At the end of last year three animal loving schoolchildren chose to support the TNR Trust by donating the proceeds of the home-made cards during the Zen Kids Business Fair held at Zen Gardens (Read their Business Plan)
Keiya (10), and Sitara (8) Sumaria and Ayana (11) Karena – enlisted the help of some friends and sold cards in aid of the TNR, whilst chanting ‘We love Dogs!’ around the grounds.
Their hard work and persistence not only helped raise the profile of the charity at the fair – they also raised a whopping 47,000 KES in the process!
We’d like to say a huge thank you to the girls and the boys “pushing” the sales!
The money will all go towards funding our new Mobile Clinic and our dog and cat vaccination and sterilisation programme.
We had our preliminary KVB (Kenya Vet Board) inspection of our Mobile Clinic. They were most encouraging and very impressed with our clinic. We have also received a grant to cover the vets salary for a year, so it’s really, really the home stretch!
We still have some items to cover, some are required by the vet board and some are things left to fund.
What we still need
Permit fees 60,000 ksh (required)
Branding of Mobile Clinic with our logo
Laptop, printer and power bar
3 tents, (1 with mesh sides)
Padded canvas covers for protecting our solar panels
LP Gas autoclave, gas canisters, and ring
Ramp to be build for the entrance for carrying sedated animals
Rubber mats for ramp and exam tables
Tables and chairs for paperwork for admitting animals, paperwork
Basins / stands for pre washing surgical drapes and hand washing
Ongoing printing of vaccination cards
First Aid kit for humans, required triangles and fire extinguisher
Monetary donations or donations in kinds are also very welcome!
Clients from Amy Rapp (the TNR “Captain”) manage a foundation that runs Ewaso Primary School in Loisaba (situation in Isiolo North Constituency, Ol Donyiro)
TNR Trust gave them colouring books and crayons to distribute at the school. Loisaba is far away from vet (about a 2-hour drive by car on bad roads) so many have no access to a vet and therefore don’t vaccinate any animals, including cats and dogs.
By means of this book we are trying to strengthen 1 of our pillars, namely “Community Education”. Children are the future of the world and, by giving them a playful way to learn about dogs and the care of dogs, we hope to educate and entertain these future leaders.
The teachers were instructed by the foundation managers, who are experienced dog owners and are familiar with how to take care of them. The head teacher and deputy did a Question/Answer session about what the colouring book was about, and the children thoroughly enjoyed reading and colouring the booklets.
Thank you for giving us enough for all the students! They don’t get much time to enjoy class like this. Even the older kids had Fun!
Timmy (yes, a girl!) and her 4 puppies were found a construction site. As the pups got more and more mobile and started running around, the person feeding Timmy contacted TNR Trust and we decided to take them away from there for their own safety.
The puppies grew quickly once they were weaned and enthusiastically sinking their teeth into delicious dog food. But getting a mother and pups in is not an easy feat for TNR Trust. Just to give you an idea, the following is what TNR and its volunteers (who don’t get paid!) need to do:
Go on site and convince the owner of the dog (if any) to give TNR Trust the dogs
Trap all dogs
Transport all dogs to a vet for check-up
Pay vet bills for all 5 dogs (mum+4 pups) full health check, vaccination, deworming, medication/operation/boarding (if necessary)
Find a foster home for all dogs
Ensure the foster family where the dogs are staying have enough food/drink bowls, towels, food, etc
Buy and deliver puppy food and food for the mother
Requesting the public to donate towards the vet and food bills
Do some basic obedience training, socializing and playing with dogs
Create, print and put up posters of the dogs to try and find adopters
Answering calls from people who are interested in adopting
Meeting these potential adopters at the foster home and explaining TNR Trust terms and conditions
Doing all the paperwork for adoption and filing
Follow up: do a house visit to make sure the dog is settled in well in their new homes
Follow up: requesting the spay/neuter certificate from the new adopter
Gathering all information and images of the dogs and create stories for social media (yours truly typing here :-))
And during the whole process, our database needs to get updated to make sure we have everything on file.
