Help Us Transform Uganda SPCA Haven Animal Shelter

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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
A July adoption
A July adoption

We so often mention how crowded the Uganda SPCA Haven is (and it definitely is, which is just one reason we need a larger sanctuary). But during some months, there's another side of the coin: sometimes many cats and dogs leave The Haven-and go to great homes. July was one of those months.

During July, TWENTY-SEVEN USPCA Haven cats and dogs were adopted!-some of their pictures are attached.

What does this tell us?

More people than ever know about the Uganda SPCA Haven.

More people than ever are willing to adopt from The Haven.

We may be winning the battle against the demand for purebreds (most USPCA Haven dogs are mixed breeds).

Owning a pet (v. a guard dog or mouser) is becoming more common-at least around the Kampala/Entebbe urban area.

During June, July, and August, Alex Ochieng and his team made several post-adoption home visits. -see a few of their pictures attached. 

At each home, they found only good news! All cats and dogs they visited were happy, healthy, and well-adjusted!

What does this tell us?

Just what we suspected: Uganda SPCA is doing a great job helping troubled cats and dogs recover and get them ready to be adopted, and screening potential adoptive homes!

Of course, there's still that other side of the coin. During July and August, many cats and dogs were admitted to the USPCA Haven.

There was a beautiful Great Dane, left behind by his owner when he left the country-left locked in the owner's abandoned compound, for 3 weeks before someone realized that there was a dog inside and that no one was feeding or giving the dog water! The dog is now safe at The Haven. (see picture)

In early August, Diego came to The Haven thanks to Opolot Benjamin, who knew of the situation at Diego's home (he was chained, fed very little, rarely had water). Benjamin tried to help Diego at "in-situ," but when it became impossible, Benjamin alerted the USPCA. 

What does this tell us?

The USPCA is a trusted and effective advocate for animals.

What does all of this mean for the USPCA and those of us who care about the USPCA Haven?

We need to keep up with the growth in popularity of adopting, as well as keep up with human population growth and the never ending supply of cats and dogs in need (which doesn't end just because people are adopting) by providing a modern, comfortable, adoption and learning center.

And we need to redouble our efforts to raise money for a new Haven!

A July adoption
A July adoption
A July adoption
A July adoption
A July adoption
A July adoption
A July adoption
A July adoption
A July adoption
A July adoption
A July adoption
A July adoption
A July adoption
A July adoption
Home visit-Max & Maggy
Home visit-Max & Maggy
Home visit-Tuyoo and Flappy's adoptive home
Home visit-Tuyoo and Flappy's adoptive home
Home visit-Snowy
Home visit-Snowy
Home visit Lola and Simba's home
Home visit Lola and Simba's home
Home visit-Geoff
Home visit-Geoff
Great Dane rescued after 3 wks with no food/water
Great Dane rescued after 3 wks with no food/water
Diego rescued from a sad situation
Diego rescued from a sad situation

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Alex rescues 2 tiny kitties from a pit latrine
Alex rescues 2 tiny kitties from a pit latrine

That's our strategy: While we are planning for, hoping for, and working towards the day we can have a new Uganda SPCA Haven, we don't forget that the USPCA has short-term needs that we, Animal-Kind International, are committed to helping them meet. So while we are still a long way from our long-term goal-a larger, more accomodating Haven, we aren't overlooking our short-term goals of helping the USPCA provide food for shelter cats and dogs, provide vet care, including spay/neuter, pay the shelter's monthly bills-rent, electricity, phone, cooking fuel, and salaries. In fact, AKI donors covered about 50% of the USPCA Haven's costs to operate the shelter in 2017 (this is from donations to AKI other than those designated for a new shelter).

Here are just a few of the recently arrived USPCA Haven residents and their stories:

About 1 year ago, Haven shelter manager Alex received a call about a puppy stuck in a pit latrine. The puppy had been there for almost a week, the family had thrown food down to the pup, and finally the family's neighbor advised them to call the USPCA. That puppy was brought to The Haven and adopted. Alex's experience from that rescue served him well, when in mid-March the USPCA was called about tiny kitties stuck in a latrine for 2 days. They had their tools ready, the USPCA team performed a successful rescue (see picture), and brought the 2 kitties to The Haven, where they were bathed (picture attached) and they recovered from their unpleasant ordeal!

Bisikwa had been living with her 6 dogs in Seeta, but sadly, her landlord sold the plot and the new owner told her to leave the house within 7 days. Bisikwa was shocked and had no idea what to do about her "6 babies and yet am still in college." She called the USPCA pleading for help. Of course she couldn't face putting them out on the street, where they'd suffer and might be poisoned. Can you imagine if the Uganda SPCA wasn't there for Bisikwa and Nina, Poppy, Jack, Harry, Smith, and Ford (attached picture, March 29, with Bisikwa at The Haven)? 

