TNR Trust

WOULD YOU LIKE TO ADOPT ME?

WE STILL NEED A HOME!

We have some beautiful rescues who need loving homes.

Please email admin@tnrtrust.org if you are interested in adopting any one of our fantastic furry friends!

For detailed information on the dogs and TNR’s Terms and Conditions, got to: https://tnrtrust.org/dogs-for-adoption/

 

Happy Savanna

Havana (now called “Savanna”) was found at around 5-6 weeks old. She was shy but friendly. Thanks to her foster family, she blossomed into a playful pup.

Savanna is now in her new forever home, getting along fantastically with her human brother and sister. There are many benefits from having a pet in a child’s life. From fostering natural nurturing abilities to developing responsibilities, pets have a life long impact on a child’s development.

How can you help your kids get used to dogs?

Greeting - Kids and dogs

Involve them in training the family dog

You can always involve your children in the training of your dog. With the right instructor, this is a perfectly safe exercise and also helps to strengthen the bond between the child and the dog.

 

Volunteering with TNR Trust: Kennel-hands

Kennel Hand Volunteers are essential for TNR Trust to provide a safe and secure home for our dogs at our kennels in Nairobi. We are always looking for volunteers to support our trust and provide the help we need to give our animals the care they need.

As a volunteer, you will make a huge difference to the lives of the dogs that come into TNR Trust. It can often take time for dogs to settle in when they first come to us, and our volunteers play an essential role in helping our dogs adapt to their new environment.

It is an excellent opportunity to gain practical knowledge of animal behavior and training, and a chance to apply, learn and expand a wide range of skills.

More information on Kennel Hand Volunteering: click HERE for our flyer.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Cuteness overload: Tiggy’s pups are up for adoption

Little pups grow up, but the cuteness overload remains!

Check out Tiggy’s pups, who have grown so much in both physical and mental strength. These pups and their mum have been given a 2nd chance by TNR Trust – could you give them a forever home?

And of course: mum herself looks a lot better!

 

Tick Guide for Dogs (Part 2): tick-borne diseases

We have SO many tick-borne disease in Kenya and they can be fast and deadly: dead dogs in 24 hours, or the dog being just lethargic and not eating well for a couple of weeks before the owners are able to pick up what is causing this.

What is a tick?

The tick, a type of insect parasite, attaches itself to animal skin, feasting on the host’s blood. Infected ticks, however, can spread diseases to their host. A vet can diagnose a tick-borne disease in a dog based on blood analysis.

Through their saliva, ticks can carry bacteria and viruses which can also cause human diseases. When a tick takes a blood meal (after biting an animal) it attaches to one’s skin using a mouthpiece called a hypostoma. Once attached, there are alternating periods of sucking blood and salivation, with regurgitation occurring frequently. The periods of salivation allow the virus or bacteria to enter the body and infect the host.

Thousands of canine tick-borne diseases are diagnosed annually. Many more go undiagnosed and therefore untreated. Though many tick-borne diseases exist, some are considered more common than others.

Where do ticks live?

Ticks can be picked up in vegetative areas like forests and meadows. The inquisitive nature and low-lying stature of dogs compared to humans also makes them more susceptible to infestations and thus, potential infection. However, if dogs are bringing infected ticks home with them, the ticks can crawl off the canine and onto the owner, biting and infecting the human. Direct disease transmission between dogs and humans has not been found.

What are the most common canine tick-borne diseases?

1. Lyme Disease

Symptoms range from joint pain, lethargy, and lameness to decreased appetite and fever. Signs of infection can take months to appear. It is also worth noting that dogs do not get the tell-tale bulls-eye rash common in humans at the bite site of a tick carrying Lyme disease.

2. Ehrlichiosis

This tick-borne disease exists globally and is one of the most common. It is caused by the bite of an infected brown dog tick. Signs of the illness include fever, decreased appetite and weight loss, depression, runny nose or watery eyes, respiratory distress, frequent bloody noses, and enlarged lymph nodes or limbs. Symptoms can also be delayed from infection.

3. Babesiosis

Anemia is the most common sign of infection but also look for dark urine, fever, swollen lymph nodes and weakness. Babesiosis is found all around the globe.

How can you protect your dogs from ticks? 

By brushing dogs outside your property (like before you get back in the car at the forest or after hiking), you can dislodge ticks that have been picked up, but not yet attached to the dog. Brush your dog’s face, neck and legs. These are the main areas where ticks crawl to to find a place to attach.

