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Photo Credit: Funda Nenja

The Funda Nenja team are taking proactive action to combat an outbreak of Parvovirus by raising funds to vaccinate as many puppies as possible.


Mpophomeni, South Africa (28 April 2022) – Parvovirus is a deadly one for puppies, and the team at Funda Nenja is working hard to eliminate as much of the virus as possible. They are working to educate the children enrolled in their programmes, about the importance of getting their dogs fully vaccinated against diseases and viruses.

There has been an outbreak of Parvovirus in the community, and the Funda Nenja team is working hard to take preventative action within the community’s animal population.

Funda Nenja, a dog training initiative, runs in the township of Mpophomeni, near Howick, in the KZN Midlands of South Africa. They focus on animal welfare in the area by providing dog training lessons to the children and much-needed vaccinations for their beloved dogs.

These lessons teach the dogs some obedience skills and help the children bond with their pets to form a deeper connection. The classes help educate children about animal welfare and encourage them to show their families how to treat animals too.

The classes are hosted each week, and as part of the programme, the dogs involved get checked up by the primary veterinary clinic. Any animals not inoculated yet, get it done right there.

The children are also afforded other support, such as proper leads and collars, as well as a decent weekly meal pack for their animals.

“Many of the puppies arriving at Funda Nenja do not survive into adulthood. Parvovirus is deadly, especially in the townships where very few dogs are inoculated and where ignorance about the disease is commonplace.

At Funda Nenja we do our best to help puppies in need of veterinary care and we educate dog owners as much as possible. However vaccines are expensive and a lack of sufficient funding limits what we can do.

We are trying to increase the number of puppies that we vaccinate but we have a small budget available for this.

If you would like to sponsor a puppy at a cost of R150 you will greatly increase that pup’s chances of survival. Please use PARVO as your reference.”

The organisation has created an educational pamphlet that explains what the Parvovirus is, what it does to the animals and how to prevent it. So far, they have raised enough to vaccinate 50 dogs.

You can support the cause by donating here.

Sources: Funda Nenja
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