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The BIG FIX Uganda, a project of The BIG FIX

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To improve the health and welfare of animals and people and to promote good human-animal bonds.

Results: Over 72,000 animals treated, 7,500 surgeries performed, 420 village field clinics, 250 schools visited with animals welfare education (reaching over 150,000 students); 5 years of placing Comfort Dogs trained/certified and placed with war trauma survivors.

Target demographics: improve the health and well-being of animals and people and to promote good human-animal bonds

Direct beneficiaries per year: 9,058 animals treated and 1,362 surgeries performed by our vet services department and we held field clinics providing services and education in 56 villages.

Geographic areas served: Northern Uganda, an area still recovering from 20 years of war

Programs: veterinary service (we run Northern Uganda's only veterinary hospital, open 7 days a week/24 hours a day; operate village field clinics; provide rabies vaccinations and spay/neuter), community dog rescue and re-homing, animal welfare education, school and community outreach, Animal Kindness Clubs, and The Comfort Dog Project (which uses dog companionship to assist war trauma survivors suffering from PTSD symptoms).

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

TheBigFixUganda

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am very proud to serve BIG FIX Uganda as it current President.
Our Ugandan staff members are exceptionally devoted to the mission of improving the lives of animals and people in Northern Uganda. I have been particularly impressed with their commitment to keep our veterinary hospital open during the COVID-19 pandemic and their diligence to keep everyone safe and healthy in the process.
Since I have taken office in September 2019, we have managed to make many improvements in our procedures and in our infrastructure. Our lead veterinary doctor, Dr. Josephine Nabakooza, and her staff are continually pushing to improve service provision and to do everything possible to save the lives of the patients that come to us.
We have hired one of our Comfort Dog Project graduates to serve as our dog welfare officer and have instituted a practice of regular follow up with all dogs we place.
We have also constructed a roundhouse for our Comfort Dog Project and are nearly finished constructing a new kennel building. These improvements will allow us to better serve the animals in need and to ensure that re-homing is successful.
We have also continued to forge partnerships with other organizations and individuals who share our mission.
Those who serve BIG FIX in the United States, including me, do so on a fully volunteer basis, and cover our own expenses when we travel to Uganda and the cost of our administrative overhead. We are committed to serving the people and animals of Northern Uganda and this year will exceed 75,000 animals treated since we beganin 2012.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

A very dedicated staff of Ugandans is changing the world for animals - and people - in Northern Uganda, all on a shoestring budget. Every week, they are taking a very effective education team to two more schools. The education team includes two very amazing comfort dogs! And the dog hospital is the only one in a vast region with extreme poverty. If not for BIG FIX, there would be so much suffering of animals in need.

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TheBigFixUganda 08/08/2019

This review was written by Sarah Schmidt, Board Member of The Big Fix.

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TheBigFixUganda 08/08/2019

This review was written by Sarah Schmidt, Board Member of The Big Fix.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is the ONLY veterinary hospital providing medical care to animals in all of northern Uganda. They are open 24/7/365 to serve all animals in need.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The BIG FIX Uganda plays a critical role in promoting animal welfare, animal health, and human health in Northern Uganda. It provides vet services including spay/neuter and does not turn away anyone because they cannot pay.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Big Fix Uganda runs the only veterinary hospital in Northern Uganda! It is a wonderful group of committed people who care about animals and their human guardians. They perform spay and neuter services, rabies vaccinations, and routine veterinary care that we take for granted in other parts of the world. Their Comfort Dog Program pairs civil war survivors with companion animals to manage PTSD. This charity has become an important part of the local community. Please support their good work!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

The Big Fix Uganda is an amazing organization that works hard to achieve their goals. I know that when I donate to them that my money will be put to good use and real change will happen!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We give to a lot of charities but few make feel as good as giving to The Big Fix Uganda. We have been monthly donors for 2.5 years when there were only 10 monthly donors. I know that because an email was personally sent to the 10 of us, with our first names thanking us for our commitment. Now I hope there are many many more! The emails full of pictures and stories about the care each animal has received that month makes it very personal. I can literally see what my money is going toward. And it's so heartwarming to see the love the dogs receive, this will be a forever charity for me.

