Course: Cat Colony Management

Instructor: Ahmed Salim
Founder, 1001 Paws (UK) 

The first course to teach humane methods to control stray cat numbers in the MENA region, and empower decision makers.

Learn how to manage community cat colonies with International Best Practice and transform your neighbourhoods.

Expert led, online course, with certification, for property managers, operators, and rescuers.

"Ahmed's solutions for controlling cat populations work! He is my go-to for all cat colony needs." 
Nathalie Cockayne, Leading Hotelier

"Ahmed Salim is a master in humane management of cat colonies."

Sami Yusuf, International Composer

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For Property Managers / Operators


This course empowers Property and Facility Managers and Operators with in-depth knowledge and International Best Practice to take better, more informed, decisions when dealing with stray cat issues.

If you face regular complaints and call pest control only to find more stray cats coming back then this course is for you.

This course gives unique insight into why these problems happen and teaches highly effective humane solutions that can enrich your communities and properties.

Ahmed Salim
Founder 1001 Paws (UK)

Property Managers / Operators

What Will We Learn?

Empowering better decision making for Managers and Operators of: 
Residential Estates, Hotels, Resorts, Schools, UniversitiesGolf Courses, Warehouses and Commercial Estates.

  • Introducing the first ever Humane and Certified Cat Colony Management Online Course specifically for the Middle East and North Africa 🐾🐱
  • Tired of Stray Cats and Complaints? Discover the Ultimate Property Manager's Guide to Cat Colony Management and Transform Your Property!
  • Get a deeper more complete understanding of stray cat problems to be more empowered to take long term decisions.
  • Learn handle complaints in a better way, how to save costs and reduce Pest Control Bills: Learn How to Manage Cat Colonies Effectively.

🌟 Why This Course? 🌟

  • Community cats are more than just visitors – they can play an essential part of your property's wellbeing. Learn how to manage their presence in a humane and sustainable way that benefits your property.

  • This course is designed with property managers like you in mind, providing practical solutions to transform challenges into opportunities.

  • Check out THE SCIENCE tab below for example references.

🐱 Course Highlights: 🐱

  • Humane Sustainable Approaches: Discover effective, empathetic methods to coexist with stray cats and create a harmonious environment for all.
  • Collaboration with Rescuers and Animal Organisations: Learn how to team up with local rescuers, staff, tenants / residents and shelters and rescue groups.
  • Educating Staff, Tenants and Residents: Equip yourself with strategies to educate tenants about responsible animal care and the benefits of fostering or adopting community cats.
  • Creating Safe Spaces: Explore techniques for setting up community cat spaces to protect your property from new strays entering the area.
  • Building a Community: Foster a sense of unity among staff, tenants and residents by involving them in your mission to improve the community.

🎓 Why Choose This Course? 🎓
This is the first and only course of it's kind in the MENA region. We understand the unique challenges property managers face when dealing with stray cat populations and complaints. We will teach proven methods and techniques. Not theory, but real methods based on years of experience. 

🌍 Join the Growing Movement 🌍
Be a catalyst for change in your community. By enrolling in the Cat Colony Management Course, you're not just learning – you're becoming a part of a network of property managers making a positive impact.

📆 Limited-Time Offer:
Enrol now and receive exclusive access to downloadable resources, case studies, and a community forum to connect with fellow property managers and share your experiences.

📢 Take the First Step! 📢
Embrace your role as a property manager who cares for properties, staff, tenants, residents and animals. Together, let's create a better and healthier future for everyone.


Before this Course

Never-ending cycle of suffering for stray cats, increasing cat populations, increasing complaints from residents and property managers, overwhelmed rescuers and shelters.

After this Course

You'll be able to successfully reduce stray cat populations through humane methods, impact positively community engagement and improve wellbeing for residents and community cats. You'll be part of the solution, not the problem.

For Animal Rescuers / Care Givers


Do any of these points describe your situation?

  • "Management are threatening to remove my colony cats! I don't know what to do!"
  • "I care about stray cats and want to learn the best methods to help them!"
  • "I am part of group of rescuers not being taken seriously and face daily challenges."
  • "I am feeding stray cats and feel like a criminal, facing angry residents threatening to kill the cats!"
  • "My home is full of cats and I can't handle it anymore!"

Then this is the course for you! I'll show you how I effectively handled these situations. 

Ahmed Salim
Founder 1001 Paws (UK)

Animal Rescuers / Care Givers

What Will I Learn?

