The KSPCA team strives to make a commendable difference to the lives of donkeys in Kenya. We see to it that the donkeys live a life that’s free from pain and suffering.

This month we visited several areas including Ongata Rongai, Tumaini watering point, and we held a meeting with the donkey users/ owners. We practically improved the harnesses of the donkeys and we educated the users on various aspects of better harnessing, shelter, proper handling as well as restrain. We also practically demonstrated proper loading and balancing and trimmed overgrown hooves. We recently held a meeting with the senior chief of the area, Mr. Gideon Kirorio, regarding the welfare of the donkeys in the Ongata Rongai area.

 

We also visited Kamangu area and the common problems were poor harnessing, use of nose rings, and tight ropes on fetlock. We shall be educating them on welfare aspects in the coming weeks.

           

We encountered an overloaded donkey near MMU, and we demonstrated to the user how to properly balance a cart.

 

We are currently creating a database of the donkey owners/users for easy communication and follow-ups.  We are also doing carts and harness assessment in areas that often use donkeys.

In the month of September we re-homed 6 dogs and 1 cat. No  donkeys were re-homed. We also admitted 18 dogs, 8 cats and 2 donkeys. We are currently providing shelter to 27 dogs, 17 cats and 4 donkeys. We carried out 49 dog, 10 cats and 7 donkey investigations.

Vehicle

The new van received in August was in good condition. A few maintenance works were done at the Kentalya garage and it now in use in covering the enormous area that our unit deals with while carrying out our rescue missions to help animals in need.

Rescues and Investigations 

Our team received  a report of stray dogs posing danger to children around Nakuru Bondeni estate. The team investigated and it was established that the dogs were threatening to bite school going children around there.  The dogs were trapped and brought into the shelter.

        

We also received another heartbreaking report of an abandoned mama dog who had  just given birth to puppies at Elgeyo Marakwet. Our team responded  to the case and the mother and puppies were rescued and safely brought into the shelter where they are receiving specialized care.

Re-homing

When our rescues find forever homes, it makes us happy that we are achieving our mission. Below are some pictures of some of our rescues who are living wonderful lives in their new homes.

The pictures below show Bambi, Snowy, Zoro and Trump who were rehomed from the Nairobi shelter last year and  are living happily in their new home in Elementaita. We are always happy when our rescues get permanent and forever homes.

       

The pictures below show 2 cats and 2 puppies at Green Park on Northlake road.  The lovely  puppies are being fostered by Andrea and she might consider adopting them.

                

Education

The pictures below show Francis and his rescue dogs at his home in Elementaita. We have been educating Francis on the importance of vaccination and spay/ neuters  as well as basic dog care. He has also assimilated  training and rewarding methods. As seen in the picture below he is giving treats  to his rescue dogs after successful training.

In the month of August we re-homed 7 dogs. No cats or donkeys were re-homed. We also admitted 9 dogs, 1 cat and 1 donkey. We are currently providing shelter to 23 dogs, 18 cats and 4 donkeys. We carried out 23 dog, 3 cats and 17 donkey investigations.

Vehicle

The old ambulance was broken down since January this year and needed a good amount of cash to
repair. We sold it off in August. Meanwhile we have been using taxis, motorbikes and public transport to
carry out the missions and fortunately it was good ending of the month of August as we received a newly acquired van.

We are delighted with our new vehicle which we purchased for Naivasha. We would like to thank Specialised Fibreglass for adapting it into an Animal Ambulance and Maxxis Tyres for donating two new tyres. This vehicle will help us to cover the enormous area that the Naivasha unit deals with and help many more animals in need.

August Field Trip

From 14th to 19th we interviewed the Star Brilliant staff, Kayole, Kamere (Naivasha), Njoro, Suswa, Farming Systems Kenya Nakuru& Narok offices and the community on their opinions on the Use of Animals (Donkeys in Kenya) in the Pharmaceutical Industry. The research was being conducted by a Brazilian sociologist Mariana based in France for the work. The community was very open in their responses to the researcher. We are hoping to hear from Mariana on the outcome of the research.

 

Rescues and Investigations

We investigated a report of cruelty to dogs . It was established that the owners kept them locked up in small kennels all day with barely any food and water to get by. We educated them on proper care of guard dogs and plan to do follow up visits to see if the situation has improved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Re-homing

When our rescues find forever homes, it makes us happy that we are achieving our mission. Below are some pictures of some of our rescues who are living wonderful lives in their new homes.

The pictures below show dogs who were rehomed from the Nairobi shelter last year and  are living happily in their new home in Elementaita. We are always happy when our rescues get permanent and forever homes.

