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.
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It's hard to believe that 2020 is coming to an end!
We had hoped that we would be able to advise that we were out of the woods by now, but sadly this is not the case.
Despite the challenges, your support has enabled us to continue with our veterinary assistance to needy pet owners who cannot afford the fees for private veterinary work, as well as to the strays passing through our two shelters.
With the economic climate being so depressed, we are seeing unusually large numbers of pets being surrendered to us, but fortunately our adoption numbers have not dropped off noticeably.
Sadly, at this time of year we see many mother cats and kittens handed over, but the kittens are so very cute and most often find new and loving homes.
The general public have been very supportive with donations of pet food which have reduced our need to purchase supplies and conserving funds.
We really hope we can count on your continued support as we look forward to the lifting of the COVID restrictions and returning to normality.
Wherever in the world you are, we wish you and your pets a joyful and happy festive season and we all look forward to a more hopeful 2021.
Hi everyone! We are slowly getting used to the new routine here at SAWS as we maneuver through this pandemic. It's been an extremely challenging journey for us, mainly because we've had to cancel all our fundraising events, which is one of the biggest sources of income for us. Hence, your donations have made a significant difference to our financial position and we have been able to carry on with our much needed work. Thanks to your support, we were able to rescue and care for approximately 68 animals (40 dogs and 28 cats) during this period. We were also able to continue our veterinary work, and we have not had to lay-off any of our dedicated kennel staff. However, the lockdown has curtailed our rural vaccination and spay/neuter clinic work which we are hoping to resume as soon as the situation improves. We are so grateful for your support that has enabled us to keep our doors open for the animals in desperate need. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.
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