Sep 18, 2021

Our support for USPCA makes all of this possible

Sameem & her son adopted this kitty
Sameem & her son adopted this kitty

Besides raising money for land (officially purchased, but still have a shortfall of close to US$30,000; and moving and construction costs still need to be raised), Animal-Kind International donors provide funds for daily operating costs of the USPCA Haven (see pie chart showing how donations-not including for land-were used). Over the 6 months from January through June, AKI donors covered USPCA Haven rent, Haven staff salaries, and cat and dog food. Normally our support is spread out a bit more-for electricity, water, USPCA phone, cooking fuel, and other shelter priorities. But with the shortfall in donations due to covid, the USPCA used everything we raised for the absolute basic necessities-rent, salaries, food. Without these, there would be no Haven.

Here are some of the rescue and adoption stories from the last few months, made possible thanks to AKI donors. First, a few hearwarming adoptions:

The picture above is of Sameem and her new male kitty, adopted last week from The Haven. 

Around mid-August, the USPCA found Rex after receiving a report that he was abandoned in Kololo. A couple of weeks later, Rex was adopted by a family with kids and 2 dogs. It's a great environment for Rex and he is thriving (see picture). 

Hope for Orphans adopted 2 kittens from The Haven a few months ago. Look at these lucky kitties now (see 2 pictures below) with two of the children at the home.

Now a few recent rescues:

Earlier this month, a friend of the USPCA found a sweet dog on the road having been knocked by a vehicle (see picture). The witness called the USPCA and the staff was able to rescue him. He has an injured leg and is recovering at The Haven.

On September 2, the USPCA rescued a kitty after she was attacked by dogs (see picture). She was treated for her injuries and has fully recovered.

At the end of June, the USPCA received a report about a dog whose snout had a rubber band around it and the area had become horribly infected. The picture below shows the dog at The Haven after the injury was cleaned up (you would not want to see it before).

In mid-August, this cute puppy was rescued from Entebbe. She had mange, was covered with fleas, and she was emaciated. The picture below shows her 2 weeks after being rescued. 

This is just a very brief summary of the many adoptions and rescues over the last few months. We hope soon to report on the USPCA move to the new property, where all these cats and dogs will have more space, more fun, more quiet--more of whatever they want!

Thank you so much for your support to Animal-Kind International for the Uganda SPCA Land Fund. None of this would be possible without AKI's and USPCA's dedicated supporters.  

Rex was abandoned, now he's part of a large family
Rex was abandoned, now he's part of a large family
Hope for Orphans adopted 2 kittens
Hope for Orphans adopted 2 kittens
The 2nd kitten adopted by Hope for Orphans
The 2nd kitten adopted by Hope for Orphans
Dog was hit by a car, rescued by the USPCA
Dog was hit by a car, rescued by the USPCA
Kitty attacked by dogs, rescued by the USPCA
Kitty attacked by dogs, rescued by the USPCA
Rubberband around his snout, rescued by the USPCA
Rubberband around his snout, rescued by the USPCA
Puppy rescued in Entebbe, mange, fleas, emaciated
Puppy rescued in Entebbe, mange, fleas, emaciated
How USPCA spends AKI funds (not inc. land funds)
How USPCA spends AKI funds (not inc. land funds)

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Sep 14, 2021

Busy months for the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund

Dog Sure-broken leg treated
Dog Sure-broken leg treated

Since our last Progress Report (May 19), requests for the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund have been coming in faster than we can replenish the fund. In part that's good--we know we're providing a much-needed service; in part-obviously, it means it's hard to keep up with the need. We are so grateful for your support, which helps Animal-Kind International help Have A Heart-Namibia provide Lifetime Care to returning spay/neuter clients, including boosters and anti-parasite treatments, and to provide emergency vet care when owners are unable to afford it (the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund). 

Here are some of the cats and dogs who have been helped in the last few months thanks to your donations.

