We offer free spay and neuter services and basic medical care for dogs and cats of low and no income families in municipal townships and informal settlements throughout Namibia.
About Have a Heart
Have-a-Heart is a registered non-profit organisation (21/2014/0378), working across Namibia, with the ethos of 'saving lives through sterilisation'.
Our main aim is to provide free dog and cat spay and neuter services to pet owners with low or no income. Our goal is the ultimate, sustainable aim of reducing the number of stray animals thus eliminating the need for mass-euthanasia, whilst improving the health and welfare status of township dogs and cats. Every dog and cat has the right to live a happy and healthy life!
Every dog and cat sterilised by Have-a-Heart also receives a vaccination and parasite control treatment, bringing direct health benefits to dogs and cats themselves as well as the human communities and local wildlife populations.
With your support we provide and improve system equality by giving less fortunate pets access to vetarinarian care.
Together we are making a difference!
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How we work
Have-a-Heart Namibia has partnered with about 20 veterinarians from all over Namibia, other charities and the mobile animal clinics of Dr Erna Meyer, Dr Hartmut Winterbach, and Dr Ian Baines. We work together with the vets and organise spay and neuter events for dogs and cats, depending on the availability of the vets and funds received through donations.
Our main aim is to sustainably and humanely reduce the number of stray animals in Namibia and improve their health status. We achieve this with your support by providing free spay and neuter services to underserved communities, thereby eliminating the need for mass euthanasia or killing. Of course we also help in cases of injuries or illness with basic medical care - thanks to the emergency fund of Animal-Kind International! Through our dedicated efforts, we have have significantly reduced the breeding rates of dogs and cats in the areas where we work and also improved their health and the value of the pet within the community.
Why is it necessary?
According to our surveys and a public census, every fourth person in poverty-stricken areas owns a dog, and every fifth person owns a cat. It is estimated that over 1 million people in Namibia live in extreme poverty, making them eligible for assistance and support from organisations like Have a Heart. Countless more people struggle to make ends meet. We estimate that at least 250,000 dogs and 200,000 cats in Namibia qualify for free services from Have a Heart. We have long waiting lists.
We thoroughly track the numbers of animals helped through Have a Heart (operations, follow-up vaccination, parasite treatments, medical treatments and others) for our statistics and every operated animal is listed and reported as required by law.
Have a Heart works in townships, rural settlements, and villages, often hundreds of kilometers away from the next big town and in the poorest areas of a larger city. Animals living in remote and secluded regions or large townships face unique challenges in health care and accessing veterinary care. But the most significant proof of why Have a Heart's work is needed in Namibia is shown by how many requests of help reaches us daily and that most spay days are fully booked within a couple of hours. We cannot stress enough that we simply offer support, and thousands of responsible, grateful owners make use of the offer. Responsible dog and cat owners in Namibia know what is best for their pets and want to improve the health of their pets!
Healthy pets - healthier communities!
Have-a-Heart is the first and only registered non profit organisation in Namibia carrying out mass sterilisation in townships, and is already well known and established in the country with a proven track record of success - all possible because of your donations and support.
Our teams have been working with low and no income families since 2013, and know well the challenges of working in townships and rural settlements in Namibia. The teams are well experienced and practiced in communicating the benefits of our work to pet owners and answering any questions they may have regarding sterilisation and vaccination or animal health and welfare.