Support for Have A Heart-Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic

by Animal-Kind International
Support for Have A Heart-Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic
Support for Have A Heart-Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic
Support for Have A Heart-Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic
Support for Have A Heart-Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic
Support for Have A Heart-Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic
Support for Have A Heart-Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic
Support for Have A Heart-Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic
Support for Have A Heart-Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic
Support for Have A Heart-Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic
Support for Have A Heart-Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic
Support for Have A Heart-Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic
Support for Have A Heart-Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic
Support for Have A Heart-Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic
Support for Have A Heart-Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic
Support for Have A Heart-Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic
Support for Have A Heart-Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic
Support for Have A Heart-Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic
Support for Have A Heart-Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic
Support for Have A Heart-Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic
Support for Have A Heart-Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic
Support for Have A Heart-Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic
Support for Have A Heart-Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic
Support for Have A Heart-Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic
Support for Have A Heart-Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic
Gustav looks on as Dr. Winterbach stitches Lady
Gustav looks on as Dr. Winterbach stitches Lady

Thank you so much for your support; without it, these emergency cases would not get the care they needed. For many of us, the emergency treatments these cats and dogs received are fairly inexpensive (vet care in Namibia costs so much less than in the US). But for the low/no income, impoverished families whose pets we've been able to help, the emergency support is worth its weight in gold. 

Lady is Mr. Gustav's dog; she had been spayed many years ago at an HAH s/n clinic. Mr. Gustav works as a car guard in Swakopmund, never a well-paid profession, but during the pandemic, his income dropped to almost 0. One day, when Mr. Gustav returned home from work, he found Lady injured-attacked by an animal or a person, he wasn't sure. He knew that he could go to Have A Heart for help, and HAH in turn came to us. Geesche gave the "OK" to use the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund for Lady. Dr. Winterbach stitched Lady's wound (see picture), she was given antibiotics and pain meds, and on her return check-up, she was proclaimed 100% recovered! (Cost for all of that good care? about US$32!)

Rex from Keetmanshoop escaped from his yard one day and was hit by a car. His family didn't have the money to pay for vet care (besides being out of their price range, the closest vet who could work on an injury like this was far away), so they tried to splint the leg themselves. That didn't work, and they turned to HAH. HAH found a volunteer to drive Rex to Mariental (240 kms from Keetman!) to Dr. Erna. The injury had gotten infected and was beyond repair at that point. Dr. Erna amputated and Rex was sent home to his family-see picture. (Cost for Rex's surgery and after-care, < US$100).

We have a sad update about Sasha, who we wrote about in our last GlobalGiving Progress Report. Sasha was an AKI-HAH Emergency Fund patient who was treated for a liver problem. The vet was never able to figure out what was causing the problem (her stomach was filled with fluid, that was the 1st sign that she wasn't well). The vet drained the fluid, gave anti-parasite treatment, did several tests, she was on meds, was given high quality food, but sadly, Sasha never recovered. She wasn't in pain, she was loved and cared for by her family, and these last couple of months were a time of bonding for all of them. We're grateful we were able to help Sasha and her family during this difficult time. (Cost for 100% of Sasha's care was approximately US$200).

Since our last report, in addition to the above, we've used the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund for the following cats and dogs, all of whom recovered:

Dog Brenda-injury with internal bleeding

Dog Boy-hit by a car, bleeding in lungs

Cat-broken leg

Besides the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund, HAH continues to use AKI funds for booster shots and anti-parasite treatment as part of HAH's Lifelong Care, a promise to all HAH spay/neuter clients. In the last few months of 2020, your donations through GlobalGiving covered the cost of boosters and anti-parasite treatment for 99 dogs and 6 cats! 2 of their pictures are below.

I've included AKI's 2020 pie chart for Have A Heart so you can see how HAH hhas used your donations in 2020.

Thank you for making all of this (and more....we already have more stories to tell) possible! We -AKI & HAH, the dogs, cats, and their families-are so grateful for your help. 

