The Biomedical Resources Unit (BRU) in the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences held a cat sterilisation camp on Mandela Day in association with the Cats of Durban association to help raise awareness about animal cruelty.
Cats of Durban, an association of volunteers dedicated to the wellbeing of stray and feral cats, raises money to sterilise the animals to help reduce the number of unwanted kittens.
A team led by Dr Linda Bester sterilised 20 cats found on UKZN campuses and in surrounding areas.
‘Animal welfare is our main priority,’ said Dr Sanil Singh, a veterinarian and former head of the Biomedical Resources Unit at UKZN who was an organiser of the camp. ‘If we can control the population of cats, there will be fewer stray or wild cats on streets in Durban,’ said Singh.
Cats of Durban cared for the animals after the sterilisation procedures.
Products used and/or consumed in the project were sponsored by Virbac SA, Ascendis SA and the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences in the College of Health Sciences.
Words: Lihle Sosibo
Photographs supplied by the Biomedical Resources Unit