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A GOOD START!!!

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The burden of caring in an environment or society that seems not  to share that same passion may seem daunting. Burdens, passions and hopes come with a demand; they demand your attention, investment of self and resources but more than anything they demand that you act; they demand that you rise up despite opposition and stand against injustice. This has been “All Creatures Animal Welfare League’s” drive from its inception; to ensure that the animals of Malawi are treated with a bit more kindness and dignity.

Despite the lack of very key resources such as kennels, “All Creatures” has insisted on providing shelter and food to the most desperate animals in Lilongwe urban, conducting numerous rescue operations also with the help of the Malawi police service for which we are very grateful. It has been quite the experience!

We have had the awesome privilege of receiving a lot of help; a lot of other people who share our burden have been more than kind. Many have helped by giving us tipoffs,…

OUTREACH PROGRAMS; THE KASUNGU SPAY AND NEUTER CLINIC

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All CreaturesAnimal Welfare League, with the kind support of The Humane Society International and Alice Morgan Wright Edith-Goode, on 3rd November 2016, conducted a free “Spay and Neuter” clinic in Kasungu. This was done in collaboration with Kasungu Elephants Fund and was aimed at reducing the number of stray dogs around the National Park. The team from All Creatures was comprised of four vets, a vet nurse, an education officer and the driver and they arrived in Kasungu at 9am where they were welcomed by a veterinary officer who was waiting along with some beneficiaries and their dogs who had arrived early. The team was given two huts, one in which to store their equipment and another, a shed under which they were to conduct the operations. The team was prepared to operate on a maximum of 15 dogs, and so they set up the tables, hung a banner and were ready to go!
Once the set up was done, the team begun registering the dogs present and the started out the operations, beginning with th…

OUTREACH PROGRAMS; THE KASUNGU SPAY AND NEUTER CLINIC

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All Creatures Animal Welfare League, with the kind support of The Humane Society International and Alice Morgan Wright Edith-Goode, on 3rd November 2016, conducted a free “Spay and Neuter” clinic in Kasungu. This was done in collaboration with Kasungu Elephants Fund and was aimed at reducing the number of stray dogs around the National Park. The team from All Creatures was comprised of four vets, a vet nurse, an education officer and the driver and they arrived in Kasungu at 9am where they were welcomed by a veterinary officer who was waiting along with some beneficiaries and their dogs who had arrived early. The team was given two huts, one in which to store their equipment and another, a shed under which they were to conduct the operations. The team was prepared to operate on a maximum of 15 dogs, and so they set up the tables, hung a banner and were ready to go!
Once the set up was done, the team begun registering the dogs present and the started out the operations, beginning with t…

Humane Education in Kasungu

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All Creatures Animal Welfare League in collaboration with Kasungu Elephant Fund on 3rd November 2016, held a free Spay and Neuter clinic with the support of the Humane Society International. The aim of the exercise was to reduce the number of stray animals around the park. To make the most of this initiative, the All Creatures Humane Education team set up a humane education session at Kaswam’chenje primary school, which is one of the schools surrounding the park.
The team from Kasungu Elephant Fund assisted All Creatures by linking the Humane Education team with the school officials and setting up the event. The event was attended by the whole school; an estimated 1000 plus pupils who enthusiastically participated in the lesson. The pupils were taught about Rabies; how fatal it is, its signs and symptoms, preventative measures and what to do as first aid treatment for someone bitten by an animal suspected to have the virus.
The staff at Kaswam’chenje primary school was very pleased to h…
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World Rabies Day

Imagine 3500 pupils all gathered together for an interactive lesson about rabies; this is what “All Creatures” did on 28th September 2016, we held this educative sensitization program as it was World Rabies Day. At “All Creatures” we have keen interest in children as we believe that it is easier and beneficial to train children in animal welfare in their formative years because this is when they are most impressionable and therefore teachable. We believe that whatever is learnt in these early stages of life has a lasting impression on the learners.

It is because of this that “All Creatures” decided to take World Rabies Day to Kafulu primary school in area 22, Lilongwe to impress on the children the importance of Rabies vaccines and the precautionary measures to be taken against rabies and what should be done as first aid reaction when one is bitten by a dog suspected of having rabies.

