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Tyson

Tyson is a four year old Rottweiler. His days have been spent in a shed, let out at night when the humans were in their house. So he has had very little human contact. The landlord of the property asked Tyson’s owner to find another place to stay, so the KSPCA came to take Tyson away. He was very wary of the people who came to take him as he was very timid and lacked confidence, which is what happens when dogs spend their time locked up. After much patient coaxing he was put in a van and taken to the KSPCA shelter.

With attention and TLC after one week he has gone to his new owner as arranged with the old owner. He is a changed dog, much more confident and will spend a lot of his time with his new owner.

 

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A Month in the Life of a KSPCA Field Officer

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By Paul Mufunyi, KSPCA Field Officer

FEBRUARY 2017 FIELD REPORT

I began the month of February by rescuing a dog which was hit by a car in Kariobangi. The dog was reported to us after two days.  The person who reported it took the dog off the road and made a shed and gave it food and water. I brought the dog in but unfortunately the spine was completely broken and our vet put it sleep.

It really touched me to see that we have good people in the society who have compassion towards animals. I was not expecting to find what I found there.

I also brought in a dog from Green Park Estate that had escaped from Chinese construction site where the reporter said that dogs are being slaughtered. I brought in the dog and soon she will find a new home. We received complaints from the public about dogs been slaughtered but we have not seen any evidence showing this.

I was on my way to buy greens for our Donkeys and goats at the shelter when I saw a dog on the side of the road, I stopped to find out what could be the problem only to find that the dog was hit by a car. I  immediatly turned around took the dog to the vet for treatment. He examined the dog and luckily enough the dog had not broken its back and was put on bed rest and treatment.

I rescued another dog from World Vision in Karen. The dog fell into a ditch and remained there for two days as it  could not come out by itself because it was very deep. I brought it to the shelter for rehoming.

I rescued a dog from Ngong.  The dog was left behind by the owner who moved and left it to survive or die.

This is one of many cases of what  people do to animals in Nairobi and I think soon we will have to prosecute some people so that this kind of cruelty and irresponsibility can be stopped.

I brought three dogs from Kawangware  for spay and neuter. The owner of the dogs approached me for help because she didn’t want her dogs to breed. I was very happy to help her because its not normal  to find someone from the slums who thinks about spaying her or his dogs. She was very happy to see them back after the exercise.

I rescued a kitten which had fallen into a pit latrine in Kiambu. The kitten had spent a night in the pit. When I arrived I found the mother waiting. I managed to get the kitten  out and the mother was very pleased to see her baby and she started breast feeding her. I brought them both to the shelter and soon they will find a new home.

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Maribou storks rescue from Nyayo Stadium

A call came in from a member reporting trees being cut down beside Nyayo stadium. We knew that Maribou storks lived there so we thought it better to check and see if there were any babies. Inspector Fred Midikila  and helpers went to investigate. Fortunately it is not yet nesting season so we only found one sorry looking stork, semi adult but obviously not yet able to fly, perched on the fence.

A tricky situation

A tricky situation

Syrus who has had a lot of experience with these birds, volunteered to catch him. It took a bit of time to put a dust coat over the bird’s head to quieten him, but eventually he managed. The bird is now safely with us. He has had a meal and some water and looks brighter already.

Success

Success

While we were there Fred checked on two guard dogs that are housed in the compound. He had advised the owner before, that he had to improve their living conditions. Which the owner had not done. Both dogs were tied on very short chains to their kennels. One especially, the chain was about a foot long, the door of the kennel was closed so if it rained the dog had no shelter.

Two unhappy dogs

Two unhappy dogs

We decided to bring the dogs to KSPCA until the owner complies with the law. Fred left his card for him to contact us.  We also found some dirty stale posho beside the dogs which was probably food for them. So we returned with one bird and two dogs which are now comfortable with us. All in a day’s work.

Is this what they eat?

Is this what they eat?

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How KSPCA deals with animals in distress

Much of the work at KSPCA deals with animals in distress. Sometimes it is ignorance, sometimes it is lack of empathy. The latter case is where we can have problems. At times we are met with indignation or even aggression from owners when we explain why we are looking at their dogs.

