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