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The Government of Kenya has recently issued regulations requiring the licensing of African Grey Parrots.

If you own, or want to own an African Grey Parrot, here is what you need to know.

Once widespread throughout Western and Central Africa, the African Grey Parrot is now on the brink of extinction due to habitat loss and massive illegal animal trade. Even though the United Nations has banned the trade of these parrots under the CITES agreement, thousands of parrots are still stolen monthly from the wild and sold illegally. Many of the parrots die or are seriously injured during the capture and transport; the ones that do survive end up in small cages around the world, possibly never to fly again.

African Greys are popular pets due to their ability to mimic human voices. But whether the parrot was illegally sold from the wild or legally (in some countries) born and bred in captivity, it is still a wild animal with natural instincts and needs. Greys are amongst the smartest of parrot species, so they require a lot of care to avoid boredom. As highly intelligent birds, they are also high-maintenance and are not suitable for people who work long hours or are away from home a lot. A bored parrot will be loud and vocal, have angry outbursts and pluck out its feathers. They frequently bond with one family member, often rejecting all others, and are often intolerant or fearful of strangers.

African Greys have very specific requirements and if you cannot provide all the following, you should not be keeping a parrot:

  1. Large enclosure. The cage must be at a minimum 90 x 60 x 120 cm, with several perches, toys, climbing frames and other stimulation. The parrot must be able to fully extend its wings and flap without touching the cage sides. African Greys are quite messy, so lining the cage bottom with newspaper provides an easy way of cleaning the cage.
  2. Their diet should consist of 70% commercial pellets, 20-25% fruits (mango, papaya, banana, pineapple, melons, oranges, apples, berries, coconuts) and vegetables (cucumber, broccoli, spinach, zucchini, peas, kale, butternut, peppers, carrots, corn, lettuce) and only 5-10% nuts, seeds and grains. Clean, fresh water should always be available, both for drinking and bathing. Feeding your parrot mainly seeds is an incomplete and imbalanced diet and will lead to obesity and illness as seeds are high in carbs and fat.
  3. Daily mental stimulation and attention. You should spend at least 1-2 hours daily in close contact with your parrot.
  4. 1-2 hours of daily exercise; the parrot should be allowed out of the cage to fly around the room and explore. This provides both exercise and mental stimulation.

Licensing – For more information please see below as per Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) Guidelines.

African Greys can live up to 60 years, but without the right living conditions they are very prone to various behavioral problems, including aggressive behaviour, jealousy, stress and feather plucking. Ultimately, birds should not be kept in cages at all, but if your parrot has been born and raised in captivity, it cannot suddenly without consideration be released back into the wild either, thus you have the responsibility of making sure it has a comfortable existence. Never ever acquire a parrot that you suspect has been illegally captured as you then become part of the reason why these amazing birds are going extinct.

Below is a link of the released  amnesty and registration of illegally possessed African Grey Parrots running for 45 Days from 25th October 2021.

African Grey Parrots

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.

The effect of Covid on Animal Shelters

The financial hardship of animal ownership is hitting many people hard. With Covid-related unemployment or reduced income, feeding and caring for pets can suddenly become a struggle. Caring for a sick animal can be expensive, and many people resort to surrendering their animals to rescue centres when they feel they can’t cope. This has put an enormous strain on animal shelters with overcrowding, both of healthy and sick animals.

With many more animals to care for, several organizations (like the KSPCA) that rely on membership fees and donations are facing dire realities. The Covid pandemic has affected the level of drop-in donations, food donations and the possibility of fund-raising. Due to restrictions, shelters have had to restrict the number of volunteers helping, so staff has been pushed to its limits.

Overcrowding at shelter facilities is not only a financial issue, but a medical one. Many contagious diseases thrive in situations where there are too many animals in close contact. Slower adoption rates and a backlog of neutering surgeries compounds the issue. Many puppies and kittens that haven’t been vaccinated in time succumb to contagious diseases. KSPCA relies heavily on amazing foster parents who take care of the very young puppies and kittens that would not survive without constant care and attention. But as no vaccine is 100% effective, even vaccinated animals can occasionally catch diseases in certain circumstances, such as overcrowding and stress.

The quick diagnosis of contagious diseases is often impossible, as simple SNAP tests (that give immediate results) are generally not available in Kenya or are not affordable for continuous shelter use. As space is limited, all new animal intakes cannot be isolated into areas on their own to make sure they are not contagious. This all means that disease outbreaks are common and stretches both the medical and kennel staff to their limits.

How can you help?

