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partner nowzad logoNowzad Equine Clinic, Kabul

Nowzad Dogs Animal Shelter was founded in 2007 by Pen Farthing. The shelter was for dogs and cats. Thanks to Animal Aid Abroad, Nowzad has started rescuing overworked donkeys that have been abandoned close to their shelter in Kabul. Abandoned donkeys will soon be housed in their own specialized paddock where they will hopefully provide an opportunity to train Afghan staff in the welfare and treatment of donkeys in anticipation of launching working animal’s co-op in the near future. Rescued donkeys are now available for sponsorship at our Animal Aid Abroad website. The Nowzad team is extremely grateful for this support for starting this much anticipated program.



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partner esaf logoThe Egyptian Society of Animal Friends (ESAF)

Since it’s induction in 2002, ESAF is committed to advocate on behalf of domestic, working, and captive animals, as well as wildlife, by development of Animal Welfare legislation that ensures the welfare of animals in Egypt. The society provides an animal shelter and fully functioning animal clinic for animal resuce and adoptions in Shabramant , Al Jizah. Here they temporarily shelter and promote and adoption program for injured, abused and unwanted animals.

ESAF’s mobile clinic, sponsored by Animal Aid Abroad, provides much-needed food, water and veterinary care for starving working animals in the Pyramids region of Cairo. Donkeys, horses and camels receive free medical attention and nose banding a padded strip is used to cover the abrasive chain used as a noseband on most tack. Brochures relating to donkey and horse care are also distributed in an effort to continue the campaign of educating owners about basic equine care and nutritional requirements.

Disaster struck in 2013 when the volatile political situation in Egypt saw a huge decline in tourism, resulting in an unprecedented amount of animal abuse. Locals depend on the tourism industry to survive; without it, they are forced to make sacrifices. Sadly, this sacrifice takes the form of the animals that toil from dawn until dusk. When money is scarce, they are the first to suffer, enduring malnutrition, injury and fear from exposure to violence and rioting. AAA together with ESAF threw funds into the mobile veterinary clinic to help distribute much needed food, water and care for the animals however the clinic often became inundated with animals needing urgent care.

Since 2013 the animals have improved somewhat however the situation is still critical. The violence that erupted following the ousting of President Mohammed Morsi in July has resulted in a dramatic decline in tourism, and it is the animals that suffer the consequences. While Egypt’s political future remains uncertain, the situation for tourism operators and their animals remains dire AAA is committed to continuing our support of ESAF’s mobile veterinary clinic into 2014 and beyond. We believe that every single animal deserves food, water, shelter and professional veterinary care, at the very least. And it is our goal to ensure that this happens



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partner animalrahat logoAnimal Rahat

Animal Rahat is a non-profit organisation who's unique program aims to help some of the most neglected animals in the world—the bullocks, donkeys, ponies, horses and other working animals in India.

One of the more common sights in India is that of a bullock trudging along in the heat, straining under a heavy yoke to pull an overloaded, poorly balanced cart. These gentle animals often suffer from dehydration, untreated sores, and muscle strain, and they sometimes are subjected to frequent beatings.

Animal Rahat was founded in 2003 to provide these animals with relief. This lifesaving program now offers services throughout three districts in Maharashtra, one of the largest states in India.

Animal Rahat is run by a dedicated staff that includes veterinarians, veterinary assistants, animal caretakers, and a full-time community educator. All of Animal Rahat’s veterinarians are on call for emergencies and advice around the clock, every day of the year.

Animal Rahat is set up in the sugar-mill district of Sangli, India, and in the neighbouring town of Solapur, where staff members provide free aid to bullocks who work in sugar mills, donkeys who are used in the brick kilns, horses who pull carts, and other working animals. Animal Rahat aims to alleviate the suffering of these animals by giving rest to the lame and offering relief to the sick and injured. The group’s work also benefits the animals’ owners, who are often too poor to afford the sustenance necessary to maintain animals’ health and strength, pay for veterinary care in times of illness and injury, or give their animals time for rest and recuperation.

In just one year, the Animal Rahat camp, which was started in the Sangli market yard with the blessing of a local government official, spread to an area of 60 square kilometers (which includes Miraj, Madhavnagar, Kupwad, and Sangli). Many thousands of working animals gather there, including some 2,000 at one sugarcane mill alone. In and around Miraj and Sangli, the group has installed concrete water tanks to provide water to thirsty, often overheated working animals; sand pits to prevent shoulder injuries when farriers push animals over to shoe them; and shelter to afford animals shade from the burning sun. Other activities include educating cattle owners about the basic needs of working animals —including proper food, vital supplements, shade, adequate rest periods, and clean and sufficient water—as well as health management, balancing carts to avoid injury, loading carts properly (not overloading them), and maintaining proper harnesses to avoid wounds. The group has also conducted vaccination camps for foot-and-mouth disease, inoculating thousands of animals against this dreaded ailment. Animal Rahat has also stopped cruel bullock races, enlisted the help of local police stations in averting cruel acts of violence, and confiscated countless whips, nose ropes, barbed wire goads, horn paring equipment, and other cruel devices used to add misery to working animals’ lives. At festivals and fairs, which involve ponies and bullocks being run at speed for two days or more with little rest, staff members provide rest stations, water troughs, and vitamins and minerals for cart drivers to administer to their exhausted animals. We have also established rest stops for many animals who are sick or cannot keep going.

Most of the first-aid treatment given to bullocks by Animal Rahat is necessitated by poor nutrition; dehydration caused by under-watering; ill-fitting yokes that leave wounds and lead to cancer and infection; and back, hump, and neck stress resulting from incorrect loading of the bullock carts, overwork, and improper driving of the carts.

