Help Us Transform Uganda SPCA Haven Animal Shelter

by Animal-Kind International
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Help Us Transform Uganda SPCA Haven Animal Shelter
Help Us Transform Uganda SPCA Haven Animal Shelter
Help Us Transform Uganda SPCA Haven Animal Shelter
Help Us Transform Uganda SPCA Haven Animal Shelter
Help Us Transform Uganda SPCA Haven Animal Shelter
Help Us Transform Uganda SPCA Haven Animal Shelter
Help Us Transform Uganda SPCA Haven Animal Shelter
Help Us Transform Uganda SPCA Haven Animal Shelter
Help Us Transform Uganda SPCA Haven Animal Shelter
Help Us Transform Uganda SPCA Haven Animal Shelter
Help Us Transform Uganda SPCA Haven Animal Shelter
Help Us Transform Uganda SPCA Haven Animal Shelter
Help Us Transform Uganda SPCA Haven Animal Shelter
Help Us Transform Uganda SPCA Haven Animal Shelter
Help Us Transform Uganda SPCA Haven Animal Shelter
Help Us Transform Uganda SPCA Haven Animal Shelter
Help Us Transform Uganda SPCA Haven Animal Shelter
Help Us Transform Uganda SPCA Haven Animal Shelter
Help Us Transform Uganda SPCA Haven Animal Shelter
Help Us Transform Uganda SPCA Haven Animal Shelter
Help Us Transform Uganda SPCA Haven Animal Shelter
Help Us Transform Uganda SPCA Haven Animal Shelter
Help Us Transform Uganda SPCA Haven Animal Shelter
Help Us Transform Uganda SPCA Haven Animal Shelter
Help Us Transform Uganda SPCA Haven Animal Shelter
Help Us Transform Uganda SPCA Haven Animal Shelter
Help Us Transform Uganda SPCA Haven Animal Shelter
April 30: 8 new pens have been placed
April 30: 8 new pens have been placed

Last time I wrote, I entitled the email message, "It's time to move." A lot has happened since that January 9 message. First, Kampala City Council Authority hasn't extended the eviction notice, but they also haven't acted upon it. Even though the USPCA put in a request for an extension, KCCA has given no formal response.

Informally, USPCA and KCCA talk to each other (and the USPCA responds to KCCA's concerns about rabies by holding rabies vaccination clinics in target communities). So for now, the dogs and cats are safe at the current Haven and we are confident that KCCA won't require the USPCA to shut down operations without giving an adequate notice and ensuring the cats and dogs can safely get moved away.

But that doesn't mean we're standing still. --And this is where a lot has been happening:

  • A temporary fence and gate has been placed around some of the property-where the construction is now taking place.
  • A pit latrine was dug for construction workers, a container was placed on-site for supplies, and a foreman and workers were hired.
  • Concrete slabs were laid for 8 new pens and walls built around the slabs (this should be less stressful and quieter, the dogs won't see other dogs on all sides).
  • Eight new pens were fabricated and placed at the new site.
  • Concrete slabs were laid for 4 more pens plus a couple of puppy pens.
  • The kitchen slab was laid.

I visited the new site during April and watched as the new construction materialized. Also, I had carried money raised from this GlobalGiving project to Uganda to cover construction expenses. Other than the 8 new pens, the full cost of the construction to-date is from our AKI donors! (And even some of the money to pay for the 8 new pens comes from AKI supporters since the grant the USPCA received didn't cover the entire cost.) All of this is because of you! 

We're still at least a few months away from being able to move the dogs (dogs go 1st since they are more of a problem at the current site than are the very quiet kitties):

  • We want the workmen to have completed this phase so that the dogs aren't stressed by all the work going on.
  • We need shade cloth to cover the pens (we've found some at reasonable price, blocks the sun and protects from rain).
  • We need 2 staff people on-site, but that requires an office/reception, including facilities for them.
  • We need a kitchen-a basic one, to cook cat and dog food and refigeration for the food.
  • We need to get the water hooked up, power hooked up, and for all of this, we need Kajjansi Town Council approval.

And again-we are not standing still, we have been working on all of the above.

As always, we will keep you informed about the USPCA's progress, and as always, we are so grateful for your support. To complete the move and the 1st phase of construction, we will need to continue to raise money, so we are grateful if you can help us get the word out about the great work of the USPCA and the great need to build the new Haven. Thank you!

The new pens have an "airlock" system-no escapees!
The new pens have an "airlock" system-no escapees!
April 27: Construction workers putting up the pens
April 27: Construction workers putting up the pens
The site has lots of great dog walking areas
The site has lots of great dog walking areas
New poster at The Haven-to help raise money
New poster at The Haven-to help raise money

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Soon the visitor experience will be so much better
Soon the visitor experience will be so much better

Dear Uganda SPCA Supporters,

The time has come to prepare to move to the new USPCA Haven location. In part this move is more sudden than we had expected and is due to circumstances beyond our control: The adjacent residents submitted a formal complaint to the Kampala City Council Authority about the noise and the odor from The Haven. The KCCA gave the USPCA an eviction notice with the deadline of January 15, 2022 and requested that in the interim, the USPCA attend to the noise and odor issues.

