Promoting welfare of dogs in rural South Africa

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Promoting welfare of dogs in rural South Africa
Promoting welfare of dogs in rural South Africa
Promoting welfare of dogs in rural South Africa
Promoting welfare of dogs in rural South Africa
Promoting welfare of dogs in rural South Africa
Promoting welfare of dogs in rural South Africa
Promoting welfare of dogs in rural South Africa
Promoting welfare of dogs in rural South Africa
Promoting welfare of dogs in rural South Africa
Promoting welfare of dogs in rural South Africa
Promoting welfare of dogs in rural South Africa
Promoting welfare of dogs in rural South Africa
Promoting welfare of dogs in rural South Africa
Promoting welfare of dogs in rural South Africa
Promoting welfare of dogs in rural South Africa
Promoting welfare of dogs in rural South Africa
Promoting welfare of dogs in rural South Africa
Promoting welfare of dogs in rural South Africa
Promoting welfare of dogs in rural South Africa
Promoting welfare of dogs in rural South Africa
Promoting welfare of dogs in rural South Africa
Promoting welfare of dogs in rural South Africa
Promoting welfare of dogs in rural South Africa

A huge Thank you for all the donations

This year 2022 has been so amazing, Our animal outreach is doing very well and martin who is in charge of the animal outreach program goes around the village to see how the dogs the are  doing and makes sure all the dogs are healthy and happy by getting them sterilized and give treatment to dogs with health issues. This year we created a database where we keep a record of all the dogs we are working and entering new dogs information and attend them

All of this is possible because of our sponsors and we would like to thank you for your support and love. It really means a lot to us .

Kind regards

Precious

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Our Animal Outreach is still doing good so far.Our Dog Trainer Martin is teaching the dogs to behave well and also play good with others.Our staff at Nourish Eco Village know that we have to treat our dogs very good also with respect.

We did dog sterilization in the past few weeks and we managed to sterilize 11 female dogs which was very great progress. and our Donkey had her injections from a doctor to make sure she and her son (Daisy and Danny)stay strong and healthy.

Our Dogs are looking so healthy and strong and are eating so well.Our green kidz are also taught to play well with dogs.

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Taking dogs to local vet clinic for sterilization
Taking dogs to local vet clinic for sterilization

Sometimes we write a report with lots of barking, whimpering, and woofing (lots to say) and othertimes the quarterly update report sneaks up on us, showing how quickly time has flown this year. Covid-19 has given us all a new calendar, one managed by lockdown restrictions, and evolving changes and landscapes/rules to operate within. It has certainly been an interesting year! 

 

Our animal kindness has continued however, with Martin still actively engaging with his community, and us slowly funding the funds and support to keep sterilizing dogs at the local community clinic. Transport issues, logistics, and riots have not been on our side, and there have been some challenges, but despite this we have still managed to sterilize a few dogs each month, administering 5-in-1 vaccines and rabies shots as needed. 

 

In addition we have decided to focus on integrating animal kindness into our daily operations, and we have decided to work on teaching the children how to care for and look after their own dogs, by letting them learn at Nourish with the Nourish dogs. 

 

Our beautiful Onyx is a gentle giant, and is willingly being led on the leash for short walks by the children now, with them calmly and confidently learning how to put on the collar and walk her. This might seem normal, but many dogs are not used to walking and many children have never had the chance to walk a dog on a leash (sometimes a rope is around the neck to keep them from running away but that is it..) To learn that you can have a dog as a companion and that going for a walk can be fun has been a learning experience on both sides. 

 

Thank you for sharing this journey into aninmal kindness and welfare with us. 

Animal kindness starts at home - walking on leash
Animal kindness starts at home - walking on leash
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On our way to the doc...thanks for helping us!
On our way to the doc...thanks for helping us!

2021 has been a difficult one for our community dog outreach program. Partly because we have not managed to get any donations or support yet this year, and partly becuase the need is greater now than ever. The residual impact of Covid-19 has left many people in our community struggling with greater poverty than ever, and this shows in the condition of the dogs that Martin and Benneth see in their villages and communities. 

 

In addition, we have been blessed with the most beautiful rain this Summer, and the grass and bush is green and lush. But along with this comes ticks... and we have had many dogs ill and struggling with tickbite fever. Martin and Benneth have been amazing, and with little or no funding are managing to identify the worst cases for us to bring to the community vet. 

 

The need is great for us to help those that cannot help themselves, both those struggling with poverty, but also the animals who cannot speak for themselves. 

 

We are so grateful to all our past donors, every dollar and cent has made a difference and has allowed us to pay vet bills for sterilizations, TVT treatments, tickbite fever treatments and 5-in-1 shots to prevent illness in puppies. In order to try to reduce our need for donations, Martin has been trying to work with dog owners, especially for puppy 5-in-1 shots, which is important for preventing distemper, parvovirsu, and all sorts of nasty things. The owners, when they can and are able, now contribute 50% of the costs of the shots themselves. That is R 50 per dog ( x 2 injections per dog). For many owners this takes them a while to save up and contribute, but it is a really poignant way of showing how much, despite their own dire situation, they care for their dogs, and want to contribute within their means. 

 

People care, people have dignity, we just want to help them along the way.

 

Thank you all for your support in 2020, and if you can, we ask that you support again! Take care and be safe for 2021. 

the amazing vets always take such good care
the amazing vets always take such good care
when your cute, your cute!
when your cute, your cute!
Tick bite fever can make dogs very ill and thin
Tick bite fever can make dogs very ill and thin
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Happy Healthy puppies growing up!
Happy Healthy puppies growing up!

The four puppies that we rescued from under the bridge in the local town of Acornhoek, were only a few days old but lots of time, love, ( money) and bottle feeding, and they are now happy healthy strong dogs. We cannot underestimate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its ripple effects of poverty impacting not only people but their animals. Compassion is round is a key word here. Our puppies just went for their 5-in-1 booster shot which prevents things like distemper and parvo and are so happy at their new homes. 

 

Thanks so sponsors support we were able to sterilize 19 male dogs in a Sterilization day, with several local vets coming to Nourish to do the sterilizations on our property to make it logistically easier to transport so many dogs. It was amazing and the Nourish team were so hands on, especially Martin who spoke to every owner and wazs responsible for every dog getting a signed steri-form, he is our local community animal champion! 

 

We also have other cases being brought to us, such as sick dogs and puppies with dislocated hips, we always try to help... whether we have the funds for it or not, so if you can spare a few EURO please know we always put it to good use. 

 

Martin also is learning more about the veterinary process and was even allowed to dress in scrubs to observe the operations, he is so passionate and says one day he wants to be a vet and run the Nourish animal clinic, so who knows what might happen one day. 

 

thank you all for the love and support. Keep it coming, and stay safe xx

From this; rescuing 2 day old puppies in a box
From this; rescuing 2 day old puppies in a box
To this; siblings coming for their 5-in-1 shots
To this; siblings coming for their 5-in-1 shots
Martin learning from local veterinary clinic
Martin learning from local veterinary clinic
Injured animals get brought to our attention
Injured animals get brought to our attention
Fetching dogs in the village during steri-days
Fetching dogs in the village during steri-days
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Hoedspruit, Limpopo South Africa
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