   

Education

We conducted education on animal welfare and created awareness on humane slaughter to Animal Health students at the Naivasha abbatoir and showed them various aspects of animal welfare. We also conducted slaughter house visits in Karagita abbatoir and the Gilgil abbatoir.

 

In July we re-homed 5 dogs. We also admitted 13 dogs, 22 cats and 1 donkey. We are currently providing shelter to 34 dogs, 18 cats and 5 donkeys.

Many thanks to Kentalya Limited and their masons who facilitated the repairs of the dog kennels and catteries. Thanks to their support we managed to finalize on the repairs and now our rescues have a better place to stay.

Dr. James visited from KSPCA Nairobi to sterilize the dogs and cats at the shelter. He managed to spay and neuter 5 dogs and 3 cats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also visited and did an assessment about stray dogs reported in Kamere and Banda(Kihoto) beaches in Naivasha. It was established that there was a population of about 100 dogs. The team made plans to intervene and hold a sterilization campaign to control the population.

Rescues and Investigations

A dog that had been abandoned at the Lake Elementaita beach was rescued by Olivia who was visiting a resort near Nakuru. She informed us and opted to take in the poor dog. We assisted her in grooming the dog and referred her to a vet for general check up. We are happy that the dog was lucky to find a permanent and loving new home.

 

Re-homing

When our rescues find forever homes, it makes us happy that we are achieving our mission. Below are some pictures of some of our rescues who are living wonderful lives in their new homes.

Kuchi and her friend who were originally rescues from Morendat are now living happily in their new home in Lakeview.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sari and her friend visited the shelter accompanied by a dog she adopted from us and gave him the second chance he needed since he previously suffered from mange, arthritis and old age. We are impressed by the transformation and he is aging gracefully.

Education.

We conducted education on animal welfare and created awareness on humane slaughter to the Dairy Training Institute of Naivasha final year students. We explained the role of KSPCA in promoting animal welfare and had an interactive time with them. They also made a donation of 100 bales of hay to support us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are also sincerely grateful to Livewire Limited for a donation of 200 bales of hay, La Pieve Limited for 30 bales of hay and Oserian Limited for donating 50 bales of Hay. This will go a long way in feeding our donkeys at the shelter.

Rescues and Investigations.

During field work at Naivasha with Netty, we came across many donkeys suffering. They had severe wounds as a result of being whipped. We had to euthanize the foal below with a rectal prolapse and an injured limb, as a result of being hit by a vehicle while on the road.

We revisited the ARN kennels at Kinamba; the health of the dogs has improved compared to the last visit two months ago. We also checked Wamadogs Kennels and there’s a great improvement in the kennel management as well.

Below is Dr. Daniel assessing the horses at the Gilgil horse show. We assessed the Anti-Stock Theft Unit horses hosting the show; there is a need for improvement on the feeding and general care of the horses.  The horse in the second photo was removed from the race because of the state of its’ hooves and medical treatment was needed.

           

Below are photos showing the Suswa livestock market which we recently visited. We found out that the market operates from early morning until late in the evening but the animals (mostly cattle, sheep, goats and donkeys) have no drinking water available all day. We also found out that cattle are usually whipped and mishandled when being loaded onto trucks. The animals also overstay in trucks before leaving the market, and there is overloading as well. The county Government of Narok is improving on the structures and management of the market and we will follow up to see whether the considerations will be adhered to.

                        

Re-homing follow-ups

Lynne and Neil fostered a puppy which settled very well into their home. They have found him his new forever home at the coast. What a lucky puppy!

Below are two happy dog owners that adopted their pets from us.

                     

More happy owners with their lucky adopted pets.

         

 In other news…

In June, we re-homed 5 dogs and 3 cats. We also admitted 25 dogs, 3 cats and 1 donkey. We are currently providing shelter to 40 dogs, 6 cats and 5 donkeys.

We have repainted the dog quarantine kennel, cattery, the office and the staff quarters. We are also doing some repairs on the old dog kennels.

        

Our vehicle has been out of service since January, so we have been using hired transport (motorbikes and taxis) to carry out investigations and rescues. We also occasionally use the Nairobi vehicles whenever they are around for spay/neuter campaigns.

 

In May, we re-homed 3 dogs and 4 cats. We also admitted 23 dogs and 4 cats and 7 donkeys. We are currently providing shelter to 39 dogs, 8 cats and 8 donkeys.

Dr. Cecilia came to the shelter to help us with spaying/neutering of the cats and dogs. She spayed 4 dogs, 4 cats and neutered 4 dogs.

