A social media post from Seema, a great animal lover:

“As you read this, another innocent animal is being abused, neglected or forced to fight.

Today we visited the KSPCA Kenya in Karen, a visit arranged by my brother so that our children would understand the effects of cruelty to animals and help him fight the war against inhumane treatment of animals in Kenya.

The first step to creating positive change for these animals is recognizing the cruelty that threatens them. Today, I learnt from the team at KSPCA, that there are two types of cruelty that domestic animals are confronted by :

* Passive cruelty which is the unknowing or unintentional cruelty that animals face as a result of careless and neglecting owners: forgetting to provide food or water or leaving the pet chained up.
* Active cruelty is the second and more dangerous type, which also means abuse. It is the intentional harming, hurting, or even killing of animals.

As we walked around the facilities there, harsh facts and stories about some of their rescue animals were shared with us. With each step and more disturbing stories, I felt a sick knot forming in my stomach. Like the KSPCA team says, humans are an animals worst enemy. Czech writer Milan Kundera says, “Humanity’s true moral test, its fundamental test, consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals.”

As I recount a video I watched today of a chain being surgically removed from a dog who had been chained for so long that skin had grown over the chain, I feel such rage that a human, of superior intelligence, would use his power to wield incredible pain on another living creature who is unable to protect or free itself. In recovery for the last two months, he still is unable to integrate with the other dogs and walks around only with his carer and with his tail in between his legs out of permanent fear.

I also was quite astonished at some stories of humans who buy little puppies (probably as a “talkability factor”) use them as “guard” dogs, show them no love thinking that the less human contact there is the more fierce they will be and the better they will guard them, and then who abandon them when they “misbehave” towards other humans. Who’s fault is that?

We saw some even more traumatic cases where pets were left within stone walled compounds without food and water when their humans left the country. Besides the physical impact from starvation, the more heartbreaking aspect is the depression that is evident within the abandoned dogs. Regaining human trust is a long and arduous process for these animals.

Did you know that donkeys will be extinct in Kenya in three years if nothing is done to prevent their slaughtering to feed the traditional medicine market? And did you know that the KSPCA even visits slaughter houses just to ensure that the act is carried out in a humane way. Some informal slaughter houses opt for stones as weapons to smash these animals’ heads and then chop their legs so that they can’t run away. I’m sorry to share such brutal realities but we are intelligent human beings that are out of touch with humanity and require these harsh facts to help do something, anything, just one thing to help these animals. “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we would all be vegetarian.” Paul McCartney

The KSPCA is an incredible organization that speaks for animals and is helping instill the humanity back in humans. If you can find it within your heart to do something for these animals please, please, please, do it…”

The KSPCA Paybill No. is 681727, Account name ‘Donation’

Thank you for your support.

The KSPCA received a call from concerned animal lovers about 3 injured marabou storks at Nyayo stadium. Our field officers were quick to respond to the case and rescued the young birds.

The birds were brought to the KSPCA shelter. Unfortunately one of them did not make it. The other two, however, got attended to by the vet and were taken to one of the foster homes that KSPCA appreciates their existence.

The owner of the home has a beautiful  garden where the marabou storks are at the moment, being taken very good care of.

After some time, when they are strong enough and feeling better, the marabou storks fly away back to the wild.

The KSPCA is glad to have taken part in the spay and neuter campaign of dogs & cats in Machakos county, held from 7th-10th June 2019, in conjunction with ANAW Africa and Vet Treks where over 250 dogs and cats were neutered and vaccinated against rabies.

The KSPCA team also did a Trap, Neuter, Release community project in Naivasha for free-roaming dogs, as well as Feral Cat Control Program to manage the feral cat population and control spread of disease.

In yet another even, the KSPCA partnered with TNR and World Animal Protection to give free rabies vaccinations and sterilization campaign at Kibera.

A big thank you to our staff who showed up for all the events plus to the organizers, sponsors, vets and volunteers who helped make these campaigns a success.

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KSPCA in collaboration with Rift Valley Wildlife Clinics (RVWC) visited Lorubai village in Samburu County during the last week of January 2018. The main objective was to carry out spaying, neutering and vaccinations for all animals in Lorubai village and its immediate environ. These services were provided to the community courtesy of RVWC.

The Campaign took a period of 5 days and they were able to spay 22 cats and dogs, neuter 37 cats and dogs and vaccinate 100 animals including 28 donkeys. All these animals also benefited from the deworming treatment.

