Captive whales and dolphins in Karachi

Karachi: The Friday, November 8 DAWN has an article by Faiza Ilyas about the arrival of Stephen, a Beluga whale from Moscow, for the entertainment of Pakistanis. Marine mammal shows are scheduled to be held next month by a private firm despite reservations by nature conservation experts on the violation of animal rights.

Beluga whale“We strongly suggest to the government and the agencies concerned to reconsider the initiative and look into the matter in detail. There are sufficient opportunities for public to see wild dolphins off the shore of Pakistan, especially Karachi. They can be observed without too much effort or expense and the experience is much more rewarding,” stated the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in a statement. Continue reading

Canine casualties: For city admin, citizens’ failings, stray dogs pay with lives

By Danish Hussain in The Express Tribune:

CDA shoots 106 stray dogs in two days; lawyer offers to set up animal shelter; vet asks public to put collars on pets. ISLAMABAD: In some parts of the world, dogs are considered man’s best friend. In Islamabad, the city managers consider them nothing more than moving targets.
Zeeshan Munir decided to write to the chairman of the capital’s civic agency against the brutal killing of stray dogs after a two-day shooting spree carried out by the Capital Development Authority (CDA).
The 28-year-old said he would offer to establish a sanctuary for stray dogs, provided the CDA could earmark a piece of land in the capital or its suburbs. “I can run the shelter at my cost,” Munir said.

More here.

All creatures great and small

Faiza Sultan Khan in DAWN:

I was tweeting, as one does, some photographs of a litter of tiny puppies recently, in the hope that some kind soul with enough self-esteem to not require a pedigreed dog to cement their social status may consider taking one home.

Their mother had been run over and they were whining little furballs barely a month old, and living in what was essentially a deathtrap next to a busy main road. A stray dog is of course not just ‘as good’ as a pedigreed one, but hardier, better suited to the environment, not as delicate as pedigreed animals and also less likely to have a coat more suited to a life in, say, the Swiss Alps.

It seems to me the duty of all decent people to take in stray dogs, not just for the lifetime of love and joy they guarantee but also to make up for their barbaric countrymen to whom casual cruelty to animals is something of a pastime.

More here.

Hopeful: The story of my adopted disabled dog

By Kanza Wyne in The Tribune

HopefulThe first time I saw Hopeful I was shocked. Could anything look so pitiful? I was expecting a healthy dog that just couldn’t use his hind legs but what I got was a bag of bones with a protruding vertebra and red raw bedsores where the bone was visible at places. He was encrusted with months, perhaps years of faeces and smelled like a whole coop of hens. What really got to me was the thick rusted chain that was looped around his neck. For God’s sake the dog couldn’t even drag himself a foot away and here they had this prison chain dangling which only helped in getting tangled in his legs and tearing open his wounds further.

More here.

Disabled dog finds home

home Just wanted to share the good news that a loving family has adopted the disabled dog and took him home this morning. Here he is all comfy and curled up enjoying the love and attention he’s been receiving all day. He’s been measured by Duke’s Pet Wheelchairs for a custom built wheelchair which should be ready in a few days. Meanwhile, he’s in good spirits, eating well and really, really enjoyed the car ride! We think he will be up and running outdoors on his new wheels in no time. Will post more photos and a longer update by his new family soon.

Perween RahmanPerween Rahman was a huge animal lover with a soft spot for homeless strays. She was also very helpful to PAWS and a mentor we looked to for guidance. Furthermore, she had offered to help us set up a humane stray dog management pilot project in Orangi.

On March 13th this year she was murdered by armed assailants when returning home from work. Her death is a tragic loss to humanity and a big blow for PAWS, both personally and professionally. However we are encouraged by her example to work relentlessly and undeterred by obstacles, and her immense optimism that could find reason for hope in the most dismal situation, thereby turning it around.

We request our well-wishers to please support Perween’s Justice page and help spread the word. Do ‘like’ it and share with friends, family and colleagues.

https://www.facebook.com/JusticeForPerweenRahman

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

Chowkidar’s Assistant

Handicapped WatchdogA young special needs dog who has lost movement in both his hind legs, is looking for work as a Chowkidar’s Assistant. Even with this handicap he is great at announcing the arrival of a new person. All he needs is a home to call his own, some soft bedding, and a patch of grass/soil to keep watch from. Email Pakistan Animal Welfare Society at info@pawspakistan.org for details.

Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss MuffetSometimes the best things come in small packages. Miss Muffet is a loving, adult cat the size of a kitten. Gentle and sweet natured, she will bring untold joy to the home that welcomes her. Email us at info@pawspakistan.org for details if you live in Karachi.