 

The couple below, Anjela and Rammon, are currently on their vacation from Los Angeles. They happened to rescue some kittens which they helped us foster and we successfully got them new homes.

Rescues and Investigations.

We did a donkey welfare check in Kabati area. The donkeys had severe wounds due to to poor harnessing and whipping. We advised the owners to refrain from making the donkeys work. Instead, they should seek veterinary care for the donkeys until the wounds are completely healed.

We also did a routine random check of donkeys at Kongoni- Maiella. We bumped into 6 donkeys carrying heavy building stones on a poorly built cart. We instructed them to build more carts with shafts for the donkeys to pull them comfortably.

We admitted the donkey below who had an eye infection. He was treated and returned to the owner.

Below is a community of disappointed donkey owners at Kayole, Naivasha, witnessing the burning of two donkey remains. Unknown people had raided one of the homes in the neighborhood and stole the donkeys, which they butchered in a bush. The donkeys belonged to an owner we had recently improved the standard of the cart for the purposes of educating other donkey users.

             

The photo below shows Raphael inspecting a new kennel and bed at Inka Homes. He advised the owners to repair the spaces left on the dog bed since it can cause serious injuries to dogs.

This dog sneaked into someone’s home at Kayole Estate. We went to her rescue and she is now under good care at the shelter.

This cat was admitted for treatment from Nyondia area. KSPCA remains a helping center for many animals whose owners do not know much about veterinary care.

 

Re-homing

Below are photos of two families with their dogs which they adopted from the shelter.

 

 

In April, we re-homed 5 dogs and 3 cats. We also admitted 16 dogs and 9 cats. We are currently providing shelter to 42 dogs, 15 cats and 4 donkeys.

Our vehicle has not been working since January. However, Amos from KSPCA Nairobi came with the Nairobi animal ambulance and we were able to do some donkey work in Maimahiu and Naivasha town. We also did several slaughterhouse checks i.e Star Brilliant, Gilgil, Naivasha and Nyondo.

Dr. James from Nairobi KSPCA and Dr. Desmond from TNR came to spay and neuter the dogs and cats at the shelter. They managed to spay and neuter 11 dogs and 1 cat.

Below is Dr. Daniel who regularly helps us with emergencies of this nature, and we are very grateful for his support. He performed a successful surgery to castrate one of the donkeys above, that went to Thika. He also assisted an outpatient donkey by removing a tumor on the forehead and casted a dog’s fractured foot. He helps us with emergencies of this nature.

Rescues and Investigations.

We did a donkey welfare check in Maaimahiu and Kabati Naivasha; the donkey work needs continual follow-ups to prevent mistreatment. During this campaign we identified the wounded donkeys and advised their users to stop making them work and seek veterinary care for the donkeys ASAP. We showed them how to make proper harnesses to avoid potential future wounds. We will follow up to ensure the donkeys are not working until the wounds are healed properly.

   

We visited a dog trainer during a dog training session training at Flower Business Park private residence to ensure their methods of training adhere to the animal welfare standards. The trainer, Mr. Javan, is experienced in training dogs with Action for Cheetahs Kenya. He uses verbal learning until the dog grasps the commands. No pain infliction or hunger strikes incidences were cited in his sessions.

We also inspected the Ridgeback School Dog Masters at Inka Homes security dogs during their training session. This upcoming private residence is building its own security guards and dogs. The dogs are taught obedience and security lessons. Our mandate here was to oversee the construction of the kennels, and ensure the dogs are well fed and taken good care of.

Re-homing

Below are photos of two families with their cats which they adopted from the shelter. The month of March historically means a lot of breeding of cats and many kittens are found abandoned, surrendered and/or rescued at our shelters. We are happy that after all this happens and they get homes our mission is achieved. Otherwise they can be a source of stray cats population explosions.

       

Julia Tatton below is fostering three puppies at her home in Gilgil’s Ridgemount estates. Two of the puppies were surrendered from a dog breeder in Naivasha and the other one was surrendered from the community around. We’re hoping she finds them good homes.

We rehomed these two donkeys in Thika. The donkeys were originally rescues from accidents as orphaned foals, so have luckily had wonderful lives in two previous homes at Kedong. However, both of their previous owners moved away from Naivasha and they could not take the donkeys with them. We’re happy that they now have a permanent happy home in this new serene compound in Thika.

 

March was a quiet month in Naivasha, as Raphael was on leave, but John and Flora did a great job of keeping everything running smoothly.

Rescues and Investigations.

