Jun 4, 2019

Fleas, ticks, and mites, oh my!

Treated for mange, April clinic, before-after
Treated for mange, April clinic, before-after

Here's a report from Geesche (HAH-Namibia) about the April and March mobile clinics and how our AKI supporters have contributed to the success of the clinics.

APRIL MOBILE CLINICS

The Mobile Animal Clinic headed south in April and saw a lot of old Have a Heart customers. Especially in Luderitz, Dr. Baines was very impressed with the many healthy animals he saw. AKI plays a big part in this success. Especially in Luderitz we have a huge problem with mange (mites!), but we are finally winning! He said only two dogs had a little bit of mange. Can you believe it? When we started mange was such a common thing, I'd say at least 50% of all township dogs had obvious mange, and even more when you count little mange patches at the ears or under the arm for example.

The inland towns have a huge problem with ticks, so many dogs have tick bite fever.... Here it is again, you will never know how many lives have been saved and how much suffering is prevented by treating the animals against parasites.

To have the biggest impact we do not only dip the dogs, they get an injection to also catch the internal parasites. Losing weight due to severe worms can be fatal in a township, where life is already tough.

This is again not a "big story," it's a little story of tiny parasites wreaking havoc on dogs' lives. This is a 5 year in the making story, saving hundreds of lives by treating them against parasites! This would not be possible without AKI!!! THANK YOU!!

Animals treated against parasites

April 2019

Keetmanshoop: 42 dogs, 2 cats

Bethanie: 46 dogs, 6 cats

Luderitz: 83 dogs, 9 cats

Maltahohe: 10 dogs, 1 cat

All of the animals are already sterilised, so this is only the follow up visitor numbers.

MARCH MOBILE CLINICS

March was a fantastic month for the Have a Heart animals in Namibia thanks to AKI!

During two spay trips to Otjiwarongo and Outjo and to Gobabis, Drimiopsis and Witvlei, AKI helped the following animals with the so important booster vaccinations and parasite treatments:

--At total of 8 cats received anti-parasite treatment, 5 of them a booster rabies vaccination

--95 dogs received anti-parasite treatment, 35 of them a full booster vaccination

As African wild dogs have been recently seen in the area around Gobabis, Drimiopsis, and Witvlei, it is important to keep domestic dog vaccinations up to date; canine distemper virus from domestic dogs is a serious threat to the endangered African wild dog. Besides all the many other advantages of vaccinating dogs and cats, knowing our Have a Heart family members are posing no risk to African wild dogs is a huge relief!

Thanks a million again!!!!--from Geesche, HAH-Namibia

And thanks a million again from AKI!!!!!

Mange treatment, before-after (April)
Mange treatment, before-after (April)
HAH-Namibia April mobile clinic
HAH-Namibia April mobile clinic
HAH-Namibia April mobile clinic
HAH-Namibia April mobile clinic
HAH-Namibia April mobile clinic
HAH-Namibia April mobile clinic
HAH-Namibia March mobile clinic
HAH-Namibia March mobile clinic
A happy HAH-Namibia client
A happy HAH-Namibia client