The KSPCA team was represented by Dr. Ismail Thoka (KSPCA Vet) and Fred Midikila (KSPCA Field officer) while RVCW’s team was represented by Dr. Anne Minihan,Liz Higgins,Lori Donley,Tanya Somerville and Catherine Wood. Also there were veterinary technicians Jesse, Crystal and Kate.

 

 

In most common cases we always hear dogs barking and sometimes we feel that its “normal” but reality is when you hear a dog making so much what we call ‘noise’ then something is a miss. A concerned neighbor reported to us from Ongata Rongai that they have been hearing two dogs bark for a very long time and when they tried to peep they would see that these dogs were hurting and would even go for days without food because they were not sure who was taking care of them.

 

                   

Days went by, and after some days she could no longer hear the two dogs barking anymore and what she heard was one dog barking and she assumed that either the other one is badly hurt or dead. She called us and when we went there, unfortunately we found the other dog lying there helplessly and it was too late to save him. We managed to rescue one dog and he is now at the KSPCA being taken care off and being fed enough so that he can return his strength back.

A good Samaritan was walking along the Junction of Thika road (Eastern bypass) and noticed this handsome fellow was hurt. When she asked around, the people working in the area explained that they are not sure how long he has been like that and the wound also seemed to have stayed on the dog for quite some time (approximately 4 months). Once it was reported to us, KSPCA in collaboration with members of the public worked hard over several days looking for him till he was finally caught.

He is currently undergoing treatment at the Jacaranda Veterinary Clinic who offered to treat him for free. This is a success story of perfect collaboration between KSPCA, private vets and concerned members of the public!

It was reported by some residents at Woodley estate that a Marabou stork had landed on an electric line and suffered an electric shock but luckily two of our field officers got there on time to save the bird. We found him injured and the left toe was broken. The Marabou Stork was being fed by the public on grains, which shouldn’t be the case because the animal feeds on flesh. Thereafter, the field officers rushed him to KSPCA clinic and was attended by the Veterinary Doctor.

Some information about the Marabou Stork.

Marabou storks are scavengers in nature, and mostly feed on animal carcasses. However, they are also known to prey on fish, frogs, eggs, baby crocodiles, snakes, small birds, adult flamingos, and locusts. They are also known to join vultures in searching for food, as vultures are equipped with hooked bills that helps in the tearing of the carcass meat.

Marabou storks practice urohydrosis, which means defecating on the legs. They do this as a cooling mechanism. It helps them regulate their body temperature, and also gives the legs a white appearance.

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.

 

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By Paul Mufunyi, KSPCA Field Officer

FEBRUARY 2017 FIELD REPORT

I began the month of February by rescuing a dog which was hit by a car in Kariobangi. The dog was reported to us after two days.  The person who reported it took the dog off the road and made a shed and gave it food and water. I brought the dog in but unfortunately the spine was completely broken and our vet put it sleep.

It really touched me to see that we have good people in the society who have compassion towards animals. I was not expecting to find what I found there.

I also brought in a dog from Green Park Estate that had escaped from Chinese construction site where the reporter said that dogs are being slaughtered. I brought in the dog and soon she will find a new home. We received complaints from the public about dogs been slaughtered but we have not seen any evidence showing this.

I was on my way to buy greens for our Donkeys and goats at the shelter when I saw a dog on the side of the road, I stopped to find out what could be the problem only to find that the dog was hit by a car. I  immediatly turned around took the dog to the vet for treatment. He examined the dog and luckily enough the dog had not broken its back and was put on bed rest and treatment.

I rescued another dog from World Vision in Karen. The dog fell into a ditch and remained there for two days as it  could not come out by itself because it was very deep. I brought it to the shelter for rehoming.

I rescued a dog from Ngong.  The dog was left behind by the owner who moved and left it to survive or die.

This is one of many cases of what  people do to animals in Nairobi and I think soon we will have to prosecute some people so that this kind of cruelty and irresponsibility can be stopped.

I brought three dogs from Kawangware  for spay and neuter. The owner of the dogs approached me for help because she didn’t want her dogs to breed. I was very happy to help her because its not normal  to find someone from the slums who thinks about spaying her or his dogs. She was very happy to see them back after the exercise.

I rescued a kitten which had fallen into a pit latrine in Kiambu. The kitten had spent a night in the pit. When I arrived I found the mother waiting. I managed to get the kitten  out and the mother was very pleased to see her baby and she started breast feeding her. I brought them both to the shelter and soon they will find a new home.