Dogs like people do not like to be confined, it makes them behave badly

Dogs like people do not like to be confined, it makes them behave badly

Unless it is an extreme case as it was with the boerbuls, we give advice and return to make sure that the dog’s living conditions have improved. Mostly with time and patience it has. This is part of the one on one education which is also important.

A case we are working on. Chained up and area not cleaned

A case we are working on. Chained up and area not cleaned

Many owners end up appreciating our advice when they find their dogs are happier and healthier and hopefully they will treat any new dogs that they get in the same way. We also, if the owners agree, have their bitches neutered. Animals, if properly treated give us so much, let us celebrate them and work to make Kenya and the world a better place for them.

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Goats rescue with a happy ending

KSPCA rescued three goats and for various reasons they have stayed at our shelter. The male goat was castrated and all has been well for a long time. Then we took in a family of three long haired goats that a lady had saved from slaughter. We kept them till we found a good home for them. The male was very protective of his female and if she was approached he would come in between the person and her. What a loving faithful goat he was, we thought. After they had settled the male was castrated and we soon found a good home for them.

Three weeks ago Nduati one of the staff came in smiling. We have a new baby goat he announced and he has a nice fluffy coat!  We have called him Kushtuka which is Swahili for surprise.  Nature always wins in the end.

kushtuka

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Profile of a KSPCA Field Officer – Paul Mufunyi

The first time I met KSPCA Field Officer Paul Mufunyi was in response to a call I had made, requesting that KSPCA collect what I thought to be a stray dog I often saw roaming the streets. What should have been a simple rescue instead led us on a wild goose chase and ended in a compound where six terrified, half-starved, and chained dogs lived in appalling conditions in one of Nairobi’s wealthiest neighborhoods. As I gaped in horror and struggled to maintain my composure at the misery that lay before us, Paul planted a big smile on his face and did what he does best – rescuing animals.

Appearing completely unfazed by the situation, Paul treated the property owner with utmost dignity and respect. He helped ease the tension by laughing and joking around yet, all the while, gently persuading the owner to at least surrender the dogs that required medical attention. Paul would later follow up with the owner, educating him on the proper care of his animals and ensuring that major improvements were made in the diet and living conditions of the dogs that remained in his care.

The experience haunted me for months and chipped away at my faith in humanity. Yet, it also left a lasting impression on me in other ways. It made me recognize that the work of a KSPCA Field Officer is much more challenging than meets the eye, requiring incredible emotional resilience, grit, diplomacy, and powers of persuasion. But more than anything, I was left with a deep sense of admiration for Paul and the incredibly difficult and often heartbreaking work that KSPCA carries out on a daily basis.

Paul Mufunyi

From the time he can first remember, Paul has always had an affinity for animals. He shares his passion with his father who, incidentally, also used to work for KSPCA. “When I was a child, the neighbors would really tease my father,” Paul laughs. “Every year he would walk an hour each way to the nearest town to have our dogs vaccinated. The neighbors thought it was the craziest thing – to vaccinate a dog!”

Paul’s first animal rescue was as a 14-year-old boy when he found an abandoned puppy stuffed inside a plastic bag. He brought the pup home and, after nursing it back to health, pleaded with his grandmother to allow him to keep it. Initially against the idea, she finally relented but made him solemnly swear that he would take full responsibility for the dog’s care. Paul did just that and adored his little dog, only to be left heartbroken several years later when a neighbor, who felt the dog to be a nuisance, decided to poison it.

Paul began his career with KSPCA 12 years ago, initially as a Dog Handler, which had him cleaning out kennels, feeding animals and providing general care. His natural gift with animals was recognized early on when an aggressive and unadoptable rescue dog was slated to be euthanized. Paul took it upon himself to work with the dog, gaining his trust and slowly changing his behavior, ultimately saving the dog’s life.

Rising through the KSPCA ranks, Paul was promoted to the Field Officer position two years ago. As a Field Officer, he is responsible for rescuing animals and, more importantly, educating the public on animal care and rescue response. “Creating an awareness of KSPCA and our work within communities is vital to the protection of animals. For instance, a shopkeeper with a sick or injured dog at his doorstep will often pay for the disposal of the animal however they see fit. However, those familiar with KSPCA are much more inclined to call us instead.” Paul explains, “I use every rescue as an opportunity to educate and build awareness in the community.”