1 Christine H.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In the way that nothing is coincidence, my path was led to intersect with The Big Fix Uganda, that I might become a champion for a mission that’s purpose provides more than healthcare and wellbeing to animals, and to people. The Big Fix Uganda provides dignity, healing, and hope that cascades positive ripples far wider than the touching of the fur and human lives that come through their doors. Families and communities are also being transformed as a result of the individual animal and human lives that are met with a helping hand, and a caring heart, each and every time the mission of The Big Fix Uganda is carried out. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia. As you can see when you read the results, many lives have been given the gift of finding the smallest and biggest acts of caring thanks to all who support The Big Fix Uganda.

-Christine (Champion)

1 Jann A.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have had nothing but admiration for this organisation since first hearing of them. Connecting with an animal is a life changing experience for anyone but for someone who has suffered unimaginable trauma in their life it is just magical. Combine this with animal welfare such as treatment, vaccination, neutering etc plus community education all I can say is WOW.
What a great future the Big Fix is helping to build in Northern Uganda.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Big Fix Uganda is brilliant as it helps dogs and people come together in a wonderful way. I am delighted to be able to support them and I enjoy getting regular updates that tell me all about their excellent work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm proud to be a monthly donor to such a wonderful organization!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I fell in love with The Big Fix Uganda as soon as I heard about it. This organization has found a great and effective way to help both victims of PTSD and homeless dogs. I chose to support them because they are very transparent about how the money is used and make sure to use it as cost effective as possible. I believe that they do a huge impact in Uganda, both short-term with free animal care and vaccinations and in the long run with educating students about animal laws and how to take care of animals.

1 lacreative1

Donor

Rating: 5

I came across this charity in 2019 when I saw the BBC documentary about their work. I was so touched by the impact they have on the lives of both animals and people - so much so that I immediately got in touch with them. My donation received I got a wonderful email and was very impressed with what such a lean charity does with its donations. I am very pleased to now be committed to involved with them and hopefully sometime in the future to visit Uganda and see the work myself! A wonderful charity that I am proud to be associated with!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with this wonderful charity on a number of occasions, whilst living in Gulu, going out into the 'Bush' to assist with treatments and operations, on a great many animals. The staff were truly inspiring, working very long days in difficult situations, with minimal equipment. I am delighted to have now been made an Honorary Member and to offer my support, albeit limited, as every dollar donated goes a long way in Uganda.

1 Suzannah S.

Donor

Rating: 5

I’m a monthly supporter of The Big Fix and appreciate all their incredible work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

From what I have seen and heard this is a great cause and valuable asset to the animals in that part of the world

4 kingjake

Board Member

Rating: 5

As Acting President of the Big Fix Uganda - it has been my great honor working with the Executive Committee of The Big Fix Uganda to meet the daily challenges on the ground with our very able staff in Uganda serving the health and welfare needs of animals and the people of Uganda. I wish to give a sincere shout out not only to our able staff but to all the volunteers who have taken time out of their busy lives to come to Uganda and spend time with us at The Big Fix - sharing and gaining life changing knowledge and experiences. All of us - US Board and the Executive Committee - are excited for what the future holds for The Big Fix Uganda. We thank and appreciate all of our current supporters and seek the help of those who would consider coming along side of us in support of The Big Fix mission. Come support our friends in Uganda - two and four legs!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Big Fix is doing a fantastic and paramount work in North Uganda. They have helped us a lot with a kitten we found in the street and the work with the dogs is great regarding the numerous issues with street dogs.

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TheBigFixUganda 08/08/2019

Thank you so much for your support!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing program founded and funded on a grass roots effort. The clinic is the ONLY one in existence in Northen Uganda which has been torn apart by civil war and constant oppression.

The veterinarians who man the trenches are doing a thankless job in offering free or low cost spays and neuters, vaccinations, wellness care and canine obedience training to the poverty stricken population. Please watch the video and if it doesn't make your heart weep, you need help.

2 Charlotte M.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In a country so traumatized by war and poverty it is a blessing that this organization provides not only educational opportunities for children but companion animals for PTSD sufferers. It offers comfort to needy pets and the people who live with them.

