SA MAST - AUGUST HERO
In July 2006, Tamsin founded the SA Mass Animal Sterilisation Trust. Since its inception, SA.MAST has grown from being a one-woman organisation to a team of thirteen full-time employees.
Located in the heart of Khayelitsha - the biggest informal settlement in South Africa, SA.MAST is currently responsible for the largest area-specific, mass animal sterilisation campaign in Africa. To date, they have sterilised, vaccinated and treated close to 12,000 animals.
In 2015 SA.MAST built and equipped their own animal hospital in Khayelitsha and hold firm their mission to RADICALLY reduce the number of unwanted puppies and kittens born into communities that are unable to support and care for them, by providing a FREE sterilisation service to the residents of those communities
• How does it feel to be a Boss Hero for Promeal?
The dream I wake up with and work so hard for, is this organisation’s mission which has been to build the largest, most focused area specific mass animal sterilization campaign in Africa, if not the world. I feel both honoured and humbled at being selected as one of the Boss Hero’s for Promeal and I will continue to stand and live by one of my favourite quotes, “Live, eat, breathe what you do or don’t do it at all”.
• What is your vision for SA MAST?
The vision I have always had, is to assist informal and disadvantaged areas in their urban renewal and rehabilitation. Our mandate is achieved by addressing the causes and consequences of the over-population of diseased, stray, neglected, abused or dangerous domestic animals in specific areas, via the implementation of a free, consistent, focused and goal-driven mass animal sterilisation, treatment and education campaign. This, along with the provision of an animal ambulance, hospital and other community empowerment initiatives where it is most needed, is our contribution to the development and well-being of our rainbow nation.
• What are some of the challenges you have had to overcome whilst setting up SA.MAST?
Some of the biggest challenges our organisation has faced are crime, poverty, funding and a general lack of understanding from Corporate South Africa regarding the role that animals play in disadvantaged communities. can she elaborate on what this role is?
• How can people get involved in helping the organisation?
As a non-profit organisation, registered as a Trust and Public Benefit Organisation (PBO), we are entirely dependent on Public donations to sustain our services. People cand donate via our website www.samast.co.za
SA.MAST has been certified as a Level 4 Contributor.
• Any words of wisdom?
Accept that there will always be molehills and mountains standing in your way, throughout your respective journeys. This is not a good enough reason to give up. Always reach for the stars – and smack the moon on your way out!
If you would like to learn more about SA MAST, please visit their website: www.samast.co.za, Facebook: South African Mass Animal Sterilisation Trust or Twitter: @sa_mast. Alternatively you can contact them via email on firstname.lastname@example.org