Besides pit latrine rescues and razor wire rescues (2 cats), Alex and the USPCA team also crawl through culverts to rescue animals!  Kristie contacted the USPCA on April 6 about 5 puppies in a drainage ditch. Alex crawled into the ditch (picture attached) and rescued all 5 (picture post-rescue, all puppies are sleeping contentedly, April 12).

On April 24, the USPCA received a call about a dog chained to a tree, left in the rain. Alex and team headed to the spot, and heard from neighbors that the dog had been chained there for a long time, never left off the chain, they didn't know if anyone gave food or water to the dog. The team removed the chain and brought the dog to The Haven, where Alex reported that "the dog is feeling much better." -see 2 pictures.

Lastly, we dedicate this GlobalGiving update to Muscle, pictured with Alex. Muscle was rescued on January 6 and had been doing well until early April, when his back legs became weak. On April 2, Dr. Singh examined him, and then Dr. Gibson provided a 2nd opinion. On April 13, Muscle was put to sleep when Dr. Gibson found that the problem was with Muscle's back and was getting worse and nothing could be done.

For Muscle and all the cats and dogs in Uganda who rely on The Haven for safety, love, and caring, it's because of you, our donors, that we can continue to think long-term, while making sure the USPCA meets their short-term needs--and that they never have to turn away an animal in need.

Rescued from a pit latrine, 2 kitties after baths
Rescued from a pit latrine, 2 kitties after baths
Bisikwa had to surrender her 6 dogs to the USPCA
Bisikwa had to surrender her 6 dogs to the USPCA
Alex prepares to crawl into a culvert for a rescue
Alex prepares to crawl into a culvert for a rescue
5 puppies rescued from culvert
5 puppies rescued from culvert
Dog chained to a tree, left in the rain
Dog chained to a tree, left in the rain
Dog is finally off the chain!
Dog is finally off the chain!
We dedicate this update to Muscle
We dedicate this update to Muscle

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Peace was USPCA's 1st rescue of 2018
Peace was USPCA's 1st rescue of 2018

Will 2018 be the year that the Uganda SPCA will finally be able to purchase land for a new Haven sanctuary?

Knowing that you're in this effort with us, and that in Uganda, the South African Women's Association is holding a fundraising drive and that the USPCA's good repuation keeps growing, with more and more people seeing first hand, the demands on the USPCA and its contributions to Ugandan society, I feel a growing confidence that we'll reach our goal.

Yes, the demands on the USPCA Haven keep growing:

The 1st rescue of the new year was a dog who showed up outside the office of one of Uganda's daily newspapers, The New Vision. The caller said the young male had first appeared one week earlier (on December 28) and people at the office were giving him food and water, but they were worried that this gentle soul wouldn't fare well as a street dog, especially in that difficult part of town. They had named him Peace (see picture of him outside the New Vision office). For his safety and to give him a chance to find a real home, the USPCA team picked him up and brought him to The Haven. 

Andrew rescued a beautiful little brindle puppy (doesn't he look like a boxer?) on January 24, when he saw her on the road in Kansanga with an injured leg and eye. He brought her to The Haven, where Dr. Josephine performed surgery (see picture after surgery, on January 25). She's called Jicho.

After receiving an email message from someone in Sweden who knew about the situation that Roony was in, on February 21, Alex O. went to inspect. At the home where Roony lived (and had lived for 7 years), Alex found Roony with a bad case of mange and covered with fleas (see picture). The owner allowed the USPCA to take Roony to The Haven for treatment. 

On February 22, the USPCA received a message about a mama dog who had a litter of puppies in downtown Kampala.  The USPCA team rushed over there, where they saw the mama and found her pups safely tucked away in a pothole (see picture)! They were told by standers-by that that dog had puppies on a regular basis, some were hit by cars, some were taken by people to their homes to be pets. This litter was already old enough to wander off on their own, and with so much traffic in the area, the team knew they had to bring mama and her puppies to The Haven, where they'd be safe and find loving homes.

On February 25, Tiger's owner brought her and her 5 puppies to The Haven (see picture of Tiger)-he said he was moving and couldn't take them with him! Of course, the USPCA took them in (who knows what would have happened to them if the USPCA was unable to accept them!)

On Feb 26, Lindsay found a mama dog and her 9 babies on the road! She rounded them all up and brought them to the USPCA. She named the mama dog Bella.

And yes, the USPCA's reputation keeps growing and more people are adopting from the USPCA (see pictures below of adoptions of USPCA dogs, all in February!)

But as always, the number rescued and brought to The Haven always exceeds the number of animals adopted. I don't think that the USPCA Haven has ever had a month where adoptions exceed rescues. And that makes it even more important for this fundraiser to be successful.