JUNE

Dog Sure got hit by a car and his leg was broken. His family asked for help to pay for much-needed vet care, and vet nurse Sheelagh asked Geesche if the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund could be used. Geesche agreed. Xrays were done of Sure's leg to help Dr. Winterbach determine how to treat him. It turned out that Sure only needed a splint and rest, no surgery. Sure had to go for weekly check-ups and bandage changes to make sure all healed properly. During one of these visits, Sure was also neutered and vaccinated and treated against parasites--full service! (See picture of Sure with his family at the vet's office)

Kitzie, an old HaH customer in Luderitz, was run over by a car. Her owner, in tears, brought Kitzie to the Luderitz SPCA and Kitzie was seen by the volunteer vet nurse, who knew of the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund, and requested help. It turned out that Kitzie needed to get to Windhoek to be seen by a vet there, where she could get xrays and follow-up care. Kitzie's xrays showed a broken pelvis but no surgery needed, only 6 weeks of cage rest. Clinic employee Niki offered to foster Kitzie during those 6 weeks, and when she was well, she was transported the 900 km back to Luderitz and to her very grateful family.

Not all stories are happy ones, as we know. That is certainly true in Boe Boe's case. Boe Boe's owner moved away and left him behind! He became a community dog in Luderitz, fed and looked after by a number of people. Boe Boe was in the wrong place at the wrong time-hanging around a home when robbers showed up, they stabbed him. One of the people who looked after Boe Boe saw his injuries and contacted a vet for help. The vet's office contacted Geesche, and she agreed to use the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund. Sadly, even though he got the best treatment available-thanks to the Fund, Boe Boe just didn't pull through, the injuries were too serious. At least he was cared for and out of pain during those last days (see picture).

Joan, who takes care of many cats for HaH was told about someone on the street who was selling 7 tiny kittens. When Joan arrived only 5 were still there and out of the 5, 2 had already died. Joan took the remaining 3 to the vet for check-ups, where they tried everything but one was too sick and weak died. The other two received the treatment they needed -thanks to the Emergency Fund-and then went to foster care until old enough to be sterilized and adopted (see photo of one of the  kitties below).

JULY

Glitter is an old HaH customer, very much loved by his family. Glitter had blood in his urine, and his worried family took him to a vet. Tests and treatment costs were more than the family could afford, so they asked HaH for help and thanks to AKI's Emergency Fund, Glitter got the help he needed. His blood test results were good, sonar showed some sediment in the bladder, no visible big concrements. He stayed overnight and the next day the sonar was repeated. The vet diagnosed idiopathic cystitis. Unfortunately, even with treatment, the problem might return and in some cases requires surgery. But for now Glitter is happily back with his family! (see photo below)
Snowy (photo below) had a badly injured leg and his owner Jo-Dee, a student, couldn't afford the vet care that Snowy needed. The AKI-HAH Emergency Fund stepped in and Snowy wasneutered and his leg was stitched up.
AUGUST
Wolf from Windhoek had a cauliflower ear. It doesn't look too bad, but in the long term it can lead to serious ear infections and that can be extremely painful and can lead to death. A minor surgery, thanks to the Emergency Fund, Wolf was saved from any pain and suffering the cauliflower ear may have caused. Wolf's owner Nadine was very thankful as she loves old boy Wolf very much but couldn't afford the operation.
ALREADY IN SEPTEMBER, WE'VE HELPED 3 MORE CATS THROUGH THE AKI-HAH EMERGENCY FUND. MORE ABOUT THOSE IN OUR NEXT PROGRESS REPORT!

Kitzie at the vet's office in Windhoek
Kitzie at the vet's office in Windhoek
Boe Boe at the vet's office
Boe Boe at the vet's office
One of 7 kittens being sold on the street-safe now
One of 7 kittens being sold on the street-safe now
Glitter diagnosed, treated, home with his family
Glitter diagnosed, treated, home with his family
Snowy, leg stitched up
Snowy, leg stitched up
Wolf with a cauliflower ear
Wolf with a cauliflower ear

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May 26, 2021

LAND for the new USPCA Haven

Signing the papers for the purchaseof USPCA land
Signing the papers for the purchaseof USPCA land

I don't usually send another update so soon after I sent one (just a few weeks ago), but we have amazing news! The USPCA is now the owner of a 2-acre plot of land where the new Haven will be relocated (that will take a little while). We will still have to raise more money to cover the full cost of the land, as well as moving and construction (fencing, leveling, etc), so we'll still be asking for your help, but this is the 1st and biggest step in the process. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WE DID IT!!!!! You made what we thought was impossible possible!

Thank you so much for your help, your generosity, and commitment to the Uganda Society for the Protection & Care of Animals, the USPCA Haven, and Animal-Kind International!

Please stick with us....we will be sending more updates and we'll keep you posted on the progress of this EXCITING new and the big move ahead.

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Karen Menczer, Founder & Director

Animal-Kind International

 
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