When the Cat Lady drives her Kitty Caddy into the township areas of George and surrounds, people come running to her with cats and kittens in their arms.
Taryn Groenewald, founder of the non-profit organisation Furever Cats, is fondly known as the Cat Lady and has been involved with kitten and cat adoptions, as well as running sterilisation programmes, for the past four years.
“We sterilise more than 200 cats per month. Since the beginning of the year, we have also homed more than 200 kittens and have given out bucketloads of food,” said Groenewald.
All this cat rescue work makes for a lot of driving around George and the surrounding Garden Route; and for this reason, Tavcor Volkswagen George sponsors a tank of fuel every month to Furever Cats.
“The fuel certainly frees up some money for us to buy more cat food and is a very big help. We have always shopped at the dealership as a family and when I started with the cat rescue organisation, I decided to buy a more suitable vehicle. It turns out that the Caddy is my best car yet – I love it,” said Groenewald.
Being called to new cases of feral cats or kittens on a daily basis, Groenewald runs the cat rescue organisation from her home – where she looks after rescued kittens and cats, along with other volunteers who offer their homes for fostering, until a ‘furever’ home is found for them.
“Some people tell me I am an angel for what I do. In fact, I am just an ordinary human being who decided to take action against the thing that matters most to me. I stopped complaining and crying about abandoned, starving and unsterilised cats and I took action to help prevent their suffering. I don’t have any special facilities. I use the spare room and the TV lounge to house the cats and kittens. Anyone can save lives, all you have to do is help a homeless cat,” said Groenewald.
Tavcor VW George regularly supports Furever Cats’ spay-a-thons and also donated custom-made cat traps, valued at R5 000 each, in 2019 to the organisation.