Many bullocks are depressed, suffering from poor appetite, diarrhea, and exhaustion. The same is true of the many donkeys who are left by the roadside if they become injured or ill.

Animal Rahat’s guidance and support of these animals has already reduced practices such as leaving bullocks out in extreme heat or unprotected through rainy seasons. As a result, there are fewer incidences of heat stress, cough, and pneumonia among working animals in the region. The organisation has also designed a portable shade screen that can be attached to individual carts and used by owners as shelter against the heat while animals await loading or unloading. The screens can also be used as a blanket for animals during the winter.

One of Rahat’s other achievements is the development of a retirement plan. Owners who have bullocks past their working age are asked not to send them to the butcher’s knife but instead to allow them, using a small subsidy, to retire and live out their lives with their human families. Bullocks lead a peaceful retired life ever since their owners decided that they could not bear to see their bulls end up as jackets or shoes.

The retired bullocks serve as models for respectful relations between humans and animals, just as the overloaded bullock carts represent the cruel practices that Animal Rahat hopes to make a thing of the past.

They also take in many donkeys and quite a few dogs. These are all animals who have run into serious trouble and needed to be rescued. When nursed back to health, they are sent to the Nilgiri Hills, where there is cool air, green grass, and shade trees. There, they can spend a wonderful life together, grazing in total peace and freedom and enjoying excellent veterinary care and lots of love.

Although they concentrate on working animals, Animal Rahat is constantly responding to calls for veterinary assistance with other animals in danger—from peacocks to snakes to tortoises to hyenas—and they never say “no.” Thanks to Animal Rahat’s wonderful staff, animals have been rescued from falls into a well, from entanglement in wire, and from angry villagers intent on killing them.

They also treat camels, elephants and of course, people bring us cats and dogs who are in need of help and a home.



partner his logoHelp in Suffering Camel Rescue Centre

Help In Suffering is a registered Indian charitable trust working for the benefit of the animals of India. Help in Suffering was founded in l980, on two acres of land in south Jaipur and has grown into a large animal welfare organisation with a number of projects based in the compound. A new specialised Camel Rescue Centre has been built at Bassi, a village on the Agra road, to serve draught camels.

Jaipur is the state capital of Rajasthan, and the Help in Suffering shelter-hospital there employs about thirty-five staff and has three rescue ambulances and two mobile clinic vehicles. Six separate animal welfare projects are conducted, each headed by a vet.

Inside the peaceful, garden-like grounds of the compound, Help in Suffering provides refuge for many animals; works as a veterinary hospital treating all species and aims to re-home as many unowned animals as possible.

HIS Camel Project:
In June 2001, HIS Vets with volunteer vets from the UK, Drs. Richard and Emma Morris, set up the HIS Camel Project as a result of the extreme suffering of working camels seen around Jaipur. Dr Pradeep Singhal now heads the project.

The HIS Camel project is funded by Animaux Secours, the Marchig Trust (Switzerland), and the Carpenter Trust (UK). A new Camel Rescue Centre is being built at Bassi, on the Agra Road, where many camels work, and much help is needed to reduce their suffering. The building of this shelter is being funded by ELSU Foundation (Switzerland). This foundation has also donated a large vehicle with hydraulic hoist to enable HIS to rescue injured, sick or abandoned camels.

Each day a team headed by Dr. Singhal visits different places in Jaipur and in the villages where large numbers of working camels congregate. As much as treating wounds and injuries, the Camel Project team focuses on educating owners so that improved management practices can be introduced. This education is carried out while camels are being treated by the vet and staff. A leaflet is handed out, written in Rajasthani, and it is explained why the animal is suffering, and how this can be avoided in future.

For example, a common method of treating throat and cold infections, or lameness, has been to inflict a deep burn wound by means of an iron rod applied to the skin of the affected area. Owners are advised that this method of treatment is not only useless but can threaten the life of their camel.

Many of the problems commonly seen by the Camel Project team are the result of either ignorance or the nonavailability of veterinary care for these animals. For example, colic is commonly caused by lack of drinking water, poor quality fodder mixed with large amounts of sand, or by intestinal parasites. Skin conditions caused by ticks and mites are common. These conditions are usually fairly simple to treat and correct.

Other problems seen by the Camel Project team include Tryapanosomiasis (Surra) which is caused by a blood parasite, cause great debility and can be treated. Lameness and punctures of the sole of the foot are other common ailments treated by the HIS camel team.



partner friendicoes logoFrendicoes SECA

Friendicoes SECA began in 1979 with a tiny room in the heart of Delhi in an undeveloped shopping complex - a bare shop with a curtain for its fourth wall, with no electricity or water. Yet, within the first week of starting the clinic cum shelter we had 27 dogs and 12 cats in residence.

Today, the city shelter has grown to triple its initial size. They have a country sanctuary to house those animals who need lifetime care and run Four Spay / Neuter clinics to control stray dog population in Delhi and its suburbs and in Gurgaon, the neighbouring state. In addition they look after and find homes for abandoned and rescued animals. They have ambulances on call for emergencies, a hospital for strays in Delhi, a well-equipped clinic cum pathological laboratory for pets and also run a mobile equine clinic for working horses and donkeys!

Since its humble beginnings, Friendicoes has grown exponentially and with the help of our supporters, dedicated staff and committed volunteers continues to provide a safe haven for the city’s sick, abandoned, orphaned and rejected animals. It is managed by a group of dedicated people headed by Geeta Seshamani.

The Mobile Equine Ambulance has been an integral part of the Friendicoes SECA Projects for the last 3 decades. Started in 1983 by Friendicoes to help all the working Equines in and around Delhi, the project was later expanded to provide treatment to hundreds of working equines with our team and horse ambulance across four states of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana.

