In March 2017, TNR Trust received word of an emaciated dog with 6 puppies. We were welcomed and thanks to a local dog enthusiast, we got to see the dogs. After giving the dogs and pups some food and talking to the owner of the farm, we go the full story. He already owned a male guard dog, but a few days earlier, a female (Katie) had taken refuge with her pups. TNR had to quickly decide on a course of action for the next coming days as Katie was near death from malnourishment.
We came back the next day to pick her up together with the pups. After a check-up at the vet for every single one of them, they were put into foster homes.
Jessie was one of these lucky pups to fall into the hands of TNR Trust. She was very clever, a fast learner and quickly knew how to sit on command. She loved, loved, LOVED getting lots of attention and, even when her mouth was too small when she was a puppy, would play fetch with a ball non-stop.
She ended up being adopted by her foster family. This family had thought very hard about adopting her as they are expats living in Kenya. They had to weigh up the advantages to the disadvantages as getting a pet is taking up a lot of responsibility.
A pet can live up to 10 – 15 years, so you have to consider if you are able to provide your pet with a home for life. Unfortunately, there is an increasing trend amongst expats who simply abandon their cats and dogs once they leave Kenya. Sometimes this is due to genuine unforeseen circumstances, but often it is because of a lack of planning, the pets being an inconvenience or the considerable exportation costs involved.
Therefore, please check our “EXPATS AND PETS” flyer on what you should bear in mind before adopting or buying a pet.