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May 13, 2019

My Visit to the Uganda SPCA Haven

USPCA staff-except for 3- & me
USPCA staff-except for 3- & me

During March and April, I spent 3 weeks in Uganda (for my job with US Agency for International Development) and I spent all 3 weekends, both Saturday and Sunday, at The Haven. What better place to be when in Kampala?!
Currently, there are about 230 dogs and cats at The Haven. I remember when the number first went above 200 animals, around 5 years ago. And since then, it's never dropped below 200. Although that's far more than was ever intended (in 2006, we thought 80 dogs and 20 cats was reasonable), the new pens-and more pens--don't make it feel quite so crowded.
It's only when you try to walk dogs or maneuver from pen to pen (for feeding time or petting time), you realize that for such a small space, there are far too many dogs. Or to put it another way, all these dogs need to be in the safe environment that The Haven offers, but the space is far too small to hold all the dogs in need of shelter. The cats do much better, with 1 large cattery (donated by a generous AKI donor), a converted garage, and a pen (in the office) for very small kitties.
Since I was last in Uganda (about 2 1/2 years ago), The Haven has added more staff, which is great news. In the group picture attached, you can see: Jackie (vet assistant), Moses, Alex (shelter manager), Fred, Irene, and Lydia. Not in the group picture, but shown separately, there's Dominic, Mary, and Vincent. Josephine (see picture at community vet clinic) is the USPCA vet, new since last I visited.
Even in the short time I was in Uganda, the number of dogs at The Haven increased. Two mama dogs with puppies were rescued in Lubowa; I participated in one rescue of a young male dog, who was saved by a kind neighbor who chased away some kids who were throwing stones at the dog and then called the USPCA (pictured with Dominic); additionally, 4 adult dogs were either brought to or rescued by the USPCA, as were numerous puppies (without moms)--probably an average of about 1 dog/day over the 3 weeks I was in Uganda. A few cats were rescued and brought to The Haven during those 3 weeks.
How many dogs and cats were adopted in that timespan? Four dogs (2 of them puppies) and 2 cats. So much for balance!
So you can see that the numbers are only going to increase. I think this is not necessarily because there's more cruelty, but because more people know about The Haven and because cruelty has become less acceptable. Most of the people who report dogs and cats in need of rescue, most of the people who actually rescue animals and bring them to The Haven, and most adopters are Ugandans. About 50% of the people who came to volunteer while I was volunteering were Ugandan.  The Haven is Uganda's animal shelter, Uganda's animal welfare organization. 
I was shocked by the new construction next to and across from The Haven (see picture)--Kampala is booming. I bet it won't be long before people begin to complain about the noise of the dogs barking and even the smell (I think The Haven is kept very clean, but I'm sure people will complain!).
While I was in Uganda, we looked at a few plots of land, but none were suitable-too expensive, too inaccessible, too small. This remains a priority for the USPCA-two board members with good connections are now tasked with identifying land within USPCA's budget, possibly owned by someone who would be willing to consider a partial donation (land between Kampala and Entebbe has become so expensive, and with some big land owners, we are hoping to find a generous soul to donate a portion of a plot).
Alex, Haven Shelter Manager, presented a certificate (pictured) to me/AKI, but it is for all of you who have donated, who stick with us, and who are committed to seeing the USPCA Haven on a new, spacious plot of land. I am 100% sure that we will get there, it might take longer than we'd like, but it will happen!

Dominic w/dog rescued from kids throwing stones
Dominic w/dog rescued from kids throwing stones
USPCA's Mary in a puppy pen
USPCA's Mary in a puppy pen
USPCA's Vincent, 1 of the new staff
USPCA's Vincent, 1 of the new staff
Dr. Josephine-USPCA Community Clinic in Kawempe
Dr. Josephine-USPCA Community Clinic in Kawempe
Across from The Haven-new construction
Across from The Haven-new construction
USPCA certificate presented to AKI donors
USPCA certificate presented to AKI donors

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Mar 14, 2019

Have A Heart-Namibia Update-including a happy pig!

Peet at the vet's office on Jan 17
Peet at the vet's office on Jan 17

Thanks to your generosity, Have A Heart-Namibia (through your donations to GlobalGiving for Animal-Kind International) has helped so many cats and dogs since I last wrote in December. We continue to provide vet treatment through the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund, support HAH parasite treatment and booster shots, and contribute to HAH spay/neuter when we have available funds. Here's how your donations have been used in the last few months:

