Ntfwalamkhona dip tank in the early morning
From mid May to June 24, 2016, Vusumnotfo and Swaziland Animal Welfare Society (SAWS) staff conducted registration for our 2nd Annual Community Spay Day (since held on June 25, 2016).
At 2 chiefdoms, 7 dip tanks, 3 primary schools, 1 high school, and 1 police station we conducted education and registration sessions. We explained about the basic practices of good care for dogs and cats and also how to use these practices to promote empathy and responsibility in young children. Afterwards people registered their dogs and cats for the upcoming spay day.
Although we were one community over from the location of our 1st Community Spay Day at Mshingishingini, it was very encouraging that at each session, a person would freely share that they had a family member whose dog or cat had been spayed in 2014. In the rural Swazi context, sharing personal positive stories in a public forum is a sign that people are starting to appreciate the results of a new concept. As one man said "my dog stays at home now and is part of the family. He runs up to greet me when I arrive back and this never happened before".
The level of interest was such that 201 dogs and 12 cats were registered for 123 operations and 90 medical wellness checks. Although we suspected that it might not be possible to treat this number of animals in a single community spay day, we also did not want to limit people.
So we took this as a challenge to do our best and strongly encouraged everyone who had registered to arrive early on the spay day. On behalf of the Spay Day Team, I am pleased to announce the results of Vusumnotfo’s 2nd Annual Community Spay Day on June 25 - 54 animals sterilized and 115 additional dogs & cats received necessary medical treatment. Wow!
In my next reports I will be sharing photos and detals of these amazing results. We are now getting calls from other communities asking “when can Vusumnotfo and SAWS do this in our community?” - so we really appreciate your continued support.
Community member sharing positive results
Simon Mamba (SAWS) explaining how to register
Heading home after cattle dipping