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Animal Kind International Partner Organization: Lilongwe Society for the Protection & Care of Animals (LSPCA)

The LSPCA’s mission is to:

• Improve the welfare of domestic and farm animals in Malawi;
• Support the enforcement of legislation by local authorities and to help improve existing legislation;   and
• Provide veterinary care and support for local communities and for all rescue cases.

The LSPCA maintains a shelter; they provide humane education to school children and adults; they work with the police to stop illegal activities involving animals, such as selling puppies on the streets; and they are very active in communities, especially in poor areas, providing vet care and spay/neuter. AKI is proud to call the LSPCA a partner organization!

The LSPCA at Work

Once a week, LSPCA Vet and Project Director, Dr. Ssuna Richard, and his team head off to villages around Lilongwe to hold spay/neuter clinics and vaccination days. Word goes out to the Chiefs the week before and then on clinic day the villagers bring their dogs and cats to be spayed, vaccinated, or to receive whatever veterinary care they need. 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 of community clinics and click to enlarge.







Dr. Ssuna Richard came to Lilongwe SPCA from Uganda, where he worked as a vet for Uganda SPCA, worked in private vet practice, and worked with the chimps at Ngamba Chimp Island.


Now Dr. Richard is Project Director and Vet at the LSPCA’s animal shelter, and works in Lilongwe’s surrounding communities to improve the care of all animals. In these pictures, Dr. Richard is spaying a dog at a community clinic, while children watch in amazement.

community work

Donate to the LSPCA

Your donations to AKI will help support LSPCA’s activities: click here to donate now. Remember to designate your Paypal AKI donation for the LSPCA or send a check or money order to POB 300, Jemez Springs, NM 87025 USA with a note designating the LSPCA for your donation. AKI will send 100% of your donation to the LSPCA. (To see what AKI support to LSPCA has already achieved, go to the photo gallery):



(photos above) LSPCA bought the water tank and constructed the tower with AKI donations: now dogs and cats at the LSPCA shelter are guaranteed a plentiful water supply.)

LSPCA's activities include:

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 animal care, including farm animals.

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.

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. The dogs have been adopted, beginning new chapters in their lives.




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! A recent high profile case involved 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.


Read about three March 2011 workshops held by the Lilongwe SPCA for the Malawi Police Service on the Protection of Animals Act (Cap 66:01, 1970) and the welfare and management of dogs used by security firms in Lilongwe. click to read here.

LSPCA has improved the lives of so many animals. Some of their stories are below, and others are in the LSPCA photo album [click here], where you can read about how your donations to AKI have helped LSPCA grow into the voice for animals in Malawi. Click on a photo for a larger view.


The two dogs above had been on a chain, never let loose for three years. The LSPCA gained custody of them, and they are now roaming free in their new forever home.


Above, Rodney (gold dog with new friend) and Wrinkles were rescued from a house where they were chained up night and day in the hot sun with no water. Food, when given, was just thrown in their general area, sometimes out of their reach, taunting them. A neighbor reported the situation to the LSPCA, and with the help of the local police the LSPCA gained access and confiscated the dogs. Click here for more information.


Bruno (above) Bruno came to the attention of the LSPCA when they received a frantic email from her ex-owner Dave, who is now overseas, asking for advice on how to rescue the dog. click here to read more.


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