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Shekinah Gomez

Tracing Advisor

United Arab Emirates, MENA

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Stray Dogs Center

Main aim of the charity

Stray Dogs Center (SDC) is a non-profit organisation, completely funded by public support. They Rescue, Rehabilitate, Re-home and Repeat to save stray dogs from neglect, starvation, abuse, traffic accidents, abandonment and disease. Through blood, sweat and tears SDC has grown into the largest animal rescue shelter in UAE. Housing 690 doggies, 14 cats and 4 donkeys.

How the employee got involved and why

I first found out about the Stray Dog Center back in 2017 from our friend and neighbour when they adopted a dog from Stray Dogs Center. I joined them to volunteer to walk rescued dogs at the shelter in Umm Al Quwain. I remember being an 18 year old joining a bunch of people in the meet up point to carpool from Dubai to Umm Al Quwain and travel for 2 hrs just to volunteer. Growing up we always had dogs in our house dogs. Dogs have always been a part of my family so I have great passion and affection towards animals and dogs especially. When I found out about the Stray Dog Center I immediately felt that I needed to help and do something for them even though its just a small act in the beginning.

What work does the employee do for charity

I have known this charity for a very long time and when I became capable to make financial donations I started to sponsor a dog on a monthly basis. The dog shelter have hundreds of dogs that needed to be taken care of so they have a huge bill pending in the VET clinic. Every call for help is responded immediately rescuing stray dogs or any animal really that needed help and attention. Stray Dog Center have rescued injured donkeys from the road also, due to this they initiated the plan on building a Donkey Sanctuary and I am one of the sponsors. Every weekend they are arranging group of volunteers to walk the dogs and I started joining again. The purpose of this is to give the dogs the human contact they crave and allow them to go out from the center and have a change in scenery. With the help of DHL’s Got Heart I am hoping that more people will be aware of this charity, at the same time to help ease the financial pressure they are currently facing.

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