The past few years have posed all sorts of challenges to our clinic in Khayelitsha and even through the invasions and threats to the clinic, our biggest challenge which we never anticipated was the now uncontrollable influx of new residents, bringing with them a minimum of one animal per 3 households. As an Organisation receiving no funding from the City of Cape Town or the Western Cape Provincial Government, despite providing an essential service in the upliftment of the city's residents, the provision of employment, and the prevention of suffering, our amazing team, headed by our vet, Dr Eric Mimbi, continue to work tirelessly to sterilise and treat as many
animals as possible in an effort to implement our mandate and what SAMAST stands for with very restricted resources.
On the positive front!!
We are delighted and proud to report that all of our Animal Welfare
Assistants' have been re-authorised to continue as AWAs into 2025 and two of our staff, Xolani Tono and Khuselo Dyosi recently sat for their Inspectorate exam, which will give them the authority to enforce certain provisions in the recently promulgated CoCT Animal By-Law together with the relevant law enforcement officials. We are so grateful and excited to have been able to walk this journey to this point and we couldn't have done it without your support from the beginning throughout the years including the signing of the petitions last year to where we are today…
With the highs always come the lows…
We have been frantically fundraising but unfortunately a
large portion of our donor organisations are still feeling the after-shock effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and international donors are also steadily reducing their funding outside of their respective countries. Medication and general animal ambulance maintenance costs have skyrocketed since the Ukraine invasion and all these systemic issues have affected the number of animals we have been able to spay this year. Just a comparison, in March 2021, we had completed approximately 749 sterilisation procedures by end March whereas, to date, we have only managed to complete 411 due to the above factors.
With the sterilisations numbers being known to decrease during the cold and rainy season, we are also desperate to increase our sterilisations before that infamous season sets in so we are challenging ourselves to
sterilise a minimum of 300 animals
by mid-May and
YOU ARE OUR BIGGEST ALLIES
IN OUR EFFORTS TO HELP THEM
and we call for everyone to put all hands on deck to help us achieve these results.
This season is considered a time of sacrifice by many and as the SAMAST team sacrifices their time and services (even after hours and over the weekends!) despite the odds, we urge you, our partners and animal loving supporters, to make a special gesture in the spirit of this season to assist us in reaching this target….
Everything we do aids in the prevention of the suffering of the most innocent in our society – join hands with us to once again to be the loudest voice for the voiceless.
HOW YOU CAN HELP