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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 :)

Following reports from concerned members of the public of dog hawkers at the Ruaka roundabout, KSPCA moved in to ensure this vice comes to an end. KSPCA decide to take the approach of educating the hawkers on the law and on animal welfare instead of raiding the place and confiscating the dogs. In the past, KSPCA staff have been physically assaulted as they were confiscating dogs being sold by hawkers. Thus this time, the society opted to educate the hawkers first before taking legal action.                                        

Fig 1.1 – Some of the puppies being sold at Ruaka

On visiting the location, several dogs were found tethered on chains and in the sun with no food or water. KSPCA educated the hawkers on the laws they were breaking according to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act CAP 360. This activity was carried out in collaboration with the Kiambu County Department of Veterinary Services Officers and the Kenya Police. The dog hawkers were advised on alternative and humane ways of doing their business without displaying the dogs out in the open in the sun. They were also warned that any time they are seen selling the dogs in public spaces in this inhumane manner, they will be arrested as they are now fully aware of the laws they are breaking.

Fig 1.2 – Dr. Diana Onyango (KSPCA) addressing the dog hawker.

 

Fig 1.3 – KSPCA Senior officer, Ben Atsiaya and Dr. Njoroge from the county department veterinary services of Kiambu county accompanied by 2 policemen.

The County Vet officer and the police have also committed to be more vigilant of these hawkers and arrest them when they are seen selling dogs in this manner again.

This activity was sponsored by a concerned citizen, Giles Littlewood.

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!