Not kidding. ALL OF THE ABOVE is done by Volunteers who willingly give their time, effort and transport (in case of driving around) to TNR Trust. These volunteers keep on oiling, improving, and maintaining the process. If you are interested in becoming a volunteers, foster family, sponsor or giving a donation, please go tohttps://tnrtrust.org/get-involved/
TNR Trust aims for Community Health through Animal Welfare, and we work towards this goal 1 dog (or cat) at a time. This is all possible by donations from the public as we do not receive government funding.
And the dogs? Through all the hard work, we were able to find them new homes:
After a TNR Trustee meeting this week, it became clear that TNR Trust has no funds left for community health: trap, neuter and release work and rabies vaccinations, let alone rescues. . All TNR foster families spots are filled up, and all these animals also need food, vaccinations and (if necessary) medication.
We have been trying to stretch our funds over the necessary expenditure, but we are at our wits’ end.
The above news arrived at our doorstep today, an hour after we received this report:
Abused and Neglected: villager was waiting for stray dog to die
A female dog had been spotted at death’s doorstep. She had been tied up to a tree FOR DAYS without food or water, with her dead puppies around her. The person who had contacted us (Mr. A.) was able to track down the owner, who had no interest in the dog or its wellbeing. And even though Mr A. only an 18-year-old boy, he decided he could not just sit by and let this inhumane practice continue.
Mr A. is luckily a very experienced dog person and has taken the dog in. He gave her a little bit of food and water and a much needed shelter. He has asked TNR Trust for our help, and we are really don’t want to turn this poor lady away.
Will you give this neglected girl and other future rescues a second chance?
WE NEED YOUR HELP!! Anyone who wants us to continue can help by organizing a fundraiser. Whether it is at your work or at your gym, a bake sale or shaving your hair. No matter how crazy and no matter what the amount is which you are able to raise, we at TNR Trust would be ever so grateful for your contribution.
An example of how you can help: a family that wanted to support TNR Trust had booked a table at the car boot sale at ISK (International School of Kenya) and put their profits into our paybill, helping us meet our daily bills!
TNR Trust does not receive any government funding and we are 100% volunteer-based. We strive to better Community Health by ensuring healthy small populations of cats and dogs through sterilization and vaccination. The only way we can keep on continuing to our programs is by your donations. Each of you have the power to help this girl and any future dogs/cats in need.
Meanwhile you can do this work yourself in your compound or area: trap a cat or dog, have it sterilized and vaccinated and put it back if in good health. Do a small harambee (fundraiser) to cover the costs. One animal at a time prevents thousands of births in future. See our website for more info or contact our office.
Remember Lucky the lucky dog? (Click HERE for Lucky’s background story) This little guy was found abandoned in Karura Forest last year and found his furever home with a happy new owner.
TNR Volunteers went to pay these cool dudes a house visit to make sure Lucky was settling in all right. Nelson was full of praise of Lucky and Lucky? Well, just check out the happy-looking dog on the picture!
Some of our volunteers do house visits after an animal gets adopted through TNR Trust. We perform this extra service a few weeks after the adoption to make sure that the animal and his/her new family are compatible and that the animal has settled in well.
In the meantime, Lucky even got his portrait taken by the talented artist Leo Mativo. If you would like to get a portrait of your pet(s) and support TNR Trust at the same time, please send us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org !
On the 17th of March 2018, TNR Trust posted an appeal to the public to help Robert and his animals. (for the full story, click HERE). We needed donations for 3 cat spays, 1 puppy spay (when old enough), follow-ups and vet visits for 2 dogs and rabies vaccinations. Because, as our motto says, Community Welfare can be established through Animal Health.
With the donations that came in, we were able to make the following happen:
2 cats were successfully spayed and returned home
Vet visit for full check-up and rabies vaccination for Tuktuk (dog)
Vet visit for spay, full check-up and rabies vaccination for Risky (dog)
1 of the female cats turned out to be pregnant again, so once she gives birth and the kittens are weaned, she will go to the vet for spaying as well.
The dogs Tuktuk and Risky were very well behaved, although they were a bit scared and didn’t really enjoy the car ride! Risky loves Robert’s daughter and follows her everywhere, so it was great that this lovely little lady was able to come to the vet with us.
Both owners and dogs were happy to be reunited after the vet “ordeal”. And we are 1 step closer to creating a healthy pet population. See below for pictures taken by 1 of the TNR Volunteers who helped facilitate this project.
Therefore, to everyone who had donated, we would like to say: