Helping Cats & Dogs in The Gambia
GambiCats started its work in The Gambia, West Africa in 1998. During a holiday we were very aware of the poor condition of many of the stray cats and dogs around the hotels and on the beaches. With the help of two hotel managers a 2 week neutering clinic was organised in May 1998 with a team of vets from the UK. This was so successful that several other hotels wanted us to help with their cats & dogs and we decided to set up GambiCats and register it as a charity in the UK.
We were very lucky to find the ideal local Administrator in Dodou Bojang and he started work immediately, monitoring the cats & dogs, trapping and getting them neutered & returning to site. We were also fortunate to get help from local vet Dr Ousman Ceesay who has been GambiCats' dedicated vet ever since. Good contacts were also made with the Department of Livestock Services and the Gambia Tourism Authority who both gave the programme their full support.
Nearly every year since 1998 GambiCats has organised a dedicated neutering clinic for 7 - 10 days with vets from Europe. The charity relies on donations from the public to continue this programme of work.
"I really had to look hard to find any dogs or cats that needed immediate treatment by Dodou & his team. In all my 12 visits to Gambia in the last 6 years, on this visit I saw fewer animals in distress" Holidaymaker, 2012