4 days after amputation, Rex is home w/his family
4 days after amputation, Rex is home w/his family
Sasha-after fluid was drained, feeling much better
Sasha-after fluid was drained, feeling much better
Booster, anti-parasite client
Booster, anti-parasite client
Lifelong Care-an HAH promise to s/n clients
Lifelong Care-an HAH promise to s/n clients
How Have A Heart spent AKI funds in 2020
How Have A Heart spent AKI funds in 2020

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Whiskey was treated for ehrlichia & neutered
Whiskey was treated for ehrlichia & neutered

The AKI-HAH Emergency Fund is getting more and more requests for assistance. Of course, we don't blindly help; we (Geesche and Sarah/HAH, and passed through AKI) make sure that the clients are providing good, caring homes for their pets; have had or agree to have their pet spayed or neutered; agree to provide the follow-up care; and are truly in need of assistance. Here are just a few of the cats and dogs who recently benefited from the Emergency Fund: 

Whisky was brought to an HAH spay/neuter clinic in September for neutering, but it turned out he had ehrlichia and was very sick. Thanks to the Emergency Fund, he received a full course of antibiotics and is doing fantastic now! And he was neutered.
 
That same day in September, Midnight, a small Afrikaanis dog, was brought to the s/n clinic. Midnight's owner, Mrs Higoam, was so committed to bringing her doggie to the HAH clinic that she brought the dog to work with her the previous evening just so that she could be in time the next morning for the spay surgery. Luckily for little Midnight because besides a really bad case of ehrlichia, Midnight had pyometra. This would have been a death sentence if left untreated. Midnight received all the vet care she needed to recover and live a healthy life with her happy family.
 
Then there's Vetkop (Afrikaans for Fat Head) from Walvis Bay. Vetkop is a 1 year old big boy, who came home one day with a badly injured leg. The owner was unable to afford the extensive surgery needed, including a pin in the leg. The Emergency Fund came to their rescue. And he was also neutered.
 
Ouvrou (Afrikaans for Old Woman), from Okahandja, is an old Have a Heart client who was spayed a while ago. Around mid-September, she came home with a big wound on her belly. The owner immediately contacted the local vet clinic for help and luckily there was a vet available that day and this seemed a perfect case for the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund. Ouvrou was stitched up and since then her owners aren't letting her out of their sight for one second! Ouvrou is under lock down!
 
Our current emergency is beautiful Sasha from Rehoboth. Sasha's owner didn't know about Have a Heart and was desperate to get help for Sasha. Her belly was swollen up badly. Sasha's owner brought her to Dr. Oliver in Rehoboth and asked for help. Dr Olivier allocated Sasha as an AKI-HAH Emergency Fund candidate and received approval from us. Sasha's belly was full of fluid. The 1st thought was this happened due to internal parasites, so Sasha received the full treatment: drainage of fluids, spay, anti-parasite treatment, vitamins, lots of medication, and quality food to help her back on her feet. But Sasha didn't get better. Two days later her belly started swelling again. We are now waiting for blood test results to see what Sasha will still need to be- hopefully- a happy and healthy dog again soon. Her family is very worried and we-HAH & AKI- promised to do all we can to help Sasha. We will keep you posted!

These are just a few of the cases since last I wrote. There's also 4 cats rescued from Usakos (2 were in bad shape and had to be euthanized); dog Kapulla, whose eye was injured; dog Spike with an injured leg; dog Ou Spikes with a molar abcess; and a few others! 

Your support is helping cats and dogs in Namibia whose owners have no other place to look for help! Thank you, we are grateful for your kindness and generosity.

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A sad update just received on 27 September from Geesche (HAH-Namibia volunteer):

This time I sadly don't have good news, Ouvrou, the cat from Okahandja died in her owner's arms :-( she couldn't recover from her injuries. The vet checked her again yesterday as she didn't do well but there was nothing they could do for her except keeping her warm. This is sad but at least Ouvrou is a cat humans didn't fail. She was loved a long time and many tried to help her. When she died she was surrounded by her family, she was not alone or in pain. Thank you so much for making it possible for us to help Ouvrou!  

I also asked Geesche for an update on Sasha-we're still waiting for that, but Geesche said this:

"Hopefully we get an update on Sasha tomorrow. I'm so happy she got help, we just started working with the clinic in Rehoboth. Originally only for one semi feral cat colony but then the fantastic vet nurse Penny asked as if we can help a handful more cats and dogs and we were still busy sorting out the details about the dogs (how much we pay and what we want the dogs to get beside the operation) and along came Sasha. Perfect timing. 4 weeks earlier and there would be no way for her owner to pay for the treatment (he is disabled and unable to work, he only gets some monthly government disability funds) but instead to let her put down.

When she had to come back for her second treatment Penny sent me a message that the owner's family started to cry during Sasha's examination, this dog is so important for the family, I will try to push her treatment as far as possible."

And Geesche also told me about one more recent Emergency Fund case-it's not been easy to keep up with them all!:

"Oh and one more, Dr Baines operated a cat with cancer at the ear. He whatsapped me pictures but I still wait for details (where, when, names etc) and as soon as I have everything I'll send it through to you. In the pictures the cat looks a bit as if it went through a rough night but Dr Baines said she is happy and healthy!"

