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
Feb 21, 2017

Spreading the animal care message on national radio

Community participants visiting SAWS after radio
Community participants visiting SAWS after radio

In early January, Vusumnotfo transported community participants from the Mshingishingini Spay Day to the capital city to share their experiences on national radio. Lizzy Dlamini, Khetsiwe Mamba, Winile Mtsetfwa, and Nomcebo Dlamini each had a dog or cat operated on during our June 25 spay day.

The radio interview was in siSwati so was an ideal opportunity for community participants to share with the nation their direct experiences of the benefits of a well cared for animal.

Lizzy, Khetsiwe, Winile and Nomcebo assured people that the Vet officers were professional doctors who really knew what they were doing. They said how healthy their animals now were, that their animals had stopped wandering, were no longer a problem but instead had become friendly. They spoke of the daily pleasure of being greeted by a dog with a wagging tail. After the radio recording we took Lizzy, Khetsiwe, Winile and Nomcebo to visit SAWS animal welfare shelter in Mbabane.

After the radio show for several weeks we received a lot of phone calls from across the nation. The information coming directly from community participants had a big impact and generated a lot of interest. With your support, we are planning for another community spay day in June, 2017.

Medical check before surgery
Medical check before surgery
 
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