Rachel Kabue founded and is the director of the Nairobi Feline Sanctuary, the only sanctuary in Kenya dedicated to domestic cat rescue and care. With the 2020 grant from AKI's Africa-Based Animal Welfare Organization Grant Program, Rachel had a play yard, a vet office, vet surgery space, and recovery area built at the Sanctuary. The pictures below, take you from before construction began, through the construction phase, and to completion of the project.
Nairobi Feline Sanctuary Before Construction:
The construction of the kitty play yard took place from 24 August to 5 September and construction of the vet office/surgery/recovery building took place from 6 to 14 September.
During Construction (play area and vet surgery/clinic/recovery building):
It's rare that you get more for your money than you had hoped, but thanks to Rachel's good financial and grant management, we did. Rachel managed to have all the new infrastructure built that she had included in the proposal to AKI and on top of that, was able to build a play yard, which wasn't included in the proposal!
Vet Surgery, Office, Recovery Area-Completed:
Fully enclosed Kitty Play Yard-Completed:
Behind the Kitty Play Yard is the kitty sleeping area:
Once all construction was finished, the Nairobi Feline Sanctuary immediately went to work taking care of the kitties. By 1 October, they had spayed 10 cats, neutered 13 cats, and treated 5 cats for injuries in their new veterinary surgery clinic. All the cats were also given anti-rabies shots.
Nairobi Feline Sanctuary's volunteer vet sterilized 23 cats during September in the new vet surgery clinic:
6 kitties spayed, still under anesthesia in the Sanctuary's new recovery room:
Now Rachel has another funding challenge-the vet surgery/clinic could do so much more if it was well-equipped with modern veterinary supplies and equipment. We'll continue to follow Rachel and the Nairobi Feline Sanctuary on their journey as they improve the lives of Nairobi's kitties.