TNR TRUST and The Community Health through Animal Welfare joined hands with different other organizations such as Farmers Choice Kenya, Inked Biker, Bateleur Brewery, Pet store Kenya and Village Bowl to hold a fundraising Event with an aim of helping and managing pets in the country.
The amount raised will help the organization work with includes rescue education on animal welfare, eradicating rabies through vaccination campaigns across Kenya as well as population control through spay and neuter.
In Kenya, it’s estimated that there are 5 to 6 million dogs, of which more than 80% are thought to be owned.
However, it is common practice to allow owned dogs to roam freely, as shown in several studies conducted in various Kenyan counties which leaves many stray pets leading to poor animal health, animal abuse, an increase in the spread of rabies, other diseases and dog bites.
Speaking during the fundraiser at the Village Market in Nairobi Allan Matata the chief executive of TNR Trust highlighted the success the organization had achieved since its inception in 2015.
“Our organization has managed to rescue and treat abandoned and neglected dogs and cats, rehabilitated the animals and then successfully had them adopted.
The organisation has also faced some challenges such as man power and finances.
“Despite having been successful in some areas we have been facing a good number of challenges, acceptability is still low in some target areas, lack of finance and manpower has really slowed our activities.” Said Dr Desmond Tutu TNR Trust
Dr Desmond also noted that their Activities were in line with the government goals of controlling rabies as a leading zoonotic disease.
TNR TRUST is a volunteer-based organization that believes that an appreciation for local community understanding coupled with a practical spay/neuter education program is the most successful way to limit the number of stray cats and dogs. TNR TRUST works with various communities in an effort to stabilize and control dog/cat populations in Kenya.