This Project was started with the aim to reach out to all those working equines who provide a strong backbone to the rural economy of India but are often denied the basic medical care due to lack of medical facilities and the owners ignorance. These animals live a hard life pulling burdens and carrying loads, suffering at the hands of their masters who see them only as a means of earning, devoid of any physical and emotional feelings. By extending its help to these animals the Equine Team is also indirectly contributing to the welfare of the owner’s family.

The Equine Team has under its care over 2500 working Equines who would otherwise have to do without any medical treatment. Saddle sores, burn wounds from brick kiln heat, lameness are just a few of the varying maladies that these animals endure on a regular basis. Old and injured animals are also often abandoned around brick kilns after the brick season is over. The presence of the Equine team ensures that these animals are brought back to the Friendicoes Country Sanctuary in Gurgaon where they live their remaining lives in peace and comfort.

The Equine team also helps build shade shelters and water troughs for the working equines in areas where there is no easy access to drinking water or shelter from the natural elements. Dehydration during summers and colic during winters are very common problems. The Mobile Equine Ambulance trains and educates the owners to take care of their animals in an emergency and provide first aid to reduce discomfort and pain.

The team runs 6 days a week covering 20 stands and an additional 29 brick kilns (during the brick kiln season) spread across the 4 states providing medical assistance to the animals.

Donkeys used mainly at market places are over-worked to the extent of exhaustion, after which the poor souls are left sometimes to fend for themselves or die on the road, helpless. We rescue such donkeys who are abandoned or injured and bring them to our sanctuary to recover and live their remaining lives peacefully.

Mules are over-worked, leading to back sores and saddle injuries. Often their injuries are disregarded, turning into life threatening infections at which stage they are often abandoned. They are rescued by our team from roads, villages and brick kilns.

In between the stables and the cattery is the bovine domicile. This is a cowshed for our permanent bovine members – about thirty five bulls and cows rescued from the streets of Delhi and Gurgaon. The young male calves are often abandoned by owners since they are not of any use to them, females who can no longer reproduce are similarly abandoned and sometimes incur accidents at the hands of speeding vehicles in which case they are rescued by our team and brought to our sanctuary.



partner asswin logoAsswin Project

The Asswin Project for Donkeys and Other Animals in India is a UK registered charity which finances a healthcare programme for needy animals in and around the outskirts of New Delhi. It rescues and provides medical treatment to injured and sick working donkeys and horses, and also to street dogs and other needy animals.

The team in India, headed by Jean and Bob Harrison, work year round on every day of every week, and regularly visit the many construction sites, brick kilns, and so-called ‘slumdog’ encampments around New Delhi. During these visits they give treatment and care to suffering donkeys, and at the same time offer practical advice and help to the owners and their families on effective animal husbandry. They also respond to calls from the community, the police, and the fire service to help animals involved in road accidents, and have access to a veterinary service when needed.

Since 1994, Jean and Bob Harrison have been working tirelessly in animal welfare in India, and during that time have worked with all the well known UK animal welfare charities which are represented in India. But then in 2005 - having identified a huge unfulfilled need - they decided to go it alone, and established "The Asswin Project".

The name ‘Asswin” reflects the work of the Aswins - physicians in Hindu mythology who were said to attended to the needs of the sick, and to alleviate pain and suffering. By adding another’s’ the link is made with the ass, or donkey - and hence “The Asswin Project”.

To potential donors, we would like you to know that what few overheads the charity does have are covered by contributions from the UK Government under its "Gift Aid" scheme, and that the administration and fundraising team in the UK are all unpaid volunteers. This means that every penny of every donation is spent on the rescue, treatment and care of the animals themselves.



partner hapt logoHope and Animal Trust

Helping Organisation for People, Environment (HOPE) & Animal Trust is a non-governmental organisation working in India. They are a small registered, tax exempted charitable (non profit) group working to improve the lives of Animals and people since year 2000.

They are working to improve the welfare of animals, eradicate rabies by controlling and vaccinating the street dogs, and save people from dying of rabies.

They also promote & develop the skills of the rural communities to earn extra while farming their land, without quitting farming and help income-generating activities to establish sustainable livelihood for rural communities for entire year.



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partner afj logoAnimal Friends Jogja

A little story about AFJ: 
It all began with the individual works and awareness of six individuals living in Yogyakarta who were working to better the plight of animals in their community. In early 2010, they got together and decided that joining forces would be more effective in educating the community, and formed a small group they called 'Animal Friends Jogja [AFJ]'. AFJ is now a non-profit organization based in Yogyakarta that is committed to improving the welfare of the animals in the community through proactive education, advocacy, campaigns, rescues, networking with related organizations and communities, and promoting grassroots activism. They endeavour to relieve suffering and overpopulation by providing medical care, spay and neuter (sterilization ), fostering /adoption for stray, neglected and/or abused companion animals, and by educating children and adults in animal welfare & nature conservation. 

They are simply friends who share similar views on treating non human animals with the respect and compassion they so rightly deserve. This includes the right to live free from suffering and exploitation. They support sustainable living in balance and with respect of humanity's symbiotic relationship with the Earth's natural cycles and ecology. AFJ are small in number and resources but always take these challenges on with a lot of heart. They rely only on the kind efforts of our volunteers and individual contributions and that's why they need us, friends of the animals!

