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for animal welfare - Interview with Nyasha Nyarota
July 12, 2011
Nyarota has just turned 25. She's a Psychology major at Africa
University in Mutare. Initially she wanted to specialize in Animal
Psychology but discovered that there isn't really a market
for this in Zimbabwe.
spoke to Kubatana's Elizabeth Nyamuda about her passion in
working for the welfare of animals.
motivates you to work for the welfare of animals?
There are a plethora of reasons that have motivated me to work for
animal welfare. Firstly, when I was a child I had a friend who had
dogs and they could not cater to their dogs' needs. They would
let their dogs find their own food, they were never vaccinated and
it really hit home. It was heartbreaking to see their pets go through
various diseases and not get treated for them. If you move in and
around Zimbabwe you find that people do not know how to adequately
take care of their animals. I have four dogs at home and the female
(Kleo) had pups. My father gave them away, and when I followed up
on the pups, they were either dead of critically ill. Animal owners
need to be educated about the do's and don'ts when taking
care of their animals. The SPCA
has played a major role when it comes to the welfare of Animals
in Harare. They deal with animal abuse cases, educate the public
on animal abuse as well as move around high-density areas in Harare
vaccinating and dipping animals.
opinion what factors do you think contribute to the abuse of animals
There are various reasons why animals are abused in our society.
One reason being the economic situation in Zimbabwe has affected
people as well as animals. People who own pets have had difficulties
catering for them because veterinary costs; medication costs as
well as dog food prices are unbelievably high. Owners can't
not afford basic necessities for their own families let alone their
pets. I was listening to the radio recently and they were talking
about people dumping their dogs on the Mutare Highway. If people
think they can't continue caring for their pets it's
safer to hand the dog, cat, hamster etc to the SPCA. Another reason
is education; people need to be educated about how to take care
of their pets. Dogs or cats aren't goats that can fend for
themselves. They need shelter, clean water, food that has all their
daily required nutrients, they need to be vaccinated, they need
to be bathed to get rid of fleas, and most of all they need love
and someone to play with. Lastly, there are those people who breed
animals to make quick money.
have been your biggest challenges in this work?
Being so young its hard to get people to take you seriously especially
when they are quite a bit - well, a lot - older and more experienced
than you. I have to work harder, be smarter and be on their level
of thinking. It's quite challenging but in itself I love a
good challenge, it drives me to want to be better at what I do.
I work well under pressure.
you grown close to a particular animal over the course of your work?
Tell us the story.
Well every animal is special in its own way! I have noticed that
every animal has its own personality. Having four dogs at home,
they have distinct personalities. I have been close to every animal
I have come in contact with. All they need is a lot of love and
you will be very good friends.
as your future goes, how do you see it playing out?
Two months ago I saw an advertisement in a local newspaper informing
the public about the difficulties the SPCA is facing due to the
Airport Rd upgrade. They have been forced to relocate and rebuild
their surgery elsewhere. I saw that as a sign to help them, as I
am an animal lover myself. It has been a lifelong dream to work
with the SPCA. I have always wanted to establish an Animal Welfare
Organization in Zimbabwe. By working with the SPCA I feel that I
will gain experience and knowledge of the risks and rewards of managing
an animal rights organization. As the youth in Zimbabwe I believe
we can be the solution to our problems. It can start with us taking
the first step in the right direction. Five years from now, I believe
I will have established an Animal Welfare Organization that will
help to educate, as well as eliminate animal abuse that is prevailing
in our beautiful country.
What do you
do in your community? Email us and we'll share your inspiration.
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