Jan 22, 2021

AKI-HAH's Emergency Fund Brings Hope

Gustav looks on as Dr. Winterbach stitches Lady
Gustav looks on as Dr. Winterbach stitches Lady

Thank you so much for your support; without it, these emergency cases would not get the care they needed. For many of us, the emergency treatments these cats and dogs received are fairly inexpensive (vet care in Namibia costs so much less than in the US). But for the low/no income, impoverished families whose pets we've been able to help, the emergency support is worth its weight in gold. 

Lady is Mr. Gustav's dog; she had been spayed many years ago at an HAH s/n clinic. Mr. Gustav works as a car guard in Swakopmund, never a well-paid profession, but during the pandemic, his income dropped to almost 0. One day, when Mr. Gustav returned home from work, he found Lady injured-attacked by an animal or a person, he wasn't sure. He knew that he could go to Have A Heart for help, and HAH in turn came to us. Geesche gave the "OK" to use the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund for Lady. Dr. Winterbach stitched Lady's wound (see picture), she was given antibiotics and pain meds, and on her return check-up, she was proclaimed 100% recovered! (Cost for all of that good care? about US$32!)

Rex from Keetmanshoop escaped from his yard one day and was hit by a car. His family didn't have the money to pay for vet care (besides being out of their price range, the closest vet who could work on an injury like this was far away), so they tried to splint the leg themselves. That didn't work, and they turned to HAH. HAH found a volunteer to drive Rex to Mariental (240 kms from Keetman!) to Dr. Erna. The injury had gotten infected and was beyond repair at that point. Dr. Erna amputated and Rex was sent home to his family-see picture. (Cost for Rex's surgery and after-care, < US$100).

We have a sad update about Sasha, who we wrote about in our last GlobalGiving Progress Report. Sasha was an AKI-HAH Emergency Fund patient who was treated for a liver problem. The vet was never able to figure out what was causing the problem (her stomach was filled with fluid, that was the 1st sign that she wasn't well). The vet drained the fluid, gave anti-parasite treatment, did several tests, she was on meds, was given high quality food, but sadly, Sasha never recovered. She wasn't in pain, she was loved and cared for by her family, and these last couple of months were a time of bonding for all of them. We're grateful we were able to help Sasha and her family during this difficult time. (Cost for 100% of Sasha's care was approximately US$200).

Since our last report, in addition to the above, we've used the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund for the following cats and dogs, all of whom recovered:

Dog Brenda-injury with internal bleeding

Dog Boy-hit by a car, bleeding in lungs

Cat-broken leg

Besides the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund, HAH continues to use AKI funds for booster shots and anti-parasite treatment as part of HAH's Lifelong Care, a promise to all HAH spay/neuter clients. In the last few months of 2020, your donations through GlobalGiving covered the cost of boosters and anti-parasite treatment for 99 dogs and 6 cats! 2 of their pictures are below.

I've included AKI's 2020 pie chart for Have A Heart so you can see how HAH hhas used your donations in 2020.

Thank you for making all of this (and more....we already have more stories to tell) possible! We -AKI & HAH, the dogs, cats, and their families-are so grateful for your help. 

4 days after amputation, Rex is home w/his family
4 days after amputation, Rex is home w/his family
Sasha-after fluid was drained, feeling much better
Sasha-after fluid was drained, feeling much better
Booster, anti-parasite client
Booster, anti-parasite client
Lifelong Care-an HAH promise to s/n clients
Lifelong Care-an HAH promise to s/n clients
How Have A Heart spent AKI funds in 2020
How Have A Heart spent AKI funds in 2020

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Jan 11, 2021

As promised, kitties......

Kitty stuck in a culvert in Kololo, at The Haven
Kitty stuck in a culvert in Kololo, at The Haven

Our last GlobalGiving Progress Report was full of heartwarming dog rescues and joyful dog adoptions. I apologized for the lack of kitty stories, and I hope to make up for that lapse in this Progress Report.

