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Nikki Botha tells you what Tamsin wants, with all her heart, for her birthday…

The story of an extraordinary vision
Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa


"Why do I throw my weight behind Tamsin and SA.MAST? Because sterilizing animals literally saves lives. It helps to stop the cycle of neglect and abuse, healing a community in so many ways."

So says Nikki Botha, SA.MAST'S animal activist celebrity champion who fully supports the work of Tamsin Nel, founder of the South African Mass Animal Sterilization Trust.

Fresh from successful direct action campaigns with Sea Shepherd, as well as against the barbaric animal sacrifice at Gadhimai in Nepal and the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China, Nikki is passionate about bringing effective change to situations where animals suffer, and is not afraid to motivate action and move mountains to inspire others to actively fight for a better society.


And what she's asking you to fight for now, is a dream – a dream that Tamsin Nel wakes up with and works for every day. A dream that has built the largest, most focused area specific mass animal sterilization campaign in Africa, if not the world.

And, as Nikki will be the first to tell you, Tamsin has the right credentials. She is someone who knows about deprivation. Despite growing up in a variety of places of safety and foster homes, she developed a significant sense of right and wrong at a young age. While she found her greatest comfort in her relationship with animals, the only gentle and loving influence in her life, she dreamed of becoming a healer, to make her life purposeful by finding ways to help animals and people.

But she realised this choice of following her heart was denied to many others. Aware of the dire situation of dogs in Khayelitsha – either sick, diseased and uncared for, scavenging rubbish heaps or tied to posts in perpetual servitude as alarm systems – she also understood the feelings of disempowerment and desensitization within the community. Without significant education intervention or animal population control measures, the attendant neglect, abuse, and health and safety risks – along with the despair and powerlessness of the people – would continue.

Tamsin's big dream was to remap the landscape of poverty that held both people and animals in a cycle of deprivation. She felt that dignity could only be restored and empowerment effected through committed compassionate engagement, mass sterilization to reduce the burgeoning animal population, and delivery of concomitant health and humane education.

And so SA.MAST took flight – and has become a major beacon of animal care, humane education, and health and environmental awareness for the vast community of Cape Town's Khayelitsha.


In 2015, the original sterilization clinic was expanded to a fully-fledged animal hospital to cater not only for mass sterilizations but also provide medical care for sick and injured animals. Employing and training an incredible team of 12 people, SA.MAST has treated over 11,000 animals – offering free sterilizations, vaccinations, primary treatments, animal ambulance, and building thousands of kennels for shelterless dogs.

But to truly fulfill Tamsin's 'giant, impossible' dream, SA.MAST needs to complete another 2500 sterilizations to achieve an estimated 90% completion goal in Khayelitsha.

Tamsin believes we are all able to be the example we want to see
– and Nikki Botha agrees with her fully when she says,
"Ordinary people have angel wings."

So can you help SA.MAST
fly over that finishing line?

Each sterilization procedure costs R350.00

To contribute, please visit SA.MAST's Champion Fundraising page on


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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