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Bam Animal Clinics is an animal welfare/health charity organization founded in August 2009. It was birthed out of love and concern for pets living in the hands of cruel "masters", those that had no homes and spent their entire lifetime on the streets, scratching through the garbage for a bone and also the concern about the lives of other domestic animals living in poor conditions.
Before the organization's formation, the founder DR David Balondemu worked with the department of veterinary services in Iganga district, he recalls the number of cases presented at the office then regarding dogbites and how the victim dogs were treated , either killed or beatten severely and consequently isolated. There was total chaos and something was to be done to imrpove the welfare of animals in the country.
In 2008 we joined hands with five colleagues and were tasked to keep moving to communities to sensitize and educate communities about how best they needed to keep and manage their animals and the benefits there after. In 2009 we joined a bigger campaign against animal cruelty formed Bam Animal Clinics, and registered it as a Non Governmental Charity organization . Since then we have had thousands of dogs, cats and other animals rescued from the streets, re-homed, treated, spayed and neutered and have adopted several disease control measures.
We have since written articles on animal cruelty, pressed politicians to incorporate animal rights enhancement in our manifestos, especially the right to health and fair treatment, and had animal treatment measures incorporated in Iganga Community work plans.
We have been since partnered with the WTS-Vets United organization in a bid to strengthen our grip on widening the scope of addressing the welfare/health of animals in Uganda. The WTS-Vets United is now sponsring our CPD project in animal welfare which kick-started on 1st May 2019.
BAM works in a region where animals’ rights are not fully understood by communities and the welfare status need be redefined.. People are not aware or informed about animal welfare and care, its benefits and the dangers of neglecting animals. Our goaal as Bam animal clinics is to sensitize, educate, train, protect and to improve on the general welfare of all animals. In order to achieve this, BAM puts into consideration a number of activities and guiding principles as seen hereunder:-.
We encourage skills training and skills transfer to our welfare officers through practical and theoretical trainings.We put and enhance the sheltering of homeless dogs/cats at household and community levels. This has led to a great reduction in the killing of homeless dogs and cats on roads through food poisoning and accidents.
Have a handful of ready to train Vets and paravets through our CPD project. We have been sensitizing communities on animal birth control methods to reduce on over proliferation.. In addition, we have adopted spaying and neutering programs at different designated program centres and these are called Spay/ Neuter clinics.
We have taken further steps in educating the population about the dangers of having stray and homeless, unvaccinated dogs and cats on radios, in markets and sometimes from home to home. In this our major area of concern in scaling down the rate of rabies spread(a zoonotic diseases) a disease which has caused a great number of deaths in the region, devastated families and entire communities. We have since carried out rabies vaccinations in the several sub counties in Iganga, Namutumba, Bugiri, Luuka and Jinja districts.
We have created a strong linkage and referral system with other veterinarians, with mutual goals, this has helped us expand the coverage of our program activities in the different parts of the country like a case where a machete holding thief attached and severely injured a service dog called champ was 400km away from our centre. The thief then attacked and killed the owner that night champ was left unattended to for some time and wound was seen almost severed the entire face. It took to our intervention when we were alerted by a FB who had seen this dog posted by a Ugandan. We then engaged him in treatment with the help of Makerere University under the supervision of Dr Acion (RIP) till champ recovered.
We have since participated in several animal Field Day events eg World Rabies day in Buyende, Kiryandongo and other major events. The Bam team has over the last three years been participating in regional surmits organized for Africa animal welfare organizations and have been commended for their contributions.
We have since 2016 Organized several successful training Workshops sponsored by our partners the WTG Vets United, a Germany based animal welfare/health charity organization where more that 360 trainees successfully attended and got certificates in Improving Animal Welfare/health.
Bam understands the Link between animal abuse and human violence and is working in partnership with other organizations to support programs aimed at reducing both. At the moment , we are routed in a countrywide CPD education program with partner WTS-Vets United , training Veterinarians who will again educate animal keepers and those engaged in other animals sectors the need to observe the welfare of animals. The organization has also establishd routes in the Eastern block where there are many donkeys and their wellfare is violated, our donkey project sponsors and partners the Animal Kind International have since sponsored a project to make Saddles and harnesses that will protect transport donkeys from Injurries and wounds.The project will further address issues of the general welfare of donkeys in the region.
Annual Reviews give a summary of Bam Animal Clinics activities over the past financial year (April to April). You can download a copy in PDF form to read through by clicking on the links below. If you don't have a fast Internet connection, please be aware that each document might take a few minutes to fully download. We shall soon post the reports below
The Ugandan government stipulates a five-day workweek with no more than 12 hours a day and no more than 44 hours a week in the Labor Law of the Republic of Uganda.
The regular working time generally is from Monday to Friday, with Saturday and Sunday off. The Ugandan people usually work between 08:00 and 05:00 each day, with a lunch break from 12:00 to 02:00. However, local variations may occur due to the time difference or policy in different cities. For instance, the working day in Iganga usually starts from 09:00 AM or 05:00 PM due to its longitude
Besides the regular days off (Saturday and Sunday), Ugandan people also enjoy the holidays of Festival season, indepenpance day , NRM DAY,easter day,chrismas day and many more