The children laughed, cheered, sang and danced as they learnt; it was especially excit…

All creatures Dog Training Services 2

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At “All Creatures Animal Welfare League”, we are pleased to
announce the commencement of Dog
Training Sessions.
We have on offer; Obedience
training, Fun and Games
and Walking
on a leash.
Eachdog requires a
minimum of 21 contact hours. We will have three sessions every morning and two
sessions every afternoon (each session is to host only one dog) as follows;



1st Session: 9am-10am 2nd Session: 10am-11am 3rd Session: 11am-12noon 4th Session: 3pm-4pm 5th Session: 4pm -5pm Please note that we require that each dog’s vaccinations are
up to date before the dog may commence training. For more information or booking, contact info@animalwelfareleague.org or
call 0880489092

SAVED FROM THE JAWS OF DEATH

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Different peoples have among many other things, different practices, different appreciations and different palates; this sort of diversity makes human interaction exciting and makes the world a more colorful place especially at a time such as this when the world is increasingly becoming a global village. So people go to different places and experience different customs but as they say, “when you are in Rome, do what the Romans do”.
In Malawi, it is an abomination for one to eat dog meat, even in the face of famines (which are not new to Malawi); it is unheard of that dog meat may be consumed. In Malawi, dogs and cats are the most common domestic animals and because of this, many people are very fond of them in a familial manner and so it goes without saying why the average Malawian is outraged at the slightest insinuation of dog as food.
This is why it was pertinent for “All Creatures” to respond when we got a distress call from someone who was livid upon discovering that a group of Chi…

US AND HARMONY

Do you remember passing your University Entrance Exam? Along with the joy and relief comes the concern of what the new experience will be like. Despite how exciting change is, it can be a little uncomfortable; one of the things that you will definitely have to face is the fact that you will be getting a new roommate😝! You have absolutely no idea what they are like; are they neat and tidy? Are they quiet or noisy? Do they snore? Will they be kind and friendly or are they a grouch with whom you can’t ever hold a conversation? Then you meet and together you begin to build parameters and set boundaries, they say to you; “Mesho* I don’t appreciate your using my plates and not cleaning them afterward”, or you say to them “Mesho* please don’t keep your radio on all night, it disturbs my sleep” and so on and so forth. What you and your mesho* are looking to achieve is a state of harmony.
The Oxford English dictionary defines harmony as “The state of being in agreement or concord” or “The qual…

STRANGELY, WE DON'T THINK SO AT ALL

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There was dust everywhere as the noise of blaring honks from impatient minibus drivers rushing to meet their targets for the day grew louder and louder. This writer sat and watched, in utter amazement and reluctant admiration as the driver of the minibus made near impossible maneuvers in an effort to wiggle his way out of the myriad of buses tightly packed together each waiting their turn to fill up on passengers. When suddenly there was a stirring within the bus and the sound of a young boy’s voice crying “ayi! Tasiyani!” he was protesting the intrusion of a man’s hand who was jokingly trying to grab a little hamster from his hand. Everyone broke into inarticulate sounds of affection, the uuuuuhs, awwwws and ahhhhs, everyone was warmed by the boy’s determination to defend his little hamster. He too broke into laughter, holding his little hamster more closely, as he settled in once again on his mother’s lap. He was a little too old to still be sitting on his mother’s lap really, but i…

Chilinde rescue complete

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JUST TO BE TREATED BETTER

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Can you imagine what a dog’s dream life would be? May not be so easy for everyone but at least one may have an idea- no leash, numerous trees to pee on, lots of dirt to make holes in which to hide bones, pile upon pile of bones and steak, a nice shelter for when it rains or when it’s cold, no noise from fireworks on New Year’s eve. Maybe most importantly, a caring owner to whom he can come home after a day of lots of fun out in the fields. An owner who is concerned when he is sick and takes him to the vet, an owner who gives him a bath to keep the fleas away, an owner who defends him from bullies, an owner who calls him best friend. That would be fantastic wouldn’t it?
Sadly, that is more than what little Snoopy (name given for the sake of this article because his real name is unknown to us) could ask for. Suffering terribly from loneliness, but as though that was not enough, being beaten and harassed by whoever pleased at Chilinde market in Lilongwe from which he suffered severe head …

ANIMAL WELFARE? WHY?

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Do you remember reading or watching “The famous five” when you were growing up, or maybe “Tin-Tin” or watching “Beethoven” the adopted mischievous yet adorable canine? Tin-Tin’s endless adventures, him and captain Haddock, surely you must have loved finding clues and following on until we got the bad guy, hahaha “we” because we all felt like an integral part of the whole adventure, all the sniffing and scurrying, the dead ends and the starting over, it was exciting! If you paid close attention, in fact, even without paying much attention, you probably noticed that it seemed Tin-Tin couldn’t have sniffed out any bad guys without the faithful Snowy, nor could the famous five have bagged any criminals without Timmy, come to think of it, Mystery Inc. would not have done much without the timorous yet ever reliable Scooby doo to the effect that the whole show is named after him!

Are you beginning to see where this is probably going? Snowy, Beethoven, Timmy, Scooby doo? Dearly cherished pets …