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Animal Health Care

Program Goal

To contribute towards having healthy animals and improved access to animal healthcare in Arusha.

Why it matters

ASPA has been providing animal health care services for over 10 years. These services have filled a much needed gap among local community in Arusha who lack access and resources to provide the requisite health care for their animals. ASPA has also engaged in rescuing of animals and control of stray animals. The main focus has been on Dogs, Donkeys and Cats.

There is however greater demand for such services than ASPA and other animal welfare actors have been able to meet. The problem is especially acute in rural areas. In order to address both the current unmet demand and the increasing number of domesticated animals in Arusha ASPA has prioritized animal health care as one of the core programs in this strategic plan especially targeting rural communities.

How we will do it

ASPA will expand and strengthen the current healthcare programmes by 2016 and initiate new ones by 2017 with special emphasis on services to rural communities in Arusha. This will be done through;

• Doubling by 2017 and tripling by 2020 the number of clients served by ASPA healthcare services; We will do this in three ways. Firstly by increasing the number of community outreach programs conducted every week so each team can reach more people than they do currently. Secondly is to acquire an additional car and equipment so that we have at least two teams for outreach work and lastly by increasing the number of clients we serve in our center.

• Introducing at least 2 new services by 2017 and 5 new services by 2018, in ASPA Health care program; We will resume castration and spaying services for dogs and cats. We will also introduce new services which will include cat and dog breeding, temporary and permanent re-homing services and manufacturing of donkey harness.

 Increased use/ adaptation of new technology and improved techniques in ASPA animal healthcare services; ASPA will strive to ensure use of updated technology that ensures animal welfare. This will focus on promote good harness for donkeys, traction, knells for dogs and cats as well as animal transportation. On the other hand ASPA will keep track and update the technology used from time to time in the provision of the ASPA health care services.

 Increased partnership and collaboration with other private animal welfare practitioners; In implementing this strategic plan ASPA will work closely with other stakeholders especially private vets to offer services to communities. The aim is to ensure that quality and affordable services are available to community without interfering with the legitimate source of income for private vets. ASPA will mainly target communities that cannot afford services of private vets. ASPA will also seek to promote affordable/subsidized services in partnership with the private vets especially in rural areas.


Key Outputs

• ASPA has strengthen ongoing programmes/ services; vaccination, de-worming, improving traction, loading and harnessing, basic veterinary care, population management/ control.

• ASPA resume old programmes and initiate new programmes/ services; castration and spaying, animal rescuing (dogs and cats), dog and cat breeding, part time/ permanent re-home (adoption), donkey-harness manufacturing.

• Geographical coverage for ASPA healthcare outreach programs to rural communities doubled by 2017 onwards; Dog dip (working with government Vet), Vaccination, De-worming and Water blocks.

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