Pinky and Violet – Flat living

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Pinky and Violet

Violet lives in a flat. She considered this before adopting Pinky :

1. Does the landlord allow pets in the flat?
2. How do my neighbours feel about dogs?
3. Is it safe for my dog to freely walk in a shared compound?

At times, we get interested adopters who upon checking with the landlord about acceptance of pets that he has changed his mind. We encourage everyone to consider all scenarios and engage all parties who can thwart your dream of having a pet before getting one. It will avoid a lot of heartache!

Violet is delighted with Pinky.

As soon as Pinky is sterilised she will go to her new home.

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I have been adopted! Joey

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Joey is our first adoption in 2019! Last pup of a litter of nine from our rescued momma Tiggy he went to a five star home recently. He is a great match for this home as he has to fit in with different people and dogs. He likes everybody,  just like his mother.

We have five long-stay fosters remaining.  They are all ready for their own home. Watch our updated album. All they need is people with some patience and understanding. …. They are waiting for you to call !

Foster Carer Wilmina Retires

Many foster dogs and cats – small and large – have recovered their health through Wilmina’s dedicated cooking and care.
For three years she has cooked tons of food for probably several hundred dogs and some cats in our foster care. She fed, medicated and nurtured tiny sick pups and traumatised adult animals. Pebbles, Malaika, Piper, Lady, Fanta, Stripe, Snoopy are just some of them.
Now she retires from this and housekeeping.
She would love to start a food kiosk as she likes cooking and used to do it for years before dogs became her “customers”.
If anyone has some small tables and chairs or benches they don’t use and would like to donate for her kiosk she would be so happy. A jiko or a gas oven in working condition would have her bake too!
Kindly contact our office if you wish to support this. Meanwhile A BIG THANK YOU TO WILMINA. We will miss you.

Five reasons why

Five reasons why Kenya needs a good dog and cat control programme:

  • How good would it be if Kenya was a rabies free zone? You can help by getting your pet vaccinated against the disease.
  • It’s sad to see stray, unwanted dogs and cats in poor health. By sterilising your pet – you’re making sure you don’t add to the number of unloved animals roaming Kenya’s streets.
  • Stray animals don’t mix with Kenya’s unique wildlife or vital livestock. Sterilising your pet will reduce the number of dogs and cats becoming a nuisance.
  • By adopting stray animals that can be rehomed, you’re preventing them being put to sleep unnecessarily.
  • A low cost or free animal vaccination and sterilisation programme helps protect everyone in the community and goes a step closer towards ensuring that people and pets in Kenya are safe and healthy.

Shared compound? Before getting a pet ask your landlord and neighbours first

Jack and Ema became the proud owners of Mohawk and Mischief.
They live in a shared compound and both work.
These two  questions are always part of our first chat with potential adopters :
1.Have you asked your neighbours how they feel about having pets- especially dogs in the compound ?
2. Does your landlord allow pets and if so, is it likely that will stay that way in future?
Though we fully appreciate your excitement about having a pet soon, this excitement could turn into grief if one doesn’t do the home work thoroughly.
So it is best to consider these points before you get a pet :
  1. Many people dislike or are afraid of dogs. Find out from your neighbours how they feel about you getting a pet. Ask them what you can do to avoid any upsets.
  2. Ensure your dog doesn’t mess their area and if he does clean it up.
  3. Build a proper size kennel and run so your dog can be enclosed when needed. This ensures his safety and that of neighbours.
  4. Train your dog daily and go for classes if you don’t know how to. The more training you do the better behaved dog you will have. Most people don’t appreciate dirty paws on office clothes.
  5. Listen to your neighbours complaints and resolve them amicably. A pet’s behaviour is the owners responsibility. Neighbours can do distressing things to animals when they feel they aren’t heard!
  6. Leaving dogs alone for long periods can result in barking due to boredom and distress. Hours of barking dogs are NOT  acceptable in any situation. Be prepared to adjust your lifestyle, and if you aren’t then a cat could be a solution.
  7. Ask your landlord to put it in writing pets are allowed. Check if they object to large size dogs.
  8. Ask yourself the question: if I was forced to move would I make sure I can take my pet to the next place?  If not, it is perhaps  better not to take a pet unless you have a backup plan.
Ema and Jack did the home work before adopting. Thank you and
happy life Mohawk and Mischief!

Rabies: Zero Deaths by 2030 Vision

Rabies is a viral disease that affects mammals and can lead to paralysis and death. The Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (Kiambu County) is one of the many organization who is offering their services.

The department hopes to mark the world rabies day on Saturday 29th September 2018 at Kanjeru stadium (Gitaru) Kabete sub-county. With this year’s theme being ‘ ZERO DEATHS BY 2030‘, the department’s main activities of the day will include; Free vaccination of dogs and cats against rabies, free deworming, free neutering of dogs and a sensitization session on the need to control the fatal disease.

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Rabies - 2030 Vision

RABIES: How do I prevent it?

In light of World Rabies Day on 28 September, we will dedicate this week’s post to Rabies: The facts, the figures, how to prevent it and our goals.

  1. Make sure your pets are vaccinated annually by a registered vet or DVO. Vaccines through a DVO are cheap, costing about Ksh 100.
  2. Do not touch unknown dogs and wildlife.
  3. Educate your community.
  4. “Do it yourself”: Facilitate/sponsor vaccinations of street dogs and pets of low income people in your community.
  5. Facilitate/sponsor sterilization of pets to reduce the spread of rabies in neglected pet populations.
  6. Contact TNR Trust for vets who participate in our community programme or contact a vet in your area through the Kenya Veterinary Board.
  7. Sponsor rabies vaccination campaigns by KSPCA, TNR Trust and other such institutions.
  8. TNR Trust’s mission is to help eradicate rabies in Kenya using a mobile clinic to
    reach communities. Be part of driving this clinic – help us eradicate rabies and keep
    Kenyan communities safe! Donate towards our mobile clinic – materials or cash – so we can reach many.

For more information on TNR Trust and Rabies Prevention, check out our flyer HERE.