Donations secured, QAWS now seeks help in rehoming animals
Last week, Qatar Animal Welfare Society (QAWS) announced its closure. After 10 years of service, the animal shelter is no longer operating as a rescue facility, and is no longer accepting abandoned animals.
Janet Berry, QAWS organising member, told JustHere that they have successfully secured donations to cover the penalty of QR17,000 per month that they are being charged for overstaying on the piece of land.
“Our focus right now is to rehome the animals at our shelter. We made a commitment of finding them a new home when we rescued them, and we will stick to it.”
Currently, there are 114 dogs and 60 cats in addition to farm animals including ducks, chicken, donkeys and rabbits. QAWS has until September 30 to find all of the animals a home after which they will have to vacate the premises.
“The response was great the first time we put the word out for adoption. We are determined to find the rest of our animals a home before the deadline.”
QAWS is a non-profit organisation started in 2004 by a group of animal lovers, all expatriates. The monthly cost of running the facility comes to about QR50,000 and is funded by private voluntary donations alone. Watch JustHere’s QAWS documentary here.
The shelter’s rent contract expired on May 31 this year. Despite receiving a few months extension (with penalty), their lease was refused renewal. On April 29, QAWS had met with members of the Central Municipal Council to seek aid from the government. But all those talks and promises proved futile. The shelter hasn’t received any land to relocate, and is waiting to hear back from the authorities.
Though a document is being circulated on social media, on a purported allocation of land for QAWS, the organisers themselves have heard nothing of it.
There was one land allocated before this. But since there was no electricity or parking space available, it couldn’t be used.
Edit: A line on the earlier allocation has been added to the earlier report.