1 Sharon Jackson R.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great group, doing so much good in a little corner of the world. They help and support both vulnerable and very needy people and dogs, bringing them together in life-saving partnerships, as well as educating them. War PTSG survivors and homeless dogs are matched and given training...the Comfort Dog Project. A veterinary clinic is sponsored, and people from miles away bring in their pets for care and further education in health care, vaccinations etc., only paying what they can afford. Donors know exactly where their money goes as it goes directly to the folks who the recipients, and TBF does so much with each dollar. They are so very good at frequently keeping donors up to date on their compassionate work with personal letters and photos as I’ve not seen another charity do. TBF is my favorite charity and one that I heartily support.

Donor

Rating: 5

Such an amazing group of people doing wonderful work for pets in Uganda. We appreciate such magnanimous efforts and love supporting such a great cause.

2 Lyndsay S.1

Donor

Rating: 5

One evening I read a story on NPR that changed my life. It was the story of The Big Fix Uganda. After reading I new I needed to reach out to help support. I feel lucky to be a part of donating dog collars and leashes to them. They are a great example of my business model for Le Sniff Collars. They have expectational staff that work to support dogs but also people. This is bigger than just providing spay and neuter, this is giving both humans and dogs the chance to feel safe and have unconditional love. I will always support this organization as long as I can and as long as my hands can sew.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I manage a non-profit in Gulu, Uganda where The Big Fix is located. I am well aware of the work they do in the villages vaccinating dogs and educating people on taking care of their dogs. Most people here don't have the extra money for their dogs. The work they do is so important and valuable to people here in nothern Uganda. I've even use them to take care of our goats and dogs.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve been a supporter of this charity for several years and give a monthly donation, for some reason the work they do strikes a chord with me. I went down to Uganda to volunteer with The Big Fix in September of 2017 and was blown away by what they’re doing on a shoestring budget. My $50/month goes so far down there, made me realize how good we have it in the US and that perhaps, I should make coffee at home and donate the money saved by forgoing the coffee shop to the Big Fix. We did so many things. An animal field clinic where dogs and cats were vaccinated, dewormed, and given flea and tick meds. By the way, flea and ticks are an epidemic down there, they need those medicines badly! I spent over an hour pulling ticks off of a sweet dog named Rosie, never seen anything like it in my life. We went to an area that has never received any veterinary services and provided rabies vaccines to 486 dogs in ONE day! Those vaccines aren’t cheap, I’m so impressed with the way the Big Fix provides all of this free of charge to the people who come to the field clinics. Some of these people walked 15 miles to get to us! I could go on and on about everything they do, the 21 Animal Kindness Clubs with the schoolchildren, the Comfort Dog Project with war survivors, spay/neuter, vaccinations, education, the weekly radio show they do that reaches over 2 million people people in Uganda, Southern Sudan, and Rwanda; wholeheartedly support and can attest to the ethics of this NGO.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The programs that this nonprofit provides is amazing! They touch so many people with their services. The education they offer the children for animals is great and also the dogs they train for those with PTSD is a blessing.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Big Fix Uganda is a wonderful organization and I am so proud to be associated with it. They provide rabies vaccinations, spay/neuter, general vet care, and very importantly, focus on the interaction between humans and companion animals in Northern Uganda. They run programs in schools to teach compassion and have an unbelievably innovative program that pairs war survivors afflicted with PTSD with companion animals in need of a home (The Comfort Dog Project).

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Donor

Rating: 5

This great organization brings desperately needed help to the animals and people of Uganda. That's awesome!!!!

2 Marie J.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

This AMAZING nonprofit brings a much needed help to Uganda veterinary services ❤️❤️❤️

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Donor

Rating: 5

The BIG FIX Uganda allows people to get much needed veterinary services for their dogs and cats that would otherwise not be available to them. Through the BIG FIX's Outreach Program to local schools, children are taught the value of animals and how to properly take care of them. I especially like how the BIG FIX finds companion dogs for veterans who suffer from PTSD to help them re-acclimate into society.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter went to Uganda in 2012 and learned about the need for veterinary services and animal welfare education in the former war-torn region of Northern Uganda. She partnered with Makerere University Vet School and founded this organization and tens of thousands of people and their animals have been helped as a result. She volunteers her time, working 50+ hours a week, and has done so for 5 years, to help create and fund these programs. This is a true grassroots organization operating on a shoestring budget and accomplishing a lot.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a great nonprofit that brings desperately needed veterinary services to impoverished Uganda. Very effective use of nonprofit funds directly benefiting needy animals.