Jan 31, 2020

Adoptions & Post-Adoption Home Visits

A lucky USPCA dog adopted in December
A lucky USPCA dog adopted in December

Usually December is a slow month at the Uganda Society for the Protection & Care of Animals, with so many people leaving the country on holiday, so many heading to the village to be with family. But we're happy to report that even though slow, 29 lucky cats and dogs were adopted during December (See pictures of 4 rehomed USPCA alumni).

I was in Uganda for a few weeks in December (on US Agency for International Development work) and spent my weekends at The Haven. As always when I visit there, I am overwhelmed by the wonderful cats and dogs that The Haven cares for, the number of rescues-every day, day in and day out, the dedication and hard work of the staff. And as with each of my visits, the number of dogs (more so than cats) at the shelter grew since my last visit. The Haven is bursting at the seams! 

I met with USPCA Haven staff and some of the board members and volunteers. We came up with one way to alleviate some of the pressure on the staff: enlist volunteers to do post-adoption home visits. We decided to put out a request for volunteers, organize them according to where they live in Kampala (Entebbe too), train them, give them the post-adoption home visit form, and let them go!

Post-adoption home visits are usually fun to do--although some times you get a bad surprise when you visit an adoptive home, most USPCA adopters take good care of their pets. 

Already, our post-adoption volunteer force has been busy. Check out the picture of the dog on the trampoline, one of the homes visited by a newly trained volunteer. This was obviously one of the good surprises, a well-cared for, healthy, happy dog! Another volunteer visited 2 USPCA alumni living together at the same home and found them to be happy and healthy too (see picture). 

While this takes a burden off of Haven Manager and Assistant Manager, Alex and Jackie, it doesn't relieve the burden of over-crowding. While I was in Kampala, we discussed ways to finance land purchase and people to approach who might help us find land. In the short time I had in Kampala, we weren't able to find any suitable, reasonably priced plots to visit. 

We know there's no other way-we need to find a larger plot-so we will keep at this by raising money, talking to everyone we know about the great need, imploring landowners to sell to the USPCA (or partially donate) on good terms that we can afford.

We are so grateful that you are a part of this effort!

A USPCA kitty adopted in December
A USPCA kitty adopted in December
A USPCA alumni-adopted in December
A USPCA alumni-adopted in December
Another December adoption!
Another December adoption!
Post-adoption home visit-January
Post-adoption home visit-January
Another great home:post-adoption home visit
Another great home:post-adoption home visit

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Nov 25, 2019

AKI's Support for the HAH Emergency Fund

Witfoet-treated for TVT
Witfoet-treated for TVT

 

Thanks to donations to our GlobalGiving Project, the Have A Heart-Namibia Emergency Fund was there for Witfoet, Lucky, and Speedy.

Witfoet from Omaruru was neutered almost 4 months ago as part of HAH-Namibia's spay/neuter program. At that time, he was diagnosed with transmissable venereal tumor. We see a lot of TVT because of the many dogs who aren't spayed or neutered. (In our September Progress Report, we told you about how the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund was used to treat Blik's TVT). Witfoet started his once/week treatments funded by the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund (the treatment lasts for 6 weeks). On September 16 he had his last treatment. Witfoet was pronounced completely healthy. He's a much loved dog (see picture) and his famliy was very grateful to HAH for the assistance.

Lucky from Swakopmund was an HAH client last year, when he was neutered. In September, he was hit by a car and -(sorry GlobalGiving wouldn't let me post his picture)- got a really bad "carpet burn" on his tummy. It looks really painful, but thanks to the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund, he was put under Dr. Tharina's care. She was a bit worried the skin might peel off and that he could get an infection. But his family took good care of him and he healed up nicely.

Speedy from the Kapsfarm area was neutered in December 2018, an HAH client. He recently broke his leg and because of AKI's Emergency Fund, HAH could get him treated at Rhino Park clinic in Windhoek. He has the saddest eyes, but he's doing fine. He had plenty of pain meds and rest...just what he needed!

In October, Geesche asked me to help with the English translation of a kind of prospectus on Have A Heart-Namibia, something that HAH could give to businesses and others who might be interested in supporting the organization. I was proud that AKI featured on the 1st page of this several page document, and I thought you might be interested in this excerpt: 

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Since the first spay day in August of 2013, Have A Heart has grown to having teams working in over 20 towns across Namibia and has collectively sterilised over 7,500 (as of April 2019) animals.

How does it work?     HAH works with several vets who offer us a discounted rate and in December 2016, HAH was offered the opportunity to also book Dr Baines and his mobile veterinary clinic, the first and only in Namibia, to reach even more remote villages and settlements. The mobile clinic is on the road for a week of every month, holding spay days in remote towns without vets.

