The main thing we do is to organize big - and free - spay & neuter clinics.
Cat population on Gili Islands is huge. We do love cats, and love having them around, but honestly, there were too many and not all cats were healthy or happy. Breeding was totally out of control, therefore organizing big spay/neuter clinics has been, and still is, our main job. With spay and neuter, we hope that at some point we may have less cats but a healthier, happier cat population.
Since Cats of Gili project was launched in September 2013, we have organized 10 big cat clinics. In these clinics nearly 2500 cats have visited the vets and of those almost 1900 cats have been spayed or neutered.
This already has made a difference! You see lots of healthy, happy - and fat - cats roaming the streets and restaurants! But as the Gili islands have thousands of cats, the spay/neuter project must be continued, and this is why we organize 2-4 big, free cat clinics per year.
These cat clinics are organized together with Gili Eco Trust and Jakarta Animal Aid Network.
We also always have volunteer vets, who come to help and work long days at the clinic. And during these clinics we welcome other volunteers to come and help in catching cats and looking after them when they are recovering from the operation. If you are interested in joining our future cat clinics, see our volunteer-info for details.
If you see cats around that have a triangular piece of ear missing, that usually is a sign that the cat has been to our clinic and has been spayed or neutered. We mark the cats this way, so that when the next clinic comes, we do not spend time catching cats that have already been to our previous clinics.