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
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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Slightly Graphic- TVT Treatment working
Slightly Graphic- TVT Treatment working

We have been busier than ever trying to maintan our support for animals in the community. Covid-19 is making itself felt and we can see that many families are living below the breadline and struggling to support even themselves; this impacts their animals welfare too... so Martin is busy trying to keep dogs happy and healthy; while helping the odd chicken, pig or even cow. 

 

We have had amazing success with our TVT treatment ( for those who might not know, TVT is essentially a type of sexually transmitted cancer in dogs which is treated with a drug sort of like chemo; called Vincristine. ) It has helped one of our dogs HUGELY. From being in pain and almost agressive with bleeding genitals, to affable, gentle ( and now sterilized) and the tumour almost totally gone! Amazing. 

 

Martin has been working closely with the vet to help sick dogs who have injuries, mange, tickbite fever and all sorts. We are so proud of how his confidence with dogs has developed and his amazing empathy and kindness! He is a true community superhero and rolemodel. He even helped a cow give birth who was struggling; hows that for amazing. 

 

Lastly but not least; we got a call last night that someone had found a box of puppies unwanted under a bridge in Acornhoek township... these puppies were then collected by Benneth and warmed up in a towel, and are now under my care ( with 3 hourly feeds! Newfound respect to all the mamas out there!) 

 

So to all of you for every cent of funding that helps us continue the work we do with animals, dogs and animal kindness.. Thank you; please dont stop sharing and supporting, everything goes a long way towards making life better for the animals of Sigagule village and teaching the community that kindness and conservation starts at home. 

Mange treatment
Mange treatment
even helping a struggling mamma cow give birth!
even helping a struggling mamma cow give birth!
Our new rescue puppies!
Our new rescue puppies!
Martin working alongside the state vet; learning
Martin working alongside the state vet; learning
Happy Nourish rescue pup; Joey in her doghouse
Happy Nourish rescue pup; Joey in her doghouse
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Working with dogs is Martins passion now
Working with dogs is Martins passion now

A short sweet project update - and one of our highlights at the moment is to see the ownership of the staff and Nourish team that are involved with the Animal Outreach. Martin - is our focus on this update report. ( We also work with Benneth, and Tinyiko who you will hear about later). 

 

Each one of them has undergone such a personal evolution in terms of their engagement with the community, their empathy for animals, their confidence in handling dogs and animals with kindness, and their ability to become a shining example in their own community. 

 

Martin is one such person - he has been working at Nourish for over 3 years now and comes from the local village Sigague, where Nourish runs the animal outreach ( alongside African Dream Horse Safaris and HALO ) he started essentially being there to translate, being nervous around dogs - and being worried that his community will ostracize him if he tries to change the way they handle their animals... now he gets calls about sick dogs, people phone him to ask about sterilizations, and he joins the animal outreaches and talks to people about how to keep their animals, to ensure they have enough water in hot weather etc... and where he finds conditions inappropriate or cruel - he does something about it. 

 

Martin is a leader to our children and to his community! 

Animal kindness-- water for dogs, chickens & pigs
Animal kindness-- water for dogs, chickens & pigs
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thanks for my steri!
thanks for my steri!

The last month or so saw us focusing more on sterilizing female dogs to really try to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies and puppied! HALO, a local Hoedspruit NGO assisted us with funding for a few female dogs and we are very grateful to have been able to sterilize 6 females in the last 2 months, including the rescue puppies (who you might recall we found almost at birth thrown away in a plastic bag in the bushes, not all puppies survived, so its pretty special that we are at the point of sterilizing Joey, Survivor and Mona) 

 

In addition - we are focusing on training for Benneth, Martin and Tinyiko who run the animal outreach - they are taking more ownership and getting more hands on during their Thursday outreaches into the village, and also have started joining  HALO on their outreaches to gain more confidence in handling animals, treating wounds, injecting medication etc. I am most proud of this process-- so see the growth in my staff as people, and the kindness they show with animals, the pride they show now that they are able to inject. This is so empowering for them as people - and this is the kind of thing that will create ripples in their own communities as they lead the way caring for dogs! 

 

Thank you to every for the amazing support

joining a HALO outreach
joining a HALO outreach
confident and hands on!
confident and hands on!
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Meet Lilo - our special girl!
Meet Lilo - our special girl!

Things are slow at the moment due to a lack of funding for our weekly TVT treatments and dog sterilizations, so we are really hoping this will pick up. Whilst we do continue especially with TVT treatment, a lack of funds leaves us scrambling to reallocate different project funding to cover the much needed shortfall. 

 

In addition we have had a vehicle breakdown -- so have a vehicle in for repairs, giving us a fundraising target of R 14 500 just to pay off the vehicle bills! So if any of you are able to continue to support the project with even 5EUR or 5 DOLLARS this would really help us! Even a monthly donation of 5 DOLLARS will go a long way towards our running costs! 

 

In the meantime, ---why dont you meet some of the happy rescue dogs that call Nourish "home". Lilo was rescued with her brother Stitch in the village about 3 years ago, they were in terrible condition-- filled with mange, ticks, fleas, skin scabbed and bleeding, starving ribs showing... because they looked so scary and would often try to steal food, people would chase them away, throw rocks or boiling water at them.. when we found them the vet said they would either make it and survive, or they would die in a few days time. For weeks we kept both pups indoors, rubbing coconut oil on them as they lost all their fur, and slowly started to heal... we kept them at my house for over a year, with Stitch the little male, happy and so so loving, but never fully recovering. Whilst sadly Stitch passed away, Lilo flourished-- her hair grew back, and she is the happiest, most protective, loyal dog you will ever find. She now lives at Nourish and is the matriarch of the pack... if you ever come visit she will be the first to jump up at the gate and bark, and the first to roll over for a belly rub. Meet Lilo-- the most special rescue girl. 

 

In the beginning she was terrified of the children coming to the aftercare center, due to all the abuse and neglect she had suffered... the children similarly were scared of dogs, its been a slow journey teaching the children how to stroke and wash lilo, how to stroke a dog... and its been special watching the love and healing take place on both sides. so for today, LILO- our special girl! 

 

Thank you for everything everyone makes possible! 

Its amazing what a little LOVE can do!
Its amazing what a little LOVE can do!
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Location: Hoedspruit - South Africa
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Hoedspruit, Limpopo South Africa
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