Overview of Determining Objectives
In one simple sentence it boils down to, responsibly empowering people with the relevant knowledge, will and resources to sustainably be able to take better care of their animal’s health & wellbeing.
However, given that the largest majority of the rural population are unacquainted with modern medicinal remedies the most sustainable and realistic impact on long-term Dog well-being, and other animals, in these communities is probably through education and the transfer of knowledge. These communities have been here for many thousands of years and have accumulated a lot of their own effective local knowledge and remedies using plants. Many of these are still being widely used today, sometimes in conjunction with a little modern medicines due to cost and availability. We therefore do not unilaterally impose known solutions but rather seek to add value. There are some old cultural medical practices that appear to be illogical like the cutting of the Frenulum (tendon) under the tongue of puppies when they stop eating which is most often caused due to an infestation of worms. There are quite a few recent practices like using old car oil or Jeyes Fluid or other insecticides to try control ticks and fleas. The introduction of a new or foreign procedure like sterilising Dogs is often not accepted straight away even though people generally do not wish their Dogs to keep having puppies. Once a few people in a village have seen that there are no side effects and the positive benefits it is then embraced by others very quickly.
Although it is heart-breaking to know that 90% of all puppies suffer and die under these harsh conditions which it is nature’s way of controlling the population and disease, it would be irresponsible and futile to try impose the same humanitarian guidelines as a city based AWO. It is more realistic to approach rural animal welfare from the bottom up.
In light of the above and in conjunction with resource constraints we are trying to prioritise an overall interactive and innovative plan of action that will have the most impact on improving animal health and wellbeing suited to our local rural circumstances.
We use the term PAHC (Primary animal Health Care) to describe any action that prevents the onset of either disease or suffering of an animal. However this term is used more specifically in the professional veterinary field.