AKI Partner Organizations in Namibia-Have A Heart
AKI's Partnership with Have a Heart - Namibia
For several years, working closely with Geesche, HAH Coordinator, we sponsored spayathons in Luderitz, Aus, and Bethanie. Have-A-Heart's spayathon program is a Namibia-wide effort to decrease the population of unwanted dogs and cats and improve the care of pets.
As of 2017, with the launch of the HAH Mobile Clinic, we're now filling the gaps in HAH-Mobile funding by supporting s/n of cats and non-s/n vet care of all animals brought to the mobile clinic. HAH-Mobile is the only vet care available in these under-served communities of Namibia. We couldn't let s/n of cats, vaccinations, and emergency care slip by just because there isn't enough money! So we fill in the gaps. The AKI Blog has information about AKI's support to HAH-Mobile.
Before supporting HAH-Mobile, AKI supported HAH-Luderitz, Aus, & Betanie, where we covered the costs of s/n in these 3 towns (through 2016). Here are some of the stories of the cats and dogs helped, thanks to AKI donors.
A neighbor of Rex’s asked for HAH’s help for Rex-the neighbor thought the dog didn’t look very well. Dr. Maya joined Geesche to check on Rex, who was only 5 months old at the time. When they arrived, he was lying in the sand, very tired, a bit skinny. Dr. Maya diagnosed mange. His family was concerned and told HAH they are unemployed and didn't know what to do. HAH came through! They bathed him and then came back and dipped Rex every week until he was better. After 2 weeks, he looked like a totally different dog (picture 1). Some of his fur had grown back and he was much more playful! 2 weeks later, he was vaccinated, and in January (2015), he was healthy enough to be neutered (pic 2). But the story gets better!!!—Rex was one of the 1st recipients of an HAH-AKI dog house. When Geesche checked to see if Rex was using the house (pic 3), he growled at her-protecting his territory. Rex’s family is so grateful and the family's son and Rex are best friends. They’re proud of their dog, he’s big, healthy, happy (last 2 pictures)—and that reflects well on the family!
These are some of the pets spayed/neutered as part of the HAH-Luderitz program, supported by AKI (2014-2015). The pictures are from the day after the spayathon taken during follow up visits. Sarah went from house to house, and she said all cats and dogs looked so good! The little scruffy dogs are Tiny, Percent, and Trixi. The bigger blond dog is named Killer. The guys around her are trying to look tough, but they look after Killer very well and she's part of the family. The black dog with the group of children is Danger - the whole group loves to hang out with him and he's a very happy boy. His owner's name is Theofilus. The kitty was also an HAH-Luderitz client. ↓
Spayathons in January and March 2015: made possible thanks to the support of AKI donors
Lukas is the little brown dog and Rex is by the bicycle. Both were too sick during the January spayathon, but were neutered during the March event (Rex's story is above).
Mr. Wise (ginger kitty surrounded by children), was the only cat sterilized during the January spayathon. But in March, 5 kitties were s/n'd: Finnaghan, China, Gerson, and Ester (see pictures) and Kurr in the picture with his caring owner, the little girl in pink.
Kamuri is a beautiful young dog from Area 7 (photos below, Doberman X) that was spayed, vaccinated, and de-wormed in January, but she also had tick bite fever, so she was given some meds, and has recovered.
In March, HAH-Luderitz sponsored a spayathon in Aus, a small town 124 km east of Luderitz. With fewer than 1000 people living in Aus, there is no vet or SPCA there. But there are a lot of dogs and cats. So HAH-Luderitz decided to expand to Aus and help Aus's no/low income dog and cat owners. And AKI donors have helped make that a reality!
During preparations for the Aus spayathon, Geesche said, "I'm still lost for words about the number of dogs in Aus. But the good news is that, most of the dogs are in a relatively good condition-that means they are ready for spay/neuter!"
The HAH team counted 43 dogs living at just 13 houses that needed to be s/n'd! When the time came for the spayathon in March, 23 dogs and 3 cats were sterilized with funding from AKI donors (pictures below).
Jackals, one super lucky dog in Aus. Geesche wrote to us: "Jackals is totally blind but is so loved by his family, his owner cried happy tears when Jackals passed Dr. Maya's health check and got the go ahead for his neuter. During the operation Dr. Baines found an abscess on Jackals 'private parts.' Shame, that must have been painful. But Dr. Baines was able to remove the abscess and cleaned everything up. So happy for Jackals that he got rid of the pain and that he will enjoy his retirement!"