Jackals gets a nail trim at the HAH Spayathon
First, it takes you! AKI and HAH-Luderitz, Aus, & Bethanie are so grateful for you.
A typical HAH Spay Day, during which around 25 animals are treated, costs approximately N$ 15,000, that's about US$1050.Thanks to you, HAH-L, A, & B has been able to sterilize, vaccinate, and provide parasite control for about 120 dogs and cats and cover other needed care for about 30 animals since we started raising money for HAH, a few years ago.
Second, it takes the Have-a-Heart team, all of whom work as volunteers. So the only funding required is for the costs of the spay and neuter operations, vaccinations, and parasite control (and sometimes special care for sick animals that are brought to the clinic).
The actual surgery day is only 1 piece of many that have to come together to hold a Spayathon.
The HAH team next sets the dates for the spayathon and contacts the Luderitz Town Council, Bethanie Village Council, and their contacts in Aus, to book the halls they use for Spay Days. The Councils not only give HAH use of the halls, they also advertise the event. In the case of Luderitz, the Town Council gives HAH a vehicle and driver for Spay Days. This is truly a global partnership!
HAH then arranges accommodation. The HAH team gets free accommodation from Element Riders in Luderitz, the Bahnhof Hotel in Aus, and the Bethanie Guest House.
Food is important too for this hardworking team, and someone is usually kind enough to donate lunches.
And finally it's time to sign up the owners and their pets for the spayathon, collect the dogs and cats and owners, and bring them to the hall for surgery (some owners and their pets get themselves to the clinic). This involves talking to the owners about the importance of sterilizing and getting their consent. Luckily, that's been pretty easy.
Since you, our AKI/HAH donors, have received several AKI reports on HAH spayathons, you know what's involved on the actual spay/neuter day.
Geesche, who has brought all of these forces together to make spay days happen in Luderitz, Aus, and Bethanie, said that without AKI donors, the August spay days would not have been possible!
One of the happiest moments during the August spayathons was when Jackals showed up with his owners. Jackals, a blind, senior dog, was neutered and received other needed vet care--back in 2015-- thanks to AKI donors. He's a much loved member of his family and came to the clinic for a nail trim (see photo)! That's AKI's and HAH's goal--that every dog and cat is as loved and well cared for as Jackals.
Thank you for helping us reach this goal!
Children & their dogs, August Bethanie spayathon
Children & their dogs during recovery