Jun 4, 2018

Think in the long-term, work in the short-term

Alex rescues 2 tiny kitties from a pit latrine
Alex rescues 2 tiny kitties from a pit latrine

That's our strategy: While we are planning for, hoping for, and working towards the day we can have a new Uganda SPCA Haven, we don't forget that the USPCA has short-term needs that we, Animal-Kind International, are committed to helping them meet. So while we are still a long way from our long-term goal-a larger, more accomodating Haven, we aren't overlooking our short-term goals of helping the USPCA provide food for shelter cats and dogs, provide vet care, including spay/neuter, pay the shelter's monthly bills-rent, electricity, phone, cooking fuel, and salaries. In fact, AKI donors covered about 50% of the USPCA Haven's costs to operate the shelter in 2017 (this is from donations to AKI other than those designated for a new shelter).

Here are just a few of the recently arrived USPCA Haven residents and their stories:

About 1 year ago, Haven shelter manager Alex received a call about a puppy stuck in a pit latrine. The puppy had been there for almost a week, the family had thrown food down to the pup, and finally the family's neighbor advised them to call the USPCA. That puppy was brought to The Haven and adopted. Alex's experience from that rescue served him well, when in mid-March the USPCA was called about tiny kitties stuck in a latrine for 2 days. They had their tools ready, the USPCA team performed a successful rescue (see picture), and brought the 2 kitties to The Haven, where they were bathed (picture attached) and they recovered from their unpleasant ordeal!

Bisikwa had been living with her 6 dogs in Seeta, but sadly, her landlord sold the plot and the new owner told her to leave the house within 7 days. Bisikwa was shocked and had no idea what to do about her "6 babies and yet am still in college." She called the USPCA pleading for help. Of course she couldn't face putting them out on the street, where they'd suffer and might be poisoned. Can you imagine if the Uganda SPCA wasn't there for Bisikwa and Nina, Poppy, Jack, Harry, Smith, and Ford (attached picture, March 29, with Bisikwa at The Haven)? 

Besides pit latrine rescues and razor wire rescues (2 cats), Alex and the USPCA team also crawl through culverts to rescue animals!  Kristie contacted the USPCA on April 6 about 5 puppies in a drainage ditch. Alex crawled into the ditch (picture attached) and rescued all 5 (picture post-rescue, all puppies are sleeping contentedly, April 12).

On April 24, the USPCA received a call about a dog chained to a tree, left in the rain. Alex and team headed to the spot, and heard from neighbors that the dog had been chained there for a long time, never left off the chain, they didn't know if anyone gave food or water to the dog. The team removed the chain and brought the dog to The Haven, where Alex reported that "the dog is feeling much better." -see 2 pictures.

Lastly, we dedicate this GlobalGiving update to Muscle, pictured with Alex. Muscle was rescued on January 6 and had been doing well until early April, when his back legs became weak. On April 2, Dr. Singh examined him, and then Dr. Gibson provided a 2nd opinion. On April 13, Muscle was put to sleep when Dr. Gibson found that the problem was with Muscle's back and was getting worse and nothing could be done.

For Muscle and all the cats and dogs in Uganda who rely on The Haven for safety, love, and caring, it's because of you, our donors, that we can continue to think long-term, while making sure the USPCA meets their short-term needs--and that they never have to turn away an animal in need.

Rescued from a pit latrine, 2 kitties after baths
Rescued from a pit latrine, 2 kitties after baths
Bisikwa had to surrender her 6 dogs to the USPCA
Bisikwa had to surrender her 6 dogs to the USPCA
Alex prepares to crawl into a culvert for a rescue
Alex prepares to crawl into a culvert for a rescue
5 puppies rescued from culvert
5 puppies rescued from culvert
Dog chained to a tree, left in the rain
Dog chained to a tree, left in the rain
Dog is finally off the chain!
Dog is finally off the chain!
We dedicate this update to Muscle
We dedicate this update to Muscle

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Apr 2, 2018

3 dogs get help, 1 cat returns to visit

Nica, just after surgery on her leg & spay
Nica, just after surgery on her leg & spay

Dear HAH-Namibia/Mobile & AKI Supporters,

Our GlobalGiving fundraiser covers the cost of vet care for any animal brought to the HAH-Namibia/Mobile spay/neuter clinic and s/n of cats. These are 2 funding shortfalls, usually not covered by other donations to HAH (most donations to HAH cover s/n of dogs, standard vaccinations, but no vet care).

