Help Abused & Neglected Animals in the Seychelles

by Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)
Help Abused & Neglected Animals in the Seychelles
Help Abused & Neglected Animals in the Seychelles
Help Abused & Neglected Animals in the Seychelles
Help Abused & Neglected Animals in the Seychelles
Help Abused & Neglected Animals in the Seychelles
Help Abused & Neglected Animals in the Seychelles
Help Abused & Neglected Animals in the Seychelles
Help Abused & Neglected Animals in the Seychelles
Help Abused & Neglected Animals in the Seychelles
Help Abused & Neglected Animals in the Seychelles
Thanks for your support!
Thanks for your support!

Dear Supporters, 

Since 2015 our GVI Seychelles, Curieuse Island staff have been working hard to raise money for the SSPCA and we have been able to achieve so much!

Fundraising Highlights

All of our fundraising efforts were focused on raising enough money so that we could purchase medicines and supplies for the SSPCA so that they can conduct their annual sterilisation clinics. These clinics are offered free of charge to anyone who cannot afford to get their animals sterilised. 

During 2015 we hosted an Amazing Race around Curieuse Island where we saw 3 teams competing in various challenges and tasks. Later in the year, we went Trekking for Treasure, a conservation-themed treasure hunt. The events were both great successes and we managed to raise over £550 and a huge amount of awareness about the SSPCA and the work that they do.

Project Achievements

Due to the complexities and regulations surrounding purchasing controlled medicines from abroad, there were many delays in the planning of the sterilisation clinic. After much time-consuming organisation, the medicines were finally in the possession of the SSPCA on Mahe. The sterilisation clinic was intended to target 100 animals. It was a challenge in itself to organise a programme of this size in an island state. It needed many personnel to be involved, including vets, anaesthetists, vet technicians, the people making the travel arrangements, and even the airline and ferry company staff. The event had originally been planned to take place on neighbouring Praslin Island on the 21 May, however, at the last minute the plans had to change and it was re-scheduled for the 4 June. 

The event finally took place as planned in June and was a huge success.

All the staff and volunteers had a great day assisting with the sterilisation clinic and were really able to make a difference. The clinic was open to members of the local community, who could bring their animals free of charge to be neutered.  

Remaining Funds

At the end of 2016, we have decided to bring our partnership with the SSPCA to an end. We have sufficient funds to help them facilitate another sterilisation clinic during 2017 and we look forward to assisting with this event where and how we can. For news of this clinic, you can check back on our main page, Support and Invest in The GVI Trust

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of this project over the years. 

With Gratitude, 
GVI Seychelles

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Thank you from the Seychelles!
Thank you from the Seychelles!

Dear Supporters,

As the year draws to a close, we’d like to share with you a summary of our highlights and what we have managed to achieve this year.

We have done a number of fundraising events this year to raise money for our partners, the Seychelles SPCA. The primary aim of collecting money for this project is so that we are able to contribute funds towards the annual sterilisation and vaccination drives that the SSPCA holds here in the Seychelles.

With the money that you donated, we were able to buy veterinary drugs for the SSPCA vets to be able to offer sterilisation procedures for 100 animals.

Organising the purchase, shipping and delivery of such drugs, as well as the coordination of all personnel involved, including vets, anaesthetists and vet technicians, caused various set-backs meaning the event had to be re-scheduled several times. However, when the event was eventually held on Praslin it allowed local people to bring along pets and have them neutered free of charge. This helps to reduce the number of unwanted animals being born and ultimately reducing the number of strays on the islands. It was also a great chance for the staff and volunteers here at GVI Curieuse to be able to work closely with SSPCA, getting involved with such a worthwhile animal welfare project in a local community.

We still have funds remaining that we are going to be using in 2017 for another sterilisation clinic!

Thank you for you continued support during the year.

We wish you a happy and prosperous 2017 and look forward to bringing you news of our further successes with the SSPCA here in the Seychelles.

With Gratitude,

GVI Seychelles

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There was a great turn out at the clinic!
There was a great turn out at the clinic!

Dear Supporters, 

After a sustained period of fundraising by the staff and volunteers of GVI Curieuse for the Seychelles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA), there was finally a significant fund available to hold a sterilisation clinic on the nearby island of Praslin. There are many stray cats and dogs on the island, which has an impact not only on the animals themselves in terms of

There are many stray cats and dogs on the island, which has an impact not only on the animals themselves in terms of welfare but also on the wildlife of the island, as it is home to a large number of threatened and rare endemic species, such as the Seychelles black parrot. Many of these stray animals are a result of breeding with pets owned by the locals. To try and help curb this problem, as often as possible, the SSPCA will invite dog and cat owners to a clinic where their pets can be sterilized at a vastly reduced cost.

