We are always at the end of a phone, responding to calls for help from those around us who cannot afford veterinary care for their sick and injured animals. Collecting these desperately needy dogs and cats from their homes or the side of the road, we take them to Harare, where their treatment (or euthanasia, when necessary) is done by Kamfinsa Veterinary Service.
Fortunately VAWZ is still allowing us to operate under their umbrella (so our cases go through them, making them eligible for the reduced rates available to them) but we're treating anything up to 50 animals a month so, in spite of this concession, our veterinary bills are very substantial. We try and treat minor problems ourselves, only taking serious cases into the vet, but often come across unvaccinated animals with infectious diseases like STDs, Canine Parvo Virus and Distemper. We are also called to help dogs that have been run over, poisoned, ripped open in fights or gored by wild pigs - many with broken bones - while others have often stopped eating because they're sick or malnourished.