Spay and Neuter Cats and Dogs in Rural Eswatini

by Swaziland Animal Welfare Society
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Spay and Neuter Cats and Dogs in Rural Eswatini
Spay and Neuter Cats and Dogs in Rural Eswatini
Spay and Neuter Cats and Dogs in Rural Eswatini
Spay and Neuter Cats and Dogs in Rural Eswatini
Spay and Neuter Cats and Dogs in Rural Eswatini
Spay and Neuter Cats and Dogs in Rural Eswatini
Spay and Neuter Cats and Dogs in Rural Eswatini
Spay and Neuter Cats and Dogs in Rural Eswatini
Spay and Neuter Cats and Dogs in Rural Eswatini
Spay and Neuter Cats and Dogs in Rural Eswatini
Spay and Neuter Cats and Dogs in Rural Eswatini
Spay and Neuter Cats and Dogs in Rural Eswatini
Spay and Neuter Cats and Dogs in Rural Eswatini
Spay and Neuter Cats and Dogs in Rural Eswatini
Spay and Neuter Cats and Dogs in Rural Eswatini
Spay and Neuter Cats and Dogs in Rural Eswatini
Spay and Neuter Cats and Dogs in Rural Eswatini
Ndlambeni Spay Clinic June 2018
Ndlambeni Spay Clinic June 2018

Greetings,

Since our last report in May, Eswatini has passed through the third wave of Covid-19. The number of infections was very high as were the number of related deaths. Our country's vaccination programme is now underway and we hope that by the time the fourth wave hits, we will be better prepared.

Consequently, our Spay/Neuter Clinics have been put on hold yet again and we are hoping to be in a position to hold them in 2022, drugs and manpower being available.

In the interim we continue to carry out sponsored Spay/Neuters from our shelters for those who are not in a position to fund these themselves. This activity will help the needy within the urban/peri-urban corridor between Mbabane and Manzini (our two main towns), where the overpopulation of dogs is prevalent.

We wish to thank you for your continued support, as without it we are unable to carry on with our rural Spay/Neuter Clinics.

Please spread the word amongst your friends and families as we would really like to increase our support base. 

Mpolongeni Spay Clinic August 2018
Mpolongeni Spay Clinic August 2018
Mpolongeni Spay Clinic August 2018
Mpolongeni Spay Clinic August 2018
Thank you for your support!!
Thank you for your support!!
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The reason for these clinics
The reason for these clinics

Greetings! Although COVID-19 is still affecting our decisions with regards Spay/Neuter Clinics, the case numbers are presently declining here in Eswatini so we have decided to start our preparations! We hope the third wave doesn’t hit us and we have to cancel at the last minute due to hard restrictions being imposed once again. As the first Clinic is planned to take place in July, we have to ensure that we cover all the bases as far as manpower and supplies are concerned, as these would appear to be the problem areas we are likely to face after a break of nearly two years! The Waterford Kamhlaba AWARE students are back in residence and raring to go, so for the next month or so we will be gearing up, packing drape kits, checking drug lists, dusting off equipment and the like. In the interim, we had decided to carry out FREE Spays at our shelters between May and July for a total of 20 dogs whose owners cannot afford to cover the cost of the surgery. This activity will help the needy within the urban/peri-urban corridor between Mbabane and Manzini (our two main towns), where the overpopulation of dogs is a growing problem.  We thank you for your support and hope you will continue to support us into the future, as without your help we are unable to carry on with our much needed Spay/Neuter Clinics.  Please spread the word amongst your friends and families, so we can grow our SAWS donor community and reach out to more animals in desperate need of our help!

Dr. Noel and Dr. Gaby ready to start a spay!
Dr. Noel and Dr. Gaby ready to start a spay!
Waterford AWARE students in the recovery room
Waterford AWARE students in the recovery room
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Hello again,

We had hoped to be bearers of good news in this year of 2021, but sadly the Covid-19 Pandemic continues with renewed strength, making it very difficult to predict when it will be safe for us to venture out to organize our Spay/Neuter Clinics.