Over the last few months, several cats and dogs were helped at HAH-Mobile clinics, thanks to your donations. Here are a few of their stories:

Beautiful Nica, is from DRC, a poor township of Swakopmund (see picture of the area below). Nica is a very sweet and friendly little girl. Her leg had been injured, and her owner didn't care enough, didn't have the money, or otherwise, couldn't get access to vet care, so her leg was never treated and didn't heal well. And then her owner moved away and left Nica behind! A local organization, Feed a Paw, stepped up and provided food for Nica and contacted Geesche/HAH. Geesche told Feed a Paw that HAH would spay Nica and get her leg treated--thanks to AKI donations!  When the neighbor heard that Nica would be spayed, he agreed to adopt her.

At the end of February, Nica was spayed and she had surgery on her leg. In early March, we heard she was healing very well (see picture).

When she went to live with her new owner, Geesche sent along a big bag of dog food and a blanket, also thanks to AKI donors!

Another sweet dog didn't fare as well. While at the Luderitz SPCA, Lady hadn't eaten for 5 days, so the SPCA contacted the Windhoek Flight and Training Center, and they agreed to pick her up and fly her from Luderitz to Windhoek--850 kilometers!, where she could get the care she needed (see Lady's picture of her on the plane, ready to take off). In Windhoek, the vet immediately put her on a drip and then did a blood test and a liver scan to check if she might have a liver tumor. It turned out that her liver was destroyed, there was nothing more that could be done for Lady and she was humanely euthanized. Thanks to AKI donors, she received vet care in Windhoek and no longer had to suffer.

In mid-March, Blompot visited the HAH-Namibia/Mobile clinic in Bethanie. Blompot had been attacked by a dog last year and her leg had been broken. There's no vet in or near Bethanie, so Blompot's family had to wait for the HAH clinic to arrive. At the HAH mobile clinic, Blompot's leg was repaired, thanks to our GlobalGiving supporters. Her family brought her back to the HAH mobile clinic last month for a check up and mainly to say hello and thank you (see picture of Blompot, 100% healthy!)

And last for this update, is Jose. He and his 2 sisters had been sterilized at the August 2016 mobile clinic in Luderitz. And then, in mid-March, Jose was hit by a car. His family immediately asked the Luderitz SPCA for help and the SPCA contacted HAH/Geesche.  Geesche posted, “Of course we said we will help and luckily because of Animal-Kind International we had funds available for Jose to be treated by a vet!” Luderitz doesn't have a vet, so HAH organized a lift for Jose to Mariental. The vet there was prepared to take Jose to Windhoek so that his open fracture could be operated on and he would be under supervision over the weekend. But then sad news came in: an x-ray showed that not only was Jose's leg terribly damaged, his hip was destroyed. There was no way to help him and he was humanely euthanized. Geesche wrote, “But the reason we post this sad story is to say thank you everyone who helped Jose so that he didn't need to suffer!...Thank you to Animal-Kind International to make it possible for us as a spay and neuter program to also help injured animals in need.”

And we say, THANK YOU to our GlobalGiving project supporters-because of you, animals in need in Namibia receive help--and most go on to live happy, healthy lives. 

DRC, Swakopmund: the township where Nica lives
DRC, Swakopmund: the township where Nica lives
Nica's leg is healing nicely!
Nica's leg is healing nicely!
Lady wasn't well & desperately needed help
Lady wasn't well & desperately needed help
Blompot visits the Bethanie HAH mobile clinic
Blompot visits the Bethanie HAH mobile clinic
Jose, neutered in 2016, sadly, hit by a car in '18
Jose, neutered in 2016, sadly, hit by a car in '18

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Mar 12, 2018

Will 2018 be the year?

