Nov 22, 2017

Report #25 - Observations from a Finnish girl in Swaziland

Kitty sharing
Kitty sharing

Hi, I am Niina, a Finnish intern working at Hlanganani Pre and Primary school in Piggs Peak, Swaziland.

 

In Finland, I grew up enjoying the companionships of pets, but many of the students attending Hlanganani did not. By having the two cats at the school, our objective is to support students learning to enjoy pets. Recently, I took 2 kittens to the school for additional sharing.

 

The kittens spent most of their school day up at the preschool where the children from grade 000 and 00 got to pet them and follow them playing around the classrooms. Some children were more reserved, where others wanted to hold them.

 

It makes me happy to see how the students are starting to show affection and care towards pets, because most of the students were very afraid of cats before the school started this project.

 

Much of the negative behaviour towards cats and dogs arises because children did not grow up with them in a positive manner. This is the negative cycle we are trying to turn around.

 

This project has three benefits - the veterinary services provided to dogs and cats at the community spay day, and at the school by the local vet; the positive impact observed by people whose animals received these services; and the influence this has on our social norms.

 

Thank you so much for your continued support to carry out this activity.  Thank you for sharing the greater message about the social norms arising from positive animal care.  It is these little things that overtime add up to big changes. 

I can do it
I can do it
Chilled cat
Chilled cat
This is starting to be nice
This is starting to be nice
Cats rule the office
Cats rule the office
Aug 22, 2017

Report #24 - Education sessions at 8 schools

Ndlalambi Nazarene Primary School
Ndlalambi Nazarene Primary School

In preparation for our 3rd spay clinic, from July 5 - 12 we carried out education sessions at 8 schools.

As the location for our 2017 spay clinic is 30 Km from our previous two spay clinics, only a few students had some awareness, most were totally new to the concept.

This showed in the students' questions - will animals operated on die?, will they still be able to hunt?, will they still be able to guard the homesteads? Due to the lack of available veterinary services for dogs and cats in the rural area, very few people know about, or have direct experience with, treatment options. 

After explaining about the spay clinic services and the schedule for registration at the dip tanks, we discussed the important features of daily animal care, and how these influence our social norms around responsibility and empathy.

All told, 219 staff members and 4,167 students were exposed to the animal care message. 

We at Vusumnotfo feel strongly that this project has three benefits - the veterinary services to dogs and cats, the positive demonstration this provides at community level about animal care, and the resulting influence this has on our social norms.

Thank you so much for your continued support to carry out this service.  And thank you for sharing the greater message regarding the social norms related to good animal care.  

Nhlambeni Primary
Nhlambeni Primary
Etimphisini High School
Etimphisini High School
Heading home to tell parents
Heading home to tell parents
May 25, 2017

Medical Checks

Medical checks before surgery
Medical checks before surgery

On a Community Spay day, every animal is given a medical check. This includes a general medical check, de-wormers, rabies vaccinations & manage treatment if necessary, as well as treating any other obvious ailments.
The medical check is also used to determine if an animal is healthy enough to be operated on. It is telling that in our 2014 Community Spay Day, people needed to be convinced about the operation. But this time, 123 animals were registered for operations and 90 for medical wellness checks. This represents a significant shift in people’s attitude towards having an animal sterilized.
Unfortunately, many of the animals are not healthy enough for the operation. Also under the conditions of a community spay day, 50 is about the maximum number of operations that can be done in a day. So we exceeded our target in that 54 animals were sterilized. 

At community level word has spread about the spay days.  We recently were given permission by Ludzibini to carry out a spay day.  What I found interesting about our meeting with the Inner Council is that they all had specific questions about the spay day, indicating that they had heard from people in the other areas where we have done a spay day.  We are hoping to do the Ludzibini Spay Day by end of August, pending funding for the medicines, so thank you for your support. 

Nervous
Nervous
Medical checks before surgery
Medical checks before surgery
Medical checks before surgery
Medical checks before surgery
Medical checks before surgery
Medical checks before surgery
Medical checks before surgery
Medical checks before surgery
 
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