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
Kids bring their puppies to The Haven for vet care
Kids bring their puppies to The Haven for vet care

Many people think of animal welfare organizations as primarily serving animals. While that's why most of us get involved in animal welfare-to help animals--once we're involved, it becomes apparent that we're providing a community service, and along with the animals, we serve their caretakers and the wider community.

IMAGINE.... a larger shelter, one that would better accomodate visitors, school groups, community members.

IMAGINE....how many more animals would be helped, how many more Ugandan animal welfare advocates would be groomed to take on future challenges. 

IMAGINE.....the community resource that The Haven could be.

It's not difficult to imagine because already the USPCA gives so much to the community. For example:

In September, several boys who live near The Haven brought their puppies to the shelter for vaccinations, de-worming, and flea/tick treatment (see pictures). Every week, children visit The Haven to get help for their pets. (Haven Manager Alex always asks them to bring the mama dogs to be spayed, and usually they do).

As always, The Haven is full to the brim. In September 55 new animals arrived at the shelter. These included several mother dogs with litters of puppies, orphaned puppies and kittens, as well as juvenile and adult dogs and cats. The vast majority of the animals arriving at the shelter are under 1 year of age. The number of new arrivals was thankfully lower than previous months as the shelter is very full- August saw 69 new arrivals, 99 in July and 93 in June-the number of adoptions never exceeds the number of new arrivals. By the end of September, The Haven was home to 254 animals, up from 231 in August (see pictures of some of these lovely cats and dogs). Of course, if these animals weren't at The Haven, they would be roaming the streets endangering people and certainly the cats' and dogs' lives would be at risk-versus being safe, well-fed, and well-loved at The Haven. 

As usual, The Haven welcomed many visiting groups, mainly school groups, but also community groups. This is yet another community resource that the USPCA provides (see pictures). One of the most important community services is free community spay/neuter clinics, which the USPCA holds, approximately once a month, funds allowing.

The overwhelming number of dogs at the shelter means that if they don't have a way to deplete their energy and places to hide and feel comfortable, fights will break out. Wooden boxes are placed in each dog kennel so that shy dogs can get away from the crowds, dogs can have extra play space, and everyone can have a bit of quiet time when needed. The USPCA can use AKI's funds for their prioirty needs (except under this GlobalGiving project, for which donations are set aside to purchase land), and in October, the USPCA had 3 wooden boxes built (see picture) with a portion of the most recent AKI disbursement. While we always keep in mind that we are serving the human community, we never forget that our #1 service is to the animals, the unwanted, the battered, the hungry--the animals with no place else to turn but the USPCA. We're dedicated to making their lives happier, healthier, and more fulfilling. 

Thank you so much for your support of the USPCA. We won't give up until we raise enough funds so that the USPCA can grow to be the resource we know it can and should be.

Neighborhood kids visit The Haven
Neighborhood kids visit The Haven
Kids bring their puppies for shots & other care
Kids bring their puppies for shots & other care
One of many Haven cats waiting for a 4ever home
One of many Haven cats waiting for a 4ever home
One of many Haven dogs waiting for a 4ever home
One of many Haven dogs waiting for a 4ever home
2 Haven dogs waiting for their 4ever homes
2 Haven dogs waiting for their 4ever homes
Primary school students enjoy visiting The Haven
Primary school students enjoy visiting The Haven
Learning about puppies
Learning about puppies
USPCA had these boxes made for the dogs' kennels
USPCA had these boxes made for the dogs' kennels

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One of 46 puppies at The Haven awaiting adoption
One of 46 puppies at The Haven awaiting adoption

 

This is how every moonth goes at the Uganda SPCA Haven. Lots of adoptions every month, for which we are eternally grateful, but more animals come in -every single month-than go to their 4ever homes. HOW LONG CAN THIS LAST? At some point, The Haven will be full. I hope when that time comes, we will be ready to purchase a plot of land and move to a spacious location.

In total, AKI has raised about US$16,000 and USPCA has raised, in-country, about US$9,000. That's about 1/4 of the way to where we need to be to buy a plot of land. Katia and I put a cost proposal together to approach some landowners who are friendly to the USPCA and we're hoping we can reach a deal--but 1st they have to decide to part with a piece of their land. I'll keep you posted!

