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
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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Humane Ed-holding a puppy for the 1st time!
Humane Ed-holding a puppy for the 1st time!

Dear AKI/USPCA Supporters,

One of the main reasons the Uganda SPCA needs to move into a larger facility is so they can cater to students-adults and children-who are interested in animals and want to learn more about cats and dogs and how to take care of pets. The USPCA regularly hosts groups of students at The Haven for weekend Humane Education classes, school group visits during the week, and informal/drop-by student visits.

On April 20, students from Makerere University in Kampala visited The Haven to learn about the USPCA's work (see picture). For some of the students, it was the first time to be near a dog--let alone touch one! Most children in Uganda grow up fearing dogs because that's what they learn from their parents (Of course, rabies is an issue and is usually the reason people are fearful, but rather than learn symptoms of rabies and safe actions to take if rabies is suspected, children are taught by their parents, friends, and teachers to be fearful.) Haven shelter manager Alex Ochieng spent about 1 hour with the university students, while they toured The Haven, met the cats and dogs, and learned about "the five freedoms."

May 27 was a very busy Saturday at The Haven (see 5 pictures). There was the usual Humane Ed class and all the activities that revolve around that: reading about animals, coloring pictures of animals, bathing puppies, playing with the kitties. Also on that Saturday, many other visitors showed up to tour The Haven and learn about the USPCA, and some were looking to adopt (and did)! 

In April, the USPCA had one of the largest groups of students, ranging in age from about 3 to 13, at their Saturday HE class. They visited with the cats and dogs, and they drew pictures of the animals at The Haven (see pictures of the students and their drawings).

In late January, The Haven hosted a group of students (see picture) for their 1st visit to The Haven. They learned about animals and washed puppies. They "promised to talk to their parents to not lock/chain dogs," Alex O told us.

This is just a small sample of the many student visitors that The Haven has hosted this year. With all of these visitors and activities, The Haven needs more space to safely and comfortably accomodiate everyone!

Of course, the USPCA needs more space to hold more rescued animals. At one point a few months ago, the USPCA was in the sad position of being unable to take in any more animals-they were 100% full. Luckily, people responded and came by the shelter to adopt and foster.

It's been over 20 years since the Uganda SPCA was started and over 10 years since The Haven, the 1st and still the only animal shelter in Uganda, opened its doors. Since then, the USPCA has played such an important role in communities across the country. Thank you AKI/USPCA supporters for ensuring that role continues to grow and strengthen, along with the USPCA's Humane Education efforts.

 

Makerere University students visit The Haven
Makerere University students visit The Haven
Young children in HE class at The Haven
Young children in HE class at The Haven
May 27 saw many visitors to The Haven
May 27 saw many visitors to The Haven
Humane Ed students bathe and dry puppies
Humane Ed students bathe and dry puppies
The kitties get to play w/the Humane Ed students
The kitties get to play w/the Humane Ed students
Humane Ed class in April
Humane Ed class in April
April's Humane Ed class-learning about animals
April's Humane Ed class-learning about animals
April HE-drawing & writing about Haven cats & dogs
April HE-drawing & writing about Haven cats & dogs
April HE class-writing about & drawing animals
April HE class-writing about & drawing animals
April HE-drawing their favorite cat or dog
April HE-drawing their favorite cat or dog
April's HE lesson-writing about & drawing animals
April's HE lesson-writing about & drawing animals
January HE class-pledge not to chain dogs
January HE class-pledge not to chain dogs

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HAH mobile clinic during the January 2017 voyage
HAH mobile clinic during the January 2017 voyage

I'm happy to report that AKI's GlobalGiving project supporting Have A Heart efforts to spay/neuter and provide vet care to under-served parts of Namibia is off to a great start this year-and in large part, that's thanks to AKI supporters! 

