We’ve been chasing our tails since the official and successful launch of our brand-new mobile clinic last weekend when children of all ages brought their puppies, kittens, adult cats and dogs to Garissa Primary School in Thika, to be vaccinated against rabies, dewormed and to be treated against fleas.
They were also offered the opportunity to have their adult pets sterilised.
Working at full capacity for the first time, alongside Kiambu district vets over the two days, the TNR’s, Dr Desmond Tutu and our volunteer vets vaccinated 500 and sterilised over 30 animals at Garissa Primary School in Thika.
Joseph M Kamau, the County Executive of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation for Kiambu, said he was extremely impressed with the initiative and would be seeking a budget allocation to support the TNR’s continuation of its mobile clinic programme.
Also present were Dr Mangini from the KVB, Dr Ndarua, County Director of Vet Services and Dr Nguguna from the Public Health Office.
Alongside the mobile clinic, at the TNR’s education tent, children aged between 6 and 12 learnt about the safe management of dogs and cats, the importance of seeking treatment after a dog bite and how to behave properly around dogs to prevent accidents, bites and scratches.
They were also told about the importance of training their animals and how to look after guard dogs by giving them a proper home and not to keep them in a cage. There was lots of discussion around why it’s not safe practice to approach a guard dog or any unfamiliar dog for that matter!
The feedback we have received from our visit has been overwhelmingly positive and we would like to extend our thanks to all involved. We are looking forward to getting the clinic back on the road again – so watch this space!