Aug 30, 2018

July: A record-setting month for USPCA adoptions!

A July adoption
A July adoption

We so often mention how crowded the Uganda SPCA Haven is (and it definitely is, which is just one reason we need a larger sanctuary). But during some months, there's another side of the coin: sometimes many cats and dogs leave The Haven-and go to great homes. July was one of those months.

During July, TWENTY-SEVEN USPCA Haven cats and dogs were adopted!-some of their pictures are attached.

What does this tell us?

More people than ever know about the Uganda SPCA Haven.

More people than ever are willing to adopt from The Haven.

We may be winning the battle against the demand for purebreds (most USPCA Haven dogs are mixed breeds).

Owning a pet (v. a guard dog or mouser) is becoming more common-at least around the Kampala/Entebbe urban area.

During June, July, and August, Alex Ochieng and his team made several post-adoption home visits. -see a few of their pictures attached. 

At each home, they found only good news! All cats and dogs they visited were happy, healthy, and well-adjusted!

What does this tell us?

Just what we suspected: Uganda SPCA is doing a great job helping troubled cats and dogs recover and get them ready to be adopted, and screening potential adoptive homes!

Of course, there's still that other side of the coin. During July and August, many cats and dogs were admitted to the USPCA Haven.

There was a beautiful Great Dane, left behind by his owner when he left the country-left locked in the owner's abandoned compound, for 3 weeks before someone realized that there was a dog inside and that no one was feeding or giving the dog water! The dog is now safe at The Haven. (see picture)

In early August, Diego came to The Haven thanks to Opolot Benjamin, who knew of the situation at Diego's home (he was chained, fed very little, rarely had water). Benjamin tried to help Diego at "in-situ," but when it became impossible, Benjamin alerted the USPCA. 

What does this tell us?

The USPCA is a trusted and effective advocate for animals.

What does all of this mean for the USPCA and those of us who care about the USPCA Haven?

We need to keep up with the growth in popularity of adopting, as well as keep up with human population growth and the never ending supply of cats and dogs in need (which doesn't end just because people are adopting) by providing a modern, comfortable, adoption and learning center.

And we need to redouble our efforts to raise money for a new Haven!

A July adoption
A July adoption
A July adoption
A July adoption
A July adoption
A July adoption
A July adoption
A July adoption
A July adoption
A July adoption
A July adoption
A July adoption
A July adoption
A July adoption
Home visit-Max & Maggy
Home visit-Max & Maggy
Home visit-Tuyoo and Flappy's adoptive home
Home visit-Tuyoo and Flappy's adoptive home
Home visit-Snowy
Home visit-Snowy
Home visit Lola and Simba's home
Home visit Lola and Simba's home
Home visit-Geoff
Home visit-Geoff
Great Dane rescued after 3 wks with no food/water
Great Dane rescued after 3 wks with no food/water
Diego rescued from a sad situation
Diego rescued from a sad situation

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Jun 25, 2018

You're A Part of Something Big

Blackie bitten by a dog rec'd meds, food, doghouse
Blackie bitten by a dog rec'd meds, food, doghouse

You, as donors to our Animal-Kind International GlobalGiving project in support of Have A Heart-Namibia, already know that HAH's mobile spay/neuter clinic travels to parts of Namibia where there's no accessible vet care, and provides s/n at no charge. It's a huge -and very successful effort to bring s/n to communities that never before had that option for dog and cat population control.

AKI's support is usually used for vet care (other than s/n) of cats, dogs, donkeys, horses, and has even included a rat because that's where HAH's funding shortfall lies. Can you imagine if the mobile clinic came to town to s/n but had no funds to provide vet care in distant communities? We won't let that happen. 

The pictures that go with this report are of 3 dogs, recently helped thanks to AKI-GG donors. You might think: that's not much, 3 dogs....but here's a recent Facebook post from Geesche, HAH-Namibia Coordinator, describing how you are a part of something BIG:

"There is no way we will ever be able to say enough THANK YOUs to Animal-Kind International and its supporters! For many years Have a Heart and the dogs and cats in need in Namibia have been supported by Animal-Kind International, always trusting us by allowing us to use the money where ever we think it's needed most. Animal-Kind International have been supporting us from day 1, helping us through the difficult start, when there were so many dogs and cats in urgent need of spay or neuter, but funds were low.

But not only financial support, also very patient, moral support sent in many mails, helped us so much!

The trusting in us and allowing us to use the donations where they are needed most made it possible for us to help not only many, many dogs and cats with spay/neuter operations, but also with ongoing parasite treatment and vaccinations of our old customers, emergency treatment, parasite treatment and rabies vaccination for horses and donkeys, and many emergency treatments for dogs and cats in need.

Snoopy, Blompot, Lady, Jose, Nica and Blacky are just a few of the many dogs and cats that have been helped over the years without a second of delay, because we as a spay and neuter program had funds from Animal-Kind International for such emergencies available.

THANK YOU ANIMAL-KIND INTERNATIONAL, Namibia's dogs and cats and Have a Heart owes you big time!"

Blackie was sent home with food & blanket
Blackie was sent home with food & blanket
Wagter got meds for internal & external parasites
Wagter got meds for internal & external parasites
Wagter also got a doghouse, blanket & food
Wagter also got a doghouse, blanket & food
Dave was treated for a horrible wound on his head
Dave was treated for a horrible wound on his head
Dave's owner had a stroke & he had to be re-homed
Dave's owner had a stroke & he had to be re-homed
Dave rec'd antibiotics, parasite treatment, food
Dave rec'd antibiotics, parasite treatment, food
Animal-Kind International in Namibia!
Animal-Kind International in Namibia!

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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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