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(P)oops, what a mess!

Fouzia Ahmed in DAWN:

We love our pets, but they sure can make a mess! Dogs track mud and dirt into the house, topple their food and water bowls; while cats fuss around their food, drop and drag around the bowl and then there are ‘accidents’ — and you need to clean those right away with the right kind of clean-up product.

 

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Saturday cats and rocket

PAWS Open HousePAWS held its second open house on 21-12-13 in Karachi. The event featured cats up for adoption, and an introduction to matka kitchen gardening for those interested in organic farming. A variety of people from all walks of life came to see both, and enjoyed savories and fruit tea while kittens and cats played around them. Those who were unable to adopt extended their generosity to the donation box, or invested in the eco-friendly bags and a selection of conservation-themed merchandise on display. The events, and PAWS’s efforts, were lauded by all those who walked through the gate of the current home of the registered animal rights organization. As they plan the future of the volunteer driven initiative – goals include extending its compassionate values and sustainable living advocacy further, and defining its organizational structure – PAWS can take heart from the material and moral support they received from the open house. As writer Nusrat Nasrullah wrote on the board attendees recorded their impressions on, “ I am inspired by what I saw and heard – may this cause flourish.”

Update on the disabled dog

disabled dogWe shifted the disabled dog to Dr. Otho’s clinic in DHA 6 today where we will be better able to chart his progress and find a forever home for him. We have gotten soft bedding for him from Gizri and Duke’s Pet Wheelchairs in Karachi have kindly offered to design and donate a wheelchair for him*. His story has touched a lot of hearts and many of you have written in asking to donate towards his care, some to adopt him and one even to give him some physiotherapy. His adoption offers have been from out of the country and we feel that would be too stressful for him with the travel and long quarantine involved. He is already considerably weaker than when we found him and his hind legs have wasted away. We have also spent upwards of PKR 130,000 towards his boarding at private clinics in the city. For those of you who would like to help here’s what we need: Continue reading

Death-row: Culling aside, sheep dying a slow death

Kazim Alam in Express Tribune:

KARACHI: The stench of the dead, half-dead and unburied sheep at PK Meat and Food’s farm is unbearable to say the least.
Out of 21,000 ‘infected’ sheep that arrived in Pakistan from Australia on September 5, roughly 5,400 have already been slaughtered since last Sunday, according to employees of the company. The farm, which is located roughly 10 kilometres from Quaidabad on the outskirts of Karachi, is heavily guarded by policemen and officials of municipal authorities.

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Does Karachi really need a Dolphin Show?

All over the world animal welfare activists are trying to create awareness about the importance of preserving marine mammal habitats and keeping wild animals in the wild where they belong. But here in Karachi, instead of promoting ecotourism and keeping our marine waters pollution free, we prefer watching dolphins perform unnatural acts in captivity and get excited about the first company putting up a dolphin show in Pakistan.

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Move to protect Thar peafowl

Report in DAWN:

KARACHI, Aug 13: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, presiding over a meeting on Monday to review efforts made to control an outbreak of the Newcastle Disease Virus (NDV), commonly known as ‘Rani Khet’, among peafowl in Tharparkar district, ordered prompt efforts to protect peacocks from natural and manmade dangers.

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An amazing animal rescue in Lahore

It all started with a distress call we received about an injured and emaciated dog in Lahore, apparently thrown out on the road by his guardians in a well to do area. We are based in Karachi, and so posted about him on our Facebook wall, hoping for a miracle. What follows is an amazing story of how some very compassionate people orchestrated his rescue through coordination via social media. Continue reading

Veterinary Treatment of Livestock at Khorwah, Sindh

Earlier this year, a group of medical and veterinary doctors set out from Karachi for an overnight medical camp to Khorwah in district Badin, Sindh. The group included doctors, veterinarians and volunteers from the 4X4 Offroaders Club and the Pakistan Animal Welfare Society, who were selfless in their efforts to give back to a community. Continue reading