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.

 

 

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.

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.

 

The KSPCA is devoted to the welfare of donkeys in Kenya. In August we carried out spot checks in various areas to assess the welfare of donkeys.Members of our team visited the Kabati (kennel) donkey owners group. It was established that there had been an increase in wounds on the back and breast of donkeys caused by poor harnessing and lack of saddles. They were advised on proper harnessing and our team will be back to monitor the progress.

 

 

 

The donkeys above had been victims of poor harnessing and had harness and cart related wounds in Rongai. The KSPCA team educated the owner on properly balancing the cart and proper harnessing to avoid recurrence of the wounds.

The KSPCA team also received another heartbreaking report about donkeys cruelty around Twara area in Rongai. Our inspectors investigated the case and it was established that the donkeys were constantly whipped and had whip wounds. They advised the owner and better ways to communicate with the donkeys instead of whipping them. The owners were educated on the importance of balancing a donkey cart and properly padding it to avoid wounds on the back of the animals.

 

     

Cat owners and even veterinarians often accept that it is natural for a cat to vomit occasionally, especially in the case of hairballs (furballs) and/or eating food too fast.

Cats spend roughly a quarter of their waking hours grooming themselves. The time spent on grooming combined with the barbed structure of the tongue results in large quantities of fur being ingested daily. Most of the time the hair is passed normally in stool with no unusual consequences. However, if particularly large volumes of hair are ingested, or there is a change in the intestinal movement, the excess fur can also be expelled as hairballs by vomiting. The occasional vomiting of a hairball has generally been considered normal feline behaviour, but due to the fact that many cats never produce hairballs, it is likely that frequent hairballs are a sign of an underlying problem. Therefore, it is important to not ignore this symptom if your cat regularly vomits hairballs. Any type of vomiting, be it food or hairballs is unlikely to be normal if it occurs more than once a week.

The ingestion of excessive hair is a likely cause for hairballs. Long-haired cats suffer from this more than short-haired ones, where the capacity of the stomach to handle all the hair is overwhelmed and hairballs are expelled. Excessive hair loss or grooming can also be due to a skin disease, especially an itchy one, or overgrooming due to pain or anxiety. The vomiting of hairballs can also be caused by a chronic gastrointestinal disease, such as inflammatory bowel disease or dietary intolerance. If your cat is suffering from any form of gastrointestinal upset or weight loss, it is important to mention to your vet if your cat has a history of vomiting hairballs.

If you, as the cat owner are not sure as to the frequency of vomiting (either food, liquid or hairballs), it is beneficial to keep a diary or kitchen calendar and record the time and type of vomit. If your cat has a concurrent diarrhoea or abnormal bowel movements these should also be recorded, as the volume, frequency and character of the stool will help your veterinarian identify which part of the intestine is affected. The causes for acute, frequent vomiting (such as toxins, obstruction, viruses etc., which generally require immediate veterinary intervention) are often very different from intermittent, long-lasting vomiting, which can be more difficult to diagnose, and include problems such as food allergies, kidney and liver diseases, tumors and diabetes, to name a few.

Article by Dr. Laura Wessman

KSPCA Volunteer

 

The KSPCA is devoted to the welfare of donkeys in Kenya. In July we conducted various visits to assess the welfare of donkeys in various areas.

During the Lamu animal welfare clinic which was held in collaboration with the Network for Animals, the teams dewormed and treated over 90 donkeys against rabies. In addition to this we also educated the owners and users on properly feeding their donkeys and the importance of proper vet care since we encountered many injured donkeys during the campaign.

The donkey below had a swollen belly for 2 weeks. The KSPCA team rescued him from Roimen, Ngong and safely brought him to the shelter where our vets attended to him and is now under the good care of the KSPCA.

The KSPCA team also received another heartbreaking report about a donkey being mistreated around Multimedia University. Our inspectors investigated the case and it was established that the donkey was constantly whipped and also pulled an overloaded cart. The owner was educated on the importance of balancing a donkey cart and properly padding it and he was advised against whipping the animal. The team promised to do a follow up visit in future.

So many cats were admitted during the month(64). We have been doing cat trapping which led to the increase.  In July we re-homed 13 dogs and 14 cats and admitted 10 dogs. We treated 49 dogs and 50 cats  and neutered 19 dogs and 35 cats.

Investigation and Rescues.

We received a call from someone reporting that their friendly dog had gone mad and was biting everything and everybody. We brought the dog in and immediately had it put down and the head sent to Mariakani- the results came back positive for rabies.

We also had another incident whereby someone reported a neighbour who had confiscated his goat that had strayed into his property then told a member of his staff to slash it with a panga. Dr. Mwita dealt with the injured goat and the matter was reported to the police.

Finances.

Our Ngutuni Game Count fund raiser held in Memory of Sue Lawrence-Brown, was very successful. All the rooms were booked and it was a very good turn out. We raised Ksh 151,000/= which was double the amount we normally raise. It is a lovely lodge for those who want to have a stop over on their way to the coast.No Game Park fees and it is just a short distance off the main Nairobi-Mombasa road. No other fund raising was done during the month.

In other News…

We have put a new roof (mabati) on our clinic after removing the asbestos roofing.The wiring is a mess and we have an electrician coming to have a look and give a quote on new wiring. Apart from the isolation unit, many of our kennels are in need of repair mostly due to rust.The grounds are lovely and green and its still reasonably cool. The rains seem to have disappeared for good.

We had endless power problems during the month and one power surge messed up our UPS damaging our computer. We had to take the vaccines to Dr. Gitau and all our freezers thawed – big mess!

Our Toyota Hilux has been back in the garage to have some rust patches sorted out and one of the wipers had to be replaced. Some other issues were dealt with at the same time.

No slaughter houses were dealt with during the month.

The staff continue to work well and Dr. Gitau visits twice a week but we are able to take any sick animals to his clinic on the other days.

In July we re-homed 5 dogs. We also admitted 13 dogs, 22 cats and 1 donkey. We are currently providing shelter to 34 dogs, 18 cats and 5 donkeys.

Many thanks to Kentalya Limited and their masons who facilitated the repairs of the dog kennels and catteries. Thanks to their support we managed to finalize on the repairs and now our rescues have a better place to stay.

Dr. James visited from KSPCA Nairobi to sterilize the dogs and cats at the shelter. He managed to spay and neuter 5 dogs and 3 cats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also visited and did an assessment about stray dogs reported in Kamere and Banda(Kihoto) beaches in Naivasha. It was established that there was a population of about 100 dogs. The team made plans to intervene and hold a sterilization campaign to control the population.

Rescues and Investigations

A dog that had been abandoned at the Lake Elementaita beach was rescued by Olivia who was visiting a resort near Nakuru. She informed us and opted to take in the poor dog. We assisted her in grooming the dog and referred her to a vet for general check up. We are happy that the dog was lucky to find a permanent and loving new home.

 

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.

Kuchi and her friend who were originally rescues from Morendat are now living happily in their new home in Lakeview.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sari and her friend visited the shelter accompanied by a dog she adopted from us and gave him the second chance he needed since he previously suffered from mange, arthritis and old age. We are impressed by the transformation and he is aging gracefully.

Education.

We conducted education on animal welfare and created awareness on humane slaughter to the Dairy Training Institute of Naivasha final year students. We explained the role of KSPCA in promoting animal welfare and had an interactive time with them. They also made a donation of 100 bales of hay to support us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are also sincerely grateful to Livewire Limited for a donation of 200 bales of hay, La Pieve Limited for 30 bales of hay and Oserian Limited for donating 50 bales of Hay. This will go a long way in feeding our donkeys at the shelter.