Dear Pug family I need some help free of charge possibly!!
As some of you know I have been working/living in Nigeria ( Africa) for the last 5 years with my pugs: Jessie and our crazy addition to the family Lilo .
To put everyone in context over these years and with the help of few people we have been rescuing/fostering/rehabilitating and finding homes for dogs/cats ( so far we have over 40 successful adoptions). It has been extremely difficult and challenging in this environment but we have come to the point where we need to do something more, something that will last and create the grounds for a more large rescue project.
We would like to build up a self sustainable shelter for Dog and cats with aim to host Horses ( many stray horses here dying on the streets) and maybe birds ( this last one only to collect and transfer to a Sanctuary in the forest where a lovely American lady rescues primates).
Now, the way we see is for us to design a shelter attached to a veterinary clinic ( with diagnosis facilities). With this mean the clinic will create the financial means to found the rescue animals.
I have contacted some of the well recognised initiative with very little feedback ( believe they are afraid of the Nigerian scams!) so I appeal to this great community to let me have your ideas/suggestions on how we can take this forward. After we have the clear picture on how the layout will be then we will start reaching out to local institutions and sponsors.
Note : average temperature is @25/30 degree Celsius, will need to drill a well for water ( plus treatment plant), most likely we will need a back up generator as electricity is not constant.
If you have info/advice/experience to share please PM me
Are there local individuals --maybe expats--who have pets and who might be willing to be a part of the project? Connections are so important and a few good initial contacts will go a long way. What's the local news like there? Can you get a human interest story published?
PatriciaPV ModeratorMom to Phineas and the Fabulous Felines
And always remembering and missing Phoebe, my heart girl
"My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet..." ~ Edith Wharton
Wow, this sounds like it is going to be quite the project. I have no advice just well wishes for you and all the people involved.
Pug Mom to Roxie
Zoey (March 27, 2005 - February 23, 2015) and Eddie (October 2, 2010 - September 10, 2019) have moved on to the bridge
I think a great local vet is the place to start. If you get one on board with the project, then you can move forward with their contacts in the veterinary world and the college where they were educated to begin a foundation for building this project.
I don't know what the government regulations are there for running a non-profit organization, or if corruption is an issue in your area. You do face a huge hurdle with being in Nigeria, a place with a horrible reputation for scams and corruption.
Can you consult with a reputable attorney who can help you set the groundwork?
In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
- Mohandas Gandhi
Thanks indeed the reputation is terrible and in fact it is not only reputation it is reality here!. We are a group of expats leading this, we have a couple of local veterinaris to take the medical concept forward. Starting point will be indeed to create a Non-Profit organisation for wich I am consulting few existing NGO and attroneys already.
Now, we are open to see what si your opinion on how the shelter+clinic can be self sustainable ( what services to offer and minumim requirements you envisage), what would be the best operating model ( we might obtain some sponsorship from local Government but have to make sure that after the initial sponsirship ( if any) then the shelter can sustain itself no matter what government is going to be in charge at any point in time - so the management structure is very importants -How does that work in your countries?)
I am pulling togheter a business case but of course there are millions of things to do in parallel like creating awareness, ensure law enforcement, etc big challenge ahead in a cultural environment where animals are less than nothing! thanks for any idea
What kind of services might the local community require? Veterinary care alone might not generate enough funds for the shelter if there is not a large number of local animal lovers who might use the services. Those who do care about their animals would typically work, I suppose, and I wonder whether some sort of day care facility for their pets might also generate some funds. That would not require much in terms of specialist equipment or staffing.
What are the plans for re-homing the shelter animals? I met a lady on holiday in Crete who runs a local rescue for the many stray dogs there. It is almost impossible to rehome them on the island and most of the time they have to be shipped to Western Europe for new homes.
Good luck with your endeavour. I hope it succeeds.
Bella, mummy to Snifter and Toddy!