the Matabeleland Animal Rescue and Equine Center (MARES) in Bulawayo, established the MARES Community Cat Sanctuary (MCC) in 2023. MCC is the only animal shelter in Bulawayo that actually cares for cats and kittens; the local animal shelter usually euthanizes them as soon as they are brought in.

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