Also talk to your vet about a tick/flea prophylactic treatment appropriate for your dog. We have a new range of treatments from spot-on topical oil types to collars, and chewable tablets to choose from, but look to your vet for guidance as not all may be appropriate for your dog. 

If you have cows in your neighborhood or passing through, be especially observant and vigilant as the cows harbor ticks that will drop off and you will soon find them on your dog!

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Has anyone seen Lucy?

REWARD IF FOUND!

Lucy came from near a food shop in Ridgeways and had been just dropped off at her new home when she escaped from the compound. The compound was on Lower Kabete Road (Nairobi), near Ngecha junction. The new adopters are a couple in their 80s and are still very worried about her.

She has been regularly sighted so we haven’t given up hope yet! We are still desperate to find her.

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Why should you consider adopting an older dog? – Dora’s Journey

It appears many people prefer adopting a puppy over an older dog on the belief that they will bond better with the puppy. Sure an older dog that has been in rescue will probably have a bit of baggage (who doesn’t!), but in most cases, their past will not inhibit their ability to develop an emotional bond with a human.

Dora’s Journey

TNR Trust took Dora in when she was still a puppy. Due to circumstance, she did not fit in well with her adoption family and ended up back at the TNR Trust kennels. She remained with us for about a year and her foster parents were actually quite okay with that.

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Dora upon arrival at TNR Trust

Dora took upon herself the role as a “service dog” at the kennels: she was very special in her endearing behaviour towards any newcomers who are often nervous or depressed on arrival. She would greet everyone in the morning when they went out in the yard – large and small, cats and dogs. 

She loved playing with all the dogs, but was just as happy playing by herself with a toy. In the house she was calm. She was a very gentle dog but an excellent guard dog too. 

There are numerous reasons why you should consider adopting an older dog

You might think: “more than 1 year already, isn’t she a bit old?” Let’s get one thing straight first: old dogs CAN learn new tricks! After showing behaviour such as jumping when excited, Dora re-learned some basic obedience behaviour from our volunteers. Together with the volunteers, she made good strides towards calming herself down.

Aside from this, there are more reasons why older dogs are often a better fit for a family:

  • They won’t chew your shoes and furniture like puppies
  • They are more independent
  • They are house-trained much faster (if they are not already house-trained)

For starters, be as predictable as possible. Older dogs that have come with “baggage” (neglected, abused, abandoned, …) might have had their trust in humans broken and it is up to you to rebuild this trust. Dora learned this through TNR Trust and its volunteers, all of whom believed in her 100%

And how is Dora doing now?

Dora was adopted by a fantastic couple with tons of rescue dog experience. Upon arrival, Dora trotted around the garden with such confidence and picked up a ball too. She quickly became friends with the other 2 dogs of the household. 

Dora walks really well with me and now knows all the dog’s en route. She throws the ball around the garden for herself. She has been in the car twice and was fine.  Eating well and puts herself to bed before me!!! I can’t thank TNR Trust enough!

– Dora’s new adoption family

GUARD DOGS Myth: “Chained dogs are better watch dogs than free-roaming dogs” – WRONG!

Guard Dog in Rural Kenya

Let’s be realistic and not expect our dogs to shield us from armed thieves. The primary use of a guard dog is to bark when strangers are around and alert you so you can take action.

Guard Dog in Rural Kenya

Guard Dog in Rural Kenya

MYTH

“Chained dogs are better watch dogs than free-roaming dogs”

TRUTH

First of all, it is ILLEGAL to keep a dog permanently chained or confined in a box.

A dog’s natural behaviour is to have periods of activity and rest throughout the day and night, just like humans do. A dog will sleep a certain amount of time and will then want to run and play, investigate the perimeters of his territory and mark his boundaries. If there are strangers, he sounds a warning by barking. He will also react to intruders who cross his marked boundaries, even if he is resting!

Just like people, dogs are mammals that feel a range of emotions, such as happiness, sadness, pain, fear and anger. They suffer when mistreated, sick or imprisoned.


RESULTS OF SUCH MYTHS

Myths like the above result in untold suffering of the dog and angry owners as the dog is seen as unwilling to ‘perform his job’. Often the results are:

1. Frustrated and unpredictable behaviour

  • A dog that is unable to mark territory will be scared and insecure.
  • A dog which has ‘rested’ all day will be hyperactive and unpredictable.

