The KSPCA received a call from an animal lover reporting of a dog that had been caught in a snare. Somebody had set up a snare to trap mongooses in the neighborhood, but unfortunately the dog got ensnared.  She tried to free herself but in the process, the wire got stuck in her neck.

As days went by, the wire sunk deeper into the dog’s skin and the wound got worse. As a result of the pain, she became very aggressive and the owner could not get close to her.

The KSPCA team applied their expertise and darted the dog, and she was brought to the KSPCA shelter. The vet was was able to remove the wire from her neck.  She is still undergoing treatment, and is looking much better now.

Re-homing

We had quite a number of cats brought in during the month, dogs were also brought and we are desperate to find homes for both the dogs and the cats. So, if anyone is looking for a nice dog or cat, please call us on 0733 728 356 and book an appointment for a visit.

 

Rescued Dog

One very sad case we received during our daily duties at KSPCA is of a dog which was thrown down from the 3rd floor of a house in Kisauni by a neighbour. When we questioned the owner, he said that, the dog lives on the balcony and he sometimes locks it up during the day. He said that the neighbour had in several occasions complained about his dog barking all the time. He also said that he had been to Nyali police and reported the matter.  The dog was admitted at the shelter and upon examination by our vet, it was found to have injured both his front legs. The next day he was taken for x-ray and unfortunately his right leg had a fracture. We tried to contact the owner on several occasions so the vet can discuss the treatment with not much success. The dog is now with the Isapet vet clinic recovering from the trauma.

 

In other news…

We haven’t had any cases of rabid dogs being brought in recently but please do make sure that all your dogs and cats vaccinations are up to date.

There were no slaughter houses visited during the month.

Due to the Covid-19 situation, the hotels nearby are closed therefore we are not getting any leftover foods so we are having to buy dogs and cats food.  Our appreciation and grateful thanks to all the members and supporters who continue to send us donations.  It is really good to know that so many care and we hope to continue the Society’s work which is important to the well being of not only the animals we rescue but for the communities at large. We also want to thank Coast Anglo Meats company at Ratna Square, Nyali who sell us mince meat at a reduced rate which all helps to keep the animals fed.

Without your support KSPCA would not be able to house, feed, vaccinate, neuter or find homes for all the animals, which pass through its doors.    We would not be able to investigate the many reports of cruelty, which we continue to receive day after day.

Again our sincere thanks to you ALL

 

Our field officers rescued a dog that had been tightly snared in an estate at Jogoo Road. The chain had been on the dog for a long period and as a result of this, the neck grew through the snare. This caused the dog to develop a bad and painful wound which started producing a foul smell. It’s at that point that the KSPCA was contacted to come to the rescue of the dog.

He was brought to the shelter and the vet immediately sedated him in order for the chain to be removed. He is under medication and improving steadily, and has met new friends at the KSPCA where he’s receiving so much love and attention.

The KSPCA  team received a call as well as a message on Facebook of a cat that had been trapped on an electric poll at Githurai area.

The cat was being chased by some dogs and she opted to quickly climb the electric poll for her safety, not knowing that she wouldn’t be able to descend.

The KSPCA field officers were quick to respond to the matter and were able to rescue the cat with their exemplary expertise.

The cat was brought to the KSPCA, vaccinated and got spayed.

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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.

On 30th Dec 2018 we received a call from one concerned Animal lover who reported a case of a dog that had been terribly hacked at Kawangware. Our dedicated field officers rushed to the place and were able to find the dog still alive but in a very critical condition. The dog was brought to the KSPCA clinic to be attended to by the vet on duty, but sadly he passed on while undergoing treatment.

