Bringing dog welfare to N. Zambia

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We have chosen to work with Kitwe Animal Welfare Society - KAWS, which is the largest rescue an animal shelter in the Copperbelt Province, of Northern Zambia. There is only one other shelter in the region, and it is 60kms away. Currently, KAWS is caring for over 60 dogs and 20 cats.

We will be supporting KAWS in helping them improve facilities and achieve special projects such as:

1) Constructing a new cattery (first priority) -> the rescued cats were homed in an outdoor enclosure but after some escapes and the lack of funds to be able to build a proper escape-proof enclosure the cats were moved into little and enclosed cemented dog kennels for their safety. The cats spend all their time in those, one day after the other. Our first priority is to build a naturalised outdoor enclosure, where the cats can enjoy their time in the shelter, which sometimes is years, san bathing, climbing a tree...

Dimensions of the cattery to be built = 10.5m length x 7.5m width x 4m high
Cost of the cattery = awaiting quotations

                                              - Where the cats are actually held in KAWS -

                                                      - Area in KAWS where the cattery is going to be built -

2) Constructing a new naturalised dog area for socialisation and behaviour enrichment -> given the number of dogs that the shelter is caring for, there is not enough personnel to walk the dogs, meaning that the dogs stay in these kennels 24/7, some of them, years.

Dimensions of the runs to be built = 65m length x 16m width x 2m high
Cost of the runs = awaiting quotations

                                                - Area where the dogs are actually live at KAWS - 

34026220_1559633016445219_r.jpeg- Area at KAWS where the naturalised dog areas will be built. Here the team measuring the new area-

3) Host a little sterilisation campaign, this time in Kitwe ->
as the only way to control the dog population is through sterilizations of the animals, we have been in contact with senior vets close by to the town of Kitwe to come together again and make a difference to the welfare of the animals, especially the females.

Dates of the mini-campaign = pending confirmation 

If you think these projects are necessary and are going to make a difference in the quality of their lives, please donate to our project, where 100% of the funds go directly to materials for construction and to surgical and medical supplies for the sterilisation campaign. 
Let's all together make a difference. Help us help them! #helpzambiandogs #helpzambiancats



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We are ecstatic to share with everyone the incredible numbers of our first ever dog campaign: “Bringing Animal Welfare to Northern Zambia” from 15th - 25th April.

Thanks to everyone’s very generous donations and overwhelming support, together we:
 a total of 1933 vaccines were administrated. Exactly 1610 dogs against rabies, 300 puppies against canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, canine adenovirus type 1 and 2, canine parainfluenza and canine parvovirus, and 23 cats
 dewormed 760 puppies/dogs
 castrated 69 males dogs, and spayed 43 female dogs
 castrated 1 male cat, and spayed 1 female cat
 attended 100’s and 100’s of wounds (mostly fly bites on dogs ears)
 handed out over 1000 proper dog collars thanks do the amazing handmade donation by @thedogcallednora, and other donations
 educated 100’s of children and pet owners on pet care and loving their dogs and cats

This campaign would not have been possible without you, and the amazing team of vets, vet assistants, vet students, and numerous volunteers who came together to make it a huge success. We would like to thank the pet owners of Chingola for trusting us with their pets and most importantly being responsible pet owners. Additionally, thanks to the community and local businesses who also donated or provided discounts for us to ensure your funds where spent where it was needed most. And extra special thanks to the best illustrator Bettina Brotons, and Brott for the most beautiful gofundme reward imaginable.

Thank you all so so much again, you don’t know how much your support has meant to us, to the local community and the Zambian dogs.


First Dog Campaign in Chingola, Zambia, with unique rewards.

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Our amazing campaign 

Rabies exists in all continents, Zambia and its rural areas being among one of the world’s hotspots for rabies. In up to 99% of cases, dogs are responsible for the virus transmission to humans, with over 95% of human deaths in Africa. The financial burden of treating a rabies exposure is extremely high (around $40 USD per person, when the average family daily income is around US$ 1–2 per person). The most cost-effective strategy for controlling the spread of rabies is through dog vaccination, as it is ten times cheaper, protects the whole community and incorporates the dogs’ welfare.

