oa Agriprobe - Mass animal sterilisation pilot project : Kayamandi - : taking our service out there

Volume 10, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1810-9799



Pet overpopulation and the resulting neglect and disease transmission risk was identified as a serious problem in the Western Cape. To combat this, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDOA ) teamed up with the Stellenbosch Local Municipality, several animal welfare organisations and veterinarians and began a pet mass sterilisation pilot project in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch. The aim of the project was to sterilise at least 70% of the pets within Kayamandi, vaccinate them against rabies and provide animal care education to the community. To evaluate the effect of the project, pet census data was collected before and after the project and will continue to be monitored until a year after the completion of the sterilisations. The sterilisation goal was achieved and the follow-up monitoring of the pets in Kayamandi is currently ongoing. It is hoped that this project is shown to be a long-term success so that similar projects can be rolled out in other parts of the Western Cape, the first of which has already begun in Klapmuts, using funding remaining after the sterilisations in Kayamandi were finished.

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