Animal Friends Jogja aims to raise awareness in relation to many aspects of animal cruelty including neglect & abuse of companion animal, irresponsible breeding & trade of domestic animals, bloodsports, dog meat trade, wildlife exploitation & illegal trade, the use of animals for entertainment such as circuses etc. Sadly, countless issues of cruelty to animals still exist in Indonesia. Chances are there are still tons of people out there who don't know much about animal cruelty or how many animals are affected. Their peaceful campaigns are dedicated to achieving equal consideration and respect for animals. AFJ welcome working hand in hand with others who share the same understanding and calling to create a compassionate and respectful world for animals.



partner gili logoGili Eco-Trust

Gili Eco Trust is a local non-governmental organization, first created in 2000, to protect coral reefs from destructive fishing practices around the three Gili islands: Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan, off Lombok, Indonesia. The official Indonesian name of the Gili Eco trust is Yayasan Ekosistem Gili indah, registered local NGO in Indonesia. The Gili Eco Trust has extended its activities to many other “Eco projects”. We regenerate and protect coral reefs, prevent soil and beach erosion, help clean up these three beautiful islands, educate and raise awareness of the population, organize garbage recycling and waste management, provide clinical care for the Island’s animals, and develop scientific research on coral reefs with universities. We are engaged in sustainable Eco tourism using green energies, and much more.

In 1999, a local association called SATGAS was established by local fishermen to protect the coral reefs of the Gili’s Islands from fishing practices using dynamite bombs. Coral reefs had been left in a disastrous state after the intense El Niño in 1997-1998 that added to the several other causes of degradation, such as destructive fishing practices with dynamite bombs. The local population reacted and started to organize patrols around the islands in order to eliminate the bad fishing practices. An agreement was concluded between the fishermen, defining the legal techniques of fishing, limited to defined authorized zones, with the purpose of putting an end to dynamite and cyanide fishing practices, main contributors to coral reef destruction.

To support the SATGAS, the main dive shops of the Gili’s islands decided to establish the NGO “Gili Eco Trust” in 2000. The idea was to raise an Eco tax 50,000IDR (4€, US$5) per diver, in order to financially assist the initiative of SATGAS. This tax was chiefly used to pay the SATGAS employees, to place buoys of anchoring, to restore the cliffs, and to organize many other non-profit projects to protect the environment around the islands.

In 2004, Delphine Robbe, part-time coordinator of the Eco Gili Trust, imported the Biorock technology. Biorock technology was invented by WOLF HILZBERG and TOM GOREAU ( The Gili Eco trust has used the Biorock technology to set up a program of regeneration and protection of coral reefs. Since then, 120 Biorock structures have been installed all around the Gili islands, helping to restore and maintain their coral reefs. Since 2006, a Biorock workshop is organized every two years by Gili Eco Trust. The eighth international Biorock seminar took place in November, 2012, with more than 100 participants from all over the world coming to learn more about this outstanding technology for the restoration of coral reefs, which offers a stable environment for corals and fishes, and promotes the concept of Ecotourism. 2009 was a turning point for the NGO, because the Gili Eco Trust extended its projects to the land environment of the islands of Gili. In order to manage all these additional projects, Delphine Robbe became the full-time coordinator of the NGO Gili Eco Trust.

Today, Gili Eco Trust drives several projects to ensure a sustainable development of Gili islands and to promote Ecotourism. SATGAS has stopped their activities. The Gili Eco Trust is now working with the BKKPN (Balai Konservasi Kelautan Perairan Nasional), with directions from the national government to protect reefs within the marine zones of Marine Protected Areas, to implement more Biorock and reef restoration projects, to place mooring buoys, and to patrol and enforce the laws.

Gili Eco Trust Veterinary Clinic:
Bicycle and pony carts known as Cidomos are the unique modes of transport authorized in the Gili’s. Horses of the Gili’s suffer from bad treatment. Whereas horses normally live about 25 years, they live couple of years less than that on the Gili’s islands because of the amount of work they are demanded and the lack of care from their owners who ignore what they need. The GET opened veterinary clinics for horses in 2009 with the support of “Umalas Stable” and of “JAAN (Jakarta Animal Aid Network)”. The horse’s conditions improve but the main target of the clinics is now to educate their owners and drivers.

Treatment and Care of the Horses:
Pulling carts around the island wouldn’t be a problem for their health if they could drink fresh water and rest regularly, and be treated when they need to. That’s why the Gili Eco Trust opens its clinic for free to the horses twice a month with local skilled personnel, and also twice a year in association with “Jakarta Animal Aid Network” and with veterinarians coming to help as volunteers. Donations are received from all around the world to help the animals of the islands. Gili Eco Trust also encourages the shops and the tourists to participate in it. Certain weeks, a mobile clinic looks after the horses of three Gili’s islands



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partner pegasus logoPegasus Society for Protection of Horses and Donkeys

Pegasus is an Israeli non-profit foundation located in central Israel which works 24 hours a day 7 days a week toward the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of abused, mistreated and abandoned horses and donkeys in Israel. Pegasus was founded by Zvika Tamuz with the support of WASPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals) in 2007. Pegasus works in collaboration with the National Traffic Police, the National Roads Association and various municipal veterinarians, and relies on public donations and support. Our goal is to educate the public about the proper treatment of this animals and keep up the rescuing and rehabilitation work at "Susita" sanctuary where they receive much needed physical and mental care, warmth and love.

The Pegasus Society was founded by Zvika Tamuz of "Moked Hai" ("Living Hotline"), who has been rescuing animals since 1993. Zvika has raised horses for more than twenty years. In 2004 he became aware of the phenomenon of horse and donkey abuse in Israel, ever since different animal welfare organizations began referring him cases involving these animals, knowing that he had the know-how and the place to care for them, since he kept horses of his own. News that somebody takes care of horses and donkeys spread quickly. The National Traffic Police, the National Roads Association and municipal vets, who did not know what to do with these animals, also took the opportunity to call Zvika every time they encountered a stray horse or donkey wandering alone in traffic.