The USPCA did everything within their power to minimize odors. Of course noise-barking dogs-is beyond the shelter's control. The dogs bark mainly at feeding time--so although loud, the noise is mainly limited to a few times a day.

The USPCA Board has been negotiating with the KCCA for at least a three-month extension (we're awaiting the decision). As we wait though, of course we're not sitting still!

The USPCA is developing a master plan for the new location. Development of the plot is divided into phases; the 1st involves placing the most critical structures (animal enclosures, fencing, well for water provision) and preparing the land for additional development. We have some funds set aside for this, but we continue to raise money as we move into this new phase-transferring animals and infrastructure to the new site, building the most important structures to keep the animals safe and to cater to on-site staff.

Although the USPCA will be ready to move the cats and dogs if the KCCA refuses to extend the eviction order, based on negotiations and the actions the USPCA has taken to comply with KCCA's order, we believe they'll extend the order. 

On top of all of this, the USPCA staff of course continues to host visitors, and to rescue, provide veterinary treatment, and give the best care they possibly can for the > 300 cats and dogs at The Haven:

1) The USPCA hosts school groups, families, government authorities (even the KCCA!), veterinary students, and local community groups to learn about The Haven, the plight of street cats and dogs, how to act when a stray dog is nearby, our responsibility for cats and dogs, and how to best provide care for them (see picture of a group that recently visited The Haven to learn about animals).

2) Three dogs (see picture) were rescued after the USPCA received a call about stray dogs in the area. They had mange and were treated for it. The USPCA gets so many calls to help street dogs -many with mange-most also with fleas and ticks, many with injuries, some too debilitated to look for a meal. Soon rescued dogs will have quieter spaces to recover, and once recovered, will have plenty of room to exercise, play, and enjoy life at the new Haven. 

3) An early morning phone call from a USPCA friend helped save this cat (see 2 pictures) from any more stress and pain than he already went through. The USPCA is often called to untangle cats caught in razor wire-a bane to many animals. This kitty was brought to The Haven for treatment and, hopefully, for adoption.

Thank you SO much to all of you who have stood with and supported the Uganda SPCA (and Animal-Kind International) over the years. Together we've reached a turning point for the USPCA and we will soon be watching as our longtime dream-a larger Haven, a real haven-begins to materialize.

3 stray dogs w/mange-rescued, treated, & recovered
3 stray dogs w/mange-rescued, treated, & recovered
Kitty's tail stuck in razor wire
Kitty's tail stuck in razor wire
Alex extricating kitty from razor wire
Alex extricating kitty from razor wire

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Sameem & her son adopted this kitty
Sameem & her son adopted this kitty

Besides raising money for land (officially purchased, but still have a shortfall of close to US$30,000; and moving and construction costs still need to be raised), Animal-Kind International donors provide funds for daily operating costs of the USPCA Haven (see pie chart showing how donations-not including for land-were used). Over the 6 months from January through June, AKI donors covered USPCA Haven rent, Haven staff salaries, and cat and dog food. Normally our support is spread out a bit more-for electricity, water, USPCA phone, cooking fuel, and other shelter priorities. But with the shortfall in donations due to covid, the USPCA used everything we raised for the absolute basic necessities-rent, salaries, food. Without these, there would be no Haven.

Here are some of the rescue and adoption stories from the last few months, made possible thanks to AKI donors. First, a few hearwarming adoptions:

The picture above is of Sameem and her new male kitty, adopted last week from The Haven. 

Around mid-August, the USPCA found Rex after receiving a report that he was abandoned in Kololo. A couple of weeks later, Rex was adopted by a family with kids and 2 dogs. It's a great environment for Rex and he is thriving (see picture). 

Hope for Orphans adopted 2 kittens from The Haven a few months ago. Look at these lucky kitties now (see 2 pictures below) with two of the children at the home.

Now a few recent rescues:

Earlier this month, a friend of the USPCA found a sweet dog on the road having been knocked by a vehicle (see picture). The witness called the USPCA and the staff was able to rescue him. He has an injured leg and is recovering at The Haven.

On September 2, the USPCA rescued a kitty after she was attacked by dogs (see picture). She was treated for her injuries and has fully recovered.

At the end of June, the USPCA received a report about a dog whose snout had a rubber band around it and the area had become horribly infected. The picture below shows the dog at The Haven after the injury was cleaned up (you would not want to see it before).

In mid-August, this cute puppy was rescued from Entebbe. She had mange, was covered with fleas, and she was emaciated. The picture below shows her 2 weeks after being rescued. 

