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In October 2008, Fransje was asked whether she would become the ambassador for the South African Mass Animal Sterilisation Trust following a meeting with SA.MAST director and founder Tamsin Nel.

SA.MAST offers a CONSISTENT and SUSTAINABLE mass sterilisation program in South Africa's disadvantaged communities. The objective is to prevent the birth of more companion animals and to develop a healthy, productive, self sufficient and sustainable community.

SA.MAST is dedicated to RADICALLY reduce the number of unwanted puppies and kittens born into communities that are unable to support and care for these animals by providing a FREE sterilisation service to the residents of those communities.

SA.MAST firmly believes in being proactive, focusing on the cause of the animal over population epidemic and the transformation of areas in crisis via the application of a consistent maintenance, management and education program.

An average of 5000 animals are euthanized every month in South Africa's Western Cape alone, and this figure only represents a very small percentage of the actual number of cats and dogs whose condition is so poor that they'd have to be euthanized if exposed to veterinary expertise.

A great deal of money is spent each year on rescuing, treating, rehabilitating and euthanizing animals in the Western Cape. As long as mass sterilisation is not recognised as a critical means of intervention, these costs will simply continue to multiply exponentially

For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.samast.co.za

Tamsin Nel was the Winner of O the Oprah Winfrey Magazine's February Change Makers Competition.

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