2. Depression and unhappiness because the dog:

  • Is lying in his own dirt.
  • Doesn’t know his pack (family) and is therefore unable to bond.
  • Lacks interaction and affection. He is lonely and bored.

3. Curtailed instincts and a lack of (or bad) training can result in a dangerous dog and can lead to:

  • Death or injury of a person or other animal
  • Death of the dog (euthanasia)
  • Getting a new dog and restarting the same cycle

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Have you found this useful? Do you know someone who can benefit from this information?

Please feel free to give them our free flyer – click  on GUARD DOGS: MYTH VS TRUTH

 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO ADOPT ME?

WE STILL NEED A HOME!

We have some beautiful rescues who need loving homes.

Please email admin@tnrtrust.org if you are interested in adopting any one of our fantastic furry friends!

For detailed information on the dogs and TNR’s Terms and Conditions, got to: https://tnrtrust.org/dogs-for-adoption/

ID YOUR PET DAY: the importance of tags, collars and microchips

1st of July is ID Your Pet Day, to spread awareness on the importance of it. Many pets go missing each year for various reasons: a gap in the enclosure, panicking from fireworks celebration or thunderstorm, running off during a walk, etc. Identification can make all the difference if your pet goes missing. Your dog should always have a collar with an ID tag that includes your name, current phone number, and any other important information (such as medical conditions).

Call "Valley Creations" for a custom made Pet ID Tag. 50 Ksh per tag goes to TNR Trust!

Call “Valley Creations” for a custom made Pet ID Tag. 50 Ksh per tag goes to TNR Trust!

Unfortunately, collars and ID tags are not foolproof and dogs and cats can still get lost. Collars can break or fall-off, leaving your beloved pet among the countless, unidentified lost strays. Many of these tragedies occur every day worldwide, but the fact is that it can easily be prevented with the use of microchips*. However, keep in mind that a microchip is only as good as the information you link it to. If it isn’t up to date, it won’t help get your pet home! If you’ve changed any of your contact information (phone, address, even email) make sure you update that information immediately. ID Your Pet Day is your yearly reminder to double check that all your pet’s identification information is correct!

What are microchips?

A microchip is an implantable computer chip that contains a unique identification number. This number is not much use on its own, and needs to be linked to your information in a regional database. In Kenya, that database is kept by the East African Kennel Club.

Microchips are no bigger than a grain of rice. They are placed under your pet’s skin with a needle and syringe, not much different from a routine vaccine.

Unlike collars and ID tags, a microchip can never break or fall off. They work by receiving a radio signal from a scanner and transmitting the encoded chip identification number back to the scanner. With the chip identification number in hand, the vital contact information is only a phone call away: +254 (0)718923732 (EAKC)

A microchip only carries its unique ID and can NOT be traced using GPS. They are a very reliable method of identification, but they ultimately depend on the information that you give. So remember to update your information and provide multiple emergency contacts in case your pet gets lost while you are out of town.

Dog and Cat microchip

 

Heaven forbid, but if your pet does go missing, take the following steps:

  1. Contact KSPCA to file a Lost Report.
  2. Post a detailed description of your pet and area where your pet was lost from (and last seen) on social media: Dog Lover s Nairobi/ East Africa Kennel Club
  3. Talk to people on the street in the area where your dog was last seen
  4. Be diligent. Stop by KSCPA as often as you can and walk through the kennels on your own to see if your pet was brought in. As the main shelter, KSPCA is often overwhelmed and bursting at the seams.
  5. By making sure your pet has a microchip, you are giving yourself and your pet the best chance of a speedy, happy reunion. Just ask Toffee! She and her owners learned the hard way what it meant not being micro-chipped…

Toffee vs Microchip: 0-1

Through the kindness of strangers, Toffee was kept from getting hit by a car and they notified TNR Trust to come and help catch the little rascal. After giving us a bit of a merry chase through the woods while trying to dodge ISK School traffic, we were able to catch her and bring her to the vet for a check-up. Toffee had a nasty looking wound that looked like an injury from barbed wire, but she was fine once it was healed up. She also received rabies and tetanus shots and was dewormed.

 As she did not have a microchip, collar or tag, we posted her on our Facebook page and other forums. The owners saw the poster and contacted us. They footed the full vet bill and were made aware that if Toffee would have had a microchip, they would have been reunited much quicker.

SO DON’T DELAY! Microchip your pet and register your details now on:  https://eastafricakennelclub.com/eakc-services/microchipping/

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