Peace was USPCA's 1st rescue of 2018
Peace was USPCA's 1st rescue of 2018

Will 2018 be the year that the Uganda SPCA will finally be able to purchase land for a new Haven sanctuary?

Knowing that you're in this effort with us, and that in Uganda, the South African Women's Association is holding a fundraising drive and that the USPCA's good repuation keeps growing, with more and more people seeing first hand, the demands on the USPCA and its contributions to Ugandan society, I feel a growing confidence that we'll reach our goal.

Yes, the demands on the USPCA Haven keep growing:

The 1st rescue of the new year was a dog who showed up outside the office of one of Uganda's daily newspapers, The New Vision. The caller said the young male had first appeared one week earlier (on December 28) and people at the office were giving him food and water, but they were worried that this gentle soul wouldn't fare well as a street dog, especially in that difficult part of town. They had named him Peace (see picture of him outside the New Vision office). For his safety and to give him a chance to find a real home, the USPCA team picked him up and brought him to The Haven. 

Andrew rescued a beautiful little brindle puppy (doesn't he look like a boxer?) on January 24, when he saw her on the road in Kansanga with an injured leg and eye. He brought her to The Haven, where Dr. Josephine performed surgery (see picture after surgery, on January 25). She's called Jicho.

After receiving an email message from someone in Sweden who knew about the situation that Roony was in, on February 21, Alex O. went to inspect. At the home where Roony lived (and had lived for 7 years), Alex found Roony with a bad case of mange and covered with fleas (see picture). The owner allowed the USPCA to take Roony to The Haven for treatment. 

On February 22, the USPCA received a message about a mama dog who had a litter of puppies in downtown Kampala.  The USPCA team rushed over there, where they saw the mama and found her pups safely tucked away in a pothole (see picture)! They were told by standers-by that that dog had puppies on a regular basis, some were hit by cars, some were taken by people to their homes to be pets. This litter was already old enough to wander off on their own, and with so much traffic in the area, the team knew they had to bring mama and her puppies to The Haven, where they'd be safe and find loving homes.

On February 25, Tiger's owner brought her and her 5 puppies to The Haven (see picture of Tiger)-he said he was moving and couldn't take them with him! Of course, the USPCA took them in (who knows what would have happened to them if the USPCA was unable to accept them!)

On Feb 26, Lindsay found a mama dog and her 9 babies on the road! She rounded them all up and brought them to the USPCA. She named the mama dog Bella.

And yes, the USPCA's reputation keeps growing and more people are adopting from the USPCA (see pictures below of adoptions of USPCA dogs, all in February!)

But as always, the number rescued and brought to The Haven always exceeds the number of animals adopted. I don't think that the USPCA Haven has ever had a month where adoptions exceed rescues. And that makes it even more important for this fundraiser to be successful.

Will 2018 be the year we transform The Haven into the sanctuary that we've dreamed about for more than 10 years? We sure hope so! And we--Animal-Kind International-- are going to make a big fundraising push to help make it happen. We won't give up until we've been successful. (But if not 2018, then 2019....we won't give up because the animals are depending on us!)

Jicho needed surgery on her injured eye & leg
Jicho needed surgery on her injured eye & leg
Roony went to The Haven for treatment
Roony went to The Haven for treatment
Mama dog with puppies tucked away in a pothole!
Mama dog with puppies tucked away in a pothole!
Tiger's owner said he couldn't keep her & the pups
Tiger's owner said he couldn't keep her & the pups
Bella & her 9 puppies safely at The Haven
Bella & her 9 puppies safely at The Haven
Bono and Lola get adopted!
Bono and Lola get adopted!
Jackie adopts a USPCA Haven dog!
Jackie adopts a USPCA Haven dog!
Ruth adopts a USPCA Haven dog!
Ruth adopts a USPCA Haven dog!
Christian adopts a USPCA Haven dog!
Christian adopts a USPCA Haven dog!
Drake adopts a USPCA Haven dog!
Drake adopts a USPCA Haven dog!
Another February adoption!
Another February adoption!
And another February adoption!
And another February adoption!

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