The LSPCA’s vision is to create an environment that provides for both optimum animal welfare and human livelihoods in Malawi. Our mission is to create greater awareness within Malawi and the region of the animal welfare issues for all animals through targeted animal welfare education, veterinary training, and the provision of veterinary care for all animals at our Veterinary Hospital and The Centre for Animal Welfare, and also at community clinics. We aim to support the local authorities to enforce animal welfare legislation, support the development of new regulations, by-laws and legislation and provide a voice for animals in Malawi.
The LSPCA in Lilongwe Malawi is the oldest animal welfare organisation in the country focusing on domestic animals, livestock and working animals. We strive to develop compassion and empathy for animals through public awareness campaigns, humane education, veterinary support and training, and the enforcement of the Protection of Animals Act of Malawi.
Here’s how we do it!
Controlling rabies and managing dog population
LSPCA has vaccinated over 140 000 dogs since 2015. Our rabies control programme is aligned with the global drive to end dog transmitted rabies in humans by 2030. LSPCA delivers a targeted community led surveillance programme to isolate dogs infected with the virus and provide continuous rabies vaccination in priority areas. LSPCA offers free pet sterilisation services in areas with a fast-growing dog population to promote responsible pet ownership and control the spread of rabies. LSPCA plays a key role in supporting the Government of Malawi’s development of a national strategic plan to end dog mediated rabies in humans and control the spread of rabies in Malawi.
Elimination of roadside animal trade
Roadside sale of animals is an animal welfare issue, as well as a human health problem. LSPCA prohibits animal cruelty and unnecessary sufferings of animals by promoting the Protection of Animals Act of 1970 of Malawi. Through its newly launched campaign, LSPCA is fighting the roadside sale of live animals. LSPCA has trained police officers and court magistrates to improve the operation which results into increased convictions.
Through its weekly mobile clinics, LSPCA regularly delivers qualified veterinary care to farm animals alongside the government’s Department for Animal Health and Livestock Development. We support low income rural communities to improve the welfare of their farm animals at no cost, boosting health and production to secure income and better livelihoods and food security for small-holder farmers. Our mobile farm clinics, in the heart of local villages, treat as many livestock as possible; without our effort, the majority of these animals would easily live their entire life without receiving any veterinary attention.
The health and welfare of donkeys is important and we work to ensure that their contribution to livelihoods is recognised and valued. The Donkey Sanctuary partners with us to improve the welfare of donkeys. We have seen significant improvements since the inception of the welfare programme. Our vet team provide much needed veterinary care to donkeys in need. The donkey welfare programme has empowered donkey owners with better knowledge of donkey management.
Vet training: Centre for Animal Welfare delivers a unique, weekly practical skills platform to students of veterinary medicine and animal health and livestock production. Our vet training team deliver holistic and proactive veterinary care to livestock keepers at home and at the same time provide refresher training to field staff. Centre for Animal Welfare works alongside Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR)- Bunda and Natural Resources College campuses to deliver 16 hours of skills development in a simulated work environment through village consultation or at our veterinary hospital.