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Spay-Neuter Grant in Tanzania Saves Lives

Funded with a grant from AKI, every week for 6 months, our grantee, Tanzania Small Animal Veterinary Organization (TASAVO), trapped, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, de-wormed, and returned cats and dogs either to their families or back to the communities where they live. And always, this was combined with animal welfare education (e.g., encouraging acceptance of the cats and dogs who live among the community members, explaining the importance of spay/neuter and vaccinations). Read about all of our 2023 grants here and see our previous AKI Blog post about TASAVO here.


Tanzania organization spay and neuter campaign social media post
Tanzania Small Animal Veterinary Organization promotes their spay-neuter campaign

During the grant project, TASAVO: 


  • Sterilized 297 cats and dogs

  • Vaccinated 297 cats and dogs against rabies

  • De-wormed 297 cats and dogs

  • Adopted 35 animals to permanent homes

  • Euthanized 7 animals

  • Rescued and save the lives of 20 puppies and kittens

Trap for dogs to be used for the Tanzania spay neuter campaign
Vet Assistant David arriving at Msigani ward with trap carried on motorbike

Tanzania organization spaying a dog
Dr. Grace, Ester, and vet assistant Patrick sterilizing a stray dog


Sedated dog being carried to clinic for a spay surgery in Tanzania.
Vet assistant Irene carrying a sedated stray dog


A rescued kitten crawlling on a woman's chest in Tanzania found during spay neuter campaign.
Very young kitten rescued: Dr. Grace is keeping the kitten safe and warm.

Cat with new adopter was spayed during the spay neuter campaign in Tanzania.
What a happy and lucky new kitty owner: This previously stray cat was trapped from Sea Breeze apartments. TASAVO sterilized, vaccinated, and dewormed the cat.

Dog being carried by her new human dad is adopted after spay in Tanzania.
Boniface adopted this previously stray dog after TASAVO sterilized, de-wormed, and vaccinated her.

Kitten in Tanzania held by a girl who adopted her after spay.
A previously stray kitten gets a forever home!

Sometimes in one-on-one conversations, sometimes in groups, and sometimes using more formal seminar sessions, TASAVO:

 

  • Raised awareness about animal welfare and spay neuter to 200 members of the public

  • Trained 11 veterinary interns to do sterilizations

  • Trained 23 veterinary technicians to assist in all aspects of TNVR

  • Trained 20 local government employees on the welfare-based approach to control stray animals

TASAVO's animal welfare education was far-reaching. For example:


  • Temeke Livestock Training Agency met with TASAVO to learn about humane measures to control free-roaming dogs on campus;

  • Volunteers from Morogoro Livestock Training Agency were trained in humane handling and other animal welfare topics prior to assisting TASAVO with their field work;

  • Communities in Ubungo Municipal (Msigani ward), Kinondoni Municipal (Kunduchi ward), and Kawe ward (Reefs Apartments) attended awareness raising meetings;

  • A two week awareness campaign and TNVR planning exercise was held with the District Veterinary Officer, Mr. Archie Mntambo, from Ubungo Municipal Council.


Vet is discussing spay neuter with community members in Tanzania.
Dr. Thomas explaining to Msigani representatives the welfare-based approach to control stray animals

Veterinarian is discussing spay neuter with community members in Tanzania.
Dr. Thomas explaining the animal-wlefare based approach to control stray animal populations, Msigani ward

Dr. Thomas Mayani told us that before the grant project, TASAVO's TNVR efforts had been unfocused, but "this project gave us a chance to hold a long term and organized TNVR campaign requiring us to change and improve our record keeping and this is helping us to understand the magnitude of the work we are doing and partners to collaborate with. We were dealing with so many people with different mindsets before the project and during these six months we have changed mindsets of every vet involved and built a like-minded team that works together toward TASAVO goals."


 

Along the way, TASAVO faced several challenges. For example,


When returning unowned cats to communities, people didn't want the cats, they wanted them taken away and never returned. TASAVO had to spend considerable time educating the public and restaurant owners during trapping and when returning the animals. And they always tried to find homes for the sterilized cats so they didn't have to go back to the community, but that was often not possible.


Another challenge was when TASAVO was informed of inhumane killings of dogs and cats in a location where they had planned to conduct TNVR. TASAVO had to quickly prioritize that location and conduct intensive animal welfare education there as well.


