GUNJUR - GAMBICATS' 19th CLINIC - A GREAT SUCCESS - 81 DOGS & 4 CATS NEUTERED
Dodou spent some time finding suitable facilities for the clinic with the help of Karamo Bojang, District Livestock Inspector and Alkala Giki Daboe. They came up with a very special place, Gunjur African Lodge. This is a large compound where we rented 2 spacious rooms and a large covered recovery area. There were lots of trees which gave us welcome shade as the temperature was around 40 on some days. There was also plenty of space for the waiting dogs and their owners.
The team consisted of Rob and Yvonne Schell on their 9th visit, volunteer Sue Silk on her 6th visit, Gambian staff Dodou Bojang, Modu and Alajie, and trustee Frances Miller.
Once again Julie provided free luxury accomodation at Luigi's apartments, a 40 minute drive from Gunjur.
This was a very lively, noisy clinic! Dodou had spent a lot of time on publicity including two local radio phone-ins. Each morning there was a queue waiting of dogs each with several young boys. Keeping accurate records was a challenge and we often needed translation from Dodou, Alagie and Modu. All the dogs treated were brought in by owners and we didn't have to catch dogs on the street which was a real bonus.
We worked from April 16 - 24 and neutered 84 animals: 81 dogs (38 males, 43 females), and 3 cats (2 females. 1 male). All were treated for fleas and worms. The dogs had rabies vaccinations and were microchipped. The cats were given a left ear tip for future identification. There were also a number of dogs who only came for their rabies vaccination as they had already been castrated by their owners when they were puppies. Rob and Yvonne worked up to a few hours before they flew home!
Thanks as always to supporters at the Department of Livestock Services, Gambia Veterinary Council, WVS, Priory Vets Cardigan, Thermatex, Animalcare & Dogfood Dave, and especially Julie & Luigi Maio.
And of course Team Gambicats for all their hard work and expertise.