  • Introducing the first ever Humane and Certified Cat Colony Management Online Course specifically for the Middle East and North Africa 🐾🐱
  • Master the Art of Winning Support for Managed Cat Colonies and Transform Your Communities.
  • We'll show you exactly how to establish and maintain Community Cat Colonies in the MENA region and handle the daily challenges that rescuers and care givers face.

🐱 Course Highlights: 🐱

  • How to establish Managed Cat Colonies to solve problems, save money, reduce complaints, and improve well-being of a community.
  • How to avoid and resolve conflicts with community members, residents, authorities, and pest control.

  • How to make a strong case and improve chances of approval for Managed Cat Colonies from Property Management / Owners.

  • How to assess and gather information on the existing stray cat situation in your neighbourhood or property.

  • How to master the effective techniques and equipment to use for humane trapping and TNR procedures to reduce time, effort and costs.

  • How to feed and provide water for community cats in a responsible, clean, and organised way whilst saving time, effort and costs.

  • How to handle emergency situations in managed cat colonies and different types of rescues.

  • How to develop effective plans and budgets for cat colony management.

  • How to distribute cats and handle new cats in a colony.

  • How to provide shelter and protection for colony cats in adverse weather conditions.

  • How to offer onsite and offsite medical care and disease prevention for colony cats.

  • How to develop adoption and rehoming strategies for colony cats.

  • Learn conflict management and behavioural assessment techniques for cat colonies.

  • Building a Community: Foster a sense of unity among residents by involving them in your mission to care for stray cats and create a more compassionate neighbourhood.

  • Educating the Community: Equip yourself with strategies to educate tenants about responsible community cat care and the benefits of fostering or adopting cats.

  • How to handle emotional and physiological well-being, grief and compassion fatigue while caring for colonies.

  • How to develop medium to long-term strategies for the positive impact on environmental balance and understanding the implications of stopping colony management efforts.

🌍 Join the Growing Movement 🌍
Be a catalyst for change in your community. By enrolling in the Cat Colony Management Course, you're not just learning – you're becoming a part of a network of rescuers and care givers making a positive impact.

📆 Limited-Time Offer:
Enrol now and receive exclusive access to downloadable resources, case studies, and a community forum to connect with fellow rescuers and share your experiences.

How does being certified help?

One of the biggest challenges rescuers and cat colony care givers face is not being taken seriously by the public, by residents, pest control and by property management. Many times you are accused of being part of the problem.

The certification from 1001 Paws (UK), a reputable international non-profit animal welfare organisation, improves your ability to manage community relationships and giver stronger credibility to your rescuer efforts. Certification helps makes you part of the solution!

Get certified so you're not alone, you'll be part of a growing rescue community.


About the Course

Certified - Cat Colony Management
For Rescuers, Carers and Property Managers/Operators.


Expert led, 7 sessions totalling 9 hours starting September 2023

Online, for people in the Middle East and North Africa

Ahmed Salim, Founder, 1001 Paws (UK)


You need an Internet connection, microphone and webcam, able to use video conferencing.


Get certified and learn the proven methods to establish successful managed cat colonies for rescuers, carers and property managers/operators. 

This is an exclusive course not offered anywhere else in the World. You’ll be guided step by step.

Course Modules

This is a 9 hour, online, expert led, cohort course covering the following:


Course Fees: Rescuers $350 / Businesses $995

Existing Rescuers who cannot afford the course, please see form below.

100% of course fees go to 1001 Paws non-profit organisation to support stray and abandoned animals and No-Kill Shelters.

Course is designed for Middle East and North Africa.

Expert led: 7 live online sessions totalling 9 hours starting September 2023.
  • 100% REFUND if you cannot attend the course, valid for 30 days from the start of the course.
  • Before the course starts, you'll have a one to one session with expert Ahmed Salim to address your confidential concerns and understand the specific current situation.
  • You’ll get to join 1001 Paws Alumni meeting and connecting with other property managers, rescuers and carers, share experiences, and expand your network.
  • If you complete the course and pass the assessment, you’ll be Certified for Cat Colony Management by 1001 Paws (UK) organisation. This adds credibility to your efforts to establish and managed cat colonies.
  • You’ll also get course hand outs and how-to guides for each module.
  • You will receive templates for proposals you can use to support your efforts to win approval for managed cat colonies.
  • Doing this course means you are directly helping! 100% of your course fees go to 1001 Paws non-profit organisation to support stray and abandoned animals and No-Kill Shelters.
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About the Expert Instructor

What's my story? 

I spent 17 years jet-setting around the world implementing non-profit educational initiatives through award-winning productions that engaged more than 450 million people. I've created high impact initiatives with many international organisations including the UN, UNESCO, WFP and National Geographic.