HAH provides free sterilisation operations to dogs and cats of low/no income families, which is defined as earning N$ 3,000 a month or less. Every animal sterilised also receives full vaccinations against diseases such as rabies, a multi-vitamin injection and internal and external parasite control treatment.

Due to additional funding from Animal-Kind International (USA), we are able to offer free basic medical treatment for injuries and sickness for any animal brought to HAH from the local community. This has included treating dogs and cats for tick bite fever, cuts, broken bones, snake bites and burns.

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[Later, the prospectus mentions that AKI also funds booster vaccinations, parasite treatments for returning clients, and fills in when funds for spay/neuter run short.]

Thank you to our GlobalGiving donors for giving us this opportunity to help so many cats and dogs in Namibia by keeping them healthy, happy, pain-free, and sterilized!

Speedy broke is leg-at home before treatment
Speedy broke is leg-at home before treatment
Speedy's leg was treated-HAH Emergency Fund
Speedy's leg was treated-HAH Emergency Fund

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Nov 5, 2019

Uganda SPCA: A Service to the Community

Kids bring their puppies to The Haven for vet care
Kids bring their puppies to The Haven for vet care

Many people think of animal welfare organizations as primarily serving animals. While that's why most of us get involved in animal welfare-to help animals--once we're involved, it becomes apparent that we're providing a community service, and along with the animals, we serve their caretakers and the wider community.

IMAGINE.... a larger shelter, one that would better accomodate visitors, school groups, community members.

IMAGINE....how many more animals would be helped, how many more Ugandan animal welfare advocates would be groomed to take on future challenges. 

IMAGINE.....the community resource that The Haven could be.

It's not difficult to imagine because already the USPCA gives so much to the community. For example:

In September, several boys who live near The Haven brought their puppies to the shelter for vaccinations, de-worming, and flea/tick treatment (see pictures). Every week, children visit The Haven to get help for their pets. (Haven Manager Alex always asks them to bring the mama dogs to be spayed, and usually they do).

As always, The Haven is full to the brim. In September 55 new animals arrived at the shelter. These included several mother dogs with litters of puppies, orphaned puppies and kittens, as well as juvenile and adult dogs and cats. The vast majority of the animals arriving at the shelter are under 1 year of age. The number of new arrivals was thankfully lower than previous months as the shelter is very full- August saw 69 new arrivals, 99 in July and 93 in June-the number of adoptions never exceeds the number of new arrivals. By the end of September, The Haven was home to 254 animals, up from 231 in August (see pictures of some of these lovely cats and dogs). Of course, if these animals weren't at The Haven, they would be roaming the streets endangering people and certainly the cats' and dogs' lives would be at risk-versus being safe, well-fed, and well-loved at The Haven. 

As usual, The Haven welcomed many visiting groups, mainly school groups, but also community groups. This is yet another community resource that the USPCA provides (see pictures). One of the most important community services is free community spay/neuter clinics, which the USPCA holds, approximately once a month, funds allowing.

The overwhelming number of dogs at the shelter means that if they don't have a way to deplete their energy and places to hide and feel comfortable, fights will break out. Wooden boxes are placed in each dog kennel so that shy dogs can get away from the crowds, dogs can have extra play space, and everyone can have a bit of quiet time when needed. The USPCA can use AKI's funds for their prioirty needs (except under this GlobalGiving project, for which donations are set aside to purchase land), and in October, the USPCA had 3 wooden boxes built (see picture) with a portion of the most recent AKI disbursement. While we always keep in mind that we are serving the human community, we never forget that our #1 service is to the animals, the unwanted, the battered, the hungry--the animals with no place else to turn but the USPCA. We're dedicated to making their lives happier, healthier, and more fulfilling. 

Thank you so much for your support of the USPCA. We won't give up until we raise enough funds so that the USPCA can grow to be the resource we know it can and should be.

Neighborhood kids visit The Haven
Neighborhood kids visit The Haven
Kids bring their puppies for shots & other care
Kids bring their puppies for shots & other care
One of many Haven cats waiting for a 4ever home
One of many Haven cats waiting for a 4ever home
One of many Haven dogs waiting for a 4ever home
One of many Haven dogs waiting for a 4ever home
2 Haven dogs waiting for their 4ever homes
2 Haven dogs waiting for their 4ever homes
Primary school students enjoy visiting The Haven
Primary school students enjoy visiting The Haven
Learning about puppies
Learning about puppies
USPCA had these boxes made for the dogs' kennels
USPCA had these boxes made for the dogs' kennels

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