“Community Health through Animal Welfare’’
To enhance community health through a 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 estimates that through our spay-neuter programme, we have facilitated the prevention of an estimated 100,000 dogs from being born over the next 5 years.
To achieve our goals faster, we now have a mobile animal clinic (funded by a very generous donor) and have on the team a full-time vet, Dr. Desmond Tutu. Together with veterinary students and the support of county officials, we are educating communities on the personal benefits of controlled, healthy dog and cat populations. We give free rabies vaccinations and offer and encourage sterilization of animals at no cost.
THE RISK OF RABIES
Some 2000 people die of rabies in Kenya every 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 issue 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 in Nairobi, whether owned or stray, is presently unknown. However, statistics show that a cat and its offspring can produce 30,000 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 and worms. Increased populations put considerable strain on resources and the animals suffer through hunger, disease and abuse.
Of the 2000 people who die of rabies in Kenya every year, the majority are children. Our education program focuses on the 6 – 12 year age group, and teaches not only the basics of staying safe around dogs and cats, so has to avoid getting bitten or scratched, but also what to do if one is bitten. In addition we introduce the idea of spay/neuter, as a humane method of reducing the dog population, and the fundamentals of animal care.