AKI Partner Organization-Uganda Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (USPCA)
During the COVID-19 crisis, Uganda Society for the Protection & Care of Animals' shelter, The Haven, remains open, and with safety measures in place, the public is welcome to visit, meet the animals, and adopt. The Haven will remain open as long as possible-until they are told to shut down. USPCA's community programs (spay/neuter and education) and in-school Humane Ed are on hold. The USPCA team is still rescuing cats and dogs and responding to cruelty calls. They are very concerned that with expats leaving (some employers are requiring that their employees leave the country), the USPCA will see a surge of relinquished and abandoned pets, when the USPCA Haven is already at their limit. This crisis has made it even more critical for the USPCA to be prepared for the future (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 and 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's Haven, the first and only animal shelter in Uganda, typically houses about 200 dogs and 50-70 cats. Every day, the USPCA receives calls to rescue cats and dogs; most are brought to The Haven, where they receive good care and when ready, are spayed and available for adoption.
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 construction happening all 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.
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, Humane Ed 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) is the Haven Manager.
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 spay/neuter clinics.
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More about Uganda SPCA
Above video: Rainbow International School visits the USPCA Haven
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 being a homeless dog, begging at a taxi park; being hit by a car and paralyzed; to living at The Haven and getting the best of care; being 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.
The USPCA started a process of placing Animal Check Points--ACPs (picture right), for which the USPCA covered retainer costs and transport costs for at least two policemen, one Kampala City Council Veterinary Officer, and one Senior Officer from the Veterinary Department. In addition, the USPCA covered transport (and salary) for a USPCA Officer to be at the ACP.
It is important to have all these staff at each checkpoint to minimize the opportunity for corruption. But because of lack of funding, the USPCA had to stop their role in livestock transport and slaughter, and now serves mainly in advocacy and adviser roles.