We rescued  a donkey that had been hacked by unknown people at the Kamere area. Due to the extent of the injuries, the donkey had to be humanely put to sleep.

Raphael also came across the donkey below at Soi. The donkey had bad wounds which were brought about by the cart, and was lacking veterinary care.

Our team went to inspect the ARN kennels. The dogs were skinny and the kennels are bare concrete floors. The dogs seem to be confined too much, and we have advised them regarding better care of the dogs and their dietary needs, as well as veterinary care and general hygiene.

Re-homing follow-ups

The dogs below were rehomed at Gilgil, Kayole and Lakeview Estate. They are all in good condition and enjoying their new homes.

In other news…

In March, we re-homed 4 dogs and 1 cat. We also admitted 17 dogs, 9 cats and 5 donkeys. We are currently providing shelter to 37 dogs, 9 cats and 6 donkeys.

Our vehicle has completely died, which is making field work extremely difficult and restricted.

Dr. Cecilia came to help with spaying and neutering of 15 dogs and 4 cats.

February was a tough month for us as our ancient donkey ambulance has been terminally ill in hospital! Without a vehicle, our work is very restricted and it is frustrating that we cannot achieve all that we want and need to.

Despite this we were busy, and managed to do 45 investigations, re-homed 5 dogs and 5 cats, and admitted 31 dogs and 1 cat. We are currently providing shelter to 37 dogs, 5 cats and 7 donkeys.

We would like to say a big thank you to Andrea, a volunteer, who donated 100 kg of dog food and Ksh 5000.

Rescues and Investigations

We rescued  a bitch with 8 puppies from a garage, where they were living in appalling conditions. We treated them and they are under rehabilitation.

The dog below was rescued from Sanctuary farm. He had a traumatic wound on his back, which Dr. Daniel stitched.

We also rescued this dog from Naivasha town. He had a broken hind foot and had internal injuries as well. Unfortunately he died while undergoing treatment.

We had re-homed the dog below but he was later brought back for treatment after developing tumours on the frontal facial bones. Dr. Daniel had to put the dog to sleep because of the extent of the tumors.

We have been monitoring various places in Naivasha that breed dogs, and also have guard dogs, and are working hard to improve the circumstances of these poor animals.

We are constantly appalled by the way that many people seem to think it is ok to keep and treat their dogs. Locking them in boxes, or in small hard concrete kennels is such a common practice and is very cruel! Dogs are sentient beings and need both their physical and psychological well being taken care of, or their physical and emotional health will suffer. Dogs tend to become either very afraid, or unpredictable and aggressive in these circumstances. The photo below illustrates how not to keep a dog.

 

Re-homing

This lovely puppy found his forever loving home at Gilgil.

We also re-homed 2 cats in a stable in Green park. The cats are semi-friendly but this will be a good home for them.

 

We have had a difficult month in Naivasha, as our vehicle has been out of action for a few weeks, inhibiting our field work. However, we still managed to do a total of 78 different investigations and inspected five different slaughterhouses.

Among several sad rescues, where the animals were beyond our help, we did have some happy endings, for example saving a dog trapped in a snare, rescuing, treating, and successfully rehoming a dog with an advanced TVT tumor, and rescuing a blind donkey being worked in Mai Mahiu, who is now happily retired!

We have some very lovely puppies looking for loving homes, so please come and visit us.

We thank Loki ventures very much for their continued support with cat and dog food donations.

In January, we re-homed 4 dogs and admitted 13 dogs and 9 cats. We are currently providing shelter to 27 dogs, 9 cats and 7 donkeys.

Repairs and renovations are an ongoing mission as everything is done on a shoe string! We have recently put proper guttering on the facilities and the quarantine cattery and installed a 10,000-liter tank to collect the rainwater. We have also done some minor repairs on the kennel floors.

Rescues and Follow-ups.

We helped an outpatient dog with a bone stuck in the lower left jaw and cautioned the owner about safe feeding.

We rescued a donkey with the right hind foot chopped off from an unknown accident, spotted by some good Samaritans in Maaimahiu. He was humanely put down to relieve him from the pain.

Amos, one of the field officers from KSPCA Nairobi, joined us for donkey welfare investigations, education & awareness. We also rescued donkeys in distress at Maaimahiu; we rescued one blind donkey which was being worked.

                   

We rescued the dog below from Sanctuary farm with a snare injury from poachers, he was attended to by Dr. Daniel and now recovering well.

Rex below was rescued from Kabati estates at Naivasha in October last year with advanced TVT stages. Dr. Daniel and Dr. James treated him and he got a good home at the end of January.