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Life as a KSPCA Field Officer is not without its risks. Paul nearly lost an eye once after intervening in a brutal donkey beating, only for the owner to turn his stick on Paul instead. One of his more unique, high-risk rescues was that of a warthog which had been hit by a car. By the time Paul arrived, the traumatized animal had wedged itself into a narrow sewage pipe and collapsed. Notwithstanding the risk of being impaled by an injured and highly unpredictable warthog, Paul also squeezed himself into the pipe so that he could throw a net around the warthog and pull him out.

Paul has had to develop a thick skin throughout his years of working at KSPCA. He has pretty much seen it all, yet every now and then he still comes across a case that shakes him to the core and reduces him to tears. “But, at the end of the day,” he says, “it’s all about perspective. I can focus on all the cruelty and suffering, but instead I choose to focus on the respite and hope that my work with KSPCA gives to so many animals. Without KSPCA, none of these animals would stand a chance.”

As for his one wish for KSPCA, Paul would like to witness more permanent and consistent financial support flowing through their doors. “There are so many projects we would like to pursue but without a clear picture of what tomorrow holds for us, we are limited to focusing on our most urgent priorities only.”

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Cat rescued from the Commonwealth Graveyard in Nairobi town

Cats they say have nine lives. Ginger had used up most of them by the time he was rescued. How he came to be in the Commonwealth Graveyard in town we do not know. He was weak and starving. Along came a good Samaritan in the shape of a Mr Jonathan Battye, a UK business man. He saw the poor cat lying very still, looking very sick.  He picked him up gave him some milk and brought him to KSPCA.

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Ginger in town at the Commonwealth Graveyard

Within a week Ginger was a different cat. He was very friendly, stronger and happy, though he has a deformed left hind paw. Jonathan visited him whenever he was in Nairobi and Ginger was always so happy to see him. Perhaps he knew that this man had probably saved his life.

Regina and Paul saying goodbye to Ginger

Regina and Paul saying goodbye ta Ginger

On one visit Jonathan announced that his parents had just lost their old cat, so he had decided to gift Ginger to them for Christmas. So the export process began. On Thursday 16th December we said goodbye to Ginger and he started on his marathon journey to UK rather unsure of what was happening. Two days later we got a lovely picture of Ginger with his rescuer in his new home.  He has a new name now, it is of course Bahati.

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Ginger with Jonathan in UK in his new home

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Puppies rescued in Roysambu

We received a call from a lady in Roysambu who got our emergency contacts from our website and immediately reported that some puppies had been neglected and she could see them from her house. The call came in at around 10pm and we promised to act the following day.

The weather was bad the following day and considering it had rained the previous night and since the puppies slept outside they were soaking wet, the poor puppies were very cold. We asked around if anyone knew where the mother was and the boys who had gathered to witness the rescue took us to the mother who had an injured front leg and half of the leg was rotten and hanging. We managed to catch her and the hanging piece fell off due to her resistance.

The mother and puppies are now in our shelter. The puppies are happier now and the mother is receiving treatment from our Vets. She might join our residential dogs or she will find a good home.

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Lovely Lucky, needs a happy ending…

Lucky was found on the streets of Doha, Qatar with half his front leg missing. He was rescued by some kind strangers. They got him to Kenya three weeks ago. Lucky is now a beautiful BEAUTIFUL healthy tripod. He is so very loving, gentle and affectionate with adults, kids and dogs (yes dogs). He is house trained, and can run really fast!

However, he is possessive and territorial with some other cats and three of my other feline sweeties are all in hiding terrified. As much as I adore him I have to find him another home… a home with no other cats, or tough don’t-mess-with-me-cats(Champ the B&W male below is not scared of him).

So many people have put so much time and care into him, and he has had such a tough life so far. Can you give him a furr-ever home or even foster? An immediate foster would also help whilst we look for a permanent family.

Please call Ginger 0720 604491 or email ginger@gingerink.tv

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Cat rescued from Rongai

Our Field Officer brought in a cat from Rongai which our Vets suspect was attacked by a tom cat. The cat was bleeding badly upon arrival to the shelter and we immediately took him in for treatment. We hope he recovers and finds a new loving home soon.

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