For now, USPCA is taking care of 46 puppies, most of them ready to say goodbye to their friends at The Haven and go off to their 4ever homes, if only they could find one! (See pictures of 2 of the pups).

On the happy side, in July, 22 animals were adopted from The Haven. I'll post some of the pictures with their new families.

The USPCA has a new vet, Dr. Singh. The previous vet left The Haven to pursue her education. Dr. Singh has been very busy with communtiy spay/neuter work (see pictures). You can imagine though, I'm sure, no matter how many community dogs (and cats) are sterilized, in Kampala and Entebbe and in between, it will take years to reach equilibrium in population growth. And that's one of the main reasons we so desperately need that spacious piece of land -- the need for the USPCA's work is certainly not slowing down!!!! (see Dr. Singh spaying a cat in the picture below).

We are so grateful for your support. Please spread the word about USPCA's amazing work and our goal of raising money to purchase land to create a true HAVEN for Uganda's cats and dogs.

Another of the 46 puppies currently at The Haven
Another of the 46 puppies currently at The Haven
This kitty was adopted from The Haven in July
This kitty was adopted from The Haven in July
Another kitty went to a 4ever home in July!
Another kitty went to a 4ever home in July!
One of the dogs adopted from The Haven-July
One of the dogs adopted from The Haven-July
Another one of the lucky adoptees in July
Another one of the lucky adoptees in July
Dr. Singh spaying a community cat
Dr. Singh spaying a community cat

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USPCA staff-except for 3- & me
USPCA staff-except for 3- & me

During March and April, I spent 3 weeks in Uganda (for my job with US Agency for International Development) and I spent all 3 weekends, both Saturday and Sunday, at The Haven. What better place to be when in Kampala?!
Currently, there are about 230 dogs and cats at The Haven. I remember when the number first went above 200 animals, around 5 years ago. And since then, it's never dropped below 200. Although that's far more than was ever intended (in 2006, we thought 80 dogs and 20 cats was reasonable), the new pens-and more pens--don't make it feel quite so crowded.
It's only when you try to walk dogs or maneuver from pen to pen (for feeding time or petting time), you realize that for such a small space, there are far too many dogs. Or to put it another way, all these dogs need to be in the safe environment that The Haven offers, but the space is far too small to hold all the dogs in need of shelter. The cats do much better, with 1 large cattery (donated by a generous AKI donor), a converted garage, and a pen (in the office) for very small kitties.
Since I was last in Uganda (about 2 1/2 years ago), The Haven has added more staff, which is great news. In the group picture attached, you can see: Jackie (vet assistant), Moses, Alex (shelter manager), Fred, Irene, and Lydia. Not in the group picture, but shown separately, there's Dominic, Mary, and Vincent. Josephine (see picture at community vet clinic) is the USPCA vet, new since last I visited.
Even in the short time I was in Uganda, the number of dogs at The Haven increased. Two mama dogs with puppies were rescued in Lubowa; I participated in one rescue of a young male dog, who was saved by a kind neighbor who chased away some kids who were throwing stones at the dog and then called the USPCA (pictured with Dominic); additionally, 4 adult dogs were either brought to or rescued by the USPCA, as were numerous puppies (without moms)--probably an average of about 1 dog/day over the 3 weeks I was in Uganda. A few cats were rescued and brought to The Haven during those 3 weeks.
How many dogs and cats were adopted in that timespan? Four dogs (2 of them puppies) and 2 cats. So much for balance!
So you can see that the numbers are only going to increase. I think this is not necessarily because there's more cruelty, but because more people know about The Haven and because cruelty has become less acceptable. Most of the people who report dogs and cats in need of rescue, most of the people who actually rescue animals and bring them to The Haven, and most adopters are Ugandans. About 50% of the people who came to volunteer while I was volunteering were Ugandan.  The Haven is Uganda's animal shelter, Uganda's animal welfare organization. 
I was shocked by the new construction next to and across from The Haven (see picture)--Kampala is booming. I bet it won't be long before people begin to complain about the noise of the dogs barking and even the smell (I think The Haven is kept very clean, but I'm sure people will complain!).
While I was in Uganda, we looked at a few plots of land, but none were suitable-too expensive, too inaccessible, too small. This remains a priority for the USPCA-two board members with good connections are now tasked with identifying land within USPCA's budget, possibly owned by someone who would be willing to consider a partial donation (land between Kampala and Entebbe has become so expensive, and with some big land owners, we are hoping to find a generous soul to donate a portion of a plot).
Alex, Haven Shelter Manager, presented a certificate (pictured) to me/AKI, but it is for all of you who have donated, who stick with us, and who are committed to seeing the USPCA Haven on a new, spacious plot of land. I am 100% sure that we will get there, it might take longer than we'd like, but it will happen!