The rainy season presented a challenge when trapping animals since most were hiding, trying to stay out of the rain. But TASAVO persisted.


TASAVO hoped to establish an animal welfare club at the University of Dar es Salaam, Ubungo Municipal campus to help TASAVO raise awareness among the local community about animal welfare. TASAVO sent the administration the proposed constitution, but the administration has been slow to reply. However, now they are working with a professor of humanities who is an animal lover and is speaking on behalf of TASAVO. (She has been feeding 17 homeless cats at the campus at her own cost and TASAVO sterilized and vaccinated them).

 

TASAVO is an all-volunteer organization comprised mainly of veterinarians and vet techs. They welcome anyone in the veterinary and related professions and and they especially focus on bringing in young vets, recently out of university training, into the fold.


While our grant to TASAVO supported spay/neuter, vaccination, de-worming, and education, one of the indirect achievements was that "the project gave young inexperienced vets a chance to be better surgeons in their future careers and ensure they will be motivated by animal welfare," Dr Mayani told us. "It also "taught us to be consistent and hardworking to make a project successful and to overcome the challenges and fulfill the mission. The project taught us that TNVR can be tedious but it is one of the most important things we can do for our animal friends."


Cat is spayed in Tanzania.
Working together: Dr. Mrosso, Dr. Grace, Dr. Brigita, Dr. Ruheta spaying cats, Mbezi Beach

We are grateful to all who volunteered over the course of the grant project to help make this such a success:

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THOMAS MAYANI, Veterinarian

TASAVO treasurer and TNR coordinator

ALEX F CHANGA, Veterinarian

TASAVO Chairperson

CHIZA RUHETA, Veterinarian

TASAVO member

ERAST MROSO, Veterinarian

TASAVO member

GRACE ALBOGAST, Veterinarian

TASAVO member

JOACHIM LUKWARA

TASAVO member

KASTORY JEREMIAH

TASAVO member

JACOB DANIEL

TASAVO member

RAHEL IBRAHIM

VET assistant

NEEMA MAGUBIKA

VET assistant

IRENE KESSY

VET assistant

PENDO MUSSA

VET assistant

NANCY RIWA

Vet student

BRIGITA MASINDE

Vet student

ADELA KAMALA

VET student

ZILAGE KANYANA

VET Intern

BRYSON MWOMBEKI

VET intern

ESTER GEORGE

VET intern

DAVID NNKO

VET assistant

MOSES TIBAIJUKA

Vet assistant

MSETI WILLIAM

Government vet

PIUS NTANGA

Government vet

KAJOBI VEDASTUS

Government vet

CHRISTINA NYUNJA

Vet intern

PATRICK CHEGERE

 

More pictures from TASAVO's grant project:


Man with his puppy sitting outside in grass in Tanzania.
Mangi and his puppy Jacky: TASAVO de-wormed, vaccinated, and spayed Jacky. Mangi takes good care of Jacky, but has no income.

Tiger cat is spayed in Tanzania.
Dr. Mroso and vet assistant Patrick sterilizing a cat

Ginger and white cat is neutered in Tanzania.
Dr. Grace neutering a stray injured cat

Stray cat spay neuter campaign in Tanzania.
Some of the stray cats sterilized by TASAVO


This puppy was saved and now adopted by the man holding him.
A rescued stray puppy, having survived parvovirus thanks to TASAVO, was adopted and taken to a new lovely home!


Tanzania organization saves lives like this kitten who was adopted by the woman who is holding her.
A new home for a kitty rescued by TASAVO, sterilized, vaccinated, de-wormed


Tanzania organization saved this cat and found an adopted home with the man who is holding her.
Mr Wang cuddling a new kitten he is adopting-rescued & spayed by TASAVO!


Spay neuter campaign in Tanzania saves lives like this ginger cat, who was rescued..
A rescued stray cat was found with open wounds on his forelimbs. TASAVO cleaned the wounds, the cat was treated with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs for 5 days. Once fully recovered and neutered, he was returned to his home.


Puppy was rescued during spay neuter campaign in Tanzania.
This stray puppy was trapped and was diagnosed with a severe bacterial infection.


Puppy rescued during spay neuter campaign in Tanzania.
Puppy recovered from bacterial infection, spayed, and ready to be adopted


Puppy was was spayed in Tanzania is now adopted.
The puppy has a forever home! (February 2024)




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