August 7-return client gets booster, anti-parasite
Our last Progress Report covered March and April. With this report, we bring you many updates about how HAH-Namibia has used your donations from June through August. All of you should feel proud and happy that you've made such a great impact and that because of you, HAH has been able to help so many cats and dogs.
As most of you know, Have A Heart mainly spends AKI funds on internal and external parasite treatment (ticks, fleas, worms) and booster vaccinations for returning customers; on emergency vet care; and on cat spay/neuter--3 areas where HAH usually has funding shortfalls.
After a dog or cat is sterilized, Have a Heart continues to help caring owners keep their pets happy and healthy.
One important part of this is the booster vaccination (rabies) and treatment against internal and external parasites. That makes sense of course--you don't want to spay/neuter only to have the dog or cat get very sick from something very preventable.
During the 1st week of August, 25 dogs and 1 cat from Usakos and 33 dogs and 5 cats from Karibib received parasite treatments and boosters!
Then, during the mid-August HAH mobile clinic visit to Kamanjab and Khorixas, 6 cats and 88 dogs showed up for a follow up visit and received parasite treatments and rabies vaccinations. (See 2 pictures, credit: Sharon Baines) ALL FOLLOW-UP CARE WAS FUNDED BY AKI DONORS!
Also in August, HAH used AKI funds for Blik's (Afrikaans for Tin) treatment for transmissible venereal tumor (TVT). Blik had been neutered, vaccinated, and treated against parasites during a fantastic Have A Heart-Namibia spay day at Kappsfarm, Nambia in December 2018. But then, at the end of July, his owner had to come back to HAH and ask for help. He noticed lumps under Blik’s skin and Blik was losing weight.
It turned out that Blik has TVT, which he must have gotten prior to being neutered. TVT can show up anywhere, even in the eyes. Blik has TVT under his skin. Untreated, TVT is deadly. However, it is easily treated (if funds and the necessary meds are available). To treat TVT, an injection (vincristine, a chemotherapy) is given once a week for 6 weeks.
Luckily, Blik’s owner knew where to look for help. Not only that, Dr. Maya was able to organize Blik’s treatment at the Rhino Park Vet Clinic. Cat Adams offered to transport Blik from Kappsfarm to the clinic in Windhoek. And Blik’s medical costs are being covered by Animal-Kind International donors as part of our emergency fund to Have A Heart-Namibia (see picture of the lumps on Blik's skin).
Blik still has a few more treatments to go. One of his chemo treatments was on August 12, and he was already looking and feeling so much better (see picture). Soon he'll be back to 100% health!
Also in August, we received news from Wagter's owner from Kamanjab. During a 2018 spay day, Wagter's owner had asked Dr. Baine's for help-Wagter had an ingrown collar. Sure, we'd normally blame the owner and consider this a cruelty case. But it turns out that Wagter's owner felt very bad about it and was desperate to get help for Wagter. Dr. Baines performed emergency surgery that saved Wagter's life!--it was funded by Animal-Kind International's emergency fund. During the August spay days in Kamanjab, Wagter showed up for his follow-up (booster, anti-parasite) visit, and Dr. Baines was able to get a picture of the happy dog! (see photo).
AKI's emergency fund came in very handy during July.
When Spotti wasn't feeling well, Immanuel brought him to Dr. Erna in Mariental. It turns out that Spotti had tick bite fever. Dr. Erna contacted HAH to get approval to use the AKI emergency fund to treat Spotti. She placed Spotti on antibiotics. Once Spotti was feeling better, he was neutered, vaccinated, and treated against parasites--all with AKI funds. Dr. Erna wrote: "Spotti has a sad face because he lost a piece of his manhood today! But owner Immanuel is all smiles!" (see picture).
In early July, AKI's emergency fund saved tiny Ninja's life. Ninja was found in Luderitz at a fish factory, her tail badly injured (see picture). She was in horrible pain, hungry, and cold. The person who found her immediately feel in love with her and wanted to help her. He is currently unemployed, so he contacted HAH. HAH was able to find a ride for Ninja (thanks to Nicole) from Luderitz to the Swakopmund Vet Clinic--900 kilometers! And then, Nicole transported Ninja back to her rescuer. She will be spayed when the mobile clinic goes to Luderitz in September. In a message from HAH we heard that, "Now that the pain is gone, she is very vocal and cuddly, and is eating for Africa."
In June, the planning for the Karibib feral cat spay/neuter campaign began. There are at least 4 feral cat colonies in Karibib that are regularly fed and that number between 15 and 40 cats. (Karibib is a small town with a population of 6,900.) A few months earlier, HAH had been contacted about helping with s/n there. Of course they said yes, but they were concerned about catching and transporting the cats to the vet. The cat colony caretakers were prepared to trap the cats and place them in transport boxes. But the closest vet is 65 kilometers away (Omaruru), the State Vet, Dr. Estelle. Luckily, she was keen to help! HAH found someone to transport the cats
This is where AKI comes in. Geesche had been worried about the funds for feral cat s/n, so she proposed to use AKI support for this. In early July, HAH held the 1st AKI Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Day in Karibib.
19 cats - 12 female and 7 male - were sterilized and vaccinated and are now part of the solution! These animals have a tough life, so besides s/n, they also get good, long-term antibiotics, vitamins, and parasite prevention (see picture of the kitties in their transport boxes).
For all of this and more-we are so grateful for your support!
August 14 return customers
Blik had TVT-it showed up as lumps under his skin
Blik after a few chemo treatments-doing better!
Wagter, 1 yr after emergency op to remove collar
Spotti-antibiotics, anti-parasite, booster, neuter
Ninja's tail was injured-treated w/AKI funds
Transport boxes for Karibib feral cats