Dominic w/dog rescued from kids throwing stones
Dominic w/dog rescued from kids throwing stones
USPCA's Mary in a puppy pen
USPCA's Mary in a puppy pen
USPCA's Vincent, 1 of the new staff
USPCA's Vincent, 1 of the new staff
Dr. Josephine-USPCA Community Clinic in Kawempe
Dr. Josephine-USPCA Community Clinic in Kawempe
Across from The Haven-new construction
Across from The Haven-new construction
USPCA certificate presented to AKI donors
USPCA certificate presented to AKI donors

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Alex Ochieng at Nelson's new home
Alex Ochieng at Nelson's new home

Did you hear the biggest and best news from the Uganda SPCA Haven?

After 9 years at The Haven, Nelson, a 2-legged dog, who may be best known as Hope's boyfriend, was adopted!

Nelson arrived at The Haven in May of 2010, brought there by a rescuer who had seen him limping along the road. We were never sure what had happened to him, but we thought that his rear leg may have been a birth defect, his front leg may have been injured by someone wielding a machete.

When he arrived at The Haven from the Kajjansi section of Kampala, he was named Wobble (moving on 2 legs, he wobbled a bit). But shortly after, he was nicknamed Nelson because --as everyone who met him agreed---he was a kind, smart soul. Even with all that Nelson had gone through, he never growled, he never showed any anger. 

Immediately, it was obvious that Nelson should be paired with Hope, whose 2 rear legs were paralyzed (more below about Hope). And they remained a pair, growing old together for the next 9 years.

Hope became famous; she even had a children's book written about her. Nelson remained at her side, the supportive partner.

On January 30, 2019, a family visted The Haven, looking for a dog in need of a home. They met Nelson, and decided: After 9 years at The Haven, it was time for Nelson to get a real home.

That was one of the happiest days at The Haven. It followed one of the sadder days: After 9 years at The Haven, Hope, Nelson's soul mate, died of old age. Hope had been rescued from Nakawa taxi park, where she was deliberatly run over by a taxi driver. The other drivers were upset about this-they had always welcomed Hope and gave her food and a place to rest. Although they didn't have the money for a vet and didn't know what to do to help Hope, they let her remain at the taxi park until someone who knew about the USPCA made a call that changed Hope's life.

At The Haven, Hope received the care she needed to live a pain-free life, although she never regained the use of her 2 rear legs. Animal-Kind International had a cart made for Hope and sent it to The Haven. A book was written about Hope's life. People visited Hope from all over the world. Even the Nakawa taxi drivers visited The Haven to see Hope. Hope truly lived a great life and received much love.

Since those rescues, more than 9 years ago, The Haven has welcomed 100s of dogs in need like Hope and Nelson (oof course cats too). Dogs that many shelters may not have bothered with. While The Haven mourns Hope's passing and cheers for Nelson's adoption, we celebrate The Haven and all the animals rescued, rehabiliatted, and re-homed. And we hope that 2019 will be the year that The Haven can expand to rescue many more. Thank you, our GlobalGiving donors for bringing us this far along in our fundraising efforts!

Nelson going on a walk w/his new family
Nelson going on a walk w/his new family
Nelson looking happy at his forever home
Nelson looking happy at his forever home
Nelson at home
Nelson at home
Hope and Nelson at The Haven-2016
Hope and Nelson at The Haven-2016
Hope & Nelson with Mary-2015
Hope & Nelson with Mary-2015
Hope & Nelson at The Haven-2012
Hope & Nelson at The Haven-2012
Alex Ochieng's son with Hope-2013
Alex Ochieng's son with Hope-2013
Hope's life story
Hope's life story
Hope and Nelson-2010
Hope and Nelson-2010
Hope gets wheels!
Hope gets wheels!
Nakawi taxi drivers visit Hope at The Haven!
Nakawi taxi drivers visit Hope at The Haven!

