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Animal Kind International Partner Organization: Walvis Bay SPCA

Walvis Bay SPCA sent Erika these and pictures (below) (May 2012): Some of the lucky dogs and cats who have found shelter at the Walvis Bay SPCA, one of the rural Namibia SPCAs that AKI supports.

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"We at Walvis Bay SPCA have 26 dog kennels, but only 5 big kennels. unfortunately our small kennels are built on top of each other which is not practical at all.then we have 30 cat kennels also on top of each other inside a building.

We have always got between 30 and 40 dogs in our spca and most of the time 2 or more per cage if they are small. we only have 12 members and they are all family or close friends. We have 4 permanent staff and recently employed a new helper, who now shares a salary with another helper.  we can’t afford to pay someone extra. 

We do not have a car so everybody uses their own cars to pick up the animals and for inspections.

Our expenses per month which are for salaries, alarm, water and electricity, vet, animal food, cleaning, and telephone is always between 18 000 and 22 000 per month (US$1 = 8.65 Namibian dollars) of which the vet account is between 6000 to 8000 if we are lucky (three months ago vet expenses were over 10 000.) our income per month, if we have a good month, we might make 15 000 and most of the time we have to contribute personally to pay all our accounts.

Most animals come by us from kuisebmund and narraville.  Our municipality picks up the animals there and loads them off to us. We have the pound on our premises and look after all those animals as well. i think we are the only spca that is looking after the pound as well. We get paid 25.30 per dog for three days and after that nothing. This was our own decision because you see the municipality before fetched the animals and only kept them for 3 days and that was the end of their lives, and we could not allow that to happen..that is actually why we have no pedigree dogs, ours are all African breeds and it is a struggle to educate people that they are actually the most loving and grateful animals.

We have opened up bigger space behind the spca and eventually got the ground filled up to build bigger more practical cages, but this is going very slow because of funds.

On a good note we love our work and even if we can only save one animal we are happy.
To all the helpers a big thanks, Regards Edith, SPCA Walvis Bay

Walvis Bay sent Erika this email update in May 2012: 

Dear Erika
Hope you are doing well. we at the spca are also fine, but totally overstocked. i took a quick count this morning we have no space for a rat at the moment , our dogs where at 56 this morning just too many looking for a home – and the expenses are also skyhigh, but we are still keeping our head above water – only just-in large part thanks to you and aki.


You see we work together with the municipality and their pound – they don t look after the animals at all, they just drop of the dogs and we take care of them. We actually decided right at the beginning to look after those animals as well, not complaining at all we still love our job – just the idea that we can make a difference makes us happy.

Jessie – the lady dog that was found next to the body of the her owner at longbeach is also back with us. we got a nice home for her by an elderly couple ,but unfortunately she is still too traumatised and they brought her back. If there is an elderly lonely lady out there that is looking for a faithfull friend to keep her company please think of jessie. She is a genuine african breed – about 6 years old – very loyal (she guarded her owner for a few days before the lady was actually found and she did not let the police in,they had to call us and riette went to fetch her, and she had to go to the doctor because this loyal dog decided to bite her first before leaving her owners side. Now that i call loyalty.)

Of course i want to thank everybody that supports us without you we would not even be here. Hope you have a great day and thanks, some pictures added, I would also like to thank you for your donations in the past – really appriciated.
have a great day
Greetings Edith
SPCA Walvis Bay

Edith from Walvis Bay SPCA sent a message and pictures of their 2011 spay campaign below. With help from AKI donors, during the 10 day campaign, Walvis Bay SPCA spayed 70 animals.  Dr. Bernard Chiomwe, temporary vet from Windhoek SPCA did the surgeries.  Sadly, the Windhoek SPCA's budget couldn't cover Bernard's salary, and they had to let him go.  AKI continues to try to raise funds to cover rural spay/neuter campaigns in Namibia. 

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A DAY AT THE WALVIS BAY SPCA

THIS ANIMAL WAS REMOVED FROM NARRAVILLE MERMAID STREET NO 94 TODAY. PLEASE TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT THE PHOTOS, IT IS FOR THIS REASON THAT WE ARE ALWAYS IN NEED OF FUNDS,BECAUSE A DOG IN THIS STATE NEEDS IMMIDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION!!! PLEASE LET ALL ANIMAL LOVERS KNOW THAT WE NEED SUPPORT TO HELP US HANDLE CASES LIKE THIS.
REGARDS
SPCA WALVIS BAY
EDITH ALCHIN
0812555611

On 14 October 2010, we received this [excerpted] email message from the Walvis Bay SPCA:

GOOD DAY ERIKA
WE HAVE BEEN VERY BUSY HERE IN WALVISBAY. I WANTED TO ANSWER YOU A LONG TIME AGO.FIRSTLY THANKS FOR THE LAST DONATION AND THE NS690 NOW, IT S LIKE MANNA FROM HEAVEN AND GREATLY APPRICIATED.
AT THE MOMENT I AM BUSY TRYING TO GET 300 PEOPLE TO DONATE NS50 00 ON A PERMANENT MONTHLY BASIS, WHICH WOULD COVER OUR NORMAL RUNNING COSTS WHICH IS WAGES,WATER AND LIGHTS,FOOD AND VET. I ACTUALLY ONLY HAVE 10 PEOPLE ON MY LIST (AND ALL ARE FAMILY OR FRIENDS)

OTHERWISE WE ARE STILL HANGING IN HERE, WE HAVE FROM ANIMAL CRUELTY, NECLECT. DOG FIGHTING (where we had to call the police in) AND WITCHDOCTORS USING DOGS FOR THEIR MEDICINE. FOR THE SAKE OF THE ANIMALS WE' LL JUST CARRY ON.  WELL ALL IN A DAY' S WORK OF THE SPCA.
HAVE A WONDERFULL DAY AND ALL YOUR HELP IS APPRICIATED.
REGARDS EDITH

On 29 October 2010, we received this cry for help from Edith at the Walvis Bay SPCA:

PLEASE SEND TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE.
THANKS EDITH

SUSPECTED DOGFIGHTING
THIS IS NOT OVERSEAS THIS IS IN WALVIS BAY!!!!
PLEASE SUPPORT THE SPCA WALVIS BAY
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS DESPERATELY NEEDED!!!

HI ERIKA
WE ARE ONLY 3 PEOPLE WORKING HERE. THE GOOD NEWS IS AFTER WATCHING THESE PEOPLE SINCE JANUARY WE EVENTUALLY CAUGHT THEM. WE INVADED THEM ON TUESDAY AND YESTERDAY WITH A WHOLE ARMY OF POLICE. REMOVED THE THREE DOGS AND MADE A CASE. THE OWNER WANTED TO SEE HIS DOGS YESTERDAY AFTERNOON BUT WE REFUSED, WE EVEN HAD SECURITY IN FRONT OF SPCA LAST NIGHT. WE KNOW THEY PLANNED A FIGHT FOR THE WEEKEND AND HE WANTS HIS DOG OUT.
HAVE A NICE WEEKEND
EDITH

And on 16 November 2010, Erika sent us this update

The story about the dog fighting in W/Bay was in all newspapers here in Namibia and the court case is now on. I don't know whether the guy will get punished, I just hope they don't give the dogs back to him. Mrs. Alchin said they will do everything in their power to make sure he does not get those dogs back.  They are safe at the W/Bay SPCA for now. (View one of the pitbulls rescued in the upper right of this page.)

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