IFAW S. Africa: Prince Albert Sterilisation Project: Progress to report!

We arrived to join the team in Prince Albert this afternoon after driving through the exquisite Hex River Valley, where the valley floor was a patchwork of red and orange vineyard, and snow shone on the high mountains that rear up on each side of this narrow valley.

This post is provided by Christina Pretorius of the International Fund for Animal Welfare who will spend the next few days in the tiny village of Prince Albert, high in the snow- covered Swartberg Mountains of South Africa, to document this important sterilisation project.

16 June 2010

Saskia Karrias, veterinarian from IFAW's Johannesburg project, cradles a dog before sterilization. We arrived to join the team in Prince Albert this afternoon after driving through the exquisite Hex River Valley, where the valley floor was a patchwork of red and orange vineyard, and snow shone on the high mountains that rear up on each side of this narrow valley.

Despite this amazing natural beauty there’s still plenty of the reality of the life of thousands of ordinary South Africans, who live in a shanty town that ribbons alongside the road. These people are mostly farm workers who eke out an existence between the seasons – and probably weren’t quite as enamoured of the snow (and hence icy winds) funneling down the valley.

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