With the price of iron going up, many residents of the occupied territories began appearing in the border area of the Sharon plain, collecting (and quite often stealing) scrap iron. That marked a new era in terms of the numbers and poor physical condition of horses and donkeys in the area. A wave of calls were received from residents of Kfar Saba, Ra'anana, Hod HaSharon etc. – appalled by the sight of these emaciated and wounded animals pulling carts piled high with very large and heavy loads of scrap iron, beaten by their owners to keep them going, many simply collapsing on the street, unable to go on.

The different animal welfare societies who received these calls referred them to Zvika Tamuz. In August of 2006 Ms. Eti Altman, spokesperson of the "Let the Animals Live" organization, wrote to several government and state agencies, alerting them to the grave hardships endured by horses and donkeys in Israeland demanding the government to take responsibility for the rescue operations and for the expensive upkeep of these animals, which up until then were paid for by Zvika Tamuz from his own pocket.

The Ministry for Environmental Protection did begin funding the rescue operations of donkeys and horses, but there still remained the problem of keeping them during the long rehabilitation periods they required. There was an urgent need for an organization that would take care of these animals in Israel. Tens of horses and donkeys were rescued by Zvika, at all hours of the day and night, seven days a week. No report of a horse or a donkey in distress was left unattended to. The fear that the owners would try stealing them back or harm them in any way prevented Zvika from making public the rescue stories, and he emphatically asked the policemen to never divulge his name or address.

In May of 2007 a team of the International WSPA came to Israel on a visit and was taken by Ms Rivi Meier, founder of The Society for Cats in Israel, to visit Zvika Tamuz's ranch. This unplanned visit provided the basis for founding the Pegasus Society. In collaboration with WSPA the Pegasus Society started on a new path with a vision of establishing an educational center and a visitors center that would convey the message of the plight of these animals and supply the tools that would enable the general public to recognize states of distress in horses and donkeys. In the sanctuary ,'Susita' run by the Pegasus Society these horses and donkeys are being rehabilitated both physically and mentally. Some of them remain at the sanctuary for the rest of their lives and become permanent residents.

One of the upcoming projects the Pegasus Society intends to launch in the near future is an educational program, in the Jewish and Arab sectors alike, with the intention of passing on to the younger generation the message of compassion and caring for animals.




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partner laoswrc logoLaos Wildlife Rescue Center

The Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT) is actively involved with the “Laos Wildlife Rescue Center” as a part of the Lao zoo, Vientiane in the Laos PDR. The Lao zoo is owned by the Ministry of defence of Laos, and has been kept running by donations of an entrepreneurial Laos-Thai family over the last decennia. All parties now involved feel it is time to move forward and change the initial objectives from running a national zoo to turn it gradually into a wildlife rescue facility.

In the next months to come we will be finalizing a completely equipped wildlife hospital and quarantine facility onsite and start with the building of new enclosures for rescued wildlife and animals already at the zoo to provide better animal welfare standards. Our main aim will be to implement a system and infra-structure to be able to assist the local authorities with the care of confiscated wildlife and wildlife donated by locals, such as wild pets and injured wildlife. The next step will be the gathering of information regarding illegal wildlife trade and possession. The set up of an educational center on the premises of the Lao Zoo will also be a long-term target of our cooperation.

Within the coming four months we will be busy implementing changes and building some urgently needed new facilities, but we hope to be able soon after to react to complaints and requests for assistance of wildlife in need of help. A new website will be set up with contact details, info and photos on our work and progress soon. We hope to partner with lots of other organization within Asia and worldwide, as this facility will be Laos’ first multi-species wildlife rescue center. Laos is known to be a hot-spot for illegal wildlife trade, as such the need for a wildlife rescue facility up to international standard is an important step forward to battle this trade.




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lspcaLilongwe Society for the Protection and Care of Animals

Donkey Clinics and Welfare:
Donkeys were introduced to Malawi some 40 years ago and in retrospect LSPCA realised now that the specific needs and sentience of donkeys was not addressed and shared with the farmers (who received donkeys as part of a rural transport scheme) when the first animals arrived in Malawi.  Donkeys have largely lived ‘under the radar’ for all these years.  With only 32 qualified veterinarians in the country, very few para-vets in the field and a constant lack of veterinary medication, veterinary care for donkeys has never been delivered in our country.  Rural vet care delivery through the government para-vets has a ratio of 1 para-vet to 15 000 farming households in Malawi.  Most veterinary resources are spent on meat producing animals and care for a donkey usually accrues a higher cost than for example a chicken or a goat.  In a country where most people can hardly afford medical care for themselves, veterinary care for a donkey is not seen as a priority.  Through LSPCA's  programme of caring for the wellbeing of donkeys, they would like to help donkey owners and the public change their attitude and behaviour towards donkeys.  They are well underway to achieving this as the profile of a donkey has definitely been raised as they are seeing from the numbers of donkeys being presented for vet care at their clinics. 

As a service to donkeys and to have a platform to deliver animal welfare messaging to a large community LSPCA provide veterinary care at donkey clinics at 6 sites in their project areas.  At the moment they find that donkeys need primary healthcare for deworming, tick infestations etc.  Their major concern at present are open wounds that working donkeys suffer due to incorrect harnessing and excessive beating when owners are communicating with the donkeys in harness. LSPCA are now constructing donkey carts and correct harnessing material with 12 lead farmer donkey owners in 6 areas as donkeys are historically hitched up to ox carts, which contribute to the stress, over working and wounds to the donkeys. 

Farm Clinics and Vet training:
The LSPCA also partners with the Welttierschutzgesellschaft (WTG) in Germany on their Vets United Training Programme where they deliver early clinical induction and practical skills platform through community clinics to students of the BVM programme and the para-vets studying for their Diploma in Animal Health.  To do this, the LSPCA runs biweekly farm clinics at a number of sites around Lilongwe.  Now that donkey owners have found that their donkeys are recognised and valued, LSPCA foresee a further increase in the number of donkeys being presented at farm clinics during this year.  

