SA MAST Animal Clinic Khayelitsha issue urgent appeal after armed robbery
The SA MAST Animal Clinic have issued an urgent appeal for Xhosa-speaking counselling services after a traumatic robbery this week.
The SA MAST Animal Clinic was the target of an armed robbery on Friday 24 April that has left staff traumatised.
A group of armed men forced their way into the clinic in Khayelitsha stealing smartphones, laptops and cash from clinic staff.
Appeal for counselling assistance
The founder of the establishment Tamsin Nel says the clinic desperately needs the services of a Xhosa speaking counsellor.
“While one of our animal ambulances was reversing out of the gate to go and collect an emergency patient, five guys came into the clinic. Three of them had guns,” Nel told Cape Talk on Saturday.
“They roughed up my staff… They are okay, expect they urgently need counselling.”
Nel says that the attackers assaulted a staff member who was unable to give them money until one of his colleagues surrendered R30 to the robbers.
“One of the young robbers almost shot one of my staff because he didn’t have any money to give them,” Nel added.
“He stood on his chest, pointing a gun at his head. Another staff member offered up the R30 that he had in his pocket.”
The animal clinic have been hit hard recently with the robbery coming just as they have lost significant funding due to the impact of the national lockdown on donors.
Nel says that without proper funding the animal welfare organisation will be forced to close in the next two months.
“It’s just one terrible blow after another… My immediate concern is to get my staff the help they need.”
“If you can help in any way with counselling services or smartphones, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To make a donation to the organisation, visit the SA Mast Animal Clinic website.
What is the SA Mast Animal Clinic
According to information provided the SA.MAST clinic is permanently located in the heart of Khayelitsha. They are currently responsible for the largest, area-specific and goal-driven mass animal sterilisation campaign in Africa.
To date, the clinic has sterilised, vaccinated (including rabies) and treated for internal and external parasites over 19 000 animals in Khayelitsha.
“We [SA MAST Animal Clinic] achieve our mandate by addressing the causes and consequences of the over-population of diseased, stray, neglected, abused or dangerous domestic animals in specific areas via the implementation of a free, consistent, extremely focused and goal-driven mass animal sterilisation, treatment and education campaign.
“This, along with the provision of an animal ambulance, hospital for the sick and injured, massive kennel building and distribution programme (almost 5000 to date) and other community empowerment initiatives where it is most needed, is our contribution to the compassionate development and well-being of our Rainbow Nation.”