The first step was to liaise with SSPCA to find out what their requirements were for medications and equipment for the event and then to purchase and ship the materials from South Africa using the funds raised. It was a rather complex and time-consuming process involving vets, prescriptions and importation documentation! Enough medicines, syringes, sutures and needles were purchased to operate on 100 animals, at a total cost of £1528.36. Once the materials had been secured it was then a case of setting a day and a place and advertising the event on the local radio so that pet owners could schedule an appointment at the veterinary clinic at Amitier on the south side of Praslin island.

The day got off to a slow start, but once the pets began to arrive, the vets, nurses, assistants and GVI volunteers and staff set about preparing the animals, carrying out the surgeries and monitoring them during their recovery. Everyone got involved, with some volunteers even getting hands-on in the surgery itself! All the animals were successfully sterilised and recovered well, with 32 male and female cats and dogs no longer able to contribute to the population of strays on the island. 

Following the event there was enough medication left over to hold one or two more clinics, and the next one is planned to be held in Cote D'Or on the north side of the island, straight across the water from the GVI base on Curieuse, which will allow pet owners in that area who couldn't travel to Amitier to also have their animals sterilised.

GVI would like to extend a great deal of gratitude to the SSPCA staff and government vets who all volunteered their time and services free of charge, and we look forward to working together at the next clinic. We would also like to acknowledge the immense amount of effort put into the fundraising events by all the GVI staff and volunteers who have participated in activities to make this event happen. We would also like to thank you, our donors here on GloablGiving, for your continuous support and donations!

With Gratitude, 
GVI Seychelles

Everyone ready to lend a hand
Everyone ready to lend a hand
Some of the amazing vets who helped out!
Some of the amazing vets who helped out!
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Dear Supporters, 

This July our volunteers and staff here on Curieuse Island organised and took part in a day of beach cleaning on the beaches of nearby Praslin Island. Our volunteers very much wanted to run an event that would have a positive environmental impact on our local environment while raising money for a worthy cause, the dogs and cats here in the Seychelles. 

So we headed over to Praslin in the morning to meet the truck we had hired and made our way to the first beach, Anse Takamaka. Our beach clean was ultimately a competition, with our three teams (the Eagle Rays, the Lemon Sharks and the Wise Old Tortoises) all trying to collect the largest number of full rubbish bags to win the prize at the end of the day. It was also decided that in order to keep things a little more interesting there would be ‘bonus bags’ added to the totals for the team that managed to find the most obscure item on the beaches.

In the end we collected a total of 29 bags of rubbish and recycling and raised a total of £245 for the SSPCA for their next sterilisation event. All of the sterilisation clinics are completely free of charge for all locals in an effort to reduce the number of unwanted animals, which end up as strays.  

The SSPCA is currently the only group working to address this issue we are very proud to be able to work with them and support them in their work.

With Gratitude, 

GVI Seychelles

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Dear Supporters, 

The GVI Curieuse Charitable Trust partnership with the Seychelles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) is about to take a major step forward with the culmination of a long period of fundraising.

We have been putting plans in place for a mass sterlization clinic for a number of months now and for a number of reasons it has been a slow and luborious process. 

 

Dealing with the complexities and regulations surrounding purchasing controlled medicines from abroad is a tortuous process, but eventually following a directed and sustained campaign the medicines are finally in the possession of the SSPCA on Mahe. They were ordered and delivered from South Africa as we could not get them locally in the quanties that we needed. 

The sterilisation clinic is intended to target 100 animals, and it is a challenge in itself organising such a large program in an island state. There are many personnel need to be involved, ranging from vets to anaesthetists to vet technicians, to the people making the travel arrangements, and even to the staff at the airline and the ferry company! This is tricky from a coordiantion point of view and made even tricker as the SSPCA is largely a volunteer run organisation and many people have other commitments and projects that they are involved in. 

The event had been planned to take place on neighbouring Praslin island on the 21st of May, however a cog came loose at the last minute and it was not possible to hold the event on that day. It has now been re-scheduled for the 4th of June. So we hope to bring you positive news at the next update!

The staff and volunteers here at GVI Curieuse are all looking forward to working with SSPCA and getting hands-on involved in such a worthwhile animal welfare project in a couple of weeks time.

Thank you for your generous support to this project. 

With Gratitude, 

GVI Seychelles

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Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Kate Robey
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