CTVT

During the launch of our mobile clinic in Thika, our vets carried out a check-up on every animal brought to them.

Unfortunately, they discovered a number of pets suffering from an infectious cancer called CTVT.

While CTVT is a common disease in dogs worldwide, it is much more prevalent in countries where dogs are allowed to roam and mate freely. The disease was eradicated in the UK in the twentieth century when the country introduced dog control laws.

What exactly is CTVT?

Canine transmissible venereal tumour (CTVT), or Stickers sarcoma, is a non-fatal, infectious cancer that affects dogs of any age or breed, but mostly affects mixed-breeds that are ‘intact’, ie, that have not been spayed or neutered.

It cannot be transferred to humans.

How is CTVT spread?

CTVT is spread by the transfer of living cancer cells usually during mating, but it can also be transferred by licking or sniffing between animals, ie through ‘skin to skin’ contact.

How can CTVT be treated?

If you suspect your dog has CTVT (through excessive licking of the genitals and the presence of cauliflower-like growths around the genitals or mouth) then take it to a vet who will be able to assess whether the tumours are malignant or premalignant. Chemotherapy and anti-cancer drugs are the best treatment, although in some very rare cases non-malignant tumours have disappeared of their own accord.

Domestic dogs can be infected if they come into contact with a dog that has CTVT.

How can you prevent CTVT in your pet?

The easiest way to prevent CTVT in your pet is by sterilising it. This will reduce the likelihood of your pet mating with an infected animal.

If you’d like more information please follow this link.

 

 

 

What a week it’s been at the TNR!

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, 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!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Okay supporters – we need you BIG TIME!

VOLUNTEERS needed urgently!

Fundraising (NO funds NO clinic!)

Five volunteers who are needed immediately :

You will be the DRIVER of our Trust’s success! We want super excited and committed people for this area. Attributes required:

  1. Super self driven/ able to work independently
  2. Have a min. of 8 hours per week available for the Trust throughout the period
  3. Can commit fully for at least one year (holidays are allowed :))
  4. Subscribes to  ‘commitment to time, promises made, deadlines and punctuality
  5. Team spirit and cooperation
  6. Highly skilled in talking with people, timely reporting and feedback
  7. Preferred (proven) experience/success in at least one of these fields: marketing, sales, communication, fundraising, event organising

Kindly fill the form TNR Trust Volunteer application form and send to admin@tnrtrust.org THIS WEEK. For more info, call Carla 0733739708.

Img 1EDUCATION for adults and children (rabies and dog bite prevention, animal welfare/husbandry)

Four volunteers needed to create and /or expand
the design of these programs

These programs are fun, informative and will be used at Mobile Clinic days, schools and adult forums.

The designs should be done within 2 weeks. Further improvements over time. We need a head of the group.

  1. Super self driven/ able to work independently
  2. Have a min. of 8 hours per week available for the Trust for the two weeks
  3. Can commit fully for at least six months ( holidays are allowed :))
  4. Subscribes to  ‘commitment to time, promises made, deadlines and punctuality
  5. Team spirit and cooperation
  6. Highly skilled in talking with people, timely reporting and feedback
  7. Preferred (proven) experience/success in at least one of these fields: education (teachers/life coaches), marketing, sales, communication, research
  8. We need one person who can make the displays – graphic Designer/Illustrator/Advertising person

Kindly fill the form TNR Trust Volunteer application form and send to admin@tnrtrust.org THIS WEEK. For more info, call Carla 0733739708.

Official Launch of the Mobile Clinic is here!

Over last weekend everyone at TNR has been working so hard  as we officially launch the TNR Trust’s mobile clinic on the 16th March and 17th March at the Garissa Road Primary School in Kiambu County.

Our mobile clinic is the first of its kind in Kenya – with an on-board surgery dedicated to sterilising and vaccinating dogs and cats and with your support, we can improve the health and welfare of your community and its animals.