On the 7th January our National Borders were closed once again, schools won’t open until February at the earliest, and our lockdown rules have been strengthened. All ‘gatherings’ have been limited to a maximum of twenty people with a strict time limit of two hours.

But all is not doom and gloom, your donations together with various local donations have covered the estimated cost of our next three Spay/Neuter Clinics. The ground work has been done for one clinic and the other two clinics are in the pipeline and we are raring to go.

Hopefully Eswatini will receive human vaccines soon and things will change for the better. Fortunately, our dedicated team carry on working in our two Shelters albeit under very difficult conditions.  Spaying and Neutering all the pets we are able to re-home and treating those who come to us needing care.

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We hope this message finds you well.  It's been a while since we last updated you on our Spay Clinic schedule for this year, so we wanted to fill you in on the latest.  Due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to postpone our 2020 Clinics to 2021. We are waiting for our Government to lift the restrictions of the rules of assembly, hopefully in the next few days. The Waterford Kamhlaba United World College (UWC) students are only expected back on campus in late January 2021, and they make up a large portion of the volunteers that assist us with our Clinics.
We have penciled in three dates and hope (and pray) we will be able to fulfil our promise and complete them successfully.
The donation you have so generously made have been placed in an interest-bearing account waiting for our go-ahead (we can’t even begin to buy drugs as they may go out of date).
In the meantime, we have been granted official permission for one of the Clinics and the awareness programme is underway in the community, at dip tanks, schools and community meetings.
For the other two, we are still establishing which premises will be suitable for a Clinic and whether there is catering/overnight accommodation available for our team, as these venues are in rural areas. If not – we will pitch our tents and build a fire to cook over.
Fortunately, during this crisis, we have still been able to continue with our normal welfare work in both Mbabane and Manzini, spaying and neutering and providing general care. The number of pets handed over has increased and our kennels are full but luckily, we have still been able to find good homes for many of them.

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Kennel Manager Phile with a cat up for adoption
Kennel Manager Phile with a cat up for adoption

The world has come to a standstill but we wanted to give you an update on what is happening with the Spay Clinic that you generously donated towards. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Government of Eswatini imposed a nation-wide lockdown on March 27. In order to adhere to the Government restrictions and to help stop the spread of the virus, we had no choice but to postpone our Spay Clinic. This is also due to the fact that Waterford Kamhlaba United World College has been closed, and the amazing team of students from the school who play a crucial role in the running of the Spay Clinics, are not available to assist. Also, our movements are still restricted, and the safety of volunteers and Vets is also extremely important to us. We are hoping to organize at least one Spay Clinic this year when the situation improves, hopefully around July, if not, around September or October.

In the meantime, we are continuing with our much needed work to rescue and rehome animals in distress. These are extremely challenging times for everyone, and the crisis is also hitting us hard and having a serious impact on our operations. Due to the crisis and the Goverment restrictions, we had to cancel all our fundraising events, which is a vital source of income for us. The crisis doesn't mean that animal welfare cases that require our intervention also stop. On the contrary, we have seen more animals being surrendered due to loss of job/income and the situation will most likely get worse. Despite this crisis, we are determined to continue our work and further our mission to rescue, care for, and save as many animals as possible from pain and suffering. We really need your help to get through this unprecedented crisis. Our funds are running critically low, and we are down to our meagre savings to continue with our operations for the next 1-2 months. We can not afford to close our doors, as that would have devastating consequences for the animals in distress that need our help, and would have a lasting negative impact on animal welfare in Eswatini. If you have anything to spare, please donate to our COVID-19 Appeal and help us through this crisis, and help us spread the word by sharing with others. To donate, please visit: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/urgent-covid-19-appeal-for-animals-in-distress/

We can not begin to express how grateful we are for all the support you, our donor family, have given us thus far, and continue to give us. Every unwanted litter we prevented through our Spay Program, you made it happen. Every animal we saved from an abusive situation, you made it happen. Every starving stray animal we saved from the streets, you made it happen. It is YOU who make our work possible! So thank you!!!

Rescued dog, very scared of humans.
Rescued dog, very scared of humans.
Dog was surrendered due to owner's circumstances
Dog was surrendered due to owner's circumstances

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