Will 2018 be the year we transform The Haven into the sanctuary that we've dreamed about for more than 10 years? We sure hope so! And we--Animal-Kind International-- are going to make a big fundraising push to help make it happen. We won't give up until we've been successful. (But if not 2018, then 2019....we won't give up because the animals are depending on us!)

Jicho needed surgery on her injured eye & leg
Jicho needed surgery on her injured eye & leg
Roony went to The Haven for treatment
Roony went to The Haven for treatment
Mama dog with puppies tucked away in a pothole!
Mama dog with puppies tucked away in a pothole!
Tiger's owner said he couldn't keep her & the pups
Tiger's owner said he couldn't keep her & the pups
Bella & her 9 puppies safely at The Haven
Bella & her 9 puppies safely at The Haven
Bono and Lola get adopted!
Bono and Lola get adopted!
Jackie adopts a USPCA Haven dog!
Jackie adopts a USPCA Haven dog!
Ruth adopts a USPCA Haven dog!
Ruth adopts a USPCA Haven dog!
Christian adopts a USPCA Haven dog!
Christian adopts a USPCA Haven dog!
Drake adopts a USPCA Haven dog!
Drake adopts a USPCA Haven dog!
Another February adoption!
Another February adoption!
And another February adoption!
And another February adoption!

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Happy Holidays from the USPCA & AKI
Happy Holidays from the USPCA & AKI

Dear AKI & USPCA Supporters,

Many of you know Alex Ochieng, the Manager of the Uganda SPCA Haven. If you know Alex, you know he's an animal hero. Even if you don't personally know Alex, you may know the extent he goes to to rescue cats and dogs (recently he also rescued an owl). And if you're not aware yet of Alex's heroics, after you read this, you will be (pictures of all rescues are below).

After receiving a call in early October about a puppy who had fallen into a latrine, Alex grabbed his tools and went off to Mukono. Mrs. Margret, who had called the USPCA, told Alex that the puppy had been stuck in the latrine for 1 1/2 months!!!! The family had been throwing food down the hole every day. It took Alex 2 1/2 hours to get the puppy out. He brought her, named Vodka, to The Haven, where she would be safer and well cared for.  Better yet, Vodka was adopted!

Early on October 12, a USPCA friend called about a baby owl, who had fallen from the nest over night, got caught in an overhead wire, was able to disentagle himself, but fell down onto a roof. Alex rescued the owl, brought him to the vet, who didn't find any injuries, so he returned the owl back to the nest.

Alex rescued a little boy dog in early October, when he saw some kids had tied him to a rope and were pulling him down the street. He was full of ticks and fleas-who knows what these kids had in mind. But Alex talked to them and explained why he was taking the puppy to The Haven. 

At the end of October, the USPCA received a call about a dog stuck in a sack! Really! Alex found the dog inside a bag, was able to release her, and brought her to The Haven, so she could recover from the trauma.

On November 9, Alex was driving to Nsambya to inspect a home before approving a family for adoption, when he spotted the tiniest kitten crossing a busy street. Somehow the kitty managed to avoid the 8 tires of a truck! Alex pulled over, made his way through very busy traffic and scooped up the kitty, who went to a foster home, where he could get the good, personal care he needed.

On November 14, Alex had told us that he thought he wasn't able to move because of the flu, dry cough, and a really bad headache.  But he received a call about a kitty that had been stuck on the top of a wall for 3 days and off Alex went!  He needed a ladder to reach the kitty, but he did reach him, got him down from the wall, and brought him back to The Haven.

About 1 year ago, Alex had run into a similar situation: a cat stuck in razor wire. On October 20, it happened again. When Alex got the call, he packed up his rescue tools (including the animal handling gloves donated by AKI), he extricated the kitty, who was pregnant, and brought her to the USPCA clinic to be checked out, and then for recovery at The Haven.

Imagine....a larger, more accommodating Haven....for Alex to manage, for a better environment for rescued cats and dogs, for Ugandans and other Africans to learn about animal care and sheltering. We need your help to make this happen, let's do it for Alex!

The land that we mentioned in the last update is still available, we're still hoping to be able to purchase it. Besides this GlobalGiving fundraiser, the South African Womens Organization (in Kampala) is raising money and as of today, has raised almost US$4000! We're getting there!!!

Thank you for your support. We are so grateful for your help. All the best to you in 2018!