  - Dog scavenging for some food while the family washes the dishes - Photo taken by The Dziko Project -

There are only a few charities making a difference on this framework due to limited funds and resources; most of these organizations do not have the capacity to reach with their welfare and population control to cover all of the Zambian territory, therefore there are a lot of areas where nothing has ever been done; this is where The Dziko Project comes in, bringing animal welfare and education to areas for the first time. 

Our first project is to fundraise and host a mass sterilization and vaccination campaign, coupled with education to pet owners and across the community, in the Chingola and surrounding rural districts of the Copperbelt Province, in Northern Zambia, both for the first time. We will be working in partnership with the Kitwe Animal Welfare Society (KAWS)   and their local vets to reach and treat as many dogs and animals as we can. The campaign will provide FREE sterilization, rabies vaccination, 5 in 1 vaccinations (provides protection against canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, canine adenovirus type 1 and 2, canine parainfluenza and canine parvovirus), health care check, wound management, council registration, and equally as important education on responsible pet care and rabies prevention awareness. Unfortunately the Chingola SPCA was forced to close down due to limited funds and support a few months ago. 


Zambia’s idea of rabies elimination and population control is to conduct mass culling (shooting) of all street dogs and unregistered dogs, particularly in the rural areas.  Across the country 10’s of thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens are born every year, that sadly live very short lives due to abuse, disease, injury and, especially, starvation. The females continue to fall pregnant (as they are not spayed) and, sadly, keep losing their litters for starvation as usually the mothers don’t produce enough milk due to their malnutrition. This horrible situation keeps happening again and again. 

                                   - Two puppies rescued in Northern Zambia - Photo taken by KAWS -

The World Health Organization reports that studies have shown culling as an ineffective way of rabies elimination, with vaccination being the most successful method to reduce the disease incidence in all species.  As too, is the control of population and reducing the number of unwanted litters of puppies and kittens in the community.


The Dziko Project, in partnership with Brott Barcelona and the illustrator Bettina Brotons, need to raise at least $10,000 to purchase the vaccines, surgical supplies, anesthetic drugs, antibiotics, pain management drugs, wound management, and other necessary animal treatments to carry out this important and life-saving work. Not only life-saving for the dogs and cats, but also for the community in decreasing the spread of rabies and disease.

Help us vaccinate and sterilize up to 450 dogs and cats and educate the community during our travels working with local community animal welfare shelters such as the Kitwe Animal Welfare Society (KAWS) in Northern Zambia. 

With your help, we can reach this ambitious and incredible goal!

  - Education workshop in a local pre-school, Baobuyu Learning Center  in Livingstone, Zambia, by The Dziko Project. Illustration on the screen by El Galgo Azul -  

                    (see below for the African Collection by Brott - All models available in ALL sizes)

Your $100 donation ensures that one female dog/cat is spayed, as well as fully vaccinated against rabies and other canine/feline diseases, wound management (if required), general overall health check, and a big dose of love – Reward*: Collar, leash and keyring from the African Collection by Brott (with worldwide shipping cost covered)

Your $75 donation ensures that one male dog/cat is neutered, as well as fully vaccinated against rabies and other canine/feline diseases, neutered, wound management (if required), general overall health check, and a big dose of love – Reward*: Collar and leash from the African Collection by Brott (with worldwide shipping cost covered)

Your $50 donation ensures one dog is fully vaccinated, rabies, parvo and 5 in 1, general overall health check, wound management if needed and covers the cost of council registration, which eliminates the risk of unnecessary culling.  Proof of a current rabies vaccination is mandatory for council registration - Reward*: Collar from the African Collection by Brott (with worldwide shipping cost covered)

Your $25 donation contributes to the cost of veterinary and surgical supplies needed to carry out such a mass campaign and towards educational material for the community - Reward*: Keyring from the African Collection by Brott (with worldwide shipping cost covered)

* Please note, that it is possible to donate any amount starting from $5 but just those donations equal or over $25 will get a reward.

