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Animals & Wildlife · 01:30

Stray Dog Center - Umm Al Quwain

  • By Dawn Almeida · United Arab Emirates, MENA

 

Stray Dog Center - Umm Al Quwain

Main aim of the charity

The main aim of the center is to address the issue of stray and abandoned animals in a humane way. They also undergo programs of TNR, rescue, rehabilitation, healthcare and adoption of these animals. in addition they provide basic food and water at several feeding stations for the stray animal population.

How the employee got involved and why

Having spent most of my life fearful of animals, I was lucky to have animal loving friends who taught me that my fears were unwarranted. Fate had me adopting my first rescue cat 2 years ago and there was no looking back. While researching stories of rescue / adoption, I realised that the issue of 'pet dumping' is of epidemic proportions. There are only a handful of centers like the Stray Dog Center in UAQ that rescue these animals from the street, rehabilitate them and find them new homes.

What work does the employee do for charity?

My aim is two fold, while I am involved in fund raising, food collections, organizing dog walks & also sponsor a dog called Connor. I also want to spread the message of "Adopt Don't Shop" to stop the unhealthy practice of force breeding pets for monetary gain. I want to raise awareness that there are plenty of beautiful animals in shelters across the country that are waiting for their new home, waiting for love and waiting for their forever family.

What impact would winning have on the charity?

SDC is a non profit organisation that relies solely on donations and fund raising to do the good work they do. They currently have over 150 dogs in their care and have feeding stations across the country to at least provide basic food to those animals on the streets. Winning would mean that food, health care and basics would be guaranteed at least for a month or two, until then the future of those dogs rely on a "wing and a prayer"

What impact would winning have on the employee?

Winning for me, will highlight the awesome & often tireless work the Stray Dog Center do for the abandoned & stray animals. With this, I hope they receive the support that they so desperately need, so that the future of the animals is secure. It will also help me reach out to a wider audience, to spread the message of adoption vs shopping for pets.

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