An Unusual Foster Mother

CREDITS FOR THIS STORY: K 24 TV (2013), Kirigo, Dagoretti (Kenya)

7-year-old Mbugua and his 6-year-old sister Wanjiku have been living with their grandmother after their biological alcoholic mother abandoned them. Their grandmother is however often away from home and has to tend to a total of 5 children left in her care.

Early every morning, Oscar can be found waiting patiently at the door of the home of Mbugua's and Wanjiku's grandmother
Early every morning, Oscar can be found waiting patiently at the door of the home of Mbugua’s and Wanjiku’s grandmother

Oscar the dog, their unusual foster mother, stepped in and has been taking care of them. 2 years ago, neighbours found the 2 children, then 5 and 4 years old, cuddling the dog and trying to drink her breastmilk. Oscar had had puppies, who had been already taken away.

Oscar then started showing up at their home. She started treating the children as her own and became very protective of them, guarding them from attacks, strangers and even helped them get home after they got lost going to Dagoretti market.

Much love between Oscar and these 2 kids!
Much love between Oscar and these 2 kids!

Every morning at 6am, Oscar patiently waits for Mbugua and Wanjiku to get ready for school at Kirigo Primary School. She takes them to school, hangs around waiting for them to finish, and then takes them home again. She would come and take Mbugua and Wanjiku to school, waits for them to finish and take them home again.

Oscar taking Wanjiku and Mbugua to school
Oscar taking Wanjiku and Mbugua to school

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Efforts to seek extra help for the children have been in vain, but they have a caring grandmother who feeds them, provides a roof for them and makes sure that they get an education.

The dog has never been treated and being in such close proximity, the children could contract diseases from her. This is exactly the kind of situation TNR Trust tries to prevent. By educating the public, we make them aware that treatments such as (preventive) rabies vaccinations and regular deworming are necessary.

All of you can make Community Health by Animal Welfare happen. TNR Trust is volunteer-based and relies 100% on donors. One of these generous donours is Charles Mather. He has sponsored the building of our brand-new mobile clinic. With this clinic, we will be able to reach places that have no or limited access to vet care.

For the video of the story, go to:

Make sure you check out how much Oscar loves seeing these 2 precious children (at 2:33 in the video!)


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TNR Trust

TNR stands for Trap, Neuter and Release. Our Motto is "Community Health through Animal Welfare" which we aim to achieve by vaccinating against Rabies, educating on Rabies Awareness and spay/neuter to maintain a manageable dog/cat population in and around Nairobi.

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