Vodka was stuck down this latrine hole
Vodka was stuck down this latrine hole
Alex made a lasso & rescued Vodka from the latrine
Alex made a lasso & rescued Vodka from the latrine
Vodka's new family
Vodka's new family
Owl rescued, he fell from his nest, no injuries!
Owl rescued, he fell from his nest, no injuries!
Kids were pulling this puppy with a rope
Kids were pulling this puppy with a rope
Dog was rescued, stuck in a sack
Dog was rescued, stuck in a sack
Tiniest of kitties rescued from busy road
Tiniest of kitties rescued from busy road
Alex was so sick, but still rescued this kitty
Alex was so sick, but still rescued this kitty
Kitty stuck in razor wire
Kitty stuck in razor wire
Alex got this kitty out of razor wire
Alex got this kitty out of razor wire

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Approximate location of the plot
Approximate location of the plot

Dear AKI & Uganda SPCA Supporters,

Katia and Brigitte and a few others from Uganda SPCA have been keeping their ears and eyes open for a suitable plot of land in Kampala, Entebbe, or in between the two cities, to purchase and move The Haven. But in the last few years, land prices have gone sky high and vacant land with enough buffer or outside of residential areas is so difficult to find. The price for 1-2 acres is usually well over US$100,000 and some 1 acre plots are closer to US$300,000!

Recently, the Uganda SPCA was told about a site where about 50 plots were going to be developed into a sports complex, but the funding never came through, and the owner is now planning to divide the land and sell the plots individually. The plot that Uganda SPCA is most interested in is on the edge of the site, very close to Lake Victoria (and Luzira Prison), zoned industrial, and near the access road. (The 2 photos show the general area, not the exact plot).

The cost is about US$80,000. This doesn't include fencing, running electricity and water to the site or construction and moving USPCA infrastructure (the new kennels) to the site, which will likely bring the cost up to about US$100,000--just what we thought we'd need to raise.

But we are still so far from our goal!

We'll be working even harder from now through the year-and beyond-to raise the money needed to purchase a plot at this site. We doubt a better deal in a more ideal location will come available, so we don't want to lose this opportunity!

If you can help organize a fundraiser or if you have other ideas about how to raise money, please let us know (most grant funding won't cover the cost of purchasing property).

Meanwhile, the Uganda SPCA still rescues, on average, at least one dog or cat every day. Here are just a few of their recent rescues and adoptions.

On 24 August, a Ugandan woman and supporter of the USPCA, was driving to work when she saw tiny kittens (see picture) on the road (for those of you who know Kampala, they were on Kira Road, a very busy street). She stopped her car, gathered all of them up, and brought them to The Haven. It's amazing that none of them were hit by a car! 

On 30 August, the USPCA received a call about a very skinny dog that was hanging around someone's home. When Alex arrived, he found the dog very approachable-and starving (see picture). He fed the dog and she willingly accompanied him to The Haven, where she's being fattened up.

Kitties Lilly and Lupin were adopted from The Haven at the end of December (see picture taken on the day they were adopted). These 2 lucky kitties are in a great forever home (see picture taken at the end of August)!  But more than 80 kitties at The Haven still need to find their forever homes (some pictures below).

On 11 September, Andre saw 2 dogs on Buganda Road (another very busy street in Kampala), and 1 of them had only 3 legs! He called the USPCA , the team found the dogs just where Andre said they were, and brought them to The Haven (see picture). They were named Survivor and Lucky, and Andre will be adopting them and taking them back to Austria with him!

In early September, the USPCA received a call from someone at the Golf Club, where a stray and skinny dog was hanging around (see picture). Alex headed over there and brought the dog-now named Skippy-back to The Haven. On 28 September, Skippy was adopted (see picture)!

The Uganda SPCA gets so many visitors (see the picture of Ambrosoli International School students visiting The Haven), yet the space at the shelter is so limiting. It's difficult to maneuver, difficult to get dogs safely out of their kennels to take a walk. We know that a larger, better laid out shelter facility would make such a difference to the educational experience and for potential adopters, who want to spend time with the cats and dogs. 

Thank you so much for helping in our effort to raise money to purchase a plot of land for the USPCA Haven. We won't stop until we've reached our goal!

A few of the available plots of land
A few of the available plots of land
Five kittens rescued from Kira Road
Five kittens rescued from Kira Road
A phone call to the USPCA saved this dog
A phone call to the USPCA saved this dog
Lilly and Lupin on the day they were adopted
Lilly and Lupin on the day they were adopted
Lilly and Lupin at home-end of August
Lilly and Lupin at home-end of August
One of over 80 Haven kitties looking for a home
One of over 80 Haven kitties looking for a home
Another Haven kitty who needs a forever home
Another Haven kitty who needs a forever home
Survivor (3 legs) and Lucky (4 legs) rescued
Survivor (3 legs) and Lucky (4 legs) rescued
Skippy rescued when hanging around the Golf Club
Skippy rescued when hanging around the Golf Club
Skippy at her new home
Skippy at her new home
Ambrosoli School visits The Haven
Ambrosoli School visits The Haven

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