Have-a-Heart Namibia a much needed project which provides free spay and neuter services for dogs and cats of low and no income families across Namibia in municipal townships and informal settlements. Some of these areas are currently without any veterinary care whatsoever. We aim to sustainably and humanely reduce the number of dogs and cats becoming stray animals through the reduction of uncontrolled and unwanted breeding, whilst vastly improving the welfare of the animals we sterilise.
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Many veterinary clinics all over Namibia as well as Namibia's one only mobile clinc have partnered up with us in the fight against dog and cat overpopulation, and we hope for the future to grow as much as needed to be able to help every less fortunate dog and cat in Namibia! Have a Heart is solely relying on donations and run by volunteers.
All donations received are used for spay, neuter and necessary medication. Our volunteers go out of their way to improve the lives of animals in townships and informal settlements by providing advice and physical help to pet owners who would otherwise have no access to such information or service.
Since starting in 2013, Have a Heart has grown to having teams volunteering in several towns across Namibia and has collectively sterilised over 5,000 animals! But the demand in each location is still very high, and with additional funding we could sterilise many more animals.
What motivates us?
Swakop Vet Clinic partnered up with us and as soon as they have open spaces in their operating schedule, we can book in dogs from Swakopmund's Townships Mondesa and DRC - sometimes up to 10 dogs per week!
Here`s to get a glimpse of our everyday life schedule with all its busy activities in Swakopmund: In Swakopmund so many fantastic people come together every day, to help the less fortunate dogs and cats, animals who may otherwise never have the chance to see a vet and get help.
This is a "normal" routine day: Swakop Vet Clinic informs the day before the Feed a Paw Project Team for how many dogs and cats from the townships there is space to be operated. During the morning, between 7 and 8 am, the Feed a Paw Project Team drives to DRC and Mondesa to pick up the chosen dogs or cats and drops them off at the clinic. During the next 2 - 3 hours the dogs get checked out, operated, vaccinated, treated against internal and external parasites, they receive vitamins and pain medication. In case they are sick or injured, treatment will be started.
After the operation the Swakop Vet Clinic Team monitors the dogs and cats during the recovery and from 3 pm in the afternoon the Feed a Paw ProjectTeam picks the animals up to bring them back home. In case one of the dogs or cats have an injury or illness that requires some resting time, the fantastic SPCA in Swakopmund offers a place for them to stay until the animal is healthy enough to go back home.
The spay/neuter service we offer has a high demand. Lots of loving and caring dog and cat owners from townships and settlements across the country are aware of the importantance sterilisation - not only for the animal itself, but also for the surrounding community and especially because there are still too many homeless dogs and cats in Namibia. Our waiting list in many many towns is still VERY long.
Please consider supporting us. All volunteers do fantastic jobs, but all depend on donations!
As Have-a-Heart, we strive towards the same goal: making Namibia the best home for animals!