RECIPIENTS OF AKI'S 2018 AFRICA-BASED ANIMAL WELFARE GRANTS
We received 18 applications for Animal-Kind International's 1st ever Africa-Based Animal Welfare Organization Grant Program. Thanks to our AKI donors' kind and generous donations, we were able to support eight grants! They are described below. Scroll to the end to view our blog updates.
Very limited, and more often no animal welfare education and protection in Cameroon's rural communities has resulted in a snowballing number of free-roaming animals in general, and dogs in particular. With little or no food to eat, they survive by eating trash and food scraps. Rabies is the most immediate concern for humans and it is one among several common canine diseases. The street dogs produce countless puppies every year, all of which are vulnerable to diseases and suffering.
Given the alarming number of stray animals within the Chomba community and the concern to human health and the environment, OIPA will hold a campaign to spay/neuter, provide basic vet care, and vaccinate hundreds of both stray and owned animals in this rural community in the North West region of Cameroon. This is the first time a campaign like this will take place in Cameroon.
The grant from AKI will cover a three-day campaign:
Day 1 will kick-off the campaign with a community sensitization event to raise awareness of animal welfare, care, and protection. OIPA-Cameroon will hold community sensitization meetings with the quarter and village councils, schools, community and religious groups, and municipal authorities. During the community sensitization event, OIPA-Cameroon will invite community members to have their pets treated and vaccinated during Days 2 & 3 of the campaign. Education leaflets, flyers, and posters will be distributed to inform community members about the importance of the campaign.
During Days 2 & 3, vaccination and vet care clinics will be held. OIPA-Cameroon will engage two teams: a door-to-door team and a stationary team. The goal is to provide vet care and vaccinations to at least 40 owned dogs and cats and 20 street dogs during these 2 days.
The grant from AKI will cover purchase of rabies vaccines, tick & flea preventatives, de-worming meds, syringes and needles, vaccination certificates, transport for volunteers, reproduction of educational materials, and refreshments for the volunteers over the 3-day campaign.
This 3-day campaign is only the 1st of many more community vet clinics and rabies campaigns that are desperately needed in Cameroon and that OIPA-Cameroon hopes to provide.
SEE OIPA-CAMEROON PROGRESS REPORT BELOW.
[Pictures below: OIPA-Cameroon has purchased the meds for the clinics; they've received authorization to hold the rabies campaign and vet clinic; last 3 pictures are from a previous OIPA-Cameroon rabies campaign]
Save Animals-Democratic Republic of Congo
Save Animals-DRC's "most immediate issue we have is that dogs and cats are stolen, killed, and served as a dish in restaurants or elsewhere! This under the insensitive eyes of local authorities. Secondarily, because most dogs and cats aren't vaccinated, many people believe they carry diseases that can spread to people and so they believe there is nothing wrong with killing these animals. Save Animals has knocked on the doors of local companies and authorities, but so far no positive responses, no one is willing to donate to our cause. This is because animal welfare is a very new concept in the DRC, people with the means to donate are not willing to take the chance on us. So we must reach out to the international community of animal lovers and ask for help."
The AKI grant to Save Animals-DRC will contribute to their campaign, "Stop the consumption of dogs and cats in DRC." Save Animals will raise awareness, change peoples' minds, and provide vaccination services and in this way, they will begin to make
positive changes for the DRC's dogs and cats.
With AKI grant funds, Save Animals will:
Purchase rabies vaccine to vaccinate 30 cats and dogs (the cost of rabies vaccine is high, US$10/vaccine).
Hold press conferences for which they will invite three national television channels. The channels will broadcast the press conference for several days (depending on the cost SA negotiates). This will help Save Animals increase their visibility and the visibility of the campaign.
Save Animals is launching the campaign with a dog walk through Kinshasa on 27 October. The dog walk will bring together many dog owners with their dogs and other people who care about animals. They will walk through Kinshasa's streets, many with their dogs, to make their voices heard. Participants will wear t-shirts with the campaign message, "Stop the consumption of dogs and cats!" [Pictures below show SA planning meetings, where they discussed the dog walk through Kinshasa.]
Save Animals-DRC held the Kinshasa Dog Walk on October 27, pictures below.