QAWS on its last leg; seeks donations
The Qatar Animal Welfare Society that has been facing evacuation threat, has run out of options, and is seeking donations to tide over the last few months, until September 30.
In its Facebook page, QAWS said:
“Despite all our attempts to secure a new location, we have failed.
Communications, promises and meetings with the various authorities have all been unsuccessful and no assistance has been given in the time allocated. Regrettably now our only focus must be the rehoming of the current animals in our care. We have out-stayed our welcome and should we wish to remain in our current location until the 30th September we must pay a monthly penalty for continued use of the land. Our priority, as always, will be our animals and trying to secure their futures.”
It also sought donations to the tune of QR17,000:
“On behalf of the animals we need your support one last time. We are being charged a penalty of QR17,000 per month and our final deadline to be gone from the land is the 30th September. We need 68 out of the 7700 supporters on this page to donate QR500 to cover this penalty so we can give our animals one last chance at finding a home. Please comment below ONLY if you are able to donate and contact us privately to arrange collection points. We once again thank you all for your continued support over the last 10 years and we know we can count on your help during our final difficult months.”
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 donations made by volunteers.
Over the last year, it has been struggling to keep going. Here is a short JustHere documentary released in May.
Later that month, it received reprieve, but that again seems short-lived.
Photo courtesy: QAWS