About Us

About Cluny Animal Trust

The Cluny Animal Trust (CAT) is a non-profit veterinary welfare organisation that was established in 2011 to serve the needs of animals owned by impoverished residents of the eastern Free State and further afield.

CAT stems from Dr Katherine Barker’s sterilisation programme established in 2004 and it is currently run from her small veterinary clinic in Fouriesburg and her satellite practice in Clarens.

The Challenge

The sad reality is that there is a growing number of animals who receive little or no veterinary care and/or are victims of neglect, abuse, poor living conditions, lack of socialisation, dog-fighting or other forms of animal cruelty. Most recently, the very real problem that has now come to our attention is puppy-farming – which is seen as an opportunity to make a ‘quick buck’ with puppies being offered on the town square in Clarens on a Saturday morning. The poor economic climate in the eastern Free State remains a barrier and significantly affects the ability of many pet owners to properly care for their animals.

The Cluny Animal Trust aims to:

  • End the needless suffering of animals by providing veterinary treatment
  • Educate owners in proper animal care, feeding and preventive treatment
  • Run a small animal hospital and a mobile clinic
  • Sterilise animals to prevent unwanted litters

Meet The Team

Dr Katherine Barker

BVSc - Founder and Trustee

Dr Katherine Barker

Dr Katherine Barker is a highly-experienced small animal veterinarian (BVSc) and she is the founder and a trustee of the Cluny Animal Trust.

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Jan Sander

Qualified Animal Welfare Assistant

Jan Sander

When local people think of the Cluny Animal Trust…they think of Jan Sander.

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Chantel van den Berg

A Volunteer with a Heart of Gold

Chantel van den Berg

Chantel has always had a special place in her heart for animals.

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Iaan van Niekerk

Community Service Vet

Iaan van Niekerk

Dr Iaan van Niekerk joins the team as our CCS (compulsory community service) vet for 2020.

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Nico Mahlohla

The extra pair of hands we could never do without!

Nico Mahlohla

Nico adores animals in all shapes and sizes, and he is honestly one of those genuine, hard-working animal lovers and we are blessed to have him as part of the Cluny Animal Trust team!.

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Helen Calder

Our Very Own 'Minister of Finance'

Helen Calder

Helen absolutely loves animals and she believes in working to make the world a better place!

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Imogen Tarita

A Volunteer That Isn’t Afraid to Shake Things Up!

Imogen Tarita

Her ability to see ‘welfare’ from a business point-of view allows a fresh take and a different perspective.

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Rosie

Our Beloved Little Toyota Runabout

Rosie

Small and compact, she is ideal to help us reach places further and faster.

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Daisy

Theatre on Wheels

Daisy

Since 2014, Daisy has been a familiar sight in the eastern Free State.

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