Contact Address Details:
(Donations for cats & dogs are by cheque)
Parc Llwyd, Aberporth
Cardigan SA43 2DU
Tel no: +44 012 398 10595
Fax: +44 012 398 11193
Banjul area head office
PO Box 2874, Serrekunda
Kanifing Municipality, Kmc
Tel no: +220 9900756
GambiCats animal charity began by helping stray cats in Gambia
back in 1998 and registered with the UK Charity Commission
in March 1999. It is entirely funded by donations. Its main
goals are to promote their neutering program and to advance
the welfare of stray cats as well as dogs in the Greater Banjul
area and beyond.
The GambiCats program began because of need to address the
unfortunate condition of many of the felines which could be
found freely roaming many of the beaches and hotels in Gambia
and the often inhumane local ways being employed to keep their
numbers in check. Among the control methods used is catching
cats in nets and releasing them in the bush or even poisoning
The neutering and return to site scheme is generally accepted
internationally as the most humane way to control numbers
and maintain a healthy population. All neutered cats have
the point of the left ear removed for future identification.
Dogs' ears have a small notch removed from their left ear
and are sometimes tattooed or receive a microchip implant.
GambiCats also tries to find new homes for stray, unwanted
adult dogs, cats, as well as puppies and kittens.
The animal charity began its operations in Gambia by bringing
together a team of 4 people which included a veterinary surgeon
from the UK. They spent seven days trapping, neutering and
returning to their places of capture which were the Fajara
and Kombo Beach hotels. This operation was was a successful
start to the scheme and the two cat colonies are still in
good shape. A central feeding unit called the Cat Cafe was
founded at the Kombo Beach hotel and guests can visit the
cats and give them food.
The result is that cats were less likely to prowl around the
doors of restaurants and other facilities in search for food.
This situation was disliked by many managers and guests alike.
A full-time local administrator was employed to sustain and
spread the program. Since that time many beach bars, lodgings,
restaurants as well as the Banjul Port Authority and RVTH
have joined the neutering program in Gambia. The Department
of Livestock Services at Abuko has backed the GambiCats scheme
and has distributed an advisory note which they have given
to all hotels. The charity has also received the backing of
the Tourism Authority.
It is the position of GambiCats that the scheme can only be
kept going if it is grounded on the involvement of veterinary
clinics and surgeons in The Gambia with the support of the
local population. This lead to the creation of the Association
for the Welfare of Animals in The Gambia which is dedicated
to promoting better animal welfare.
Almost every year since GambiCats was established it has set
up a neutering clinic, with visiting European vets, which
last from between one week to ten days.
How To Help Cats & Dogs in Gambia:
• Donate to the animal charity, become a member, receive a
• Give them fundraising ideas.
• If you are visiting Gambia & ready to take small supplies
such as worming tablets.
• Let your local vet know about GambiCats' need for equipment
• Let them know the state of health of cats & dogs where
you are lodging.
Donated Vet Medical Supplies Needed:
Antiseptic skin cream for minor cuts etc
Cat traps & carriers
Ear and eye drops
Instruments (all kinds)
Leads & collars - second-hand are fine
Needles & syringes
Operating supports e.g. Kruuse
Surgical gloves sizes 7 & 8
Suture materials - absorbable - suitable for neutering
Veterinary drugs & vaccines contact us for more information
Worm & flea treatments e.g. Drontal, Frontline, Milbemax