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Providing access to vet treatment and education, the Society for Animals in Distress (SAID) is growing its footprint across the nation, thanks to MySchool funds.  Every year, SAID gives 100 000 veterinary treatments to domestic animals from low and no-income households, while educating an average of 74 000 people in responsible pet ownership and animal care.

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While services are primarily aimed at indigent communities in the north and north-eastern areas of Johannesburg, SAID has expanded its outreach to Steynsrus in the Free State.  In 12 days the team performed over 1000 sterilisations, and is helping to create a stable, healthy animal population and a proud and invested community, through ongoing welfare and education and sustainable access to veterinary care.

Para Veterinarians

MySchool funds are being used help SAID’s training and mentorship program for para-veterinarians in the field of animal health. Without it, SAID services would be unsustainable.  In fact, the team believes that although many professionals participated in its Steynsrus outreach, it is the para-veterinarians that hold the key to ongoing, effective outcomes.

With its mission to be instrumental and resourceful in ensuring access to veterinary care across South Africa, SAID is planning to deliver its next outreach in Touws River in the Western Cape.