Our Humane Education programme is incredibly important to LSPCA as it's one of our fundamental projects which promote and encourage animal welfare in the younger generation, with the five main approaches including:
- Rabies Education
- School Art Projects
- Public Awareness Campaigns
- Animal Kindness Clubs
- Humane Education Pilot
World Animal Network (WAN), Intercultural Centre for Research in Education (INCRE) and RSPCA International support LSPCA’s education team who are currently piloting a Humane Education curriculum in Malawi schools. The delivery of lessons to 160 pupils in urban and rural schools aim to foster happiness and wellbeing around 3 thematic areas: people, animals and nature. The LSPCA will lobby for the inclusion of Humane Education in Malawi’s national primary curriculum, to deliver lessons within the mainstream primary education curriculum to every child in Malawi by 2020.
LSPCA has vaccinated more than 100 000 dogs since 2013. Our annual urban rabies vaccination campaign is a gruelling month long activity aimed at vaccinating 70% of the urban dog population as recommended by the World Health Organisation. A team of 36 vaccinate, mark, capture data and move on between 56 vaccination sites in the city during the month long campaign. We partner with Welttierschutzgesellschaft in Germany, the Lilongwe City Council, the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, broadcast media and public health authorities on annual rabies campaigns each year. Key elements of our campaign:
- Working with a team of local staff, students and international volunteers, we aim to vaccinate at least 70% of Lilongwe’s dog population against rabies, a proven means of preventing rabies in people by World Health Organisation
- Our smart phone app (designed by Imperial College London) is used to track vaccination coverage and to provide valuable scientific data on the rabies situation and the dog population in Lilongwe.
- Our education campaign teaches children about the dangers of rabies and how to behave around dogs to prevent dog bites through visually effective posters and interactive presentations. During the month of July 2016, LSPCA reached more than 60,000 children in Lilongwe.
- LSPCA’s veterinary manager, Dr Tino Razemba, provides veterinary infrastructure, running animal welfare and handling courses for all staff, veterinary students and international volunteers involved in the campaign.
We’re looking for volunteers!
LSPCA could not undertake this monumental project without the dedicated staff and 50 strong volunteers who devoted themselves to this project six days a week, 10 hours a day! However, LSPCA will soon be looking for more volunteers to help break our 2016 record. We always welcome help from veterinary surgeons and nurses all over the world as there will be many opportunities to administer vaccines and tend to other urgent matters whilst out in the field; we also have many roles and responsibilities for volunteers who do not have a veterinary background but would still like to be involved. This campaign is a perfect opportunity for anyone who wishes to see “the real Malawi”, help local communities and animal welfare, in addition to contribute to the reduction to the spread of rabies.
Adopt; Don’t Shop
Did you know that selling or buying animals on the side of the road is illegal? These animals, usually very young puppies and kittens, are exposed to extreme weather conditions, suffer from severe dehydration, malnutrition and are taken away from their mothers before they are even capable of opening their eyes. This in turn leads to medical and behavioural implications later on in life. In extreme conditions, some of these animals have tested positive for rabies.
If you witness someone selling an animal, please report the location and time of day to LSPCA on 0995 027 815
There are three main reasons why you should “Adopt; Don’t Shop”:
1.Because adoption helps more than just one animal
The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. When you adopt, you save an animal by making them part of your family and you open up shelter space for another animal who might desperately need it. LSPCA has a limited kennel and cattery capacity and takes in hundreds of stray, unwanted and abused animals each year. By adopting an animal from us, you’re making space for other dogs and cats that need a home.
When you buy a pet from the side of the road, you are not only deny a homeless pet a home, you are supporting an illegal operation that thrives on poor animal welfare and health care, and will continue to operate until people stop buying them. Animals that are sold on the side of the road are housed in poor conditions with improper medical care, rarely fed (and thus are starving and suffering from malnutrition), and are often very sick and behaviorally troubled as a result. The moms of these puppies are continually bred from until they are of no use, then inhumanely disposed of. When you adopt a pet, you are saving a more than one life.
2. Because you will spend less money
All animals that come to LSPCA are admitted and go through a medical and behavioural screening process. When you adopt from LSPCA, the cost of sterilisation, first vaccinations and micro chipping is included in the adoption price saving you a minimum of MK55,000 if you adopt a dog and a minimum of MK40,000 if you adopt a cat.
3. Because purebreds have their own medical and behavioural problems
The term "stray” can generate feelings of uneasiness; a possession that has been rejected and must have something inherently wrong with them. In fact, LSPCA’s rehoming shelter is an excellent place to acquire a safe and healthy pet because our primary aim is to promote responsible ownership as well as provide a high standard of medical care and animal welfare. Animals may come into our rehoming shelter with an illness or a problem, but they are screened and cleared through quarantine before being eligible for adoption. Moreover, a mixed-breed animal is likely to live longer and cost less in vet bills than a pure breed as many purebreds are prone to developing health problems, ranging from breathing difficulties (Pug), hip dysplasia (German Shepherd) and enlarged hearts (Doberman and Rottweiler) .
Chicken Art Project
We want to make a difference and help to change people's perception of animals as sentient beings. Our humane education programme offers art lessons alongside emerging themes in animal welfare that need to be shared publicly, such as the humane transportation of animals and the roadside sales of live animals. Fast moving urbanisation in Lilongwe is rapidly affecting the way animals are transported into and around the city. We work with well known and aspiring artists in Malawi to work with school children to develop their drawing techniques and at the same time develop inspiration for animal welfare and the messages that need to go out to the public. We aim to foster empathy and compassion through art and drawing by giving children an opportunity to develop their skills in art and find a pathway to express emotions.
I especially appreciate the way we used art lessons for the children to understand the extent of how chickens are mistreated and the cruelty that goes along with the way we transport them. As children grow up these messages grow with them and we definitely bring about a change in perception - Maureen Mangani - Teacher, Mbuka Primary School, Lilongwe
Donkey Welfare Project
The Donkey Sanctuary has a mission: To transform the quality of life for donkeys, mules and people worldwide through greater understanding, collaboration and support, and by promoting lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships.
In Malawi the Donkey Sanctuary UK supports the LSPCA to provide veterinary care, education and support to 1000's of donkeys and their owners each year. Donkey owners in Malawi are now able to confidently use a hand tool to establish the welfare of their animals and seek advice or veterinary care at the right moment. Grooming and hoof care is part of routine welfare given to donkeys as donkey owners receive training from a well experienced farrier. Donkey carts are now manufactured in Malawi and the farmers are eager to try out a purpose built donkey plough to prepare their fields for planting. The donkey carts and correct harnesses are locally made and allow for friendly communication between the owner and the donkey. Donkeys pulling carts specifically designed for them are more willing and productive at doing their job.
I am so grateful to the LSPCA for bringing this project to my people as we are not always able to afford the high costs of veterinary care and medicines for large animals. I understand that we as donkey owners have to change our ways of treating our animals and together with the LSPCA we will be able to improve the wellbeing of our donkeys - Group Village Headman Maziro, Mpingu EPA in Lilongwe.