Sterilisation Efforts 
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Angels from John Moore Animal Welfare Trust are gearing up to get down and dirty, all to boost their sterilisation efforts for animals in the community.


Robertson, South Africa (07 November 2023) – At different points in the year, women with a cause worth getting soaked in mud for, come together for a challenge like no other. The Muddy Princess obstacle course is many things; challenging, fuelled by fun and an iconic way to fundraise amongst others, but it is nothing if not a bold display of community and individuals navigating obstacles with purpose.

This year, for the first time, angels from John Moore Animal Welfare Trust have signed up for their Muddy debut, all to raise funds for their sterilisation efforts that make a world of difference for the Robertson community.

As a registered NPO that began in response to the ‘glaringly obvious need for affordable animal care in marginalised areas within Robertson’ and its surrounds, as Michelle Uren puts it, the sterilisation efforts are paramount to community animal care.

“We are dedicated to population control, believing strongly that this is the first step in disease prevention and community upliftment, ” shares John Moore’s Michelle. 

But, for these animal heroes, sterilisation isn’t the end of the story.

Each animal sterilised through the clinic is also sent home with a bag of food to aid their recovery. At present, the sterilization efforts oversee 6-15 animals per month.

“Any resident living in [Robertson’s communities] requesting sterilisation for their pets will be helped,” shares Michelle. 

On top of this, the NPO also offers affordable vaccinations as well as internal and external parasite control through its primary veterinary health care clinic. This happens once a week in the Bo-dorp area of Robertson and makes a huge difference for animal owners who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford to keep their pets healthy.

They also have an educational outreach programme where teams travel to schools in the Robertson region to teach young learners how to care for animals and how to interact with them safely.

But, the need for their efforts, especially when it comes to sterilisation, is big. The challenge then, is that the costs of initiatives like this are too.

Through their Muddy Princess debut come 3 December, the NPO is hoping to raise R25 000 for their 2024 sterilisation efforts and is willing to mission through mud, sweat and tears (of laughter) to make it happen.

“The funds raised through our team participation in the Muddy Princess event will be used towards monthly sterilisation drives in 2024 in Robertson and the surrounding community. We will use the funds raised to purchase vetinary supplies (vaccinations and deworming medication) as well as tick and flea treatments for the animals sterilised through our community veterinary clinic.  Our goal is to increase the number of animals sterlized monthly, and hold additional mass sterilisation days,” Michelle notes. 

You can be a hero to these heroes by supporting their campaign here!

Sources: Michelle Uren
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