After the December test run of the HAH mobile clinic (which we previously reported on), HAH-Luderitz/Aus/Bethanie asked us to support the mobile clinic. Since HAH funds (from other than AKI) are specifically for s/n of cats and dogs, HAH requested that we fill the funding gaps, mainly vet care (other than s/n) for cats and dogs, horses and donkeys that are brought to the mobile clinic. And with leftover AKI money, HAH would spay/neuter additional cats and dogs. Of course, we agreed.

Overall, the results for the January HAH mobile trip were:

Spay/Neuter Surgeries:
28 January Uis Township (included travel on a terrible road for some hours, so only worked during the afternoon for a few hours): 7 dogs
29 January Uis Township: 25 dogs, 6 cats
30 January Khorixas Township: 20 dogs, 3 cats
31 Kamanjab Township: 24 dogs, 1 cat
1 February Outjo Township: 14 dogs, 1 cat
2 February Outjo Township: 20 dogs, 1 cat
A few donkeys were brought to the clinic, but all were fine and didn't need any treatment (see picture).
Since HAH didn't need AKI funds for vet care in January, AKI support covered 3 male cats neuters @ US$25=US$75 each and 8 female cats spays @ US$35 each=US$240

HAH Mobile reserved the additional AKI funds for their March 2017 mobile trip. That trip took place at the end of the month, and the s/n van traveled to: Keetmans, Bethanie, Aus, Luderitz, Grunau-1st time ever (36 dogs and cats sterilized) and Karasburg-1st time ever there too! We're still waiting for final numbers for the March trip, but so far we know that AKI funds covered:

Parasite Treatment Solution 3,5 % (ml) x 52 for 136 dogs and 2 horses (see picture)

25 male cats neuters @ US$25 each=US$625

Also, AKI funds were used to treat a dog that was bitten by a puff adder (see 2 pictures-the wound looks bad, but the dog fully recovered and is fine!) and 2 dogs that had burn wounds (see 2 pictures).

About US$225 is still remaining of AKI funds, which will be used for the next mobile trip. The mobile clinic willl head to Okahandja in May and will target Fyf Rand Kamp. This is a settlement with around 5,000 people, they don't have running water or electricity or toilets in their houses-like most of the townships where HAH Mobile travels to (see picture of Bethanie, for an example). The link below tells the story of how the Fyf Rand Kamp settlement started.

In the next AKI-GlobalGiving project report, I'll report on the outcome of that mobile clinic trip. And you can always check the AKI Blog (see link below) for updates.

Our goal is that all cat, dog, horse, and donkey owners will be as caring as the 2 in the picture below, this "super cute couple" (as Geesche called them), visited the mobile clinic when it was in Bethanie this March, to say thank you over and over again for rescuing their dog, Ballas, last year. He was very sick at the time, and unable to go through surgery. His owners brought him to the March 2017 clinic for his neuter operation. They told Geesche that Ballas is their youngest child.

Donkeys at the Jan 2017 mobile clinic-all healthy!
Donkeys at the Jan 2017 mobile clinic-all healthy!
Horses treated during the March mobile clinic
Horses treated during the March mobile clinic
Dog bitten by a puff adder treated thanks to AKI $
Dog bitten by a puff adder treated thanks to AKI $
Owner with his dog that was bitten by a puff adder
Owner with his dog that was bitten by a puff adder
One of the dog treated for burn injury
One of the dog treated for burn injury
Another burn wound treated thanks to AKI $
Another burn wound treated thanks to AKI $
Bethanie-a typical stop on the mobile clinic route
Bethanie-a typical stop on the mobile clinic route
1 of the cats sterilized during the March2017 trip
1 of the cats sterilized during the March2017 trip
Ballas with his owners, he is their youngest child
Ballas with his owners, he is their youngest child

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Tutu before being rescued by the USPCA
Tutu before being rescued by the USPCA

Dear AKI & USPCA Supporters,

This year the Uganda SPCA will be 20 years old. Over that short time period, the organization has gone from:

doing community spay/neuter (at Katia's house in Entebbe and mine in Kampala);

to employing a vet, who was given the USPCA mobile phone and a bag of vet supplies, and was told to respond to calls about injured animals and cruelty reports;

to having a small center, the Kamwokya Animal Centre, which hosted humane education groups and had a surgery room, where just about every dog and cat in and around Kawokya was s/n'd;

to now, 2017, having a full shelter, which can hold about 100 dogs and 30 cats, with a shelter manager, who oversees 4-5 staff, with volunteers from all over the world, and with a growing humane education program.