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TO CLAIM YOUR REWARD  send an email with your model and size chosen with the donation payment receipt to and they will contact you. 
On the other hand, if nothing is said we will assume  you are willing to support us without receiving the reward.

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- The Limited African Collection exclusively handmade by Brott for this campaign with the African fabrics bought through our travels-

                                                                        How many dogs will you help us save?


Brott Barcelona was born in 2010 with the aim of creating quality and design dog collars and leashes for stylish dogs. Brott collections are characterized by their original selection of colours and patterns in line with the latest fashion trends. Each collar is completely handmade in Barcelona with high quality materials. The result is a complement for a modern dog, comfortable and easy to wear. 

With the same style as their collars and leads, Brott are hand making a limited collection made with African fabrics (chitenges) bought by us at local markets through our travels. Creating a beautiful and unique collection for you with the aim to raise much-needed funds to help the dogs of Zambia and the local community.

Bettina Brotons , co-founder of The Dog and the Whale is joining the Dziko's team as the Graphic Designer and Illustrator of the campaign
The Dog and the Whale is a slow fashion brand that returns to artisan printing techniques to offer exclusive t-shirts and bags with socially responsible fabrics printed with dog images. Bettina's illustrations are carefully selected to communicate love for dogs and talk about the situation of thousands of abandoned or mistreated dogs, especially Spanish hunting dogs like podencos and sighthounds, what an honor to have her by our side.


The Dziko Project is a small non-profit organization traveling the world working to improve animal welfare, especially with dogs’ ∼ the health, safety and psychological wellness of the animals. A way to make a little difference while on our travels.

This project was born in Malawi in 2017 after seeing the terrible conditions and abuse dogs were living in. We met Tiger, a dog whose owner had a motorcycle accident and had to leave for medical care to a bigger town, and just abandoned Tiger on the beach by himself. We spent 2 months gaining his trust until we were able to rescue him. This is how The Dziko Project started.

Why Dziko? Dziko was the other Malawian dog, with Tiger, who stole our heart and made us understand what a wild and free African dog is like. Plus, Dziko also means “wild” in Chichewa, a Malawian language.

All donations to the Dziko Project are contributed directly to the campaign and resources required.

Please, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us at

                                                                    MAKE A DIFFERENCE, DONATE & SHARE !

                     - Feeding Tiger before his rescue, after being abandoned on the beach, by The Dziko Project -

The Dziko Project  · @thedzikoproject 
Sara Ortín  · 
Brott  · @brottdog 
Bettina Brotons  · @bettina_brotons 


Primera campaña perruna en Chingola, Zambia, con increíble recompensa

Nuestra increíble campaña

La rabia está presente en todos los continentes, incluyendo Zambia y sus zonas rurales como uno de los hotspots del mundo. Hasta el 99% de los casos, los perros son los responsables de la transmisión del virus a los humanos, causando más del 95% de muertes en África. El coste de haber estado expuesto a la rabia es altísimo (sobre $40 USD por persona, cuando la media de salario diario está sobre US$ 1-2 por persona). La manera más eficaz de controlar a este virus es mediante los perros y su vacunación, ya que es diez veces más barato, protege a toda la comunidad e incorpora el bienestar de los animales.

          - Perro en busca de comida mientras la familia lava los platos, imagen de The Dziko Project -

Pocas son las organizaciones trabajando en este asunto debido a su falta de fondos y recursos y por lo tanto muchas son las zonas de Zambia donde no se ha trabajado el bienestar animal antes. Aquí es donde actúa The Dziko Project, llevando el bienestar animal y haciendo una diferencia en la comunidad en zonas de Zambia por primera vez.

