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.