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My experience volunteering for PAWS

Guest post by volunteer Tanya Waheed:

Thought I should share with you guys one of the best and most heartwarming experiences an animal lover could ever have!

The moment PAWS put up a notice on its website and facebook page calling out for volunteers at the PAWS stall in the Dawn LifeStyle Exhibition November 2010, I knew I had to be there! There were no second thoughts about it! So I, my sister and a couple of friends signed up for this wonderful opportunity and it was one of the best experiences we have ever had. Continue reading

A life-giving sacrifice

PAWS EID Campaign 2010

“It is neither their flesh nor their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches Him.” (Qur’an 22:37)

In July and August, the Pakistan floods wiped out 1.2 million large and small animals in Pakistan and left those that survived in poor condition with limited access to food.

For Eid-ul-Azha sacrifice this year, join PAWS and help restore the lives and livelihood of people affected by the floods. Buy a goat – and this year, instead of sacrificing it, send it back to a village to replace what was lost and help people back onto their feet. Goats can provide an ongoing income for families through the sale of milk, ghee, meat and kids, as well as supplement their own diet and agriculture.

Your donation of 12,000 PKR will buy a healthy, local goat and will deliver that goat to a flood refugee in Sindh. This cost includes: purchase of the goat and its delivery to the flood affected family, initial veterinary examination including vaccination and drenching, and high quality fodder for two months (as fodder is not easily available in the areas to where the families are returning).

Send your cheques to: Pakistan Animal Welfare Society
Mailing Address: Office No. 8, Hamilton Court, Complex G-1, Main Clifton Road, Karachi 6, Pakistan. (Please provide a return address and contact number for the receipt of your payment to be sent to you.)

Why not just donate the meat from my sacrifice to a family instead?
A living goat is worth more to a family than the meat from a dead one – it is an ongoing source of income to that family. Also, the logistics of getting meat from its source to people in need means that a lot of meat goes wasted every year.

Where will you buy the goats from?
The goats will be sourced from locals who sell goats every year for sacrifice. The idea is that these sellers shouldn’t lose the annual income they depend on from goat sales, but that the goats purchased will be given to a local family rather than sacrificed. Furthermore, by buying directly from a poor family, the family can benefit from the best value for its goat.

How can I be sure that my goat goes to a family in need?
PAWS is partnering with local NGOs with a proven track record to ensure that every goat donated goes to a deserving family that has been displaced by the floods. You can follow up on your donation by contacting PAWS at the contact details provided below.

Why don’t I just donate money instead of donating a goat?
By donating a goat, you’re ensuring local goat sellers their annual income, and you’re also giving a long-term gift to a family. That family will be able to use the milk and fertilizer produced by the goat and its offspring to help support themselves for years to come.

Doesn’t the Qur’an say that an animal must be sacrificed?
Some people feel strongly that animals should be sacrificed for Eid-ul-Azha. Even if you only donate one of the animals that you would normally offer for sacrifice to a family, you would be making a big contribution to that family’s life.

Note: For logistical reasons, PAWS is only able to provide goats as gifts in place of slaughter. Please don’t let this discourage you from opting for a ‘life-giving sacrifice’ of another animal this year, on your own.

For further information:
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Flood Relief Trip to Tando Hafiz Shah, Thatta District

Guest post by volunteer Melanie Parkinson:

prostate Thatta district” width=”140″ height=”105″ class=”alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-1194″ /> October 10: It’s only after we finish our work for the day and are given a tour of the village by a local teacher that we realize exactly how important the work that PAWS is doing here is. As outsiders (it’s our first day in Pakistan), we have no frame of reference for anything that we’re seeing – we don’t know what these fields used to be like and while we’re working, most of the village is hidden from view, so we can just see water marks on one or two buildings and a skirt of mud around the random patches of sugar cane that has survived. But once we are taken into the village, it quickly becomes clear that the animals are all these people have left. Continue reading

Sentient Beings

Dr. Zulfiqar Otho and Dr. Shalla Hayat of the Karachi Animal Hospital check a blind donkey rescued by PAWS.


All creatures on earth are sentient beings. There is not an animal on earth, nor a bird that flies on its wings – but they are communities like you. 

The Quran 6:38

Swiss animal rights lawyer, Antoine Goetschel, recently made international news when he defended a dead pike in a case of cruelty by a local fisherman who was overheard boasting about landing the fish after a ten minute long struggle. The basis of his argument was that fish are sentient beings and that the fisherman had caused the pike needless pain. Islam is a religion where the sentience of all animals has been declared in the Quran. However, the expected application of such a belief is sadly amiss in Pakistani society. In fact, many of the most vocal advocates for animal rights in the history of Pakistan have been non-Muslim. Continue reading