Animal Aid Abroad will be assisting LSPCA to assist donkeys not funded by their other partners. 
They have estimated that a further 3200 donkeys could be presented at the WTG farm clinic sites for various treatments. Furthermore the LSPCA vet team very often support donkey emergency care – traffic accidents, major injuries and euthanasia in the event of no treatment being afforded to a donkey.  These incidents, although isolated yet reoccurring, are currently funded by the LSPCA Vet Clinic’s operational income.

LSPCA vet team who conduct the farm clinics do not want to single out donkeys and turn them away when presented for treatment.  This is where Animal Aid Abroad’s help will make sure no donkey will be turned away and cater for the expected 3200 donkeys expected to attend the LSPCA's clinics this year.

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partner animalnepal logoAnimal Nepal

Animal Nepal is an innovative non-government organisation based in Lalitpur District, Kathmandu Valley. It is run by an enthusiastic team of volunteers, who are both local and overseas animal welfare campaigners and educators. AN conducts three outreach programmes, focusing on street dogs, working equines and working elephants. They manage three rehabilitation centres and sanctuaries: Chobar Animal Sanctuary in Chobar village, and the Donkey Hospital and the Donkey Sanctuary, both based in Badhikhel.

Some 1000 equines (donkeys, mules and horses) are employed in brick kilns in the Kathmandu Valley. Shocked to see their conditions, in 2008 Animal Nepal launched a Working Equine Outreach Programme. The program conducts regular mobile clinics, providing first aid boxes, free veterinary care, improved harnesses, and education to factory and equine handlers and owners. Weak and handicapped donkeys are rescued and taken to the Godavari Donkey Sanctuary.

The Godavari Donkey Sanctuary was constructed in 2009, which houses rescued equines in dire conditions. After a live of abuse, they are provided with well-deserved retirement, including good food and ongoing treatment. Most donkeys and horses are financially supported by individual sponsors through Animal Aid Abroad Australia and can be sponsored through the AAA website. Some are even luckier and are adopted by local families and resorts, where they live the remaining days of their lives in comfort.

The Sanctuary is a natural get away, an eco friendly project revolving around Animal Nepal’s Donkey Sanctuary. It’s a place where visitors can interact with rescued equines and farm animals, enjoy camping, dining, hiking and adventure activities. The project promotes community development, nature and wildlife protection as well as local tourism. At The Sanctuary visitors learn to love and respect animals in a recreational manner. The project will generate income to support animal welfare and community development.

Animal Nepal continues to lobby with the authorities for improved conditions and monitoring.



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partner sayvet logoSay Vet

Say Vet is a non-government, non-commercial, non-religious and non-political humanitarian organisation for charity and welfare purpose. Its mission is a society where there is no harm to animals and humans and all live comfortably a healthy life humanely.They believe in animal and human welfare and to inspire social action for attitudinal change in which everyone can live comfortable life with no harm to life between animal and human within and out of the country Pakistan.

SAYVET is working on the animal welfare issues in the area and doing some activities with the support of volunteers, also linking with government livestock department, district administration, and other non government organisations. 



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partner sadaoa logoSave The Dogs and Other Animals

Since 2008 100 donkeys in distress have come to the shelter. All have had abandonment or abuse stories behind them and at best would have died of starvation or would have ended up in a slaughterhouse in Italy.

The area dedicated to horses consists of 3 stables and houses a variable number of 10- 13 horses. Most of the animals have been confiscated by Save the Dogs as a result of serious mistreatments by their owners. The horses, in fact, are still widely used in Romania for pulling carts and transporting agricultural products and timber, especially in rural areas and in areas inhabited by Roma communities.




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partner saws logoSocial & Animal Welfare Service

Social and Animal Welfare Service (SAWS) is a non-governmental, non-political, non-profit making local organization. SAWS was formed as a result of the inspiration of group of professional activists determined to address urgent need for the deteriorating state of:
1) Societal wellbeing, particularly educated youth who has taken sanctuary to life-threatening migration and left their country vulnerable.
2) The eradication of domestic/wild animal cruelty stemming from ignorance and inhumane treatment.

The founders strive to support the society through training, education, open dialogue, social awareness campaign and advocacy.


Sri Lanka

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partner bridginglanka logoBridging Lanka

The 30 years of war affected everyone in Sri Lanka, including donkeys. A once beloved animal became feral as their owners fled for their lives to other parts. Now these noble creatures wander the streets, limping and sore-infested, without purpose or value. They want to build a Donkey Orphanage & Clinic to turn around their fortunes. Donkeys are medically assessed, treated and tamed for a fresh start in life.

Donkey management and welfare:
Bridging Lanka seeks to bring the large feral and abandoned donkey population found in urban and rural areas back to health and prominence. The fortunes of the Mannar donkey have declined and they now face real issues of survival. A group of animal lovers from around the world has commenced an active campaign to assist. 

Donkey Assisted Therapy (DAT) Centre:
DAT brings together two lesser affirmed groups – MARDAP’s children with special needs and donkeys. 

Bonding with donkeys through riding, grooming and befriending them encourages affective engagement and stimulates the child's development – improving balance, muscles, core stability, fine motor skills, hand and eye co-ordination, body posture, speech, language, colour-number-shape-symbol recognition, thus boosting self-esteem and confidence in children.

