Being an animal lover and rescuer in the UAE can be tough at times. Due to the weather and some people’s attitude towards stray animals and Municipality rules- things can get a little tough…. so being punished for trying to do the right thing is the toughest thing to handle…
As we all know and are reminded every now and then, it is actually not allowed to feed stray cats and dogs. But a lot of people ignore this. (I do not encourage any one to break rules in any way, but it is up to you if the consequences of your actions are bearable and worth it by helping save an innocent life).
We all know we have a problem with stray animals in the UAE due to people not spaying or neutering their pets, over flooding of the market with back yard breeding (which is illegal in Dubai-You have to have a licence to breed animals) and people abandoning their pets as they have to leave the country or move into accommodation where pets are not allowed.
So we try to help by finding solutions to the problems. They actually really aren’t solutions, but just a way we can manage the situation until one is found and implemented. Rescuing and doing TNR (trap neuter release) are done by people who care and a lot of the times by people who do not have a lot of money. So they do what they can with the situation they are in.
A lot of people have come under scrutiny for using the free services of spaying and neutering of stray animals by certain veterinary clinics.
And the reason you may ask? Well, it is because they have a licenced pet shop and have some animals on display for adoption at a fee.
Some people have been going crazy and slandering people for using these free services as they think it is unethical. What is crazy and unethical is all of us who want to help NOT SUPPORTING each other. We do what we can with the systems that are in place and with the cash we have.
If some rescue groups can’t do better rates for the people with the vets they are associated with, why put these people down for looking for alternative ways to stop the stray population from exploding???? This will put a lot of people off from trying to help and if you ask me, we need every penny and every bit of support we can muster up to help these poor animals dying on the streets.
I’d rather see them sell one healthy animal (neutered & vaccinated)and in return save 10 cats from breeding again and their offspring having to endure life on the streets and put more pressure on the system than it already has. And what makes rescue groups any different as they asking an adoption fee in return or depend on other’s charity to pay their vet bills? I say if these places want to give back to the community and the animals they are selling do not breed again and are healthy, I do not see the problem.
I say leave it up to everyone to decide for themselves what they CAN and CANNOT live with ethically. As long as we are saving lives in the process. I do not say make a deal with the devil, but just to try to understand why people are using the services available, even if it is under iffy circumstances.
If you can not help any of the stray animals in Dubai by feeding them or providing some basic medical care, please do not hurt them. Just leave them in peace. But if they are injured and you are not prepared to take on the veterinary cost (discounted or not), then please contact the local Municipality and inform them, they do offer some assistance. Better than the animal just suffering.