Joseph M. Kamau, Kiambu County Executive of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries & Irrigation will be with our team of qualified vets and veterinary students, to explain and educate people about the prevention of rabies and dog bites, the health benefits of a controlled dog and cat population and practising good animal welfare.

Our education program targets adults and children from age six upwards.

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It’ll be a hugely busy couple of days because the TNR vets hope to vaccinate at least 600 animals from our on-board surgery, and in order to do that we need your donations.

It costs just 300 Khs to vaccinate each animal – so we are hoping 600 people will donate that amount to reach our target.

The more we raise – the more animals we can vaccinate to help prevent the spread of rabies.

 *DONATE HERE*

FACTS ABOUT RABIES AND THE ANIMAL POPULATION

  • In Kenya, 2000 people die of rabies every year
  • 40% of those killed are children under the age of 15
  • Rabies is easily prevented by vaccinating dogs and cats
  • One un-spayed female dog could produce up to 3000 offspring in 5 years (if no deaths)
  • One un-spayed female cat could produce up to 29000 offspring in 5 years (if no deaths)

It takes a village…

YES…. IT IS … SASHA!

The dog rescued in May last year.

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Sasha when she was first found in May 2018
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Sasha in August 2018
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Sasha now with her new family

At barely 14 kg and near death’s door, she was spotted by Azim and his mother in Kajiado tied on a tree. They heard she had eaten a chicken and the chicken owner had tied her up without food or water for many days so ‘she could die’. She had puppies during that time as they lay dead near her. She possibly ate some to stay alive. The worst case of abuse we have come across! She spend weeks in hospital and had numerous vet visits as she battled with her health. But here is the good news:  Sasha in her adoption home with her best mate Mada, who loves dressing Sasha up! Since December, Mada and her mother collected Sasha every weekend so she could get used to their home slowly and without trauma. Last month she went for good and has settled super well. And what is so amazing about dogs is that they never hold grudges. Sasha loves all people- maybe we as people can take something away from this?

At times, animal lovers are frustrated that TNR isn’t able to rescue all animals in distress. Here is why: picking up a dog is often the easiest part of a rescue/rehome case. It  takes a village of VOLUNTEERS  to get to a successful end: these are the people involved in Sasha’s rehabilitation: Amy dealing with the distress call and finding someone to collect the animal, Carla and Julie picking her up, Dr. Cockar, Dr Silvester and nursing team for saving her, Ameera and Whitney and husbands fostering many months, several volunteers socialising her, Eric walking her daily, David, Hanne and Jo for advertising and meeting with interested adopters, and adopters who are willing to take the time to get the dog used to a new home. Not to mention all the people who donated towards her bills. Unless many more people are willing to spend time and money, we can only rescue what we can handle!

An amazing Scandinavian meal!

A huge thank you and congratulations to everyone who was involved in our fabulous and unique Nordic Dinner on the 8th February, which raised almost 200,000 Ksh – funding the sterilisation of around 40 animals.

An awesome achievement!

Guests enjoyed traditional Scandinavian food – especially imported from Sweden and cooked brilliantly by Katerina Torsell and Ninna Birkenhoff, who brought their husbands and children along to help Elite Tents serve drinks and food throughout the evening.

After sampling Norwegian Aquavit with dinner, the party go-ers were encouraged to join in with a lively and traditional schnapps sing-a-long, led by Erik Torsell and aided by beautifully printed song sheets for those who were a little unsure of the words to some of the Swedish songs.

Thank you to Carol’s sister for donating the Prosecco and Simon Johnson for his wonderful bottles of Aalborg Christmas Aquavit bottles, which raised an incredible 25,000Khs at auction.

Alpha Fine Foods and Valley Vegetables generously donated the meat and vegetables for the evening and the sumptuous wine selection was provided by Baraka Wines who perfectly matched the wine for each dish at very short notice.

Thanks once again to all our volunteers and sponsors – who’s generosity helped make the evening such a success.

We are planning another event in May – details to follow – so keep your diaries free!

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