News from Omaruru

Great news from Omaruru! Recently Have-a-Heart Omaruru had its first big spay day – in 40oC heat! 24 dogs and cats became members of the Have-a-Heart family after receiving their sterilisation, vaccination and parasite control treatment. A huge thanks to Dr Estelle, Dr Lizelle and Dr Kazarako, as well as the Shimmy for Shelter for donating the funds for such a day – we couldn’t have done this without you!

 

News from Henties Bay

Last week we had another very successful spay day in Henties Bay. Twenty dogs were sterilised, vaccinated and given parasite control treatment. With a female dog and her offspring being able to produce 96,000 puppies in just seven years (!) the effect of sterilising these 20 dogs in already huge. When you add that to the number of dogs already sterilised in Henties Bay, we really see how much we are achieving.

All of this is only possible because of the support we get from the public. Thank you to everyone supporting us – together we work towards a Namibia where no dog or cat is destined to be born a stray.

 

Karibib Feral Cat Week

As promised an update about the 18 Karibib Feral Cat kittens!

If possible, young kittens should be removed from a feral cat colony. They still can get used to humans and the chances to live a happy and healthy life is simply much higher in a loving home than on the street.

For us to give the 18 kittens a better chance to survive was only possible because the beyond fantastic Tierschutzverein Swakopmund (SPCA) immediately offered to take them in! THANK YOU SO SO MUCH!!

After the last spay day Jette and Karin took the kittens home to Windhoek, all of them got a check up at Windhoek Animal Hospital and soon after, the socialisation started.

After a few days, 11 of the kittens (the rest is still with Karin in Windhoek and also still looking for a forever home) got a lift to the Tierschutzverein Swakopmund (SPCA) where a loving volunteer immediately started spending time with them – to further socialise them, to get to know them better, to find the perfect home and to show them humans are kind and fun 

Three of the little ones already found a home. If your heart and home is open for a soon-to-be-rare-Karibib-Feral-Cats-kitten (fingers crossed we will be able to sterilse the last cats soon and there will be no more kittens!!) please contact Tierschutzverein Swakopmund (SPCA). There are currently in total 28(!!) kittens up for adoption at the SPCA!

In case you are not able to adopt a kitten – or adult cat! -, please consider a donation for kitten food to the SPCA! The SPCA has already a lot of unwanted kittens to take in from unspayed Swakopmunder cats and didn’t plan on so many extra kittens from Karibib, they are in dire need of kitten food donations!

First three beautiful pictures taken by Simone Kauert Photos 

Karibib Feral Cat Week

A few days ago we explained why it is so important to control feral cat populations in a humane and sustainable way with Trap-Neuter-Release.

Today we would like to give you a very good example of what happens when there is no control. As mentioned before, we currently are able to help 2 feral cat groups in Karibib. From the larger group of 30 cats, 26 have been trapped and sterilised by a vet. This is fantastic!

On the downside, we haven’t yet been able to catch 4 of the cats. Unfortunately, all 4 are females and all four had kittens a few weeks ago. An unbelievable 18 (yes, eighteen!!!) kitten were born to just 4 cats!

Imagine the numbers of kitten born to just this one feral cat group if none of them is sterilised….

The pictures show some of the kittens and tomorrow we will tell you where they are and how they are doing 

In case you would like to support the feral cats in Karibib and make sure there are enough funds to spay or neuter them all (not only the four of the large group but also the cats of the smaller group), please donate here:

Account Name: Have a Heart Namibia
Bank: Bank Windhoek
Account no: 2000 266 940
Branch: 481-673 (Outjo)
Savings

THANK YOU!

Karibib Feral Cat week

The Have-a-Heart project would not be able to help a single dog or cat without being supported with donations or by hands on volunteers.

As this week is our Karibib Feral Cat week, we decided to post some pictures of the Karibib Cat team around manager Jette.

Thank you so much to each and everyone of you and everyone else supporting Have -a-Heart in the one way or another!! You are all part of a positive change and nothing would be possible without you!

This week is our Karibib Feral Cat week!

How do we help the cats?

There are two colonies of feral cats in Karibib we are currently able to help. The smaller group has around 20 cats and 12 of them are already spayed or neutered. The second group consists of around 30 cats and the team managed to get a whooping 26 cats sterilised!

There are two caring citizens in Karibib who feed and check on the feral cats regularly. As nearly all of the cats are feral and not used to be touched by humans, the easiest way to catch the cats was the following: the cats get their food only inside transport boxes and over time they become used to walk into the boxes without fear. On spay days the cats go as usual inside the boxes and we simply close the door when the right – not yet operated – cat is inside. This is a very soft and stress free trapping and works well with the two groups.

The cats will be transported to the vet and after their operation and recovery they will go back home to their family.

What is Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)? by www.alleycat.org

It is exactly what it sounds like: Cats are humanely trapped and taken to a veterinarian to be neutered and vaccinated. After recovery, the cats are returned to their home—their colony—outdoors. Kittens and cats who are friendly and socialized to people may be adopted into homes.

TNR stops the breeding cycle of cats and therefore improves their lives while preventing multiplying. It provides a life-saving, humane and effective solution for these beautiful, independent cats. Colonies that are involved in TNR diminish in size over time. It keeps the cats healthy. They really have great lives out there doing their feral cat thing.

TNR relieves cats of the constant stresses of mating and pregnancy. Spaying and neutering also virtually eliminates the chance of cats developing mammary or testicular tumors. Cats tended to roam less after neutering, which is beneficial for their safety and reduces conflict with neighbors. Colonies become quieter as behaviors like yowling or fighting stop, calls to authorities about the cats decrease significantly, and community morale improves.Usually, neighbors are relieved just to learn that something is being done to stabilize the cat population.

Trap-Neuter-Return Protects Cats’ Lives

Investing in spay/neuter and TNR is an investment in cats’ lives and cats’ health, and it demonstrates a socially-responsible (and compassionate) and efficient approach to serving the animals and the public.

Full article: https://www.alleycat.org/…/why-trap-neuter-return-feral-ca…/

Gingerbread House!

Would you like the chance to win this beautiful gingerbread house for Christmas? Well, then pop into Swakop Vet Clinic and buy a raffle ticket or two at just N$10 each!! The winning ticket will be drawn on the 15th December and all proceeds will come to Have-a-Heart Namibia and used to sterilize less fortunate dogs and cats from the low/no income community.

Thank you so much to Renata Kolzing for sponsoring the cute house!