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As­sis­tant Ed­i­tor Mike Star­ling wants more to be done to help the UAE’s stray an­i­mals

7 Days in Dubai - - DEAR 7DAYS... - mike@7days.ae

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.

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