This is the perfect time to honor animals by observing the ‘Be Kind to Animals Week.’

There are so many ways we can help improve the lives of animals. It might be as simple as taking the dog for a walk, petting a cat, or leaving water out for native birds. Building a better world for all of us begins with a few simple actions and that includes treating animals right, and protecting their lives. Kindness to animals extends to being a responsible pet owner, rescuing an injured animal and reporting cases of cruelty. You may also choose to adopt an animal from a local shelter and purchase your pet food from their shop section. As an animal lover, always advocate for animal welfare and create awareness on the importance of being to animals.

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These two lovely puppies were rescued by KSPCA and ANAW respectively at Kinoo area.

The one rescued by KSPCA had accidentally fallen into a pit latrine and had been there for about 24 hours. All in all, this brave pup survived that moment and came out alive.

The one rescued by ANAW had been deliberately thrown in to a pit latrine. An animal lover reached out to ANAW who went to her rescue, and was safely brought to the KSPCA.

Both of them are now under good care at the KSPCA shelter and need forever homes.

As a dog owner, you are required to have a dog licence. Usually a dog-licence identifying number is issued to the owner, along with a dog tag bearing the identifier and a contact number for the registering organization. If a stray pet is found with the tag, whoever has rescued can call the registering organization to get current contact information for the dog’s owner

Responsible pet ownership entails a lot, and it includes getting a license for your dog. In order to acquire one, the vaccination records ought to be up to date. By ensuring that vaccinations are up to date, it helps to reduce the spread of diseases such as rabies. This, by extension, ensures the safety of the entire community.

Other than that, it is against the law to have an unlicensed pet. Failure to adhere to the law can lead to payment of heavy fines which can be avoided by simply getting a licence for your pet.

Another advantage of acquiring a licence for your pet is that if ever he/she gets lost, it is easy to trace him/her since there’s a license number on the tag provided. It becomes even much more easier if you provide your contact information on the dog’s collar.


As much as it is great that these licensing fees can help cover costs for animal departments or shelters, your lost dog could end up in a shelter, and you won’t have any way to prove that it belongs to you.  You could end up having to try and adopt it back, and there is still no guarantee that you will end up with your dog. It could be adopted by another family, or even worse not adopted at all. 

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The creation of International Black Cat Awareness Month, founded back in 2013, came about after it’s creator, Layla Morgan Wilde, noticed that while there were two days dedicated to black cats, one in the UK and one in the US, there was nothing dedicated to them on a wider level. Such a dedication was (and still is) desperately needed, as superstitions surrounding black cats have become so out of control. Too often the cats were being adopted as part of the Halloween holiday mystique, and were abandoned after the holiday had passed. Even for the rest of the year, it can be more difficult to get them adopted. How much more difficult? Black cats adoption rates are some 50% lower than any other color of cat.

For years, black cats have been neglected, faced suspicion, hostility and even death as a result of  superstitions. Research from Cats Protection has revealed, on average, it takes 13 per cent longer for black cats to find a new home compared to others while, between the years 2007 and 2013, Blue Cross saw a 65 per cent rise in the number of black cats they took in annually.

Superstitions regarding black cats vary depending on the culture. While black cats are traditionally considered to be good luck in Britain, historically countries in Europe have considered black cats to be a symbol of evil omens and the familiars of witches. In Germany and parts of Africa, a black cat crossing your path from left to right is considered to be a bad omen.

‘National Black Cat Day’, 27th October, is a day designed to promote black cats and bring awareness to those who might be looking to purchase a kitten or rehome a cat. As part of the day, black cat owners on social media show off their pets, hoping to disprove the superstitions and show black cats make as good a pet as any other cat. If you can do anything to dispel the culture of superstitions that relate with the black cat, please do.

“A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere”- Groucho Marx

Tyson is a four year old Rottweiler. His days have been spent in a shed, let out at night when the humans were in their house. So he has had very little human contact. The landlord of the property asked Tyson’s owner to find another place to stay, so the KSPCA came to take Tyson away. He was very wary of the people who came to take him as he was very timid and lacked confidence, which is what happens when dogs spend their time locked up. After much patient coaxing he was put in a van and taken to the KSPCA shelter.

With attention and TLC after one week he has gone to his new owner as arranged with the old owner. He is a changed dog, much more confident and will spend a lot of his time with his new owner.