Donkey Relocation & Welfare Program:
In lots of 25 per month, the donkeys will be moved from the urban precinct for workready and welfare assessments. They will undergo treatment for injury and disease. Adult stallions will be castrated to achieve a sustainable population of donkeys into the future. Those classified fit for work will be inoculated and micro chipped. Donkeys will also be tamed, groomed and ready for easy handling 

Donkey Feeding Stations: 
The establishment of neighbourhood feeding stations throughout Mannar is another tactic to entice donkeys from the town centre.

Local vendors provide unwanted vegetable and fruit which are collected and delivered to participating households of the feeding program. Provision of regular food and water enables local families to tame and befriend donkeys. In Mannar, little is known about the care and treatment of donkeys. Regular workshops and clinics will be conducted by veterinary surgeons from around the globe for local veterinary staff from Wildlife Conservation, Animal Production & Health, local animal welfare agencies and the armed forces. Vets and animal carers from various animal welfare agencies based in Sri Lanka and overseas have pledged their support. 

Donkey Clinic and Sanctuary:
The one acre property has been cleared, levelled and fenced. They await funds of $20,000 to construct a properly equipped clinic and sanctuary for the treatment of Mannar’s donkeys and ponies. The centre will also act as a training centre and repository for resource materials on the care and treatment of donkeys.

School and Community Awareness Campaigns:
Several community awareness sessions have already been conducted at primary and secondary schools, women’s rural development societies and for the general public to produce positive changes to currently held negative perceptions of the donkey. A rolling campaign through community awareness sessions to raise the profile of the donkeys will provide a positive foundation and networks of support for the various donkey welfare programs.





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partner mawo logoMeru Animal Welfare Organisation

Meru Animal Welfare Organization works to protect animals from cruelty by promoting, improving, and developing matters concerning the welfare and understanding of animals in Tanzania. Meru Animal Welfare Organization (MAWO) is a nonprofit animal-welfare organization working in the Meru region of Tanzania.  Within our culture and society, they fight for these five freedoms of animals:  freedom from hunger and thirst, freedom from discomfort, freedom from pain, injury and disease, freedom from fear and distress, freedom to express normal behaviour.

Their mission is to protect all animals from torture, abuse, cruelty, diseases, and killing. their vision is for animals to be respected as living creatures who experience pain, fear, and suffering. MAWO’s aim is to promote, improve and develop of any matter concerning the protection of animals and understanding of animals among the people of Meru District, Tanzania without gaining any profit.

History of MAWO:
In 2009, MAWO Founder and President, Johnson Lyimo and other community leaders were brought together to discuss their shared concern for the horrific animal treatment they were seeing in their communities. By 2010 they had completed a baseline survey to study the greatest needs for animal welfare in the Meru region. MAWO was created to address these problems so as to better the lives of both animals and humans in this area.   

Since then, MAWO has played a significant role as a champion for animal welfare throughout the Meru District and Tanzania. “Animal welfare” to us means: the concern for the well-being of an animal’s physical and mental state and involves the mitigation of avoidable suffering, injury, pain, fear, or distress resulting from unnatural behaviour while used for work, sport, companionship, research or food. The ethical basis for MAWO’s policies stems from looking beyond the conservation of species to the welfare of individual animals.

Background on Tanzanian animal protection:
Tanzania has kept up with much of the rest of the world in upholding responsible care for and prevention of cruelty to animals. Some ethnic societies in Tanzania such as the Gogo are known to love their livestock so much that they don’t allow their use as labor animals. Other tribes, like the Chaggas and Pares, have been known to provide accommodation for their animals even in human dwellings. Though these kind lifestyles exist in Tanzania, they are not always upheld and much education on animal welfare is still necessary.  

Due to many accounts of cruelty to animals occurring in the country, the Animal Protection Ordinance Cap 153 and organizations like M.A.W.O. were formed for prevention of cruelty to animals. Other animal welfare organizations in existence include the Tanzania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (TSPCA) and other humane societies like Dar-Animal Heaven, Arusha Society for Protection of Animals and the World Society for Protection of Animals Africa Regional Office which opened in Dar-es-Salaam in 2007. The Tanzanian government has accepted the universal call for animal welfare by first incorporating animal welfare concerns in its National Livestock Policy. This established an office to deal with animal welfare issues in the Ministry Livestock Development, which thereby initiated the review of Animal Protection Ordinance Cap 153, and drafted a new and more comprehensive piece of legislation: the Animal Welfare Act.   

Tanzanians have also not lagged behind in signing for the Universal Declaration for Animal Welfare. In 2007, Tanzania became second, after South Africa, to endorse the campaign which was part of the United Nations Animal Welfare Declaration. This was ratified by the UN assembly to achieve global consideration of the welfare of sentient animals and raise animal welfare as an issue of importance and as part of the social development of nations worldwide through the adoption of a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UD



partner taweso logoTanzania Animal Welfare Society

Is a registered non-profit organization fighting animal cruelty and advocating public awareness campaigns for animal rights in Tanzania. Currently TAWESO are travelling to villages teaching their people humane donkey handling, humane husbandry and correct harnessing techniques. 99% of donkeys the working donkeys are pack donkeys who carry excessive loads without proper padding and harnessing. TAWESO along with funding from AAA, are working on changing this through the Donkey Harness Project where donkey owners are trained how to make saddle pack harnesses out of readily available rags in order to minimise their pain and discomfort. In addition each village is provided with free veterinary care.

In March 2014 TAWESO hit the road with their Donkey Welfare Outreach Program, sending veterinarians and vet staff to work for 10 days at outreach centers where they could treat donkeys from the Mpwapwa district in central Tanzania. The vet team did a wonderful job treating 329 donkeys for injuries, mange, abscesses, worms and gave them much needed rabies vaccinations. We are very proud of the Donkey Welfare Outreach Program and hope to support it in the future.