  1. Please exhaust all other avenues before surrendering your pet to a shelter. Pets are sentient beings and will suffer greatly from being abandoned.
  2. If possible, consider adopting an older or mildly injured pet from the shelter. Many of our animals have had hard lives and respond well to human kindness and become loyal pets.
  3. Ask about becoming a foster parent to our young kittens and puppies
  4. When visiting shelter facilities, please follow instructions and signs to avoid spreading diseases in your clothes and footwear. Wash hands frequently and don’t enter any cages without permission.
  5. Any donations, food, blankets and other materials are always appreciated!

 

Article by Dr. Laura Wessman

KSPCA Volunteer

 

Mombasa Report – September, 2021                       

Animals:

Yet another month with endless cats being brought in – 59 in total.  We also had 12 dogs brought in during the month.  We re-homed 7 dogs and 16 cats.   46 dogs and 55 cats were treated.   10 dogs and 16 cats were neutered. We received a report about a horse on Mama Ngina Drive, down by the ferry, that had killed someone. It turned out that the person had walked behind the horse and had slapped the horse on its backside and it lashed out and got him.He died the following day in hospital. They said that once they had found the owner they would get back to us, but never did, and we were unable to contact the original caller.

We had the most delightful little dog brought in. She was pure white with a beautiful ridge and both her ears were inky black.  So you can imagine what she looked like with her black ears, black eyes and black nose!

Finances:

We just have the two fund raising events, the Charity Goat Derby in Diani in October and Mike Kirkland of Southern Cross Safaris/Galu Safaris is very kindly putting on a 22 seater air-conditioned bus to take people from the North Coast to Diani – so far I have 16 people for the bus. The second fund raiser is the Winterlicious Craft Fair and Farmers Market at Bahari Beach Hotel and organized by Nova of Bodyworx, in November.

Premises:

We have had a little rain but certainly not our normal short rains. The premises is still green but the weather is getting very hot and humid and it will just continue to get hotter and more humid until about April next year. We are still trying to find funding for repairs to our kennels.

Vehicle:

Our Toyota Hilux continued to run well and we have organized 4 new tyres once we get some funds from the Goat Derby.

Slaughter Hse:

No slaughter houses were visited during the month.

Staff:

Our staff continue to work well. Kennedy and Wanjala took some leave and Wanjala is now back at work. I have organized with NCBA Bank for Bank Accounts for all our staff and these are being processed now. All our staff have had their first Covid-19 vaccination and the second ones are due 21st/22nd October.

 

This year Rose Caldwell in Timau has so far vaccinated  137 dogs, 31 donkeys and  3 cats against rabies and wormed 150 dogs 137 donkeys and 2 cats. All the donkeys carts have also been re numbered to allow for easier identification and were  given new harnesses.
Another vaccination campaign was held in Bulungi and vaccinated 25 dogs and 6 donkeys against rabies.
The Mount Kenya Event horse show raised 60,000/- shillings for KSPCA Nanyuki which has been split between the Timau donkey and dog clinics and the Nanyuki projects.
All animals from the TNR/Kspca sterilization  campaign have healed well including three dogs that were treated for transmissible venereal tumors and one dog that had an eye removed due to a nasty infection.
17 kittens have been rehomed from one household who had 6 female cats that were spayed during the campaign last month.
2 puppies have been adopted. Lilo and Stitch were siblings that were released to KSPCA from a farm near Nanyuki and have since both found loving homes.
The pictures above show 2 puppies are in foster homes that were handed over by the owners after the mother was spayed during the campaign as they were unable to feed them. Once vaccinated they will be up for adoption.
Blue Flame restaurant in Nanyuki reported a stray dog that had wandered into their restaurant. The dog was collected and is currently being cared for at North Kenya Veterinary Services. Lady is very timid and malnourished and needs a lot of TLC. Once she is stronger she will be spayed and vaccinated and will be up for adoption.

Many of us may think that cats have nine lives and will always land on all fours with no injuries. Unfortunately, in most cases, this is not the reality.

High-Rise Syndrome, as it’s known, is a collective term for the injuries sustained from cats due to falling from certain heights such as from a balcony, a window, or a roof.

Cats gravitate to these ledges for different reasons e.g., for fresh air or to observe moving nature such as birds or flies. In instances where they quickly react to moving prey or suddenly become startled by a loud noise, they can fall out and injure themselves. It is also more common for cats that are not neutered to venture out exploring, especially during mating seasons. This increases the likelihood of them falling from heights.