 

Sometimes at KSPCA we encounter the darker side of human nature. Recently a man came to our shelter and reported to Fred Atsiaya one of our kennel managers, that he had five cats in his car that he wanted to surrender. Fred said we would take them but we would like a donation from him to help cover costs.

3 of the cats being comforted by one of our volunteers

3 of the cats being comforted by one of our volunteers

The man agreed, walked out to his car, opened the doors threw the cats out and drove off. The cats understandably were terrified and ran off. We managed to catch three of them but unfortunately two have never been found, one of them being the mother of the half grown kittens. How heartless of the owner. Whatever small he would have given we would have taken in the cats.

Mother cat hid on the roof, but ran away and was never caught.

Mother cat hid on the roof, but ran away and was never caught.

Your child can learn much from owning a pet, including these 10 valuable life lessons.

10 Life Lessons Owning a Pet Can Teach Your Child

  1. Responsibility: Pets require daily feeding, exercise, and affection, not to mention grooming and clean-up. Older children can learn how to care for another living creature and even younger children can help with feeding and playtime.
  2. Trust: It’s easy to spill your heart out to your pet, who will offer you unconditional support in return. Pets make wonderful trusted companions for children and can be a first step to helping your child build trust in other relationships, too.
  3. Compassion: Caring for a pet requires compassion, understanding, and empathy. Kids learn to be kind and to take care of others’ basic needs.
  4. Bereavement: When a pet passes away, your child will inevitably feel the pain of the loss, but in turn will learn how to cope during the bereavement period.
  5. Respect: Owning a pet teaches children how to respect others. They must touch them gently, tend to their needs, and learn not to disturb them when they’re eating or sleeping.
  6. Self-Esteem: Pets show unconditional love, which can be a great boost to a child’s self-esteem. So, too, can the satisfaction that comes from having responsibility and caring for a pet’s needs.
  7. Loyalty: A pet’s loyalty toward its owner is often unmatched. In turn, children learn the importance of showing loyalty to their devoted furry friend.
  8. Physical Activity: Children who own a dog learn how fun physical activity can be while they play tug-of-war, fetch, or go for walks with their pet. Research shows, in fact, that children in dog-owning families spend more time being physically active than children without dogs.
  9. Patience: Bonding with a new pet often takes time. Your child will learn patience while your new pet becomes comfortable in your home and also during training.
  10. Social Skills: Dogs can be an amazing social “ice breaker.” Taking your dog for walks as a family can improve your child’s social skills as you interact with others. Pets may also help children with autism to develop social skills such as sharing.

There are many other benefits as well. Your child can have her basic emotional and physical needs fulfilled by a pet, including comforting contact, love, and affection.

Research also shows that children from dog-owning homes (during their first year of life) have fewer ear infections and respiratory tract infections, and require fewer antibiotics, perhaps because the exposure stimulates the immune system.

Other noted benefits include a significantly reduced risk of allergies and even better grades at school, presumably because owning a pet seems to give kids greater motivation.

Is Your Child Ready for a Pet?

Very young children shouldn’t be expected to care for pets without assistance. They can help, of course, but if your child is under 5 you can assume that you’ll be doing most of the pet care. Further, it’s difficult for very young children to understand how to gently handle a pet, which is why they’re often overly rough and may injure an animal – or become injured themselves if the pet retaliates.

Children under the age of 3-4 should be monitored with pets at all times, and even children under 10 should not be expected to care for a dog or cat completely on their own.

If your older child expresses the desire for a pet, it’s a good time to have a talk about responsibility and the permanency of owning a pet. Be sure your child has expressed a consistent desire for a pet (not simply a passing mention) and understands that it will require daily care (work) and not just playtime.

It’s a good idea to set up expectations ahead of time for what pet-care responsibilities your child will need to fulfill. Discuss these with your child and agree upon them together.

That being said, even if your child commits to the responsibility, only add a pet to your family if you are prepared to take over their care if your child does not. If you decide your child is ready for a pet, resist the urge to give her one as a surprise. Instead, involve your child in each step of the process, including selecting the right pet for your family.

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Many pet lovers know that overpopulation is the greatest challenge facing pets in and no matter how many times we read the numbers, it’s hard to think about all those pets who don’t find homes.

But together, we can solve the problem of pet overpopulation. We’re working hard to help the pets who don’t make it out of our shelters. You can help us make an even bigger impact. Here’s how:

1. Adopt a best friend

The easiest, most accessible way to end pet homelessness is by adopting a pet. With so many healthy, adoptable pets in shelters, choosing to give a pet a home has an immediate impact on the pet, the shelter and you.

