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
Dog Sure-broken leg treated
Dog Sure-broken leg treated

Since our last Progress Report (May 19), requests for the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund have been coming in faster than we can replenish the fund. In part that's good--we know we're providing a much-needed service; in part-obviously, it means it's hard to keep up with the need. We are so grateful for your support, which helps Animal-Kind International help Have A Heart-Namibia provide Lifetime Care to returning spay/neuter clients, including boosters and anti-parasite treatments, and to provide emergency vet care when owners are unable to afford it (the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund). 

Here are some of the cats and dogs who have been helped in the last few months thanks to your donations.

JUNE

Dog Sure got hit by a car and his leg was broken. His family asked for help to pay for much-needed vet care, and vet nurse Sheelagh asked Geesche if the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund could be used. Geesche agreed. Xrays were done of Sure's leg to help Dr. Winterbach determine how to treat him. It turned out that Sure only needed a splint and rest, no surgery. Sure had to go for weekly check-ups and bandage changes to make sure all healed properly. During one of these visits, Sure was also neutered and vaccinated and treated against parasites--full service! (See picture of Sure with his family at the vet's office)

Kitzie, an old HaH customer in Luderitz, was run over by a car. Her owner, in tears, brought Kitzie to the Luderitz SPCA and Kitzie was seen by the volunteer vet nurse, who knew of the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund, and requested help. It turned out that Kitzie needed to get to Windhoek to be seen by a vet there, where she could get xrays and follow-up care. Kitzie's xrays showed a broken pelvis but no surgery needed, only 6 weeks of cage rest. Clinic employee Niki offered to foster Kitzie during those 6 weeks, and when she was well, she was transported the 900 km back to Luderitz and to her very grateful family.

Not all stories are happy ones, as we know. That is certainly true in Boe Boe's case. Boe Boe's owner moved away and left him behind! He became a community dog in Luderitz, fed and looked after by a number of people. Boe Boe was in the wrong place at the wrong time-hanging around a home when robbers showed up, they stabbed him. One of the people who looked after Boe Boe saw his injuries and contacted a vet for help. The vet's office contacted Geesche, and she agreed to use the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund. Sadly, even though he got the best treatment available-thanks to the Fund, Boe Boe just didn't pull through, the injuries were too serious. At least he was cared for and out of pain during those last days (see picture).

Joan, who takes care of many cats for HaH was told about someone on the street who was selling 7 tiny kittens. When Joan arrived only 5 were still there and out of the 5, 2 had already died. Joan took the remaining 3 to the vet for check-ups, where they tried everything but one was too sick and weak died. The other two received the treatment they needed -thanks to the Emergency Fund-and then went to foster care until old enough to be sterilized and adopted (see photo of one of the  kitties below).

JULY

Glitter is an old HaH customer, very much loved by his family. Glitter had blood in his urine, and his worried family took him to a vet. Tests and treatment costs were more than the family could afford, so they asked HaH for help and thanks to AKI's Emergency Fund, Glitter got the help he needed. His blood test results were good, sonar showed some sediment in the bladder, no visible big concrements. He stayed overnight and the next day the sonar was repeated. The vet diagnosed idiopathic cystitis. Unfortunately, even with treatment, the problem might return and in some cases requires surgery. But for now Glitter is happily back with his family! (see photo below)
Snowy (photo below) had a badly injured leg and his owner Jo-Dee, a student, couldn't afford the vet care that Snowy needed. The AKI-HAH Emergency Fund stepped in and Snowy wasneutered and his leg was stitched up.
AUGUST
Wolf from Windhoek had a cauliflower ear. It doesn't look too bad, but in the long term it can lead to serious ear infections and that can be extremely painful and can lead to death. A minor surgery, thanks to the Emergency Fund, Wolf was saved from any pain and suffering the cauliflower ear may have caused. Wolf's owner Nadine was very thankful as she loves old boy Wolf very much but couldn't afford the operation.
ALREADY IN SEPTEMBER, WE'VE HELPED 3 MORE CATS THROUGH THE AKI-HAH EMERGENCY FUND. MORE ABOUT THOSE IN OUR NEXT PROGRESS REPORT!