This is just a very brief summary of the many adoptions and rescues over the last few months. We hope soon to report on the USPCA move to the new property, where all these cats and dogs will have more space, more fun, more quiet--more of whatever they want!

Thank you so much for your support to Animal-Kind International for the Uganda SPCA Land Fund. None of this would be possible without AKI's and USPCA's dedicated supporters.  

Rex was abandoned, now he's part of a large family
Rex was abandoned, now he's part of a large family
Hope for Orphans adopted 2 kittens
Hope for Orphans adopted 2 kittens
The 2nd kitten adopted by Hope for Orphans
The 2nd kitten adopted by Hope for Orphans
Dog was hit by a car, rescued by the USPCA
Dog was hit by a car, rescued by the USPCA
Kitty attacked by dogs, rescued by the USPCA
Kitty attacked by dogs, rescued by the USPCA
Rubberband around his snout, rescued by the USPCA
Rubberband around his snout, rescued by the USPCA
Puppy rescued in Entebbe, mange, fleas, emaciated
Puppy rescued in Entebbe, mange, fleas, emaciated
How USPCA spends AKI funds (not inc. land funds)
How USPCA spends AKI funds (not inc. land funds)

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Signing the papers for the purchaseof USPCA land
Signing the papers for the purchaseof USPCA land

I don't usually send another update so soon after I sent one (just a few weeks ago), but we have amazing news! The USPCA is now the owner of a 2-acre plot of land where the new Haven will be relocated (that will take a little while). We will still have to raise more money to cover the full cost of the land, as well as moving and construction (fencing, leveling, etc), so we'll still be asking for your help, but this is the 1st and biggest step in the process. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WE DID IT!!!!! You made what we thought was impossible possible!

Thank you so much for your help, your generosity, and commitment to the Uganda Society for the Protection & Care of Animals, the USPCA Haven, and Animal-Kind International!

Please stick with us....we will be sending more updates and we'll keep you posted on the progress of this EXCITING new and the big move ahead.

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Karen Menczer, Founder & Director

Animal-Kind International

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2 acre plot: possibly the next USPCA Haven
2 acre plot: possibly the next USPCA Haven

I don't want to sound too excited, but this is the closest we've come to possibly purchasing a plot of land. As of yesterday, the title search was on and we're waiting for results. First the good news:

For those of you know Kampala/Entebbe area, the plot is readily accessible and located very close to a bridge over the expressway to Entebbe. It is accessed on all tarmac roads from Kampala through Kajjansi, except the last 200 meters are a very good murram road straight to the plot. It is 6.0 km from the expressway junction interchange circle on Entebbe road at Kajjansi

The plot is two acres, just the size we were hoping to find. It's not zoned residential, so no homes will be built next door. There are only a few large residential properties in the area and none within 100 meters of the plot.

Electricity supply is within 80 meters of the plot. City water supply is within 100 meters.

There's an area designated as permanent open space on one side. There are plenty of tracks and paths for dog walking.

There are precious few opportunities to find a piece of land within a reasonable distance from Kampala city center that fits USPCA requirements. Besides readily accessible to Kampala, the land also must be reasonably easy to find and be accessible for visitors in small cars. We have to make sure nearby residents won't object to the noise and smell. Of course, the price must be within our range.

The general asking price for land in the surrounding area, normally for much smaller plots, is about 300 million Uganda shillings per acre, rising up to about 500 million /= an acre for plots perceived to be in prime locations generally in elevated areas with a view. This plot is at the bottom of a shallow valley near- and in fact under the expressway. The location completely suits us, but thankfully not all potential buyers.

Because of this, the asking price is a little lower than current market prices. The owner wants to conclude a quick sale as it the last piece remaining from his larger land alottment. It is only available at this time because someone has recently pulled out. We don't expect it to remain on the market for long.

Now the not so good news: The price is US$140,000 plus about US$13,000 for tax and legal costs. We have raised about 50% of this amount. As you know, for more than the past five years, we have been looking for a piece of land of approximately 2 acres to re-home the USPCA. One of the people who has been very involved in the search said this about the 2 acre plot: " After viewing quite a number of plots over the years I have finally located a very viable piece of land." And after describing the site, he said, " There is never a right time, but the real time is now."

We believe he's correct and we are hoping we can work something out. Formal loans from banks in Uganda have very bad interest rates for the borrower, that is just not an option. But having put our innovative brains to work, we are thinking of loans from friends--with very good terms for the borrowers. We feel that is the only option for raising at least US$60,000 and as much as US$70,000, the amount we'd need to close the deal in the short time we have to commit and pay. (The owner wants cash now).

I know all of you are committed to seeing the USPCA grow and better manage the influx of cats and dogs and be a welcoming place for staff, volunteers, for training, and for adopters. I will keep you updated as I learn more. Feel free to get in touch with me if you want to know more before you hear from me next. 

Could this be the next USPCA Haven?
Could this be the next USPCA Haven?

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