The USPCA's next goal is to own its own shelter (v. renting the land where the shelter currently is). This GlobalGiving project is the first step to making that goal a reality and your donations are helping us realize that goal.  

The USPCA averages about 1 rescue every day. Here's a "snapshot" of some of them over the last couple of months.

Tutu (2 pictures-black and white cat) was a Valentine's Day rescue. Maggie contacted the USPCA when she saw the kitty with a mangled ear. The USPCA responded to the call for help: they trapped Tutu and brought her to The Haven, where she was treated and where she will remain until adopted. 

On January 31, the USPCA received a call about just-born puppies, whose mother gave birth to them in a drainage ditch (3 pictures). USPCA staff rescued the 11 puppies -not an easy task!-and their mama and took them back to The Haven.

In December, Haven Manager Alex found this kitty with a big gash on her side, and brought her to The Haven, where her injury is now fully healed (2nd picture of her is from mid January, still showing the gash). 

On January 17, a USPCA volunteer saw this dog near her workplace and she called the USPCA to rescue her. Clearly this very skinny dog was in desperate need of help and she is now safe at The Haven, where she's putting on weight and hopefully soon won't fit her name, Boney. 

On January 9, this boy rescued a puppy from the street, put her in a box and carried her to The Haven, where she was given a check up and moved into a puppy kennel.

On the evening of December 22, a police officer, who's familiar with the USPCA, called to request that the USPCA rescue a family of dogs. Alex went to the location and found a mama dog and her 4 puppies. He brought them back to The Haven: picture 1, the night they were rescued; picture 2, 3 weeks later, mid-January, they are resting comfortably at The Haven.

At the end of December, Sammy was rescued by a good Samaritan in Entebbe, who found her and took her home. Because Sammy had mange, fleas, and ticks (1 picture below), she had Sammy treated and built a nice dog house for Sammy to stay in during this treatment period. In mid-January, she brought Sammy to The Haven (2nd picture of Sammy) for more care and to be adopted.

AKI donors cover many of the costs involved with transport to pick up dogs and cats in need of rescue, vet treatment, food for dogs and cats at The Haven, plus rent, staff salaries, and so many of the basics that The Haven needs to stay open and to keep rescuing and helping animals. Of course, those are the top priorities, but our GlobalGiving project is part of a long-term plan and we're so grateful to you for your foresight in helping us make this a reality--we still have a long way to go, and we appreciate that you are sticking with us!


Tutu is trapped & ready for her ride to The Haven
Tutu is trapped & ready for her ride to The Haven
USPCA rescuing 11 puppies from a drainage ditch
USPCA rescuing 11 puppies from a drainage ditch
The drainage ditch where 11 puppies were born
The drainage ditch where 11 puppies were born
11 puppies in a drainage ditch
11 puppies in a drainage ditch
Kitty with a gash on her side-December
Kitty with a gash on her side-December
Kitty's gash is almost healed (January)
Kitty's gash is almost healed (January)
Boney-on the day she was rescued
Boney-on the day she was rescued
Rescued puppy brought to The Haven
Rescued puppy brought to The Haven
Mama dog rescued with her 4 puppies-Dec
Mama dog rescued with her 4 puppies-Dec
Mama dog and her 4 puppies-mid-January
Mama dog and her 4 puppies-mid-January
When Sammy was rescued she had mange, fleas, ticks
When Sammy was rescued she had mange, fleas, ticks
Sammy at The Haven, playing with other dogs
Sammy at The Haven, playing with other dogs

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