QAWS receives a one month reprieve
The Qatar Animal Welfare Society (QAWS), that was to shut down on May 31 after the rent contract expires, has received a four-week extension. Kelly Allen an official at QAWS told JustHere that they have got permission to run the shelter at the current ranch till June 30.
On April 29, QAWS had met with members of the Central Municipal Council to seek aid from the government. The CMC has now urged the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Urban Planning to provide a suitable piece of land to the animal shelter either on lease or as a grant.
According to a report in Gulf Times, CMC member Sheikha Al-Jufairi stressed on the need to support QAWS as they were the only shelter home that took care of abandoned animals in Qatar. She proposed that an area of not less than 10,000 sq m be allotted to QAWS with the lease period of minimum three years.
Kelly said, “We need the government to allocate a new land at least by the first week of June. It would take a minimum of two weeks for us to relocate to a new premise. We are hopeful that authorities find a place for us to go to soon.”
QAWS is a non-profit organisation started in 2004 by a group of animal lovers, all expatriates. The monthly cost of running the facilitycomes to about QR50,000 and is funded by private donations made by volunteers.
Below is a short film that JustHere did on QAWS.