Tanzania Animal Welfare Society is registered non-profit organization with registration number (00/NGO/0492) which works to fight against all forms of animal cruelty and advocates public awareness campaigns on Animal Welfare in Tanzania. They address societal causes for poor animal welfare through advocacy of legislations and public awareness campaigns, humane animal education in schools and finding immediate improvement, handling and control of stray animals. Tanzania Animal Welfare Society (TAWESO) has been providing free of charge services in poor villages in Tanzania in respect to Dog and Cat sterilization, vaccination against rabies disease and veterinary care to stray and neglected animals. TAWESO depends on donations from people and organizations to be able to carry out the programmes and reach more suffering animals in the country.

Tanzania Animal Welfare Society (TAWESO) is a non- profit, non-governmental organization registered in Tanzania with a major aim of promoting animal welfare in Tanzania. We are a group of people (veterinarians, teachers, members of community, agricultural workers) working currently mainly on volunteer basis. The Government does not provide funding to civil societies. TAWESO is grass root community organization registered on 18th of April, 2008.

They are a volunteer organization devoted to help animals by fighting against all forms of animal cruelty. In Tanzania, animal welfare is not a priority to many people as they are faced with many other life challenges like street children, extreme poverty and hunger and therefore our society is working hard on various animal programmes- Delivery of animal health care, Dog and cat population control, Working Donkey Welfare, Humane Education in order to improve the welfare of street and housed animals in the country. They have representatives in 4 regions of Tanzania in Mwanza, Dodoma, Cost Region and headquarters in Dar es salaam city.

TAWESO has been participated in various local and international animal welfare training, activities and conferences through scholarships like Animal Care Expo 2009 in Las Vegas through Humane Society international Scholarship, Spay Day International, International Training at Dogs trust (UK), Africa Animal Welfare Network, World Animal Days Activities



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partner wfft logoWildlife Friends Foundation Thailand

The Wildlife Rescue Centre aims to take care of neglected wildlife that is in captivity due to the illegal wildlife trade. By the end of the first year, over 20 primates were rescued, a very sick and neglected tiger rescued and nursed back to health from the brink of death, as well as a small variety of other wildlife.

In 2002, a series of gibbon islands were constructed at the rescue centre and WFFT staff and volunteers stepped in to care for animals at Highland Farm gibbon sanctuary in northern Thailand, after the founder and owner, William Deters, was murdered. In 2003, the first street-begging elephants were rescued and the Elephant Refuge and Education Centre started as an additional project to the rescue centre. By the end of the fifth year, the WFFT had rescued over a thousand animals, many of which had been released back to the wild, such as birds, reptiles, pangolins, lorises and small wild cats. However a number of animals, that were not able to be released, remain in sanctuary care and ongoing rehabilitation, including elephants, bears, a tiger, a crocodile, as well as several species of macaques and gibbons. From 2004-2006, WFFT facilitated the confiscation of a large number of orangutans from Thailand and Vietnam, and then repatriated them back to Indonesia in partnership with BOS Foundation.

Currently the WFFT runs several projects from hands-on wildlife rescue, medical care, wildlife rehabilitation, research on wildlife and marine mammals as well as the release of wild animals back to the wild. The main area of WFFT’s huge outreach that AAA is involved in is the Elephant Refuge and Rescue Centre near Hua Hin. This centre gives refuge to domesticated elephants who were forced to work on the streets as begging tools and tourist attractions.

AAA provides support to WWFT by devoting a great deal of time and money into providing enrichment programs to mentally stimulate elephants in the rescue centre. Elephants are also available for sponsorship at our Animal Aid Abroad website. AAA is also aiding WWFT in their rescue of abused working elephants by funding the construction of a new elephant enrichment enclosure for the WWFT rescue centre. The new enclosure has been built to house 2 rescued elephants; Somboon and Khan Kleuy and includes a shower and pool area in which they can regularly be seen playing in.

Currently a new enclosure project is being planned to house restless male bulls that come into the rescue centre, whose natural bulk can cause significant damage and put other female elephants and staff in danger. Currently there are no facilities in Thailand that can care for adolescent male elephants humanely. WWFT have designed a large enclosure approximately 50,000 square meters on a large piece of forest bordering the WFFT rescue centre. This will allow male elephants to live their lives in natural habitat while given them much needed distance from human interaction and protection from poachers.

WWFT's mission is to rescue wild animals from places where they are maltreated and/or neglected, and help them to spend the rest of their lives in a sanctuary as close to the natural environment as possible with the best possible care. In particular, provide sanctuary for those animals that no-one else is prepared to care for, e.g. the sick and disabled. They aim to rescue those animals who have suffered at the hands of humans, rehabilitating and releasing where possible, and caring for those who are unable to be returned to the wild. They aim to provide the best standard of living and a life as close to wild as possible for these animals. They educate people, particularly children, to stop cruelty to animals. In particular campaign against the illegal trade in wild animals for the pet industry and discourage the use of animals for entertainment, for example in performing animal shows.

WWFT try to prevent hunting and promote conservation of all natural resources, fauna and flora alike. Educate local people, tourists and the international community to appreciate, understand and protect wild animals and their rainforest habitat. Cooperate with and assist the Royal Forestry Department and other organisations concerned with the rescue and conservation of wild animals. They gather knowledge to start up a release program for those animals that qualify for re-introduction into the wild.

Currently the WFFT runs several projects from hands-on wildlife rescue, medical care, wildlife rehabilitation, research on wildlife and marine mammals as well as the release of wild animals back to the wild. The Wildlife Rescue Centre is built on temple land; the abbot of the Kao Look Chang temple has generously given us a huge plot of forest for the animals to live in.

AAA is more than happy to help raise funds for this worthy project. 




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