Nuestro primer proyecto es recaudar fondos y organizar una campaña de esterilización y vacunación masiva, junto con un programa de educación dirigido no solo a los dueños de mascotas, sino hacia toda la comunidad, en Chingola y los distritos rurales circundantes en la Provincia de Copperbelt, en el norte de Zambia, ambos por primera vez. Trabajaremos con Kitwe Animal Welfare Society (KAWS)  y sus veterinarios locales para tratar a tantos perros y animales como podamos. La campaña proporcionará esterilizaciones GRATIS tanto a machos como a hembras, vacunas contra rabia, 5 en 1 (proporciona protección contra el moquillo canino, hepatitis infecciosa canina, adenovirus canino tipo 1 y 2, parainfluenza canina y parvovirus canino), control de salud, manejo de heridas, registro en el consejo, e igualmente importante, educación sobre cuidado responsable de mascotas y prevención de la rabia. Desafortunadamente, la protectora de Chingola se vio obligada a cerrar debido a insuficiencia de fondos hace unos meses.


La manera en la que Zambia trata de  eliminar la rabia y controlar la población es con un sacrificio masivo de todos los perros callejeros y perros no registrados, especialmente en las zonas rurales. En todo el país nacen cada año decenas de miles de cachorros que lamentablemente viven vidas muy cortas debido a abusos, enfermedades, lesiones y, especialmente, a la inanición. Las hembras continúan quedándose embarazadas (ya que no están esterilizadas) y, tristemente, siguen perdiendo sus camadas ya que generalmente las madres no producen suficiente leche debido a su malnutrición. Esta horrible situación sigue repitiéndose una y otra vez.

                     - Rescate de dos cachorros en el Norte de Zambia, imagen por KAWS -

La Organización Mundial de la Salud informa que el sacrificio es una forma ineficaz de eliminar la rabia, y que la vacunación es el método más exitoso para reducir la incidencia de la enfermedad en todas las especies. Como también, es el control de la población y la reducción del número de camadas no deseadas de cachorros en la comunidad.


The Dziko Project, en asociación con Brott Barcelona y la ilustradora Bettina Brotons, necesita recaudar al menos $10,000 para comprar vacunas, suministros quirúrgicos, medicamentos anestésicos, antibióticos, medicamentos para el control del dolor, manejo de heridas y otros tratamientos animales necesarios para llevar a cabo este importante trabajo de ahorro. No solo hacer una diferencia en la vida de los animales, sino también en la comunidad en disminuir la propagación y la enfermedad de la rabia.

Ayúdanos a vacunar y esterilizar hasta 450 perros/gatos  y educar a la comunidad durante nuestros viajes trabajando con las protectoras locales, como la Kitwe Animal Welfare Society (KAWS)  en el norte de Zambia.

¡Con tu ayuda, podemos alcanzar este objetivo ambicioso e increíble!

  - Programa de educación en la escuela preescolarBaobuyu Learning Center ,  en Zambia, por The Dziko Project. Ilustración en pantalla de El Galgo Azul -

                           (debajo los modelos únicos de la Colección Africana Brott- Todos los modelos disponibles en TODAS las tallas)

Tu donación de $100 asegura la esterilización de una perro/gato hembra, así como su completa vacunación contra la rabia y otras enfermedades caninas/felinas, manejo de heridas (si es necesario), control de salud general y una gran dosis de amor - Recompensa*: Collar, correa y llavero de la Colección Africana de Brott (gastos de envío internacional cubierto)

Tu donación de $75 asegura la castración de un perro/gato macho, así como su completa vacunación contra la rabia y otras enfermedades caninas/felinas, manejo de heridas (si es necesario), control de salud general y una gran dosis de amor - Recompensa* : Collar y correa de la Colección Africana de Brott (gastos de envío internacional cubiertos)

Tu donación de $50 asegura la vacunación completa de un perro, contra la rabia, parvo y 5 en 1, cheque general general de salud, manejo de heridas si es necesario y cubre el coste de su registro, lo que elimina el riesgo de sacrificio innecesario. La prueba de una vacuna contra la rabia actual es obligatoria para el registro. Recompensa*: collar de la Colección Africana de Brott (gastos de envío internacional cubierto)

Tu donación de $25 contribuye al coste de los suministros veterinarios y quirúrgicos necesarios para llevar a cabo una campaña masiva, y hacia material educativo para la comunidad. Recompensa*: Llavero de la Colección Africana de Brott  (gastos de envío internacional cubiertos)

* Ten en cuenta que es posible donar cualquier cantidad a partir de $5, pero solo aquellas donaciones iguales o superiores a $25 recibirán recompensa. 

