World Animal Protection

Protecting the lives of 100,000 dogs

Thousands of innocent dogs are suffering agonising deaths by stoning or brutal beating in Sierra Leone. This slaughter is driven by a fear of dog bites and rabies. Our project will save and improve the lives of 100,000 dogs in Freetown by controlling rabies and changing negative attitudes.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 29 November 2016 to 12:01 PM, 6 December 2016

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1081849)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£15,000

Amount raised

£15,176

Donations

379

    Category

  • Disaster ReliefDisaster Relief
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy

    Helping

Location

  • World Animal Protection has assisted us immensely in improving the welfare of our animals by raising public responsibility in improving animal wellbeing and spearheading campaigns to control rabies.

    — Dr. Kassim, Principal Secretary, Government of Zanzibar

  • In the past, local people would not even have considered that poisoning dogs was wrong, and would have done nothing to stop it. Now, thanks to our work with World Animal Protection, they know better and have a greater respect for animal sentience ‚Äì cruelty is no longer accepted as a norm.

    — Mauricio Santafe, Veterinarian, Paraiso de Mascota, Cali, Colombia

  • World Animal Protection has assisted us immensely in improving the welfare of our animals by raising public responsibility in improving animal wellbeing and spearheading campaigns to control rabies.

    — Dr. Kassim, Principal Secretary, Government of Zanzibar

  • In the past, local people would not even have considered that poisoning dogs was wrong, and would have done nothing to stop it. Now, thanks to our work with World Animal Protection, they know better and have a greater respect for animal sentience – cruelty is no longer accepted as a norm.

    — Mauricio Santafe, Veterinarian, Paraiso de Mascota, Cali, Colombia

Situation

Sierra Leone has Africa's densest stray dog population. Compounded by 10 years of civil war and the recent Ebola crisis, 100,000 starving, sick and injured dogs roam Freetown. As this number rises, so too do cases of dog-bites and human deaths from rabies. People are afraid and dogs are stoned or beaten to death with sticks in a desperate attempt to protect loved ones from this deadly virus. With only 4 vets in the country and a lack of government resources, the situation is at breaking point.

Solution

Our goal is to stop the suffering of dogs in Sierra Leone. It begins with a pilot project to manage stray dogs in Freetown, focused on education, registration, and mass dog vaccination against rabies. By demonstrating that dogs aren’t a threat or a nuisance, we’ll help protect them from violence too – helping create a world where people and animals can live side by side. We will work with the Government to create a sustainable and humane plan that can be replicated across Sierra Leone.