Urgent COVID 19 Appeal for Animals in Eswatini

by Swaziland Animal Welfare Society
Urgent COVID 19 Appeal for Animals in Eswatini
Urgent COVID 19 Appeal for Animals in Eswatini
Urgent COVID 19 Appeal for Animals in Eswatini
Urgent COVID 19 Appeal for Animals in Eswatini
Urgent COVID 19 Appeal for Animals in Eswatini
Urgent COVID 19 Appeal for Animals in Eswatini
Urgent COVID 19 Appeal for Animals in Eswatini
Urgent COVID 19 Appeal for Animals in Eswatini
Urgent COVID 19 Appeal for Animals in Eswatini
Urgent COVID 19 Appeal for Animals in Eswatini
Urgent COVID 19 Appeal for Animals in Eswatini
Urgent COVID 19 Appeal for Animals in Eswatini
Urgent COVID 19 Appeal for Animals in Eswatini
Urgent COVID 19 Appeal for Animals in Eswatini
Urgent COVID 19 Appeal for Animals in Eswatini
Urgent COVID 19 Appeal for Animals in Eswatini
Mommy dog and puppies all successfully rehomed!
Mommy dog and puppies all successfully rehomed!

Hello again!

The COVID Pandemic seems to have run its course here in Eswatini, and life is returning to a more normal pattern with restrictions lifted and being able to travel more freely.

We have started to undertake some much-needed renovation work at our Mbabane Shelter, with the assistance of a team from United World College Waterford Kamhlaba Eswatini.  We are revamping our Hospital Pens, fitting a new roof, repairing badly damaged concrete work and re-fencing its exercise yard, thus making it fully usable once again.  We have also screened off an area for refuse, re-cycling and storage which has made our entrance area much tidier.

We have more great news!  In June, we were able to successfully run 2 rural clinics Spaying and Neutering 82 cats and dogs and treating a further 126 animals.  This made us very happy as we had to curtail these activities due to the Covid restrictions.

Over the past few months, we have seen an increase in the number of pups and kittens handed over to us but are experiencing great difficulty finding good homes for them.  Our Staff and Volunteers work very hard at socializing them all, thus making them more adoptable.

We are busy working on our ‘fund-raising’ programme, as once the economy is restored to more normal levels, we hope to be able to resume our annual events, but in the meantime we are forever grateful to you all for your support over these past 2 years.

 

 Thank you for your continued support.

Gorgeous cat at our kennels
Gorgeous cat at our kennels
Emaciated dog made full recovery and was rehomed!
Emaciated dog made full recovery and was rehomed!
Cats are prolific breeders, spay/neuter is a must!
Cats are prolific breeders, spay/neuter is a must!
This dog had terrible mange but is all better now!
This dog had terrible mange but is all better now!
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Hello once again,

 

We have to thank you again for your support which has allowed us to continue with a rather restricted welfare work programme, but it looks as if COVID is on its way out, and life can slowly return to normal (if such a thing is possible).

We have restarted a little limited local ‘fund-raising’ ourselves now (where it's safe for our volunteers and staff), and are making strenuous efforts to find a suitable venue (school) to hold our first Spay/Neuter Clinic in two years!

Your contributions have helped us achieve some successes in the past few months, which have made us feel better under the circumstances.

A young kitten, brought into us in a very bad state, was treated and provided with proper sustenance to gain weight, then her damaged eye removed (which was done whilst she was being spayed).

According to her adoptive family, she is now healthier and much happier, and is able to hunt and play like a normal kitten. 

We have also had several extremely bad cases of mange, possibly aggravated by the hot/humid weather over this rainy season.  All have been successfully treated and returned to their owners.

Your donations have also allowed us to keep our two shelters open during these difficult times, and to carry on with our normal welfare work (including a few extra neuters/spays for those in desperate situations).

We thank our lucky stars that we have a team of dedicated staff and a few committed volunteers who allow the much needed work to continue, and of course you – our supporters!

Your ongoing support means the world to us and the animals we serve!

Staff treating a dog for ticks and fleas
Staff treating a dog for ticks and fleas
Mangy puppy is much better and is all smiles!
Mangy puppy is much better and is all smiles!
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We were hoping to let you know we are back on track!  But sadly as you will all know, the fourth wave has just started and we will wait to see what the Omicron strain will bring over the next few weeks.  Eswatini’s case numbers have already increased exponentially over the past week or so.  We continue to receive animals in desperate need of assistance at our kennels, and we are doing as much as we can to care for them. Your support is very important to us at this time and we hope once this ‘wave’ has passed that we can ‘get out there’ and report some good news for a change.

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Hello again,

Sadly the 3rd wave of Covid-19 has hit Eswatini rather badly and we are going through a very tough time with the number of daily cases rising at an alarming rate and the fatalities climbing as well. Fortunately, the vaccination campaign is speeding up now.

You may have read or heard on the news that on top of all this we have had riots and looting which has been very unsettling (both in Eswatini and in our neighboring South Africa).  But we are still able to carry on our welfare work in our two shelters as funds permit, and our faithful staff and volunteers remain committed to the cause.  We are full to capacity at the moment as many people cannot afford to keep their pets.  The price of Dog Food had leapt by nearly 100% over the past 3 months which is a very frightening situation.

rural Spay/Neuter Clinic is still on our agenda before the end of the year and we are getting all our ducks in a row so that we are ready once the 3rd wave has passed and restrictions are lifted. We are ever hopeful!

Without your generous support we would not survive and ask you to consider making a ‘monthly’ donation if you are able. GlobalGiving is holding another  ‘Little by Little’campaign between 13th and 17th Septemberthey will add 50% to any donation of up to $50 during that period, so please would you consider making a donation to us while the campaign is on and take this  wonderful opportunity of enhancing your donation. https://globalgiving.org/projects/urgent-covid-19-appeal-for-animals-in-distress

We would also ask you to help us increase our donor base by sharing this information with your friends and family.

Thank you for your continued support! 

 

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Greetings,

We are hopeful that the recent drop in Eswatini’s COVID-19 numbers means that we might miss having a third wave.

Our restrictions are still quite strict but our Vaccination Programme has started slowly and we are waiting for the restrictions on Social Distancing to be eased. 

Our fund-raising activities still remain very limited as no ‘gatherings’ are allowed. We are also waiting for clearance to hold rural clinics safely.

Meanwhile in our two shelters we continue with our welfare work as funds permit, and advertise our adoptable pets on Social Media. We have found good homes for 25 dogs and 21 cats in the last three months.

It feels as though we are climbing a very slow uphill path with very little good news to encourage us. Since our last communique we had to temporarily close our Mbabane shelter to the general public as we had three COVID-19 cases in our staff .  Fortunately they have all recovered well and we are again open (with restricted visitor numbers).

We are so very grateful to you for your support through this difficult time.  It is your support that has enabled us to keep our doors open and continue rescuing animals in need since the COVID Crisis started in March 2020.

If you would like to make your donation go a little farther, please consider becoming a monthly donor.  Your monthly contribution will provide us with a predictable source of income that we can rely on to better plan our core activities to save animals from pain and suffering.

Please keep sharing our story so we can reach out to more people to join our community!

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Swaziland Animal Welfare Society

Location: Mbabane - Eswatini
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Twitter: @SAWS_Swaziland
Project Leader:
Margaret Dean-Smith
Mbabane, Eswatini
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