It’s extremely devastating how we human beings have become so heartless and cruel to the very animals that we expect to assist us. The same treatment we want given to us is the exact treatment we should accord our animals. The Kenyan constitution that was promulgated in 2010 covers animal rights, both domestic and wild animals. The Kenyan parliament passed the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (2012) which was a revised version of the earlier law passed in 1983.
It is unfortunate that we pay little attention to the domestic animals that have changed the economic fortunes of many households. Poor hygiene, lack of/inadequate food, lack of veterinary attention, physical abuse and mistreatment is what these animals have to go through every single day. Many are times when stray dogs and cats are knocked down by vehicles and left to decompose by the roadside. In such scenarios, the KSPCA comes in to rescue such animals before they succumb, bring them to the shelter where they are treated and well taken care of, then once they are stable enough they are adopted.

Furthermore in rural Kenya traditional practices like the use of animals in transportation,(heavy luggage in most cases) ploughing and cultural practices and ceremonies still persist. In some areas of Kenya, much is said about cattle rustling but little is said of the fact that during such crimes the livestock are forced to travel long distances, wounded or die in the process.

In a nutshell, it’s the responsibility of each individual to ensure that the animal rights are not infringed. Help speak for the animals, since they cannot speak for themselves. Report any case of cruelty to animals and let’s advocate for animal welfare.

The content below has been taken from Cera Moon’s blog which you can read in full here.

On Tuesday night, Cera Moon was headed for the loo when she heard shrill cries from the other side of the fence. At first, she thought it was a human baby crying but upon listening carefully she realized they were cries of distressed animals. She rushed to see if their cats were being attacked, only to confirm that the cries were coming from a neighboring nursery school pit latrine.

Together with her dad, at 11 pm, they opened the latrines and peeped inside using torches; the sight that met her eyes instantly broke her heart and she immediately lost hope in humanity- 3 puppies, about 4 weeks old, were lying on the human excreta, crying and obviously in pain and shock. The little ones saw their torches flashing at them and literally screamed in excitement as if to say, “Over here! Over here!”

They spent the better part of the night looking for equipment to rescue them until it was too late to be outside. The following morning she went with her sister to check if the animals had survived the night. They could only see two; one was however loud and relentless. They found a plastic tin and a rope and lowered them in the pit latrine hoping that the young ones would hop in. Unfortunately, they were terrified and moved to the other side of the pit. They tried getting help from neighbors but many dismissed them and even laughed at the fact that they were stressing over dogs.

They reached out to KSPCA via the emergency phone number after having sent a message on facebook. Unfortunately the field officers were handling various cases and would not be available at that particular moment.Their plight was later shared on Cat Lovers and Dog Lovers Nairobi facebook pages and various vets and officials of the KSPCA contacted, including the Director. Melanda Ochieng’ and Nina Odongo took their time to the worthy cause of saving these puppies.

Next morning, Inspector Fred from KSPCA and his colleague came to the rescue of the 3 puppies, but unfortunately only one of them survived.

This experience enlightened Cera on the need to support the existing animal shelters as they aim to grow in capacity and function. KSPCA is the only animal shelter and rescue center in Kenya. We are not supported by the government and rely entirely on donations and memberships to run.

“I cannot imagine what the other two puppies went through before succumbing to the cruel death,” Cera says. “If the KSPCA had been there earlier, it would have been two more lives saved. This calls for more support from the members of the public to the KSPCA.”

Cera’s take is that if vets all over the country would perhaps partner with KSPCA, to provide a database of their location and services, as well as people who would go out of their way to advocate for animal welfare, it could help to get rescue services to remote areas.

ANIMAL CRUELTY IS A CRIME

Laws against animal cruelty actually exist in Kenya. They are toothless and outdated but still exist. We could blame their ineffectiveness on over-flooded prisons that lead certain crimes to be labelled as ‘petty’ that’s why we’re yet to hear of someone arrested for animal cruelty. Punishment for animal cruelty is too ‘lenient’. If not, perpetrators are just being plainly tolerated.We do this, not knowing that encouraging these heinous acts also promotes violence against our own kind. Somebody who throws a puppy in a pit latrine or rapes a goat will definitely not spare you or your child.