But... just outside my own doorstep I would regularly find hungry and vulnerable stray cats. 6 years ago I decided to do something about it... That something mushroomed into the formation of 1001 Paws animal welfare organisation that is championing efforts to end needless suffering for stray and abandoned animals.

In the last 6 years, I've successfully controlled stray cat numbers in 32 urban areas and established 'No-Kill' Managed Colonies for 2,700 cats.

Ahmed Salim
Founder 1001 Paws (UK)

I'm teaching real techniques, not theory   

In this course, I'm teaching you everything I've learned in setting up successful Managed Cat Colonies, reducing cat numbers, saving lives and helping transform properties and resident wellbeing.

My 6 years with thousands of hours in rescue and cat colony management and hundreds of thousands of dollars spent... compacted into this 9 hour course.

Ahmed Salim
Founder 1001 Paws (UK)


Sami Yusuf

International Composer and Musician

"This is truly a life-saving, gamer changer course for all animal rescuers, care givers, shelters and property managers.

Ahmed Salim is a master in establishing and managing cat colonies. I've spent a lot of time seeing him in action. A true master in this field.

I am delighted that this course is available exclusively through 1001 Paws and that 100% of the course fees are going to support stray and abandoned animals and no-kill shelters."

Nathalie Cockayne

Leading Hotelier, Middle East and Thailand 

"Ahmed’s nickname is ‘Ahmed the Cat Man’ and is 100% deserved due to his total love and devotion to all things feline.

I remember when he told me that he once slept on the floor of his bathroom for a month with a cat that was behaving aggressively in order to ensure his bad habits changed, and it worked! His solutions for community cat colonies work also!

Ahmed is my go to for all cat colony needs. His devotion the the TNR process, the Cat Sanctuaries he creates and his personal dedication to improving wellbeing for all is testament enough to his amazing cause.

I highly recommend Ahmed as a source of support and expertise in all cat related situations, large or small."

Turana Atash

Founder, Luxury Fashion Brand

"An amazing opportunity for those who want to learn more about how to take care of animals. Ahmed Salim and his team at 1001 Paws are highly experienced and leaders in their field.

This course promises to be a transformative experience not just for the students but for the animals whose lives can be improved by implementing the methods being taught."

Layla Talal Gama

Yoga Instructor, Animal Care Advocate

"This course is a must for anyone needing guidance and advice on how to safely and effectively manage cat colonies in their country.

Ahmed Salim is the perfect choice to lead this program as he has vast amounts of experience in this field not to mention running his own organisation 1001 paws as well!

It’s well thought out and tailored to helping those wanting to make a difference for their feline friends in their community. Do consider giving this course a shot as you won’t regret it!"

Stephan van Wijk

Founder and CEO, Radical Thinking

"This course will be transformative to all animal rescuers and is packed with real methods that work, not theory.

I'm delighted to have been able to support the animal care work of Ahmed Salim and the 1001 Paws team over the years.

Ahmed Salim is an expert in this field. This course will help save lives and improve well-being."

Hanan Dowidar

Senior International Development Practitioner

"I am delighted to recommend Ahmed Salim's online course on managing cat colonies! His unwavering passion and genuine love for cats coupled with his sincere dedication and extensive expertise make him the perfect instructor for this subject.

Having personally witnessed his determined commitment and profound mastery in the field, I can vouch that this course will be a life-changer.

I fully trust his substantive knowledge and enormous practical experience, and I'm certain this course will offer participations a transformative learning experience in cat colony management.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn from an outstanding expert in the field!"


We do have a lot of stray cats in North Africa 😢 i try to do as much as i can to help. This course is such a brilliant idea

Yasmin Sheikh

Brilliant idea and a great job. Hope this will resolve a lot of issues in the Middle East and make a difference


Your course will be truly instructive and informative. I recommend everyone to participate in this amazing, useful course. Thanks for your efforts, may Allah bless you. 🙏🏻❤️

Fatiha Youssef

I will spread it ,💛💛to the maximum people who are already interested to get courses ,it will rescue a big number of animals in middle east 💛🙏

Safaa Keylani

Thank you, Ahmed, for bring prompt with your answer for my question. This course is an amazing initiative which I hope would immensely help to guide us through this challenging and frustrating territory.


Amazing initiative 👏👏

Amel Elk

Magnifique! Merci champion 🙌🏻

Noha Ahmed

It's really great Idea that's all what we need .. I hope to join this course Insha Allah 🙏 Thank you Ahmed for your efforts and great projects