Some of the most common injuries seen from these high falls involve fractures to different parts of the cat’s body, internal damage to organs, and in some cases, rapid death. Depending on the severity of the injuries caused by the fall, animals have a varying set of treatments.

We advise “cat-proofing” one’s house upon adoption of one or more cats. This involves sealing open areas with enforced, fine mesh or completely closing certain sections of the house that your cat has access to. Contacting carpenters or building management can allow one to set up either temporary or permanent reinforcement to the home to prevent such injuries. We suggest temporary options for those renting out homes as landlords would be more amenable to the idea.

If your cat has the unfortunate fate of falling from a height, please phone a registered veterinarian immediately as these cases are immensely urgent and require intervention as soon as possible.

The later an examination is done to assess the injury severity, the lower the chance of a complete recovery. Most cats tend to survive the falls, but it is a long, slow, and very expensive road to recovery. A good professional relationship with a veterinarian is recommended through easier journeys such as puppy/kitten vaccinations and routine check-ups as they will be easier to reach in the case of emergencies.

Dogs are unfortunately not exempt from this syndrome either. As they are largely different in personality from cats, they can still fall from a height if able to access high, open areas. Therefore, they need close supervision or “pet-proofing” of danger areas too.

Article by Dr. Tiffany Kungu

KSPCA Vet

 

 

Animals:

Another busy month with 23 dogs and 57 cats being admitted.   We had one little dog brought in that had half its left front leg missing.   She is less than 6 months old.   She was very weak and malnourished but she has now put on weight and is looking and we amputated her leg just a week ago and she is doing very well indeed.   52 dogs and 63 cats were treated.   A total of 21 dogs and 29 cats were neutered.   13 dogs and 13 cats were re-homed.   We are extremely  grateful  to Loki Ventures (Petstore) and Petzone for donations of dog and cat food.   Our cats just love the cat biscuits and they think that Christmas has arrived early and every evening when we lock up they wait for their hand out of biscuits!

Finances:

We have two fund raising events coming up.   The first one is the Goat Derby on the 10th October down in Diani.   This is organized by Pauline McKenzie for the EAWL and the proceeds go to about 8 different charities, KSPCA being one of them.   Then on the 20th November Bodyworx and Bahari Beach Hotel are having the KSPCA Winterlicious Craft fair & Farmers Market – trying to make it a bit different this year.

Premises:

The rain seems to have disappeared and the weather is heating up.    The grounds are looking nice as everything is still green.   We are waiting for a quotation from the Electrician for new wiring for the Clinic and we seriously need some funding for repairs to our kennels.

Vehicle:

Our vehicle is running well but we seriously need some new tyres

Slaughter Hse:

No slaughter houses were visited during the month.

Staff:

The Mombasa staff continue to work well and Dr. Peter Gitau comes every Monday and Friday to work in our Clinic but we also take any sick animals that need attention to his Clinic on other days of the week.

Environmental Benefits Of Organic Farming

Perhaps you’ve tasted the difference of organic food. Perhaps you’ve even experienced health benefits! But beyond just the provision of delicious, health-giving food, organic farming practices result in numerous environmental benefits too:

🌱 Decreased exposure to pesticides and chemicals.
When pesticides are sprayed on plants, they contaminate the soil, water supply, and air. Organic farming uses agricultural alternatives to keep crops pest-free. These include biological control; polyculture (companion planting); and natural barriers and predators.

🌱 Healthy soil.
Healthy soil is key for biodiversity, food security and even fighting climate change. Organic agriculture keeps soil healthy by the application of organic matter inputs (eg manure)

🌱 Reducing erosion.
Higher soil surface cover, achieved through some of the practices discussed above, mean that soil erosion is reduced with organic farming, when compared to conventional farming systems.

🌱 Promoting water conservation and water health.
The organic practices described above help the soil to absorb and retain water. According to a report by Rodale institute, organic fields hold more water during droughts and 15-20% more water seeps down to the body of rock and/or sediment that holds groundwater than does under conventional fields. In addition, the lack of man-made toxins in an organic agricultural system means that the watersheds are healthier!

🌱 Fighting climate change.
Organic agriculture helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by not allowing the use of synthetic nitrogen fertilisers. In addition, organic practices encourage more carbon storage within the soil, which means less carbon in the atmosphere.

🌱 Encouraging biodiversity.
A healthy biodiverse farm is more resilient to issues like bad weather, disease, and pests. Thus, organic farmers act as custodians of biodiversity at all levels – from seeds and worms to birds and bees.And these are just the environmental benefits!

There are plenty of social and economic benefits too but, we’ll save those for another time.

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.