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People Power: Karene Brewis

Karene Brewis and a feral jetty cat enjoy a sunny day at the ocean. MARK WELTHAGEN
In 2006, Angelina Jolie gave birth to baby Shiloh in Swakopmund, Namibia. The visit helped put the popular holiday destination on the international map, but Jolie’s not the only interloper making tracks there: Karene Brewis is in town trying to stop births—of cats, not humans. Scores of feral cats roam the area, now with Brewis close behind.

In 1995, Brewis abandoned the high-powered corporate environment of Johannesburg, South Africa, and relocated to Swakopmund, Namibia’s second largest town, where she ran a medical wholesale business until 2005. After the business closed, Brewis began leading walking tours around the older parts of the town—and now she also devotes four hours a day to feeding and caring for various feral cat colonies in the area.

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