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.

Queue of dogs & owners and Dodou

Queue of dogs & owners and Dodou

Boys and their dogs

Boys and their dogs

Alajie, 2 boys & puppy

Alajie, 2 boys & puppy

Rob, Yvonne and Alajie in operating room

Rob, Yvonne and Alajie in operating room

Fatou and Mona Lisa!

Fatou and Mona Lisa!

Dodou sorting out the list

Dodou sorting out the list

Modu & Alajie muzzle dog

Modu & Alajie muzzle dog

Rob sedates dog

Rob sedates dog

Jean with puppy

Jean with puppy

Hearty Gambian lunch

Hearty Gambian lunch

Children eat leftovers

Children eat leftovers

Puppy takes siesta

Puppy takes siesta

Keeping the dogs in order

Keeping the dogs in order

Dodou & Frances check records

Dodou & Frances check records

Recovery area

Recovery area

Rob with 2 thirsty puppies

Rob with 2 thirsty puppies

Boy looking after his recovering cat

Boy looking after his recovering cat

Dodou with Karamo

Dodou with Karamo

Rob repairs cars too!

Rob repairs cars too!

Grounds of compound

Grounds of compound

Little 'Lion' adopted by neighbour

Little 'Lion' adopted by neighbour

Making stores inventory for next clinic

Making stores inventory for next clinic

Team Gambicats

Team Gambicats

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.