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
Dogs at the new Haven shelter
Dogs at the new Haven shelter

While the Uganda SPCA team has been very busy in the last few months, progress at the new Haven has moved a bit slower. From our previous GlobalGiving progress reports and pictures, you may know that there are wetlands on the new USPCA Haven site (see picture below-the land slopes toward the right in the photo, where you can see the start of the wetland area).

The USPCA's intention is to leave the wetlands in their natural state; dog walking trails would be located in this area. Even so, because of a a recent, new effort by the Government of Uganda to conserve the country's wetlands (better late than never.....), the National Environmental Management Authority ruled that the USPCA must submit environmental documentation, including a full Environmental & Social Impact Assessment before moving ahead with any additional construction. (See link below to an article about Museveni's demand that the National Medical Stores vacate their premises because they built in a wetland; you can also see the lack of clarity, confusion, and conflicting decisions over wetland conservation).

Currently about 35 dogs are living at the new shelter. The kitchen is functioning (see picture). The dogs at the shelter are enjoying their lives there (see picture). But no others have been moved while the USPCA gathers the information they need for the preliminary documentaiton and prepares for the full environmental review. 

Luckily, we have some supporters (including me) who have worked with NEMA and who have conducted Environmental & Social Impact Assessments in Uganda, and who are willing to volunteer their time. But it can be time consuming: The process starts with a project brief to NEMA, then proceeds to scoping and development of a Terms of Reference (TORs) for approval by NEMA, after which, the team conducts the full ESIA.

We are hoping that additional dogs can be moved to the site during this process. We have the funds needed to construct a new cattery, so as soon as we get the approval, the cattery will move ahead. And we have a glimmer of hope that another meeting with NEMA decision makers might result in a waiver of the ESIA.....it's a glimmer, but it's enough to get us through the new year with some hope. Even if an ESIA is required, we intend to make this as seamless a proicess as possible and ensure it goes as quickly as possible so that all the cats and dogs can soon be living at this beautiful location.

Sorry to bring less than good news in this Progress Report, but the USPCA is still 100% committed to fully constructing the new shelter at this site and as quickly as posisble--and Animal-Kind International will do all that we can do to ensure this happens.

Wishing you health and happiness for the festive season,

Wetland area on the right in the photo
Wetland area on the right in the photo
The kitchen is fully functional
The kitchen is fully functional
Enjoying their new home
Enjoying their new home
New Haven-so close to completion, yet so far...
New Haven-so close to completion, yet so far...

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Relaxing at the new USPCA shelter
Relaxing at the new USPCA shelter

We dedicate this Progress Report to two exciting events at USPCA's new shelter.

The first was on July 20, when the 1st 6 dogs arrived at the shelter. It was a day we knew would happen, but could barely believe it when it did. (see pictures). On August 10, more dogs arrived, bringing the total to 24. And as of today, there are 34 dogs at the new location. It's starting to look like a real animal shelter!

The 2nd exciting event is that the 1st pens from the old Haven have been dismantled and brought over to the new shelter (see pictures). Although not as exciting as seeing happy dogs able to run and play freely, some for the 1st time in their lives, this was pretty exciting too. We knew that was the plan, to take the existing pens apart and put them up at the new location, but never felt sure about how it would actually happen. Well, it did, and it was a successful move, and the subsequent pens to be moved should be a piece of cake!

During the 1st week of July, the kitchen was completed and roofs were placed on the 1st 6 pens--the new ones, built specifically for this shelter. (see pictures of the kitchen and the roofs below)

For the moment, construction of actual buildings is awaiting planning approvals, but we can move forward with plenty more needs. On August 27, volunteers spent most of the day dealing with site drainage. In some parts along the perimeter, we'll need a wall (a sound barrier) instead of a fence--the sound of barking dogs carries far! We still need to build a new cattery (the old one at The Haven will be moved to the new site). There's plenty to do, so no one is just waiting around for construction approvals.

We'll continue to update you on the progress at the new shelter of course. For now, you -our supporters-should feel so good that 34 dogs are enjoying their new lives and this beautiful, spacious site.

The new pens are spacious!
The new pens are spacious!
More dogs arrive-with these, the total was 24
More dogs arrive-with these, the total was 24
Kennels dismantled, heading to the new site
Kennels dismantled, heading to the new site
The kitchen-completed!
The kitchen-completed!
Sheet metal roofs placed over the 1st 6 pens
Sheet metal roofs placed over the 1st 6 pens

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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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