Assistant Editor Mike Starling wants more to be done to help the UAE’s stray animals
Afriend of mine shared this picture on Facebook from a campaign to feed stray cats and dogs on the streets of Istanbul in Turkey. The construction of these feeding stations throughout the Turkish capital provide strays with food and water 24 hours a day and is a superb way to look after the welfare of the animals. My friend said on Facebook, “why can’t we have this in Dubai?” - and I fully agree. Yes, why can’t this be done here? Surely the good-hearted folks in the UAE would support such an initiative? For the past couple of years my wife and I have been feeding the strays that live within the vicinity of our building in the Gardens. Especially at this time of year providing these stray and abandoned cats with some food and water is vital. But when we go away on a holiday, who feeds them then? These feeding stations could help banish that worry. Obviously, the matter of stray cats is a big issue across the UAE. Not everyone will agree with me, but as human beings we should be looking after these animals: feeding them and spaying or neutering them. So much more needs to be done. During the Holy Month of Ramadan the brilliant “fridge sharing” campaign was
launched in Dubai - couldn’t something similar be done for stray and abandoned animals? Perhaps it could… I applaud anyone or any organisation that supports the welfare of animals - and those in Turkey have done something extraordinary with the feeding stations. However, it would be unfair to call on the charities and shelters here in the UAE to do a similar initiative because they also need our help as they are already overrun with abandoned animals. For me the first thing that should be done is to support the shelters and helpers here. Whether it is your time to money, please do what you can to help. It’s very sad to see strays looking for food, but if everyone could do their bit, at least it would go a little way to help them.