Kitzie at the vet's office in Windhoek
Kitzie at the vet's office in Windhoek
Boe Boe at the vet's office
Boe Boe at the vet's office
One of 7 kittens being sold on the street-safe now
One of 7 kittens being sold on the street-safe now
Glitter diagnosed, treated, home with his family
Glitter diagnosed, treated, home with his family
Snowy, leg stitched up
Snowy, leg stitched up
Wolf with a cauliflower ear
Wolf with a cauliflower ear

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Nala's eye had to be removed to save her life
Nala's eye had to be removed to save her life

This Have A Heart-Namibia & Animal-Kind International Progress Report focuses on three dogs and one cat who recently received help through the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund and showcases some of the Life Time Care recipients.

Ranger

Ranger from Rehoboth developed knots all over his body (see picture). Ranger's family went to the vet and got antibiotics but they didn't work. A cancer test needed to be done. The family couldn't afford the test and the vet requested use of the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund. Rex is a much loved boy, well taken care of, and we approved this use. His family was very grateful for the help.

The test came back negative, no cancer. That was the good news. But Ranger was getting worse by the day, more knots were developing, and he wasn't feeling well at all. After some days, the family got in touch and were very upset about how poorly Rex was feeling. They were heartbroken, but felt it was best to let him go.

This is a sad story, but to find something positive, the family felt they had done all that they could do to help Ranger. As all of us who love dogs know, it is inevitable, we lose them, and usually before we're ready (if we can ever be ready). The vet thinks Rex had cutaneous lymphoma and that would not have been treatable in Namibia. 

Lucky

Lucky (pictured) from Otjivero (such a tiny settlement, it's difficult to find on the map; it's close to Omitara, East of Windhoek) was hit by a car. A few days later, Dr. Baines' mobile clinic stopped in Otjivero-good timing for Lucky! Lucky needed stitches for the large but luckily superficial laceration. He also had a broken toe. He received a "Rober Jones Bandage" from Dr Baines. Lucky also received HAH's "normal" full service, vaccinations, de-worming, external parasite treatment, and of course, neutering.

Nala

Nala (see picture above) is a cat who lives at the horse stables in Okahandja. Nala doesn't like to be too close to humans, but she and her 11 family members are welcome at the stables because they work hard to keep the stables free of mice and rats. A kind woman looks after them. But 12 cats are more than enough at the stables and so Nala was the 8th of the horse stable kittties to be spayed (funded by FAVI).

When Nala was brough to the clinic for the spay, the vet noticed that her eye didn't look quite right. After a thorough check up and a phone consultation with an eye specialist, the vet decided that the best way to go forward was to put Nala down or have her eye removed. It couldn't be left as is because there was a little pocket that caused her eyelid to turn inward and dirt was collecting in the pocket, which would have caused constant eye infections and a very painful death for Nala over months.

The only question was: Could the AKI-HAH Emergency Fund help by paying for her eye to be removed?

We said YES!

So Nala had her big spay operation and eye removal all at once. She had to stay overnight at the clinic and the next morning the vet sent the following message:"Nala looks very good and the stitches do not seem to be bothering her at all and she doesn't seem to be sore. She ate all her food we left in the cage overnight as well."

Life Time Care Recipients

HAH used Animal-Kind International funds to provide "life time care" services for 28 cats and 227 dogs-all old HAH s/n clients- in February/March during trips to Omitara, Fransfontein, Khorixas, Kamanjab, Gobabis, Otjiwarongo, Outjo, Otjivero, and Drimiopsis. They all received a check-up, they were de-wormed and received external parasite treatment, and if needed, a booster vaccination. All covered by AKI!

Black Boy

One customer from a February clinic who needed a bit more care, Black Boy, a beautiful dog from Otjiwarongo, had an infected eye. He is also a dog who would have never been able to see a vet, if not for HAH and AKI. It turns out, his eye had to be removed. Dr Baines did the surgery and the owner, Mr Steven, is so happy Black Boy is not in pain anymore.

Final words from Geesche show us how important your support is:

"Knowing that all of "our" dogs and cats are vaccinated and treated against parasites for the first time in their life when they are spayed/neutered and that at least 95 % of those animals would otherwise not see a vet in their life and that we can offer a lifetime of support thanks to AKI, makes me tear up. Thank you so so much AKI for making it possible for owners to keep their pets healthy and happy - and their families safe!"


Ranger developed knots all over his body
Ranger developed knots all over his body
Lucky was hit by a car-luckily injuries were minor
Lucky was hit by a car-luckily injuries were minor
Black Boy's eye was infected & had to be removed
Black Boy's eye was infected & had to be removed
2 Life Time Care recipients at the March clinic
2 Life Time Care recipients at the March clinic
A Life Time Care recipient with owner-March clinic
A Life Time Care recipient with owner-March clinic

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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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