Friday, March 13, 2015

Missing Cat

Missing Cat: We have recently moved house and our Red Burmese male cat has been missing since Friday night for Montgomery Road, Highlands. He is orange in colour and goes by the name 'Whiskey' unfortunately he his not microchiped. He is very friendly and quite vocal. If anyone has any information please contact Michelle on or 0772447983. Any help would be greatly appreciated, really worried about him.

Aware Trust

AWARE Trust Conducts Domestic Dog Sterilisation and Rabies Vaccination Campaign in Sipepa


The AWARE Team, in conjunction with the Vet Department, recently returned from Sipepa in the Tsholotsho Communal Lands, on the southern border of Hwange National Park, where AWARE carried out a domestic dog sterilisation and rabies vaccination campaign.  Based at Sipepa Animal Health Centre, AWARE offered this campaign free of charge to dog owners living in the area.  The campaign was very well attended and a warm welcome received from the community. Sadly, whilst carrying out the campaign, we received news that 2 people (a child of 7 and an adult of 40) had died of rabies in the district having been bitten by a rabid dog a month prior.  Being fairly remote, they did not manage to get the post exposure rabies vaccines that can be life saving.  Other reports of animals behaving strangely confirmed that rabies is prevalent in the area, making this campaign essential.


68 dogs (mostly females) were sterilised and more than 1900 dogs were vaccinated for rabies and dewormed.  Of these, 950 dogs also received 5n1 vaccine, protecting them (and the wildlife they come into contact with) from the dreaded distemper and parvo viruses.  Distemper has been known to wipe out entire prides of lions so AWARE felt this was important to cover given the proximity of Hwange National Park.  Details of each dog and owner were recorded and rabies certificates issued.  Tick borne diseases were common amongst the dogs see by the Vets and the first 1000 or so dogs received Frontline treatment to help protect them against ticks as well as receiving treatment for any injuries.  All dogs operated on underwent the critical 72 hour post op check, so important for detecting possible infections.  As an incentive to return for these checks, owners received a T shirt after the Vets had done the checks.  Dogs sporting the worst leads were given new donated collars and leads and all those operated on, and those most malnourished, received a bag of nutritional feed to take home. 


Some members of the community were unable to make the distances to Sipepa, so AWARE vehicles were loaded up with vet supplies and went mobile, driving to various dip tanks in the area to vaccinate and bringing back to Sipepa AHC any dogs needing sterilisation.  After recovery, the dogs were safely transported back to their homes.


Donkeys in need of care and attention were also brought to the clinic and received crisis treatment, also allowing us the opportunity to work with the newest member of the AWARE team, Piri (formerly Donkey Protection Trust).  Aside from injuries to donkeys treated at the clinic, AWARE Vets happened to come across a donkey who had stumbled, causing his cart carrying water to smash into his back and trapping him.  The small boy driving was unable to right the cart on his own.  Fortunately the donkey escaped with bruising and a flesh wound on his back, but surprisingly his back was not broken.  This lucky donkey was treated and given painkillers.


AWARE is extremely grateful to Dr Vin and his assistant Elliot, who donated precious time to relentlessly sterilised dogs all day long. Thanks to Sarah who willingly agreed to home an extremely skinny little dog aptly named “Sipepa”.  On visiting Sipepa at Twala just a week later, the change in her was amazing, she had her spirit back; she greeted, and remembered, each of us, ears up, running and playing, a little bulging belly and a tail threatening to wag right off!  Thank you Sarah for allowing Sipepa a second chance of a happy life with new friends at Twala. 


Thank you Cheesman for sponsoring the AWARE “Don’t Litter - Spay and Neuter” t-shirts.  To Manny, Eddy, Di, Lorraine and Emma for donated colouring books, crayons, camping equipment and delicious vegetarian meals to feed the hungry Team.  Grateful thanks to Tsholotsho Vet Office and all the VEA’s at Sipepa AHC who accommodated our every need, assisted greatly and sent such wonderful positive feedback after the campaign; it was a pleasure to work together.  To the wonderful people of Tsholotosho, our thanks for your participation, warm welcome and gratitude; this area is, arguably, the prettiest communal area we have worked in with no litter and abundant trees!  By no means least, to Brian and Lizzy from Austin Texas, benefactors of this campaign as well as volunteers.  Thank you both for making this campaign possible and for all your hard work to assist Zimbabwe’s wildlife and domestic animals. Thanks to all our donors for your continued support for AWARE.


Such campaigns as this are essential to the health of humans, domestic animals and wildlife and many more such campaigns are required throughout the County, ideally in the form of continuous mobile clinics, fully equipped to reach such areas.  AWARE is well placed to step up these campaigns and would be most grateful for donations to do so and to assist with our funding to obtain a fully operational mobile clinic.  If you would like to help and donate please contact for AWARE’s bank details.  To see photographs of this campaign, please visit AWARE Trust Zimbabwe on facebook


Lost cat

Lost cat: Tigger our precious 1 year old spayed tabby cat disappeared from Argyle Road/Mathew Close, Avondale on 3rd March.  She has a ginger stripe running down her head and nose and has white paws.  If you have seen her please call me on 0773 099969.  $50.00 reward offered for her safe return.   Please help us to find her!

lost and needing homes

Looking For Good Homes: absolutely gorgeous male Rottweiler “Buster” almost 2 years old needing a very special and loving home. Very gentle and kind and loves playing with children. Currently undergoing obedience training, he is neutered and all his vaccinations are up to date. His girlfriend “Sparkle” is a SPCA special with some terrier in her, She is the most loving good natured dog but not good with cats. She is 4 years old, spayed and all her vaccinations are up to date, Would love to find a home for them together but they can be separated. We are leaving the country and do not have the space in our new home for them to come with us. Of you are interested in them and can offer them the perfect forever home please contact Marjet  on or Whatsapp on 0783487820. We are leaving the third week of May 2015.


LOST White Maltese Terrier called Archie.  Missing from 108 Larmenier Village off Ridgeway North.  Last seen Saturday 7th March.  Please phone Sheila Kensett on 04-495739 or Libby on 0774 136 950.


Missing Cat: Mount pleasant on Northwood Rise road and my cat has gone missing, It is a Long Haired ginger cat with brown specs in its eyes it is a boy but has been neutered. Rick Conway- 0772602502

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Needing homes

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2 very special Yorkshire Terriers, brother and sister, tiny ones. Owners leaving end March. To approved homes only.
1 Toy Pom x maltese poodle boy, white 3 years, owners going into retirement home, no dogs. To approved home only.
1 very special little female JR dumped at Friends, most of pups died, is terrified needs someone to give her lots of love. To approved home only.
Please help


Lost dogs

Lost from Arundel/ Northwood area. 2 Australian Blue Heelers. Both wearing collars and are male. One neutered and one is intact.  In spite of being called ‘blue’ they are both multi-coloured and have quite a bit of brown on their faces. Not tall dogs but quite stocky. One has a leg recovering from an operation. Last seen in owners garden on Friday morning. If seen or found, Please phone Amanda Hollinshead on 0772 144004 or Val Hollinshead on 0772 573526


Found dog

Found Dog - Wed afternoon 25th February on Lomagundi Road, the Adlyn Road side about 6-7 houses down from the Westgate Roundabout. Staffordshire cross bull terrier male dog, light brown-grey with white markings on head, chest and white toes. Long tail, wearing a wide collar. Very friendly, obviously someone's pet. Taken to Friends Animal Foundation. For more information tel 0772304559