AKI Partner Organization-Uganda Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (USPCA)
UPDATE, As of July 27: Boda boda drivers will be allowed to carry passengers again and the curfew will be shortened to 9 PM to 5:30 AM. Entebbe International Airport, as well as all land borders, remain closed to regular passenger traffic. As of September 9, there are 3900 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 46 deaths due to COVID-19 reported in Uganda according to the Ministry of Health.
During the COVID-19 crisis, Uganda Society for the Protection & Care of Animals' shelter, The Haven, has remained open. The USPCA's community programs (s/n and education), which were on hold during the lockdown, are up and running again. The USPCA has seen a surge of animals abandoned due to expats leaving the country and because of the economic crisis-people feel they are unable to afford a pet. With the USPCA Haven already at their limit, this crisis has made it even more critical for the USPCA to be prepared for the future (and now, the near future!) by having a larger shelter, owned-not rented-where the USPCA can guarantee every pet in need the care they deserve.
AKI's Partnership with Uganda Society for the Protection & Care of Animals
"Without all your [AKI] support and donors, I am not sure if the USPCA would still exist today!" (A USPCA Executive Committee member)
The Uganda SPCA Haven typically has about 200 dogs and 50 cats. In 2019, The Haven cared for 1,138 dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens, up 61% from 2018 when the shelter cared for 705 animals! In 2019, 367 lucky animals were adopted from the USPCA, a 19.9% increase from 2018 when 306 were adopted.
AKI donors cover about 50% of the costs to operate The Haven.
We're also raising money so the USPCA can purchase land for a larger sanctuary and so they no longer have to pay rent on Haven property and be subject to a landlord's whims and the significant new developments going up around The Haven.
We know this will be a long-term effort: The USPCA estimates that they'll need at least US$100,000 to purchase land and move the kennels and equipment. (See video below right)
Please check our fundraiser on the GlobalGiving site:
You can donate to our land purchase fund through GlobalGiving or directly here, on the AKI website.
This project needs the support of so many generous individuals-no donation is too small!
Besides the shelter, the USPCA also has a humane education program and holds community vaccination and spay/neuter clinics.
We envision the new sanctuary to be an African version of the Utah (US) Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, where cats and dogs will have plenty of space; where volunteers can more comfortably play with, walk, and socialize dogs and cats; where potential adopters, students, and other visitors can meet Haven cats and dogs in a comfortable environment; and that serves as a learning facility for animal welfare advocates, prospective advocates, and rescue workers all over Africa.
The Haven is located at 12 Ismail Road in Mbuya, Kampala. Alex Ochieng (pictured left with AKI-donated supplies) is the Haven Manager; Jackie (pictured above preparing a vaccination) is the Assistant Manager.
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USPCA Updates from the AKI Blog
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Update: Hope died from old age on 5 Dec 2018.
Hope's Story --->
Hope's fame reaches beyond Uganda. Read about this dog's heroic story, from homeless dog, begging at a taxi park; to being hit by a car and paralyzed; to living at The Haven and getting the best of care; as the subject of a children's book; and receiving visitors from around the world. Hope's Story click here.
Simba, Uganda's First Humane Education Dog
Simba lived in Kampala. He and his family lived between my home and office, 10 minutes walking distance. I walked Simba every day for 5 years on my way home from work and on weekends. During our walks, I took pictures of Ugandans and Simba. Other than our walks, Simba spent his time in a small box, only let out from midnight to 6 am to guard his family's kiosk/bar. At the time, it was so unusual to see someone walking a dog, Ugandans thought it was fun and funny to hold Simba's leash and be in my pictures. Simba also went to schools with me, he was a gentle soul and loved the attention from the kids. --Karen
Livestock Transport & Slaughter: USPCA Activities Past & Present
Seeing a livestock truck travel from the west or north into Kampala is never a pleasant sight. The large horned cattle, Ankoles, are tied to the trucks’ overhead bars by the horns and sometimes by their tails. But during the trip over rough roads, and also because of some crazy driving (and no concern for the live cargo), ropes slip down around the necks, and cattle hang in the back of the truck, gasping for breath. Sometimes they die along the route. The trucks have slatted sides, and with all the knocking around, their legs end up sticking out of the slats at odd angles, sometimes breaking. Then, when they arrive at the slaughterhouse, they are roughly offloaded, often dumped from the trucks because no ramp is available, and beaten as they move into the holding pen.
The actual slaughtering is just as inhumane, and whereas slaughter could and should be a quick death, at Kampala’s slaughterhouses, it will often take five or more men to wrestle a cow to the floor to slit its throat, a process that can take 15 minutes for each animal.