Midnight was treated for ehrlichia and pyometra
Midnight was treated for ehrlichia and pyometra
Vetkop-surgery on his injured leg & neutered
Vetkop-surgery on his injured leg & neutered
Ouvrou was treated for the wound on her belly
Ouvrou was treated for the wound on her belly
Sasha with swollen belly-hoping for good news
Sasha with swollen belly-hoping for good news

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Bella-Rehoboth Vet Clinic,treated for tick fever
Bella-Rehoboth Vet Clinic,treated for tick fever

As you know, Have A Heart-Namibia uses AKI funds for their priority needs, which HAH has identified as: an Emergency Fund to help good animal owners who can't afford vet bills to get the vet help their cat or dog needs; booster vaccinations and anti-parasite treatment for HAH-Namibia's spay/neuter clients; and spay/neuter of cats.

Because of covid-19, HAH-Namibia is receiving more and more requests for help with vet bills. We decided it was time to replenish the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund with a special covid-19 relief grant. And already, HAH is putting it to good use. 

On May 30, HAH-Namibia was contacted about a sick dog named Bella who needed help. Bella’s owner is without work because of covid-19. He has a total of 7 dogs and 3 cats to support (as well as a human family). Geesche got in touch and offered to help Bella using the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund. It turns out the man has a 2nd dog, Snowy, who also needed help-the dog had been hit by a car and couldn’t walk. Of course HAH is helping Snowy too using the Emergency Fund.

Bella and Snowy went to the vet clinic on Saturday. Sadly, both dogs were too sick to receive the help they needed in Rehoboth, Namibia-it’s a small vet clinic with no xray machine for Snowy. It looks like Bella has severe tick bite fever and is on medication for it but needs further tests and more treatment (her liver is damaged already, her gums are yellow), so they both needed to get to Windhoek asap. Transport was arranged and as of Saturday, they were on their way to Rhino Park Clinic in Windhoek.

We don't know yet how the story of Bella and Snowy will end, but we know it's already so much better than it was on Saturday! -They are both getting treatment and relief from pain. Geesche promised to keep us updated. (All the cats and dogs in this family will be spayed/neutered as soon as HAH-Namibia can arrange the surgeries.)

Rex is another beneficiary of the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund. Rex belongs to the Rickerts family (a great name, Rex Rickerts). Rex had a broken leg and Vet Nurse Sheelagh saw how desperate for help the very caring owner was, so she sent a request to HAH to use the Emergency Fund. Sheelagh said that Rex's family is beyond thankful for the help Rex got. They were so worried about him and visited him every day at the clinic. Of course while he was there, Rex was neutered, vaccinated, and treated against parasites.

These are the 1st 3 pets helped by our special covid-19 relief grant. We know there will be many more. We're' so grateful for your support of HAH-Namibia and Animal-Kind International.

We hope you are well and staying healthy and happy during these difficult times.

Bella getting care thanks to the AKI-HAH Fund
Bella getting care thanks to the AKI-HAH Fund
Snowy at Rehoboth Vet Clinic-car accident
Snowy at Rehoboth Vet Clinic-car accident
Snowy headed to Windoek for x ray and treatment
Snowy headed to Windoek for x ray and treatment
Rex Rickerts vet bill covered, AKI-HAH Fund
Rex Rickerts vet bill covered, AKI-HAH Fund
Rex needed an xray-broken leg
Rex needed an xray-broken leg
Rex Rickerts has fully recovered!
Rex Rickerts has fully recovered!

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How HAH-Namibia used your donations-2019
How HAH-Namibia used your donations-2019

How did HAH-Namibia use the funds they received from AKI in 2019?

As you can see from the pie chart, HAH divided your donations almost equally between the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund and follow-up booster shots and anti-parasite treatment for HAH's returning clients-these are cats and dogs who were previously sterilized and return to the mobile clinic when it arrived in town. HAH-Namibia clients receive a lifetime of shots and parasite treatments-we want to keep all those spayed and neutered cats and dogs healthy, comfortable, and happy for many, many years!

HAH-Namibia used a bit more than 25% of AKI funds for the Karibib feral cat spay/neuter campaign.

Already 2020 is shaping up to be another good year for the AKI-HAH partnership.

During four HAH-Namibia clinic days (see pictures), 114 beautiful cats and dogs, previously sterilized by HAH-Namibia, returned for a check-up, follow-up shots, and parasite treatment, all funded thanks to AKI donors.

