“We have this treasure in us that should be used to alleviate pain and suffering.” Cohen Onsoti, Safari Vet.
Lamu County has over 14,000 dogs, cats and donkeys. However there are few veterinary professionals who are able and willing to reach some of Lamu's most isolated communities- the Awer and Bajuni people- who struggle to access basic veterinary services for their pets and livestock, leaving their animals at risk.
Safari Doctors aims to fill this gap by setting up a static veterinary clinic. This will allow our Safari Vet to treat local animals, refer serious cases during our outreach to the clinic, and sustain our free monthly clinics within these communities.
As parts of its holistic approach to community health and well-being, Safari Doctors cares for hundreds of animals. During out outreach, we provide: vaccinations, parasite treatment and prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and emergency care. Our vet also carries out community awareness sessions on animal health, welfare and One Health education.
The animals we treat most are commonly affected by the following conditions: Dogs: Tick fever, transmissible venereal tumors, trypanosomiasis, viral diseases, internal and external parasites, fungal and bacterial infections and bite/cut wounds. Donkeys: Trypanosomiasis, cutaneous habronemiasis, colic, rabies, tetanus, laminitis, back sores, bite/cut wounds, internal and external parasites. Cats: Cat flu, cancer, rabies, ringworm, internal and external parasites. Goats: Contagious caprine pleuropneumonia, trypanosomiasis, gastroenteritis, orf, internal and external parasites.
To promote the health and welfare of domesticated animals in the communities we serve, we are working to provide regular health check-ups and to prevent mistreatment. For stray and neglected animals, we offer intermittent feeding, prevention of mistreatment and reporting of illnesses. We are also working towards implementing a Trap-Neuter-Return program to combat overpopulation, which is a major problem affecting their health and welfare.
Safari Doctors believes all efforts should be to made to ensure animals have their Five Freedoms: 1. Freedom from hunger & thirst 2. Freedom from discomfort 3. Freedom from pain, injury & disease 4. Freedom to express normal behaviour 5. Freedom from fear & distress.
How will the funds be spent?
$15,000 goes to the construction of our vet clinic in Shela Village, Lamu.
$5,000 goes to medicines and equipment to treat animals during our outreach.
$5,000 goes to salary our Safari Vet.
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