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 (founder of CAT, who emmigrated to New Zealand) sterilisation programme established in 2004 and it is currently run from our small veterinary clinics in Fouriesburg and 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. 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.

Meet The Team

Dr Elsa van Biljon

Principal Veterinarian

Dr Elsa van Biljon

Our very own Principal Veterinarian.

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Dr Karla

Our Very Own Welfare Veterinarian

Dr Karla

Our Very Own Welfare Veterinarian.

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Jan Sander

Qualified Animal Welfare Assistant and Trustee

Jan Sander

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

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Jeminah Mosikili

Our Kennel Worker

Jeminah Mosikili

Jemiah adores animals and she is honestly one of those genuine, hard-working animal lovers and we are blessed to have her as part of the Cluny Animal Trust team!.

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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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Aiden Jacobs

Veterinary Receptionist & Admin Assistant

Aiden Jacobs

Aiden's love for animals and his amazing IT skills meant that he took to the job like a ‘duck to water.

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Sylvia Mankge

AWA – 2024 Rabies Vaccination Project

Sylvia Mankge

Sylia is a student who has previously volunteered for us and now she has been contracted to work on a dedicated Rabies vaccination project.

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Imogen Tarita

A Volunteer and Trustee 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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Trustees for the Cluny Animal Trust:

  • Dr Martie Kleynhans
  • Ntsebe Mofokeng
  • Jan Sander
  • Imogen Tarita
  • Shelley Tresidder

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