Animal-Kind International

To raise funds for AKI's partner animal welfare organizations in poor countries countries. Currently AKI has partner organizations in Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, South Sudan, Namibia, Ghana, Armenia, Bosnia, Jamaica, and Honduras. Our partner organizations can use AKI funds for their priority animal welfare needs. This fills a major gap--there are so few possibilities for fundraising for animals in these countries, and any grant funding that is available is very limited and narrow. AKI is guided by the principles that animal welfare has no boundaries; and that improving conditions for animals goes hand in hand with improving conditions for people. AKI does the due diligence on our partner ...
Jul 6, 2016

Your donations at work in Aus & Bethanie, Namibia

HAH May Spayathon with many observers!
HAH May Spayathon with many observers!

Dear AKI-Have A Heart Supporters,

At the end of 2015, Have A Heart-Luderitz expanded into Aus, and became HAH-Luderitz & Aus. Aus is a small town, with no vet, and many dogs and cats in need of care, including s/n. Then, in early 2016, HAH visited Bethanie, where they found a similar situation. So on May 31 and June 1, HAH-Luderitz & Aus added Bethanie, and held the 1st ever spayathon there. They were only able to do this because of your support.

UP to now, through the AKI-HAH project on GlobalGiving, we've given out 16 dog houses. We decided to use funds for s/n and any emergency care that may be needed rather than continue to build, paint and give out dog houses. The need and demand for sterilization and vet care is so much greater than the need and demand for dog houses.

Geesche with HAH-L, A, & B sent this news, which you can also read on the AKI Blog, with more detail and pictures, click here: Blog post from HAH

"After many hours of organisation and more than 2,300 kilometres traveled, the Have a Heart Luderitz team of Dr. Maya, Dr. Sarah, Dr. Baines, and Geesche managed, with your very much appreciated and much needed support and the help of 8 volunteers, to change the lives of 200 animals and their owners during only three and a half days of non-stop work in Luderitz and –for the first time ever – in Bethanie!"

The HAH Team had originally planned to spend only 1 day in Bethanie, but there were so many clients, they decided to come back the following day rather than put anyone off. Again, this was only possible because of AKI-HAH supporters. HAH-L, A, & B gets some local funding from individuals and businesses, but the bulk of their support is from our AKI donors.

Geesche ened her message on this upbeat note:

"When we started our work in Luderitz in 2014, most dog and cat owners were surprised that we also neuter males and not only spay females as “they are the ones having the babies”. We encourage neutering as it has not only countless advantages for the dog and cat itself and the owners, it also helps to preserve Namibia's Wildlife, namely the African Wild Cat! We are very happy about the fact that the number of cat neuters increased significantly in May 2016! Thank you for working with Have a Heart to aim for the time when there are NO MORE HOMELESS AND UNWANTED Pets on Namibia's streets! "

Thank you very much from AKI to our GlobalGiving supporters!

Karen

The HAH-L, A, & B Team and friends
The HAH-L, A, & B Team and friends
Dogs recovering from s/n surgery-Bethanie
Dogs recovering from s/n surgery-Bethanie

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Apr 20, 2016

Thank you from Stretch!

Geesche finds Stretch, who is very trusting
Geesche finds Stretch, who is very trusting

Dear AKI GlobalGiving Supporters,

As you know, our GlobalGiving project supports Have A Heart-Luderitz and Aus spayathons and dog house construction. I've sent several updates in the past about number of spays and neuters, and number of dog houses built. But sometimes it's all about one dog, and that's what this update is about--Stretch.

From Geesche (HAH-Luderitz/Aus):

His name is Stretch, we were driving around for the Spay Day [the last AKI-sponsored spay day of 2015] to pick up dogs and he was just walking there. I got out of the car hoping he would not run away - normally dogs in this bad stage are afraid of humans because they say the dog is ugly and chase them away or throw stones - but when I was calling him he came to me full of trust. I was in tears, I didn't have space for him, my landlord was already complaining about my three dogs, but I couldn't leave him behind.

The vet checked him and said there is nothing wrong with him, he just needs mange treatment and he will then grow to a happy and healthy dog and before I said a word Stretch already got his first mange injection, vitamins and de worming (sponsored by AKI). Luckily the very next day I found a foster home and his foster family decided to adopt him a few months later. He is the sweetest and friendliest guy! Love him to bits and I'm so so so happy he found his forever family!

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AKI/GlobalGiving donors-thank you so much for helping us raise money for spay/neuter, and mostly, for making sure Geesche always has the funds she needs to get needed treatment for dogs and cats in rural parts of Namibia, where the only vet service is Have A Heart.

Dr. Baines gives Stretch his 1st check up
Dr. Baines gives Stretch his 1st check up
Stretch 1 day after vet visit on his way to foster
Stretch 1 day after vet visit on his way to foster
Stretch 3 weeks after 1st mange treatment
Stretch 3 weeks after 1st mange treatment
Stretch loves to go to the beach!
Stretch loves to go to the beach!

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Jan 21, 2016

2015-s/n re-cap & some lucky ferals

AKI
AKI's Karibib Feral Cat Spayathon

Dear AKI & Have A Heart Supporters,

When I received a message from Geesche with HAH-Luderitz that said,

"We have a feral cat group in Karibib (small town between Swakop and Windhoek) and 1 of the volunteers asked Have a Heart for help. If it's ok with you, I will use some of the AKI money and plan an AKI feral cat spay day. What do you think?"

Thanks to our GlobalGiving donors, I was able to say, "YES, we'd be happy to support humane population control of a feral cat colony!"

Geesche sent me more information:

"According to the lady in Karibib, the feral cats live in a commercial yard (RR Importers), are fed and taken care of, but they don't want them to keep reproducing."

In the end, one other donor from Namibia came forward, and HAH (with Dr. Maya doing the surgeries) was able to sterilize all 16 feral cats (see poster).

2015 was certainly a good year for HAH, and so much of the success can be attributed to AKI's GlobalGiving Donors. During 2015, in Luderitz, HAH sterilized 76 dogs and cats; in Aus, 139 dogs and cats for a total of 215. 2015 was the 1st year that HAH worked in Aus. In 2014, HAH sterilized a total of 110 animals in Luderitz. Of the 2015 total (Luderritz & Aus), about 80 of those dogs and cats were s/n'd thanks to AKI donors!  Check out the poster attached for more statistics on HAH-Namibia's spayathons.

And lastly (and finally!), AKI has been accepted as a permanent member of GlobalGiving! We are looking forward to a long and fruitful partnership.

Thank you so much for your generous and ongoing support! We are so grateful for your help.

HAH Accomplishments-2015
HAH Accomplishments-2015
 
   

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