Based on how most of Cera’s neighbors dismissed the distressed puppies, we could conclude that there’s lack of awareness about the fact that animal lives matter. But then again there’s ignorance. People know it is wrong and inhumane, yet bury their heads in the sand until the storm blows over. Generally, our conscience is slowly dying. Same way, there are people who will continue brutally killing animals, starving them to death, throwing them in toilets, molesting, overworking, stealing and bruising them…Only the long arm of the law can reinstate the voice of sanity.

GOOD LUCK PUPPY

If he had not been adamant in calling for help despite the shock and injuries, nobody would have known of his plight and responded. For around 36 hours, he called out, not letting the cold, the maggots, the choking smell or the pain, stop him. Even while barely opening his eyes, he displays the grit and the will to live that many adult humans do not possess.

He currently receives medication at KSPCA and donations from well-wishers. After he fully recovers, he will be adopted by lucky parents. George, is his name.

ANIMAL HEALTH SHOULD AS WELL BE PRIORITIZED

“KSPCA has touched my heart. My hope is to see more rescues and adoptions occur in future. Kenyans need more information on caring for pets. More so, we need services such as spaying and neutering to become more affordable and accessible to everyone. This is important to human health since people can acquire zoonotic illness from pets. Getting vaccination jabs, deworming pills and multi-vitamins for many families is close to impracticality. I cannot sugarcoat this; veterinary services are quite expensive. We miss the point if we ignore animal health and ‘prioritize’ human health. Zoonotic diseases are a reality and rabies is deadly,” says Cera.

She is however hopeful about the future. With the right kind of support, KSPCA can pursue and advocate into these areas as it spreads out to other regions. This dream that began with Jean Gilchrist can become Kenya’s hope to humanely control strays and improve the quality of life for this dear animals. She suggests that we consider giving to KSPCA’s cause and initiate conversation on caring for the animals that we share homes with, even as we do for the wild.

If you would like to support us, kindly send your support or donation via MPESA: Paybill 681727 then under account number, write DONATION + (YOUR NAME). This cash will continue to support this charity.  If you would prefer to use any other method to donate, such as cheque deposits, PayPal and Payoneer, you can fill this form and someone will direct you. No amount is too small or too much. KSPCA also accepts food, blankets and other stuff that would help them take care of animals better. We also appreciate volunteers who help us immensely at our shelter.

KSPCA wold like to immensely appreciate Cera Moon who’s proved to be a great ambassador of animal welfare.

As the donkeys were grazing at the hills of Kajiado, some hyenas attacked them and ran away. Unfortunately two of them were wounded and were saved by a good Samaritan who contacted us as soon as she saw them. They are now undergoing treatment at the KSPCA.

I know we have heard about so many misconceptions and myths about black cats, but did you know that they are all false?  Some of the questions we should be asking ourselves are:

  1. What makes black cats black? What is the science behind the fur?
  • Both parents have to posses the black fur gene. For a cat to be solid black, he/she must carry a recessive gene known as a non-agouti so that the tabby pattern does not appear.
  • Black coloration might boost cats’ immune systems. Research by the National institutes of health shows that genetic mutations found in black cats seem to make them more resistant to certain illnesses.

       

2. Why then should you adopt a black cat?

  • Black cats are the most fun to play hide and seek with.
  • Black cats are elegant especially when they put on white tuxes.
  • Black cats are just like other color cats except that their fur is black.
  • Black cats are natural ninjas stalking any pests that try to get into the house.
  • Black cats are mini panthers. Having a house panther is so cool!
  • Black cats bring prosperity according to the Scottish.
  • Black cats are also good luck, ask the British and Japanese.
  • Black cats are as warm to cuddle just as any other cat.
  • Black cats don’t care what color you are.
  • Black cats appreciate you; they are half as likely to be adopted as cats of other colors all because of false superstitions.

    

Black is beautiful! Black cats are purr-fect!

Black cats are cats with eyes of pure gold, created for you to love and to hold :)