HAHDA ANIMAL WELFARE PROGRAM
HAHDA was born out of the need to help those marginalized individuals in society like people with disabilities, the elderly, orphans and the youth in general especially in low income areas like city slums and rural areas.
Along the way we realized the plight of the animals in these areas and in digging further we found that helping these unfortunate co-inhabitants in these slums would also positively impact the human population they shared them with.
Kampala district has over 1.6 million residents, 70 percent of citizens ages 18-64 live below the poverty line, according to the national population Resource Center. And the citizens are not the only ones struggling, Thousands of stray dogs and cats peer timidly from under buildings and dart from the roads. Many were abandoned by local owners during dire financial times, but many more never had homes in the first place. This overpopulation is not only sad for the animals, but it is unsafe for the community. The strays’ lack of socialization can make them dangerous to both people, pets and themselves, especially if the strays feel threatened. In addition, the district animal welfare board has reported numerous dog attacks on civilians and vice versa. These dangers can also culminate in financial issues: culminating from attacks on residents from strays and other untrained pets on residents for example.
Fortunately, this need in the community has been addressed with our proposed construction of the Central Animal shelter in Kampala or Mukono district.
It’s now possible for HAHDA which would operate the shelter along with its various partners and volunteers, to curtail the stray overpopulation by taking in animals and giving them a chance to be adopted. Of course, every dog or cat adopted will be spayed/neutered if they are not already it is included in the adoption fee. As the overpopulation decreases, so will strays’ struggle for survival and people’s dangerous and costly situations.