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After the dog's eye was removed, a full recovery
After the dog's eye was removed, a full recovery

It's time to look back over the year and assess how we've done in our effort to "transform Uganda's only animal shelter": essentially how far are we from our goal to raise enough money to purchase land for a larger, more accomodating Uganda SPCA Haven? We're still very far from our goal! --Over $40,000 away.

But we are also very far from giving up (we won't give up until we've reached our goal).

The flow of animals into the USPCA Haven hasn't slowed. The number of cats and dogs getting adopted from The Haven has increased, that's the good news!

Animal-Kind International is the main donor to the USPCA, and besides raising money for a new shelter, the USPCA uses AKI funds to buy cat and dog food, to pay salaries and rent, to cover transport to rescue cats and dogs and to conduct pre and post-adoption home visits, to purchase vet meds and supplies and shelter supplies, to pay the electricity bill, and for any other priority need the USPCA has.

Here are some of the rescued animals that AKI funds have helped (stories and AFTER pictures; GlobalGiving's guidelines don't allow me to post the BEFORE pictures, but please check the AKI Facebook page on GivingTuesday for these and many more USPCA BEFORE/AFTER pictures).

The USPCA rescued a dog with an injured eye. The USPCA vet removed the eye, the dog fully recovered.

In August, someone brought a cat -in a sack-to The Haven, a relinquished pet, which of course, The Haven accepted.

Some of you may know the story of Diego, but it's worth repeating-and you may not know the happy ending: Diego was adopted by an American family in Uganda, a family with a lot of dog experience. Diego had lived at a house where he was ignored, often not fed or given water, chained 24/7. A nice Ugandan man knew of the situation and gave Diego food when he could. But still, Diego's condition deterioriated, and this nice man ended up contacting the USPCA about Diego. Diego was relinquished to the USPCA, where he was given the vet care he needed, including neuter surgery, nutritious food, vaccinations, and love. He's doing wonderfully in his forever home.

On October 23, Alex rescued a dog in Kitende along Entebbe Road. The dog has cancer on his leg and is being treated at the USPCA Haven.

Police was found with a TVT infection on May 10. She lives in Garuga and has a home, but they didn't know how to provide the care she needed. The USPCA accepted her into the shelter and they treated her, she healed, and went back home on Nov 3.

On November 13, the USPCA received a phone call about a puppy in Ntinda. They found the little, vulnerable white puppy abandoned, in the street. They brought the puppy back to The Haven, bathed her, and she's now under the USPCA's care.

Also on November 13, the USPCA rescued a mama and her puppies. She hid in the bush during the day, came out at night to find food. She and her puppies are now safe at The Haven.

It's not only the cats and dogs at The Haven that need more space, it's also the visitors!

On September 16, a group from Chrysalis limited-Butterfly project, an NGO, visited The Haven to learn about about cats and dogs.

On November 15, children from Clarke Junior School Primary 4 Muyenga came to visit the USPCA Haven to learn about dogs and cats.

These are just a snapshot of USPCA's rescues and visitors during the last few months. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the cats and dogs and the people who come to visit them could have a more spacious shelter experience? That's our goal for 2019!

This kitty was brought to The Haven in a bag!
This kitty was brought to The Haven in a bag!
Diego on the road to recovery
Diego on the road to recovery
Oct 23, dog rescued has cancer on his leg
Oct 23, dog rescued has cancer on his leg
At The Haven, Police healed & went back home
At The Haven, Police healed & went back home
After a bath and comforting from Jackie
After a bath and comforting from Jackie
Mama & her 2 pups rescued & now safe at The Haven
Mama & her 2 pups rescued & now safe at The Haven
Chrysalis visits Haven to learn about cats & dogs
Chrysalis visits Haven to learn about cats & dogs
Studnets from Clarke School visit The Haven
Studnets from Clarke School visit The Haven

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