While the mobile clinic was in Kamanjab on 29 & 30 January 2020, 76 dogs and 5 cats received booster shots and parasite treatment.

In Khorixas on 31 January & 1 February 2020, 32 dogs and 1 cat received booster shots and parasite treatment.

The pictures, from the Kamanjab and Khorixas clinics, are courtesy of Mrs. Baines (Thank you for allowing us to use them!).

The next HAH-Namibia spay and vaccination days will be in Karibib, Usakos, 5-Rand Kamp, and Walvis Bay, and AKI will be there (in spirit), supporting follow-up care (vaccinations, parasite treatment, and if necessary, emergency care)....because investing in the vet care of already spayed and neutered dogs and cats makes so much sense, their families so appreciate it, and the cats and dogs will live happy, healthy, and longer lives.

Returned for booster and anti-parasite treatment
Returned for booster and anti-parasite treatment
Returned for booster and anti-parasite treatment
Returned for booster and anti-parasite treatment
He takes good care of his dog-a regular HAH client
He takes good care of his dog-a regular HAH client
Keeping pets healthy & happy w/AKI support!
Keeping pets healthy & happy w/AKI support!
Booster & anti-parasite treatment courtesy of AKI
Booster & anti-parasite treatment courtesy of AKI

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Witfoet-treated for TVT
Witfoet-treated for TVT

 

Thanks to donations to our GlobalGiving Project, the Have A Heart-Namibia Emergency Fund was there for Witfoet, Lucky, and Speedy.

Witfoet from Omaruru was neutered almost 4 months ago as part of HAH-Namibia's spay/neuter program. At that time, he was diagnosed with transmissable venereal tumor. We see a lot of TVT because of the many dogs who aren't spayed or neutered. (In our September Progress Report, we told you about how the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund was used to treat Blik's TVT). Witfoet started his once/week treatments funded by the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund (the treatment lasts for 6 weeks). On September 16 he had his last treatment. Witfoet was pronounced completely healthy. He's a much loved dog (see picture) and his famliy was very grateful to HAH for the assistance.

Lucky from Swakopmund was an HAH client last year, when he was neutered. In September, he was hit by a car and -(sorry GlobalGiving wouldn't let me post his picture)- got a really bad "carpet burn" on his tummy. It looks really painful, but thanks to the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund, he was put under Dr. Tharina's care. She was a bit worried the skin might peel off and that he could get an infection. But his family took good care of him and he healed up nicely.

Speedy from the Kapsfarm area was neutered in December 2018, an HAH client. He recently broke his leg and because of AKI's Emergency Fund, HAH could get him treated at Rhino Park clinic in Windhoek. He has the saddest eyes, but he's doing fine. He had plenty of pain meds and rest...just what he needed!

In October, Geesche asked me to help with the English translation of a kind of prospectus on Have A Heart-Namibia, something that HAH could give to businesses and others who might be interested in supporting the organization. I was proud that AKI featured on the 1st page of this several page document, and I thought you might be interested in this excerpt: 

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Since the first spay day in August of 2013, Have A Heart has grown to having teams working in over 20 towns across Namibia and has collectively sterilised over 7,500 (as of April 2019) animals.

How does it work?     HAH works with several vets who offer us a discounted rate and in December 2016, HAH was offered the opportunity to also book Dr Baines and his mobile veterinary clinic, the first and only in Namibia, to reach even more remote villages and settlements. The mobile clinic is on the road for a week of every month, holding spay days in remote towns without vets.

HAH provides free sterilisation operations to dogs and cats of low/no income families, which is defined as earning N$ 3,000 a month or less. Every animal sterilised also receives full vaccinations against diseases such as rabies, a multi-vitamin injection and internal and external parasite control treatment.

Due to additional funding from Animal-Kind International (USA), we are able to offer free basic medical treatment for injuries and sickness for any animal brought to HAH from the local community. This has included treating dogs and cats for tick bite fever, cuts, broken bones, snake bites and burns.

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[Later, the prospectus mentions that AKI also funds booster vaccinations, parasite treatments for returning clients, and fills in when funds for spay/neuter run short.]

Thank you to our GlobalGiving donors for giving us this opportunity to help so many cats and dogs in Namibia by keeping them healthy, happy, pain-free, and sterilized!

Speedy broke is leg-at home before treatment
Speedy broke is leg-at home before treatment
Speedy's leg was treated-HAH Emergency Fund
Speedy's leg was treated-HAH Emergency Fund

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