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.
What an incredibly blue sky in Karachi today. You can even see the moon in the late afternoon.
By Kanza Wyne in The Tribune
The 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.
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 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.
We 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
A 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 email@example.com for details.
Sometimes 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details if you live in Karachi.
Extremely loving sweet natured chubby Eva the kitten is ready to add joy to her forever home. She came into our lives on New Year’s Eve and settled in our hearts. Email us at email@example.com if you’d like to adopt her. This is one highly recommended kitty. Good with dogs as well.
Chitti, Icy, Sonu, Eva, Socks, Kishmish, Coffee, Teenu, Little Miss Muffet, Ash and Bagoosh are Pakistani short haired cats up for adoption to loving homes in Karachi. Email Pakistan Animal Welfare Society at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.