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PARA RECIBIR TU RECOMPENSA envía un mail con el modelo y tallada elegidos junto con el recibo de pago de la donación a y se pondrán en contacto contigo. 
Por otro lado, si no te pones en contacto con nosotros  asumiremos que estás dispuesto a ayudarnos sin recibir la recompensa.

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 - Los diferentes modelos de la Colección Limitada Africa hecha a mano por Brott con telas compradas durante nuestros viajes por Africa. Únicos y mágicos -

                                                                            ¿Cuántos perros nos ayudarás a salvar?


Brott Barcelona  nació en 2010 con el objetivo de crear collares y correas de perros de calidad para perros con estilo. Las colecciones de Brott se caracterizan por su selección original de colores y patrones en línea con las últimas tendencias de la moda. Cada collar está hecho a mano completamente en Barcelona con materiales de alta calidad. El resultado es un complemento para un perro moderno, cómodo y fácil de usar.

Con el mismo estilo que sus collares y correas, Brott ha fabricado a mano una colección limitada hecha con telas Africanas (chitenges) compradas por nosotros en los mercados locales a través de nuestros viajes por Africa. Creando una colección hermosa y única para ti con el objetivo de recaudar fondos muy necesarios y ayudar a los perros del Norte de Zambia y a su comunidad.

Bettina Brotons , cofundadora de The Dog and the Whale, se une al equipo de Dziko como diseñadora gráfica e ilustradora de la campaña.
The Dog and the Whale es una marca de moda que regresa a las técnicas de impresión artesanal para ofrecer camisetas exclusivas y bolsos con telas socialmente responsables impresas con dibujos de perros. Las ilustraciones de Bettina siempre tienen el objetivo de comunicar el amor por los perros y hablar sobre la situación de miles de perros abandonados o maltratados, especialmente perros de caza españoles como podencos y lebreles. Un honor tenerla a nuestro lado.


The Dziko Project es una pequeña organización sin ánimo de lucro que viaja por el mundo trabajando para mejorar el bienestar animal, especialmente con la salud, la seguridad y el bienestar psicológico de los animales. Es la forma de hacer una pequeña diferencia durante nuestros viajes.

Este proyecto nació en Malawi en 2017 después de ver las terribles condiciones y el abuso en el que vivían los perros. Conocimos a Tiger, un perro cuyo propietario sufrió un accidente de motocicleta y tuvo que irse a una ciudad más grande abandonando a Tiger en la playa solo. Pasamos 2 meses ganando su confianza hasta que pudimos rescatarlo. Así es como comenzó The Dziko Project.

¿Por qué Dziko? Dziko era el otro perro de Malawi que junto con Tiger nos robó el corazón y nos hizo entender lo que es un perro africano salvaje y libre. Además, Dziko también significa "salvaje" en chichewa, una lengua de Malawi.

Todas las donaciones al The Dziko Project contribuyen directamente a la campaña y los recursos requeridos.

Si tienes alguna duda por favor no dudes en contactar con nosotros

                                                                HAZ UNA DIFERENCIA, DONA & COMPARTE!

- Alimentando a Tiger, abandonado en la playa, antes de su rescate, imagen por The Dziko Project -

The Dziko Project  · @thedzikoproject 
Sara Ortín  · 
Brott  · @brottdog 
Bettina Brotons  · @bettina_brotons 


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The Dziko Project 
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Sara Ortin Leon 
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