End of Year Rabies Vaccination Campaign

Held at Getrudes Baptist Githogoro Westlands North on 1rd December, 2018

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How best could we have celebrated our 3rd Anniversary? Together with KESCAVA and the County Veterinary, we organized a Rabies Vaccination Campaign which was held at Getrudes Baptist located at Githogoro village in Westlands North. One beautiful thing about this campaign is that we didn’t wait for the locals to come to the ground. Though it was chilly, wet and drizzling early morning we moved out to different homes vaccinating cats, dogs and also bunnies.

It was very interesting to note how our three young ambassadors who took our volunteers to different homes collecting cats and bunnies to be vaccinated. This is not just interesting but exciting that Animal Welfare is not about the adults but also the young ones. By 3Pm, we had vaccinated 53 cats, 24 adult dogs, 20 puppies, and 5 bunnies, totalling to 102.

Deworming-small.jpgAs we celebrate our three years of existence, we have so far been able to rescue, rehome, spay/neuter and vaccinated 221 dogs and 45 cats to date.

This campaign would not be a success if we didn’t have a team of Veterinary Doctors who sacrificed their time and braved the weather and going round to vaccinate the dogs and cats.

Thank you Prof. Susan Mbugua, Dr. James Nyariki, Dr. Desmond Tutu and Dr. Fransica Ngatia.

We cannot forget our volunteers from the University of Nairobi Vet students, and our TNR Trust volunteers Priya, Carla, Asante sana. You are the best!

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Meet Erick!

As a boy growing up in Nyamira County, Erick Onsongo had ambitions of helping people by becoming a doctor – but he couldn’t ignore his love for animals that had grown from his time spent looking after sheep and cattle during his school holidays and at weekends.

If he was to become a vet, he realised he could help both. By teaching locals how to treat and look after animals properly, the animals would benefit – and the communities, with a greater understanding of animal behaviour, would be more tolerant of them.

After a chance meeting with Amy Rapp of the TNR Trust in 2016, whilst still training as a vet at the University of Nairobi, he knew he had found an organisation that embodied the principles he believed in, and he decided to dedicate his free time in helping the TNR Trust.

As his involvement with the organisation grew, he became more involved with the mobile clinic and along with Carla, Erick devised an education programme which the TNR could put in place to get the message out to communities on how vaccination would keep their animals healthy and sterilisation would prevent the over population of cats and dogs.

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Erick (right) “in action”

Erick is hugely excited about the official launch of the clinic in January 2019 – pending the issuance of our KVB (Kenya Vet Board Permit) – and is keen to visit the more rural parts of Nairobi – so that he can provide much needed medical care to animals who are suffering and advise locals on vaccinations and what to do in the event of a dog or a cat bite.

WORLD RABIES DAY: Educating the future of this country

TNR Trust Karura Education Children Event

Going with the theme for this year’s World Rabies Day that is “Share the Message, Save a Life.” on 21st September, 2018, TNR Trust in collaboration with Friends of Karura held a half day Kids Event at Karura Forest. The intention of the event was to sensitize school children of the age of 6 years to 14 years old children on the subject rabies. It should be noted 2,000 Kenyans die every year because of rabies

For the event to be more relevant and factual, we invited Fifth Year Veterinary students from the University of Nairobi who took through the children on that particular subject. And a lot of questions came out for the speaker to answer during Q&A time.

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It will be important to note some of the interesting questions the students had concerning rabies. The questions included:

  1. Can an infected dog that is pregnant, give birth to puppies that are infected with rabies?
  2. Where did this disease come from?
  3. If a dog has rabies, can it be treated and get healed?
  4. If a dog has rabies, can I kill?
  5. What causes rabies?
  6. How do we vaccinate dogs?
  7. If cats are also infected with

These and many other questions were asked by the students during the talk and our able tutor of the day Rashid Ocholla did a great job in using very simple language to make the students understand what is rabies, symptoms if bitten and how to prevent rabies infection and spread.

