Dear <<First Name>>.

As the end of the year approaches, I'd like to thank you for your support throughout 2016; a year that has seen us help 948 animals! 

We have some inspiring stories in this issue that will warm the heart!

Hope you have a happy holiday and a Happy New Year!


- October Trip News
- TOP STORY- When Robbie
  met Ricky!
-  A Vet Nurse Abroad
- Coming Home!
- Elderly Lady Rescued and
One, two, three, four, five!
Sometimes everything just falls into place!  Laura and Emma were treating kittens in the port area and came across a family of five healthy young adults. This friendly bunch were just at the age where sterilisation is possible and were collected in minutes.  They were returned the next day to the good care of the guys that wok in the port.   

Working together
Since our Dog Population Management Programme began in 2013, we've been meeting local people that have been more than willing to take on some responsibility for the community dogs.  As our workload has increased we have called upon these people to take on an assigned dog.  With the help of a HSAM leaflet, printed in Arabic, Rob and Leanne explained that the dog needed a yearly Rabies vaccination, when it was due, and where to take the dog for the injection.   


HSAM helps people too!
Volunteers Kate and Odile were called to a house by a Moroccan lady in some distress about an elderly lady who lived on the top floor of one of the tall houses in Essaouira.  It transpired that she had no family and had not been out for some time.  Kate and Odile were very concerned about the lady's health and contacted Claire at the clinic.  Claire explained the situation to Dr Adnan who then contacted the local hospital.  We were later delighted to hear that she had been moved to a safe care home where she would receive the help she needed.  
All in a day's work!

Females sterilised                     104
Males sterilised                           76
Adults treated                             78
Kittens treated                          137  
Dentals                                         5
Females sterilised     9
Treated                    22 

TOTAL = 431 helped in 10 days
Vet Nurse Abroad!  by Emma Lote

I have recently returned from a trip to Essaouira where I was fortunate enough to spend a week volunteering for HSAM.  I was blown away with the work they have done, it was extremely rewarding to see the number of healthy ear tipped cats basking in the sunshine around the medina and fishing port. Witnessing first-hand what HSAM have achieved and are continuing to do was amazing, and it was great to see the mutual respect between the resident cats and residents of Essaouira.
The week was very intense and definitely emotional at times but it felt fantastic to be able to offer my skills and give something back.  During my trip we carried out 112 cat neuters, 6 dog speys and attended to various wounds.  I was extremely impressed with the level of veterinary care we were able to provide and the focus always being on the animals ensuring they were as stress and pain free as possible.

I feel proud to have worked with such an amazing team of passionate people all totally dedicated to this cause and cannot wait to return! 
Coming Home!
One of the most rewarding aspects of our programme is to see animals being released back home after being sterilised.  Sometimes they stay in the basket and need a gentle tip-up, some will trot off to a safe corner whilst they gather themselves, some will stay around your feet meowing for food and some are lucky enough to be greeted on their return!  

Towards the end of the first week we released a young adult cat.  She jumped out of the basket, very deliberately walked over to another cat who then proceeded to greet and lick and fuss our young patient!  A joy to see the family back together again!  
When Robbie met Ricky!
by Rob White

Back in 2013 our dog population and rabies management programme was in it's infancy.  On the first day of that trip, I had the pleasure of picking up dog number 10, a handsome little brown 'Medina Terrier', who despite seeming a little snappy initially, I nicknamed 'Pally' for licking my fingers through the carrier. Surprisingly friendly some of these 'strays'! 

Fast forward six months and 'Pally' is due a check up and his parasite control.  We find him in his particular spot outside a shop called 'Medina Boutique' and get to work. At this moment a young guy, Hamzi, emerges, telling us that 'Pally' is, in fact, 'Ricky'!  Hamzi and his friend Yassine, it transpired, had been looking out for Ricky for a number of years and so Ricky had become a regular feature at the shop.

Fast forward to May 2016.  The team collected 'Robbie', another young 'Medina Terrier' who lived with a local family, for sterilisation and vaccination.   

Fast forward to now.  Ricky stills snores away in the African sun outside Medina Boutique, but now curled around him is very likely Robbie.  The two are now practically inseparable and are often seen trotting around the Medina together!  Yassine informs us that Ricky is generally intolerant of other dogs, so Robbie must be very special!  

Had these two boys not been sterilised, it would be almost impossible for them to be friends; the mating urge leads to roaming and fighting.  Instead, they have the company of each other, the care that Hamzi and Yassine give them and the health support that HSAM gives during each visit. 
ricky's story by Alan Donohoe 

We need to purchase 17 of these cages for our next trip.  Can you help?

Each cage costs £22.74  

These cages are used to safely transport the cats to and from the surgery.   

If you would like to buy one please click on the APPEAL button  

We would firstly like to thank the local people of Essaouira for their
acceptance of our project

Our work would not be possible with the valued support of the following: 
Adil Jaohan - Arabic translations 
Dr Adnan El Aji - HSAM Veterinary Surgeon
Alan Donohoe for filming during our trip
Brigitte de Jabrun - accommodation for volunteers
Catholic Concern for Animals and Julia Dickey for their vital support 
Clive - Boehringer-Ingelheim
Dan - Protexin
Dechra Veterinary Products- Liz
Marcia Rhodes for her ongoing support
Melton Vets - Charlotte and Giles
Rosemary Room Pop-Up for their fantastic Addam's Family Fundraising meal  
Refuge GCO - Valerie and Gerard
St Francis Veterinary Clinic, Brighton
Veronique Duran - French translations

We would also like to thank our supporters who made donations and purchased supplies from our Amazon Wish List.  Your support and generosity is hugely appreciated; we could not have done this without you!

... and of course a massive thank you to all our volunteers for the time and care they give to the animals.  These trips could not happen without their commitment.  
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