IFAW S. Africa: Prince Albert Sterilisation Project - A Job Well Done

A member of the IFAW team helping an owner with their pet. Eish! Wow! Amazing! These are all my feelings as I think back over the past week – an incredible 428 dogs and cats were sterilised by IFAW’s team. In all 240 dogs and 188 cats – how’s that for teamwork, hard work and an absolute commitment by every member of the team to get the job done.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare's Christina Pretorius writes this concluding blog having returned from Prince Albert, back to her home near Cape Town, South Africa over the weekend.

A member of the IFAW team helping an owner with their pet. c. IFAW/T. Samson Eish! Wow! Amazing! These are all my feelings as I think back over the past week – an incredible 428 dogs and cats were sterilised by IFAW’s team. In all 240 dogs and 188 cats – how’s that for teamwork, hard work and an absolute commitment by every member of the team to get the job done.

In truth, had we been able to work all of Saturday and Sunday, as planned we probably would have sterilised 600 – 650 pets but Friday afternoon payday and a partiality by the much of the poor community for the demon drink conspired against us.

Way back in South African history (actually, come to think about it, not so way back) many of the farmers in the Western Cape Province paid their workers partially with the dop (tot) system. So people would be paid their wages in alcohol and money.

While this system is gone now, old habits die hard and hitting the bottle from Friday afternoon is pretty common in the province’s poor communities.

So by late Friday afternoon the party had already started, but by Saturday midday it was in full swing and our animal welfare assistants were suffering serious harassment as they went about their work in North End – Prince Albert’s township.

So, after consulting with the team, we decided to stay safe and call it a day.

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