“Community Health through Animal Welfare’’
To enhance community health through manageable healthy pet population by means of neutering and rabies campaigns, community education and enforced legal frameworks.
COMMUNITY HEALTH …
We believe that our community consists of not only people but also flora and fauna, and that all are dependent on each other. We have chosen to address the dog and cat population explosion, which brings suffering and disease to both animals and people.
By creating a healthy, small population of such animals, community health can improve dramatically.
… THROUGH ANIMAL WELFARE
TNR TRUST has facilitated the prevention of an estimated 100,000 dogs from being born over the coming 5 years. The dogs and cats have been returned to their owners and, where needed, we have rehomed them to households who support adopting sterilized animals. Some 80 animals have been vaccinated against rabies.
To achieve our goal faster, we intend to purchase a mobile animal clinic. In collaboration with qualified vets, veterinary students and the county, we aim to educate communities on the personal benefits of controlled, healthy dog and cat populations. We then encourage them to bring their animals for sterilization and rabies vaccinations.
THE RISK OF RABIES
Some 2000 people die of rabies very year. It is mainly caused through bites from dogs that carry the disease. The number of animals who die from this disease are unknown. Once contracted, it is rare to survive. Yet it is an entirely avoidable disease, as vaccinated animals will be immune to it. We are addressing this through vaccinations of dogs and cats –either owned by low-income households or stray animals.
OVERPOPULATION OF CATS AND DOGS
The number of dogs and cats living in Nairobi is unknown- whether owned or stray. However, statistics show that a cat and its off spring can produce 20,000 cats in 5 years, if none die during that time! Dogs can produce 2,900 offspring in the same time. Everyone is exposed to exponentially increased health risks: rabies, dog bites by hungry animals, worms. Increased populations put considerable strain on resources and the animals suffer more through hunger, disease and abuse to name a few.