Being a children event, we had stuffed toys of dogs, stethoscopes and Dr’s coat, empty syringes and a digital weighing scale, where they imitated being Vet Doctors, with the help of the vet students, they were shown how to vaccinate a dog and where exactly. It was real fun for the students.

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With the sponsorship from Swedish Society, we had prepared colouring booklets with drawings showing how to take care and treat our dogs and crayons for the students, which we gave them to colour and take home.

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Being an education event, Swahili Rabies posters were given to all the students and their teachers to take home to their parents and neighbours. The teachers and the students were very happy for learning much about rabies and how it can be prevented.

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.

 

Rabies Prevention: what to do in case of a dog bite?

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.

Today we look at what you should do if a rabid or unknown animal has bitten you:

  1. Make the bite / wound bleed as much as possible, then wash with clean water and soap or disinfectant. This reduces the chance of rabies substantially. THIS IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR IMMEDIATE TREATMENT BY A DOCTOR INCLUDING POST EXPOSURE RABIES VACCINATIONS!
  2. You should go and see your doctor IMMEDIATELY!
  3. DO NOT WAIT: once you are infected the disease is always fatal if not treated immediately, or once symptoms appear!

For more information, see our flyer at the following link: TNR Rabies Prevention Flyer

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TNR Volunteer: KARANJA

We are so lucky to have dedicated volunteers who help socializing and healing our fosters. We asked several of them what motivates them.

Karanja, a university graduate, is up first:

Why do you volunteer with foster dogs?

Karanja: “I have always loved dogs. As I was inbetween jobs I didn’t want to be idle and giving my time to the fosters seemed a worthwhile pastime.” 

What do you “take home” from volunteering?

Karanja: “Patience. I used to give up easily if something didn’t work immediately. Malaika  (the white dog) who was very scared after a bad accident and amputation took 3 months before we could put a collar on. Sitting beside her and slowly gaining her trust taught this patience. It makes a difference in my interaction with people now too.”

What difference does your volunteering make to the dogs?

Karanja: “Wow! Where do I start, I can answer this question by using Malaika, one of my favorites.  When I came in the first day there was a sign on Malaika’s kennel which said: “she bites, don’t touch, no eye contact”. After learning how to get her socialised, it became clear that she has a beautiful personality. I mean, she has come from far: from not touching her to touching her nose only, to legs to petting her all over. I feel proud to have played a part in this major achievement. 

My volunteering I believe, makes a big difference to the dogs, because I’ve seen most of them make huge strides to being happy and adoptable. The training and well programmed instructions we follow has also been one of the other contributing factors to the success.

And what difference does your volunteering make to you?

As I learn and understand much about their behaviours, I get to understand myself even better and this makes me a better volunteer to the doggies every day.

How do you become a TNR Trust Volunteer?

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, there are multiple areas at TNR Trust where we depend on the help of volunteers, which you can find HERE. Become a volunteer and make a difference! 

Sasha: Before, during and now! A brave and gentle lady up for adoption

Sasha had been tied up with a very short leash to a tree. She had been left for days without food or water and her owner was not interested in her well-being. She was just an inch away from Death’s Door.

After a few weeks, Sasha went to a lovely foster family TNR Trust was able to find for her. We ensured she had access to a good shelter and environment so that she could get an immune system boost from being in the sun, sniffing around in the garden and doing some gently walks with a family that already had experience owning dogs. Sasha had to go through a lot of physical but also mental healing. 

 

The above shows the incredible road to recovery this strong but gentle lady had to walk. Malnourishment, ticks, fleas and neglect did not stop her from becoming a fantastic dog.

Below are some of the great character traits which make her a perfect candidate for being your new dog:

  • Born January 2017
  • Very calm and loves attention.
  • She is looking for a forever, loving and permanent home.
  • She would be much more confident and play more in a family that has a dog.
  • She is good with cats and approved for family with 8 Years & older children.

 

Interested? Please email admin@tnrtrust.org to adopt the wonderful Sasha!

REFERENCES:

TNR Trust Emergency: When we found Sasha

Sasha: back from the brink of death