At the end of November, the kitty in the picture above was rescued from a flooded culvert in Kololo and brought to The Haven where she was dried off, warmed up, and quickly recovered from that scary experience.

Also at the end of November, the gray, tan, and white kitty pictured below was attacked by dogs in Nsambya. An onlooker was able to chase them away, rescue the scared cat, and brought her to The Haven. Amazingly, she had no injuries and was just seriously shaken up. She also quickly recovered and is enjoying life at The Haven.

On November 8, the USPCA team rescued the black and white (tuxedo) kitty (2 pictures below) from the golf course in Kololo. She needed to be treated for mange. As you can see from the before and after pictures, by November 30, she was mange-free.

On October 30, someone heard a kitty crying outside Acacia Mall and called the USPCA for help. When the USPCA team arrived, they found that the screeches were coming from a sewer-the kitty had fallen in (check out the pictures)! The team worked hard to get the kitty out, and finally...success. Although the kitty kept screeching (as you can see from the picture of her in the crate).

On October 14, Shelter Manager Alex made another one of his amazing rescues from a pit latrine. This baby kitty (see picture with Alex) fell into an open pit latrine, which, like razor wire, is one of the hazards of kitty life in Africa. Alex brought the kitty back to The Haven, where she was no worse for wear.

We had a successful year, closing it out having raised over US$16,000 for the USPCA Land Fund in 2020. We are now waiting for the USPCA committee to meet to find out if they think any of the plots under consideration hold possibilities for a new Haven. Not only the dogs, who will have so much more open space, but also the kitties, who will be able to spread out a bit more, be in a spot away from the dog noise, are looking forward to a move! As we all are! 

A happy, healthy, joy-filled 2021 to our supporters-from the USPCA and AKI!

Rescued from a dog attack in Nsambya
Rescued from a dog attack in Nsambya
Nov 8, before picture-kitty with mange
Nov 8, before picture-kitty with mange
Nov 30-after picture, kitty recovered from mange
Nov 30-after picture, kitty recovered from mange
Kitty heard crying at Acacia Mall-rescued
Kitty heard crying at Acacia Mall-rescued
The kitty was in this sewer at Acacia Mall!
The kitty was in this sewer at Acacia Mall!
Rescued from a pit latrine!
Rescued from a pit latrine!
Happy Holidays from the USPCA to AKI donors!
Happy Holidays from the USPCA to AKI donors!

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Sep 28, 2020

AKI-HAH Emergency Fund-helping those in need

Whiskey was treated for ehrlichia & neutered
Whiskey was treated for ehrlichia & neutered

The AKI-HAH Emergency Fund is getting more and more requests for assistance. Of course, we don't blindly help; we (Geesche and Sarah/HAH, and passed through AKI) make sure that the clients are providing good, caring homes for their pets; have had or agree to have their pet spayed or neutered; agree to provide the follow-up care; and are truly in need of assistance. Here are just a few of the cats and dogs who recently benefited from the Emergency Fund: 

Whisky was brought to an HAH spay/neuter clinic in September for neutering, but it turned out he had ehrlichia and was very sick. Thanks to the Emergency Fund, he received a full course of antibiotics and is doing fantastic now! And he was neutered.
 
That same day in September, Midnight, a small Afrikaanis dog, was brought to the s/n clinic. Midnight's owner, Mrs Higoam, was so committed to bringing her doggie to the HAH clinic that she brought the dog to work with her the previous evening just so that she could be in time the next morning for the spay surgery. Luckily for little Midnight because besides a really bad case of ehrlichia, Midnight had pyometra. This would have been a death sentence if left untreated. Midnight received all the vet care she needed to recover and live a healthy life with her happy family.
 
Then there's Vetkop (Afrikaans for Fat Head) from Walvis Bay. Vetkop is a 1 year old big boy, who came home one day with a badly injured leg. The owner was unable to afford the extensive surgery needed, including a pin in the leg. The Emergency Fund came to their rescue. And he was also neutered.
 
Ouvrou (Afrikaans for Old Woman), from Okahandja, is an old Have a Heart client who was spayed a while ago. Around mid-September, she came home with a big wound on her belly. The owner immediately contacted the local vet clinic for help and luckily there was a vet available that day and this seemed a perfect case for the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund. Ouvrou was stitched up and since then her owners aren't letting her out of their sight for one second! Ouvrou is under lock down!
 
Our current emergency is beautiful Sasha from Rehoboth. Sasha's owner didn't know about Have a Heart and was desperate to get help for Sasha. Her belly was swollen up badly. Sasha's owner brought her to Dr. Oliver in Rehoboth and asked for help. Dr Olivier allocated Sasha as an AKI-HAH Emergency Fund candidate and received approval from us. Sasha's belly was full of fluid. The 1st thought was this happened due to internal parasites, so Sasha received the full treatment: drainage of fluids, spay, anti-parasite treatment, vitamins, lots of medication, and quality food to help her back on her feet. But Sasha didn't get better. Two days later her belly started swelling again. We are now waiting for blood test results to see what Sasha will still need to be- hopefully- a happy and healthy dog again soon. Her family is very worried and we-HAH & AKI- promised to do all we can to help Sasha. We will keep you posted!

These are just a few of the cases since last I wrote. There's also 4 cats rescued from Usakos (2 were in bad shape and had to be euthanized); dog Kapulla, whose eye was injured; dog Spike with an injured leg; dog Ou Spikes with a molar abcess; and a few others! 

Your support is helping cats and dogs in Namibia whose owners have no other place to look for help! Thank you, we are grateful for your kindness and generosity.

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A sad update just received on 27 September from Geesche (HAH-Namibia volunteer):

This time I sadly don't have good news, Ouvrou, the cat from Okahandja died in her owner's arms :-( she couldn't recover from her injuries. The vet checked her again yesterday as she didn't do well but there was nothing they could do for her except keeping her warm. This is sad but at least Ouvrou is a cat humans didn't fail. She was loved a long time and many tried to help her. When she died she was surrounded by her family, she was not alone or in pain. Thank you so much for making it possible for us to help Ouvrou!  

I also asked Geesche for an update on Sasha-we're still waiting for that, but Geesche said this:

"Hopefully we get an update on Sasha tomorrow. I'm so happy she got help, we just started working with the clinic in Rehoboth. Originally only for one semi feral cat colony but then the fantastic vet nurse Penny asked as if we can help a handful more cats and dogs and we were still busy sorting out the details about the dogs (how much we pay and what we want the dogs to get beside the operation) and along came Sasha. Perfect timing. 4 weeks earlier and there would be no way for her owner to pay for the treatment (he is disabled and unable to work, he only gets some monthly government disability funds) but instead to let her put down.

When she had to come back for her second treatment Penny sent me a message that the owner's family started to cry during Sasha's examination, this dog is so important for the family, I will try to push her treatment as far as possible."

And Geesche also told me about one more recent Emergency Fund case-it's not been easy to keep up with them all!:

"Oh and one more, Dr Baines operated a cat with cancer at the ear. He whatsapped me pictures but I still wait for details (where, when, names etc) and as soon as I have everything I'll send it through to you. In the pictures the cat looks a bit as if it went through a rough night but Dr Baines said she is happy and healthy!"

Midnight was treated for ehrlichia and pyometra
Midnight was treated for ehrlichia and pyometra
Vetkop-surgery on his injured leg & neutered
Vetkop-surgery on his injured leg & neutered
Ouvrou was treated for the wound on her belly
Ouvrou was treated for the wound on her belly
Sasha with swollen belly-hoping for good news
Sasha with swollen belly-hoping for good news

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