Unusual Partnership In Middle East Saves Dogs
An animal welfare group based in the Middle East has teamed up with a high-powered oil company to save the lives of stray dogs.
The Kuwait Society for the Protection of Animals and Their Habitat (K’S PATH) announced their partnership with the Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) for the humane control of homeless dogs that live on the streets in Ahmadi city.
Together the fourth largest oil exporter in the world and the animal welfare group will initiate the first Trap-Neuter-Return program in Kuwait.
K’S PATH said in a press release, “All of the methods used to capture and control the dog population will be the most humane and advanced available in the world.”
During the past few years residents of Ahmadi city have become concerned about the increase of homeless and feral dogs living on the streets. The city was built in the 1940’s for employees of the oil industry.
The management of KOC looked into the matter, but was disappointed with the current means of animal control in the area. They wanted a more humane method for keeping the animal population down and that’s when they contacted K’S PATH.
The group came to the city and studied the situation. They concluded that between 400 – 600 stray dogs reside on the streets and the population was rapidly growing.
K’S PATH then introduced KOC management to a successful model program used by animal control in Phoenix, Arizona that humanely traps stray dogs, spays and neuters them and returns them to the street.
They also agreed to take custody of many of the adoptable dogs and place them in their new shelter which will open on January 21, 2011.
KOC invested the necessary money to buy the equipment to get the program running and K’S PATH will implement the TNR program over the next ten months. The organization will then get to keep the equipment so they can continue TNR programs in other parts of Kuwait.
In addition to the dog control program, K’S PATH will be writing an animal control contract and will start a similar program for stray cats.
K’S PATH strives to improve the quality of companion animals in Kuwait by providing them with shelter, food and medical attention. They also work to improve the conditions of farm animals and animals imported into the country. Their goal is compassion to all animals. Their shelter accepts “any and every animal into our care.”
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