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What does a campaign with
gains look like??


It does NOT look like a black hole that just swallows
money with NO sustainable results.

Nor does it resemble a here today, but gone tomorrow 'blitz'
with little to no follow-up & after-care.


1st phase 2009 – 2016

Prior to this intervention, you could throw a stone in any direction and you would find litters of kittens, puppies, the starving, the dead and the dying.

So this is what we did. After 'fine tuning' our method and moving in a NW to SE direction, all 28 recognised areas in Khayelitsha (each with numerous sub-sections) were identified, gridded off and systematically scheduled to undergo our free mass sterilisation and primary treatment campaign.

Our Forward Team implemented the Census and Health & Welfare Audit at every home with animals they were able to access. Unsterilised animals were, with their guardian's permission, scheduled for their spay or neuter procedure; when additional assistance or intervention was needed, such as education or inspectorate, shelter or animal ambulance, the appropriate action was taken when we could, utilising limited resources. On average 20 kennels per week were built and distributed.

A phenomenal first phase success rate of an approximate
80% COVERAGE rate of Khayelitsha was achieved.

We are capturing and analysing data being collected in Khayelitsha to give us an accurate assessment of this tremendous effort by SA.MAST and its cherished donors.


84% of animals directly exposed to Operation Alpha Impact in 2014
were sterilised, vaccinated and treated for parasites

27% of new animals brought into the area, after we moved on to the
next adjacent area, was sterilised because the guardians
called SA.MAST to request the procedure

8% are pregnant & 3.1% will never be sterilised because
their guardian has refused permission – mostly the male dogs

3% are infected with mange &1% are suffering from an illness
(such as parvo, gastro or biliary)

8% suffered from minor injuries (eg. tender paw or abrasion),
3% required immediate medical attention (eg. abscess or laceration) &
100% have a healthy body mass index

15% of dogs are still tied up and 39% have shelter

2nd phase 2017


Concurrent to this operation is the implementation of a maintenance and management programme, with a HUGE emphasis on access to information on our services, for areas that have undergone Operation Alpha Impact and Operation Clean Sweep.

Prior to this intervention, you could throw a stone in any direction and you would find litters of kittens, puppies, the starving, the dead and the dying.

The Value of Commitment & Access to Information:

We have noted:

27% of NEW animals brought into areas previously exposed to Operation Alpha Impact in Site C were sterilised and PERMISSION TO STERILISE from guardians has been received from 94% for NEW unsterilized animals in this area undergoing our 2nd phase - Operation Clean Sweep. This tells us that we need to consistently focus on awareness initiatives - such as letting guardians know who to call for sterilisations.

That ZOONOTIC diseases, such as MANGE is radically decreasing.

Increasingly, the Khayelitsha community, given the appropriate TOOLS, such as the SA.MAST ANIMAL CLINIC with its DECISIVE, MEASURABLE AND SUTAINABLE approach to ENDING animal over population with its attending consequences, are embracing THEIR  responsibilities towards the health and welfare of their animals and the community at large.


Sterilisation for R450,
Primary Treatments for R150,  
or SMS Awareness Campaign for R100

Do you employ staff who
live in Khayelitsha?
Ask them to call 021 824 6127
to access our services


Fill out a debit order form, for an amount of your own choosing on our website:


Make a SECURE Credit Card donation on our website:


Make a Direct Deposit, our bank account details are:
SA.MAST, Nedbank. Acc no 1676031707, Bcc: 198765 / Houtbay.
PLEASE use your name as a reference



Public Health & Safety

Zoonosis: Zoonosis is an infection or disease which can be transmitted from animals to humans. Zoonotic diseases are more common and serious in third world countries and transmission occurs when animals infected with bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi, comes into contact with humans.

City Health spends tens of millions of Rand's every year treating people infected with zoonotic conditions. Fewer infected animals = a healthier human population.

Bite Wounds & Mauling: Dogs in Khayelitsha are often targets of teasing, stone throwing and sometimes even more severe kinds of abuse - resulting in fearful and aggressive behaviour development. Attacks occur most often when their puppies or source of food is perceived to be threatened or when dogs are guarding their home turf. Groups of abandoned dogs can and have resorted to violent pack behaviour, sometimes resulting in the fatal mauling of children.

Limiting adult dog and puppy population numbers through sterilisation whilst concurrently engaging in humane education translates into a much healthier and safer community

Security: Most people reading this have an alarm system linked to an armed response service that compliments SAPS. Most people who live in Khayelitsha live in shacks. The people in shacks who have jobs are mostly employed in low income positions such as domestic workers, petrol pump attendants, street sweepers, security guards, office cleaners etc. Their dog is their alarm and helps to protect their shacks and family.

Violent Crime & Other Criminal Activities

Cape Town is ranked as the 9th most violent city in the world. The top four most murderous areas in the City are on the Cape Flats, where Khayelitsha is located. This area has been described to be 'in the throes of violent crime and at war with itself'.  It is largely domestic violence and gang-related violence that accounts for the abnormally high murder rates in this area.

A 2013 Institute for Security Studies Africa report strongly recommended that Khayelitsha and other surrounding areas 'clearly require in-depth, multi-disciplinary interventions.' The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Someone who is cruel and violent to animals will also be so to people. Conversely, someone who is kind and compassionate towards animals is far less likely to commit a violent crime.

At our hospital and as a result of our 'door to door' initiatives, we engage with hundreds of cat and dog guardians every week, including disadvantaged, vulnerable and impressionable youth at risk. At each encounter, emphasis is placed on education and the humane care and treatment of animals.

Tourism & Small Business Development

Responsible tourism is tourism that creates better places for people to live in, and better places to visit. A responsible tourism approach aims to achieve the triple-bottom line outcomes of sustainable development, i.e. economic growth, environmental integrity and social justice.

A healthy and sustainable animal population promotes and is supportive of small business and tourism development, conversely, an overpopulation of starving and diseased domestic animals hinders this development.

"To see stray dogs and cats – hungry, sick and suffering – is something very common. And according to statistics, people experiencing this are less likely to return to that particular destination and more likely to share the incident with friends, colleagues and on websites such as TripAdvisor.

Some tourists even refuse to travel to certain destinations because they don't want to see stray dogs and cats suffering." FAADA Foundation

the SA.MAST team

For more information contact:
Tamsin Nel, Founder & Director,
South African Mass Animal Sterilisation Trust

Tel: +27 (0) 21 715 2054 | Cell: +27 (0) 84 778 1215
Email: |


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