News From The Gambia


FAREWELL TO PETER MILLER, CO-FOUNDER OF GAMBICATS, WHO DIED ON MARCH 22 2018

Peter and Frances started Gambicats in 1998 after taking some holidays in The Gambia.They were responding to the plight of the hotel cats and decided to see what could be done to help neuter and care for them. They raised some funds and held the first neutering clinic in May 1998 where cats from Kombo Beach and Fajara hotels were caught, neutered and eartipped, and returned to site. The following year Gambicats became a registered charity and the work has continued and grown with a staff of three Gambians now looking after the hotel cats. Annual clinics to neuter cats and dogs started in 2000 and have continued each year.

Peter worked hard to establish and support Gambicats and his sense of humour and generosity will be sorely missed by all who knew him and especially by Dodou, Alajie, Momodou and Frances.

Gambicats team

Packing some of the equipment to be sent out

Gambicats team

Taking equipment to Kombo Hotel for 1st clinic

Gambicats team

Looking after a dog recovering at Abuko clinic

Gambicats team

Group photo after the second Banjul clinic

Gambicats team

Peter & Frances with Dodou during his UK visit

Gambicats team

Peter & Dodou at the Kombo Cat Cafe

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR DUTCH SUPPORTERS AT DIERENKLINIEK DE PERZIGAARD SPIJKENISSE!

Gambicats is very lucky to have such good friends in Spijkenisse. Rob discovered Gambicats and Dodou while on holiday in The Gambia with Yvonne and donated a large amount of veterinary items. By 2008 they were volunteering at the neutering clinic at Abuko. Niels joined them in 2009 for another clinic and since then they have worked on 7 more clinics. The Perzigaard vet practice has supported Gambicats in various ways - and we are very grateful for the donation of 420 euros donated to Frances and Dodou at the Gunjur clinic in February 2018.

We are also very grateful to Fred van Daalen for donating an autoclave, much needed since the last one blew up in 2017!

Gambicats team

Rob and Niels assess 2 puppies

Gambicats team

Rob and Yvonne

Gambicats team

Niels with vet Toye

Gambicats team

Niels and Yvonne sorting instruments

Gambicats team

Niels, Rob & Yvonne with team

THIRD GUNJUR NEUTERING CLINIC February 2018

Once again we returned to Gunjur and had a very successful clinic neutering 123 animals in 11 days. Of these 70 were dogs brought in by owners and 53 were cats mainly trapped in compounds and on the beach around the fish market. The dogs were given rabies vaccinations and microchipped. Dogs and cats were treated for fleas and worms. Around 20 dogs already neutered were brought in for rabies vaccinations.

The Gambicats team consisted of vets Rob and Niels, nurse Yvonne, Gambicats staff Dodou, Alajie and Momodou, volunteers Sue and trustee Frances. We also welcomed vet Beth for 2 days on loan from Gambia Horse & Donkey Trust; and Dr O. Ceesay (Gambicats consultant vet), Dr K. Bojang (District Livestock Inspector), Dr K. Daffeh (Advocates for Animals) and vet Dr A Toye.

For the first time we welcomed 5 students each morning from the Advocates for Animals course at Brikama College who watched some of the operations and the use of cat traps and dog restraints. The students are carrying out sensitisation programmes promoting animal welfare to various sectors of society.

Gambicats team

Gambicats team

Puppies to neuter

Puppies to neuter

Owner & her dog

Owner & her dog

Time to snip!

Time to snip!

Pre-med given

Pre-med given

Beth & puppy

Beth & puppy

Rob & students

Rob & students

Niels & students

Niels & students

Kitten to catch

Kitten to catch

Cat delivery!

Cat delivery!

Gambian lunch

Gambian lunch

Kittens' lunch

Kittens' lunch

Trapping on beach

Trapping on beach

Anxious owners

Anxious owners

Pups recover

Pups recover

Kitten sleeps

Kitten sleeps

Waiting my turn

Waiting my turn

Poorly kitten

Poorly kitten

Cat goes home

Cat goes home

VISITORS

Dodou and Karamo Bojang, District Livestock Inspector

Dodou and Karamo Bojang, District Livestock Inspector

Drs Ousman Ceesay & Beth Mackenzie, with Rob (in his Gambian scrubs) and Dodou

Drs Ousman Ceesay & Beth Mackenzie, with Rob (in his Gambian scrubs) and Dodou

Dr Kebba Daffeh with Yvonne, Rob and Momodou

Dr Kebba Daffeh with Yvonne, Rob and Momodou

Beth and Dr Toye

Beth and Dr Toye

ADVOCATES FOR ANIMALS