Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Helping Homeless Animals!

*"Hope" - hit by a taxi in the town of Gulu- now living out her life in the shelter*

Everyone who knows me knows that whenever I travel I must find ways to help a local, non-profit organization that has to do with animals or conservation. Well thankfully through Animal-Kind International I was able to learn about the Kampala USPCA. Prior to leaving for my trip I sent out a mass email to my friends and family requesting any pet-related donations. Thankfully I had many people come forward and donate incredible things that are not readily available in Uganda. Apart from very generous monetary donation from the Holmes' family and Cheryl Sloan, my great friends Jessie, Tammy and Sandra donated one of a kind medications, toys and medical supplies that otherwise would not have been available to the staff and volunteer at the USPCA.

*Delivering the bag full of goodies*

During my last day in Uganda I had the pleasure of visiting the animal shelter, delivering the donated supplies and meeting the staff and volunteers of this incredible place. The shelter is over double their capacity but the incredible people informed me that they don't have the heart to euthanize healthy animals (a far cry from many shelters and animal controls in North America!). Seeing all of the adoptable dogs and cats was truly heartwarming and knowing that there are so many more out on the streets of Kampala waiting to be rescued from abuse, starvation and the dangerous roads has made me committed to helping the shelter even further.

*"Roger" a puppy available for adoption*

In the next couple of months I am hoping to start an adoption program that will see puppies from the USPCA be flown to and adopted out in Toronto. This will enable more animals to find their forever homes while freeing up additional space at the shelter. If you are interested in helping please email me at: nicoledivitcoff@hotmail.com

*Cats and Kittens available for adoption*

Thank you so much to Jessie, Tammy, Sandra, Cheryl and the Holmes' family for making a huge difference in the lives of the animals located in Kampala!!

All my love!


I had the ultimate privilege of visiting one of the most beautiful countries in Africa - UGANDA!! My dad and I travelled throughout the country for two weeks viewing various wildlife, meeting incredible people and soaking up the unique culture. Of course one of the highlights of our trip was being able to trek and view the highly endangered mountain gorillas!! We had the pleasure of tracking the Bitukura family in the region of Ruhiga within the Bwindi Mountains! We were so so lucky and only had to track for 30 minutes before we came across 3 silverbacks and 2 blackbacks! Unfortunately they were eating amongst many leaves and vines so my pictures didn't turn out the best however being able to spend an hour with them was a once in a lifetime experience!!