On January 17, Geesche (HAH) told us about Peet:
We had a little customer for AKI, Peet broke his leg - twice - it must be super painful :-(
He is from Mondesa location in Swakopmund and his owner Mr. Haraseb asked for help for little Peet. 
Peet's leg got fixed and he got neutered at the Swakop Vet Clinic, thanks to AKI!!!! He will have to come in on Friday for a bandage change, and then later will have to get the pin removed from his leg. I will keep you posted.
Then, on February 19, Geesche sent an update about Peet:
Peet's owner showed up with Peet and his other dog at the vaccination and parasite day we had last Saturday! Vet Nurse Sheelagh recognised Peet immediately, spoke to the owner and told him to come to the clinic the next day, as Peet needed a control x-ray because of the pin still in his leg. The next day Peet was checked by Dr Tharina at the clinic and except for a little eczema on his face, he was perfectly fine and will get his pin removed in two weeks. Of course he received treatment for the eczema! 
(See the pictures of Peet on January 17 when he was treated for the broken leg, and then on Feb 19, when he returned to HAH vaccination and parasite day).
On March 5, we received this message from Geesche about Fire:
Fire broke his leg when he got hit by a car, probably on his way looking for a female dog in heat. His owner brought him to the clinic on Saturday evening and Dr. Tharina phoned me. She said Fire will need surgery but his owner can't afford it, will AKI be able to help? I said yes, the emergency fund is for dogs like Fire. 
She said Fire will get his operation on Monday morning and she is beyond thankful for AKI's emergency fund as Fire otherwise would have to be put down, and that would be only because Fire's clearly caring owner can't afford the operation.  This would have been terrible and traumatic for him, his family and also not easy for the vet!
Fire is now recovering at home, he was of course also neutered, vaccinated and treated against parasites. He received his vitamin injection to boost his healing and of course pain medication!  All thanks to AKI!
On January 27, we heard from Geesche about Wagter:
Wagter came in with an ingrown collar. Yes, this is something that is easily preventable and I'm sure the family learned their lesson, but more important is that Wagter received help! 
Wagter was in pain and he would have died eventually and his family would not have been able to do anything about it without AKI's emergency fund. Because of AKI it was no question Wagter will get what is needed in order for him to heal!
Dr. Baines removed the collar, cleaned and stitched the wound, neutered and  vaccinated Wagter and treated him against parasites. He got a vitamin and a pain injection and antibiotics. In short, poor Wagter got a second chance to live a happy and healthy life! All only because of AKI!! Can you imagine the relief his family experienced when they realised Wagter will be helped when they thought there is no help for him? AKI took a big burden off their shoulders. Not to mention how Wagter must feel now-no more pain!! Thank yous are not not enough. (See picture of Wagter).
Besides the Emergency Fund, we're still supporting HAH-Namibia booster shots and parasite treatment for pets brought back to the HAH-mobile clinic. On February 19, Geesche told us: 
We saw a total of 111 dogs and 2 cats on our vaccination day, all of them received anti-parasite treatment and 50 of them were due for their booster vaccination.
Up to date vaccination is so important as we have lots of parvo and also some distemper deaths in this area.
And of course we have a huge problem with mange and lots and lots of fleas, ticks (all houses are built on plain sand) and worms - only a handful of houses have running water. Parasite treatment in dogs and cats is essential to keep not only animals but also their families healthy. And while we are there, nail cutting if need is of course also done.
Also, thanks to your donations, we were able to support booster shots and parasite treatment at the Karibib and Usakos HAH mobile clinics in February:
HAH vaccinated and provided anti-parasite treatment for 37 dogs and 1 cat in Kamanjab, and in Khorixas 15 dogs and 3 cats! Geesche wrote, "Thank you so so so much! Especially Khorixas is somehow a "forgetten" town but the dog and cat owners are so grateful for the support!"
Here's one of the very grateful clients: Hendrik Gawiseb and his children are very thankful to Have a Heart and AKI about the ongoing support they got for their dogs Beauty, Brownie, and Witfoet (White Foot). All three came to see us during the vaccination day and received their needed vaccinations and parasite treatment! (See picture)
 
But we saved the best for last.....a happy pig, thanks to HAH, your donations, and AKI!
From Geesche: 27 January, we had a very special customer asking for help in Khorixas: Pinky, a little piglet (first time we were asked for help for a pig or piglet!) was brought in to Dr. Baines. Pinky had a big hernia. Luckily Dr. Baines has been able to help Pinky and the little one is already feeling so much better! 
In Germany we have the so called "Glücksschwein". Translated it's a lucky-pig. Such a Glücksschwein is supposed to bring you lots of luck and money :-) So I hope Pinky will be super busy in 2019 and will bring you tons of both! We are only able to help little Pinky because of AKI and we are also very happy about the fact that Pinky's family brought the little one to a vet in the first place. Pigs are just random animals for food here in Namibia. They are not mistreated in general but they are also not something special, but the fact his owners cared about the potential dangerous situation for Pinky and made the effort to present it to a vet, shows, this lucky piglet is in caring hands that worry about his well being and it is respected as a living creature. Thank you so much AKI to make it possible for us to support such great people without even having to think about it twice! Pinky and his family shows, the world still has good people!
Thank you to our donors for all this great work that HAH has been able to accomplish for Namibia's dogs, cats, and pigs!

Peet's xray-leg broken in 2 places!
Peet's xray-leg broken in 2 places!
Peet returns to the HAH clinic on Feb 19
Peet returns to the HAH clinic on Feb 19
Fire's xray-another broken leg treated by AKI-HAH
Fire's xray-another broken leg treated by AKI-HAH
Fire's owner takes him home
Fire's owner takes him home
A booster-parasite treatment client
A booster-parasite treatment client
A kitty gets parasite treatment & booster shots
A kitty gets parasite treatment & booster shots
Feb 19 client for parasite treatment & shots
Feb 19 client for parasite treatment & shots
Kids bring their pets 4 parasite treatment & shots
Kids bring their pets 4 parasite treatment & shots
Hendrik Gawiseb's family-grateful to HAH & AKI!
Hendrik Gawiseb's family-grateful to HAH & AKI!
Wagter had an ingrown collar-Emergency Fund helped
Wagter had an ingrown collar-Emergency Fund helped
Pinky the pig-had a hernia!
Pinky the pig-had a hernia!
Dr. Baines removes Pinky's hernia
Dr. Baines removes Pinky's hernia
Dr. Baines and Pinky
Dr. Baines and Pinky

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