Shelter pets are healthy pets! Pets who are available for adoption have been examined by veterinary. Most are spayed or neutered before you meet them (all pets available at KSPCA are already fixed), so you won’t have to worry about scheduling the surgery. It’s one of many reasons that adopting is less expensive than purchasing a pet.

New pet parents often tell us how simple and straightforward their adoption experience was. If you don’t know much about adoption, you can learn right now. And when you do meet your match, shelter staff will help guide you through the process. When you adopt, you save a life and enrich your own.

Are you ready to find your new best friend? Find adoptable pets near you.

2. Foster a pet

Space is one of the most limited resources in shelters — there simply isn’t enough to hold all the homeless pets. Pets who are sick or very young are the most at risk of euthanasia. Sometimes all they need is a little time and love.

You can save a life by helping to free up space in a shelter by fostering a pet. As a foster parent, you care for her while she grows, or recovers from illness or surgery.

Want to do more? Put an extra room (even a spare bathroom) to better use. You can save a whole family by fostering a mother cat and her babies. By giving the kittens a safe place to grow with their mom and keep them safe from illness while they get stronger, you’re giving all of them a second chance. Best of all, when you bring the family back to the shelter, they’ll be the cats most likely to be adopted.

3. Spay or neuter your pet

You can have a direct impact on the number of homeless pets by targeting the overpopulation problem at its source. Prevent unplanned births — and countless more pets who will need homes — by spaying or neutering your pet.

Pets can get pregnant as young as 4 months old. But research shows that cats and dogs can be spayed or neutered safely at 2 months of age or 2 pounds in weight. If you’re a pet parent, don’t wait to have your pet spayed or neutered.

Every pet available for adoption through KSPCA is already spayed or neutered. If your pet isn’t altered yet, find an affordable spay/neuter clinic in your area.

4. Volunteer

If adopting or fostering aren’t options for you right now, you can still work toward reducing pet homelessness. Sharing your time with homeless pets is rewarding and fun — for you and the pets!

If you’re a dog person, you may be able to take the dogs out for walks. Shelter cats can always use interaction and playtime. Pets in shelters often need such “socializing” — it helps them get used to people and new situations, especially while they’re between homes. You can help them grow comfortable being touched and groomed.

Volunteering your time and attention can help a pet become more adoptable. After spending time with the pets, your comments can give shelter staff and potential adopters insight about a pet’s personality. And the more everyone knows about a pet, the more likely they’ll be able to match him with the right family for him.

5. Donate today

Want to make a difference right now? Help KSPCA end pet homelessness by making a donation. Your donation will greatly assist the running costs of the KSPCA allowing us to continue caring for the animals of Kenya.

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While some do not see pit bulls as sweet, adorable creatures who need a forever home just as much as any breed of dog, Chester the pit bull is out to destroy this false stereotype. He was able to finally receive the forever home he had always desired, thanks to the work of a shelter worker and the awesome power of social media.

This dog was forced to spend the vast majority of his first six years of existence living in a shelter. Poor Chester had to watch as dog after dog after dog was given a home to live in. He spent years waiting for someone to come along, someone who could rescue him from the harsh realities of his existence.

The shelter manager finally decided to take matters into her own hands and do whatever she could to expedite Chester’s adoption process. She took a picture of a pitiful looking Chester, with a sign that asked why no one would adopt him, since everyone at the shelter considered him to be a very good boy. The sign also called attention to the fact that he had patiently waited for five long years.

Chester definitely has a flair for the dramatic, as he flashed his best cute puppy dog face. This allowed his photograph to go viral and tug at the heart strings of dog lovers all over the United States. Once the shelter manager took the picture and uploaded it to Facebook, it was shared over 20,000 times.

She then received inquiries from everywhere on the map, as families asked about Chester’s availability. Chester’s note also included a promise to be as well behaved as possible, while continuing to love his new family with all of his heart. As he continued to sit and wait for his forever home to reveal itself, the most amazing thing happened.

It took just two days for Chester to find the family he had been seeking for so long. A family with two young boys came into the shelter and they immediately got along so well with Chester, they decided to take him home. Adi and Dana Or were happy to adopt Chester and Adi told the media that he felt as if their union were meant to be.