The LSPCA at Work
Once a week on a Tuesday, Vet Richard and his team go off to the community villages around Lilongwe to hold spay and vaccination days. Word goes out to the Chiefs the week before and then on clinic day the villagers bring their dogs and cats down to be spayed, vaccinated, or receive whatever veterinary care they need on the day. These villagers have neither access nor the money to take their animals for treatment so LSPCA clinics are their only way of helping their animals. The LSPCA also holds education days in the surrounding schools to teach schoolchildren about good animal welfare. - See photos below, click to enlarge!!
LSPCA Veterinarians Testify in Cruelty Case and Win! Read their full story.
Evidence provided by LSPCA veterinarians was enough for the courts to declare Universal Security Company guilty of cruelty to animals and they were ordered to pay a fine or risk a prison sentence of 12 months. The guard dogs recovered at the LSPCA, but their life stories do not end there. Four of the dogs have so far been adopted, beginning new chapters in their lives.
The LSPCA is the only animal welfare charity in Malawi. Their mission is:
• To improve the welfare of domestic and farm animals in Malawi;
• To support the enforcement of legislation by local authorities and to help improve existing legislation; and
• To provide veterinary care and support for local communities and for all rescue cases.
The LSPCA’s activities are:
Hold mobile outreach clinics that offer free vaccinations and basic veterinary support and care to rural communities of Malawi.
Conduct dog and cat spaying programs within Lilongwe to control the stray dog and cat populations within the City and surrounding villages.
Provide extensive vaccination programs within the City, through mobile outreach clinics to protect domestic animals from diseases such as canine distemper and to protect the human population from zoonotic diseases such as rabies.
Provide advice to communities about basic domestic and farm animal care.
Operate a shelter and quarantine facility, where rescues are held for 30 days before they can be re-homed.
Provide veterinary care for stray/street dogs and kittens abandoned within the City.
Help enforce the laws of Malawi by supporting Government in their attempt to stamp out the illegal selling of dogs and cats on the roadside.
Raise awareness of the activities of the LSPCA, most importantly the foster and adoption programs and the fact that it is illegal to buy, sell, and trade in dogs and cats along roadsides.
Provide a mechanism through which animals inhumanely treated are confiscated and re-homed through the LSPCA.
Assist the security industry to provide suitable care for their guard dogs.
Operate a non-profit vet clinic, open to the public, that will help support the LSPCA shelter and community activities.
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Long term goals of the LSPCA are:
Develop a second outreach team to work out of Blantyre, the country’s largest city.
Advocate for better policies regarding domestic and farm animal welfare at Government level, including those subjected to inhumane transportation and control/slaughter practices.
Please help AKI to help LSPCA turn these goals into reality!
AKI asked Dr. Richard what it’s like to be a dog in Lilongwe, Malawi:
Dogs have been implicated in some of the most infamous human rights violations in Malawi! One of the most recent high profile cases involves an expatriate’s dogs that were blamed for attacking house staff. And now, nationwide, dogs are getting a lot of flak for this.
For example, many dogs that are perceived to be aggressive have been either euthanized or abandoned. Because of this case, as well as the prevalence of rabies, the lack of a good appreciation of animal welfare, and the large number of strays in Lilongwe, a dog’s situation is extremely precarious. The City Assembly has traditionally controlled stray dogs through shooting, but since the inception of LSPCA they have restrained themselves from carrying out this ineffective approach to control the dog population in the City.
AKI asked Dr. Richard what it’s like to be a cat in Lilongwe, Malawi:
Cats are very neglected in Malawi and seem suspiciously few in Lilongwe! They are often kept to tackle the house rats’ problem. However they are so neglected to the extent that of all the pets that are presented for the annual rabies campaigns, you hardly see any cats brought to the clinics.
It is nonetheless clear that they are marketable produce and as a result have been violated greatly through the road side pet business. They have often been killed or diagnosed with spinal fractures from dangling them through the day!
Both cats and dogs are in a safer City with the presence of an active well-supported LSPCA.
Project Director and Vet- Dr. Richard Ssuna
LSPCA Veterinarian/ Vet Manager- Dr. Sophie Widdowson
Finance and Education Manager- Christopher Zambira
Projects Officer -Eric Mtembo
Finance and Administrative Officer- Kumbukani Mindiyera
Nichole Cooke- Vet nurse
Education Officer-Edson Chiweta
Public Relations Officer- Sophie Gomani
Administrative Assistant- Doreen Ndovi
Office Assistant - Hillary Phiri
Animal Caretaker-Phillip Sadrack
Driver- Kossam Kadamanja
LSPCA BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Zilanie Nyondo: Chairperson
Eveline Sibindi: Vice Chairperson
Rumbani Jere: Secretary
Bev Trataris: Fundraising
Donnamarie O’Connell: Senior Training and Projects Manager for the RSPCA International
Kari Scott: Local businesswoman
VittoMulua: Director of Health and Community Services at the City Assembly
Demster Chigwenembe: Commissioner of Police
Bernard Chimera: Director of Animal Health and Livestock Development