Meet Our 2021 World Animal Day Grant Winners!
What is the World Animal Day Grant and how is Naturewatch Foundation involved?
Naturewatch Foundation sponsors the annual World Animal Day Grant. The grant funds amazing projects improving animal welfare across the globe, carried out by World Animal Day Ambassadors. The event currently has over 70 Ambassadors from around the world making a difference for animals, only they can apply for the grant to fund a non-emergency project in their country.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic making things more difficult than usual over the past 18 months, animal welfare has still been a top priority of our Ambassadors. Sadly, the crisis has led to even more animals needing assistance. Because of this, the Naturewatch Foundation team decided that we really needed to provide an extra push for animals this year!
We are therefore delighted to announce that there are FOUR winners of this year’s World Animal Day grant.
We have TWO main grant winners, and TWO mini-grant projects.
OUR TWO MAIN PROJECTS
International Organization for Animal Protection (OIPA), Cameroon...
Providing veterinary assistance to 1,000 donkeys and a humane education programme for their owners and school children.
Despite their huge contribution to the livelihoods of many communities in Cameroon, horses and donkeys are often neglected. Farmers cannot afford their veterinary care, or to purchase devices for their donkeys to make their lives more comfortable, such medications, proper tethering equipment, or specialised equine feed and supplements. However, they still rely on them to work long hours of backbreaking work.
OIPA Cameroon’s amazing project is in five parts spanning over 11 months, to positively impact the lives of the donkeys, their owners, and the wider community.
- Providing veterinary treatment: OIPA will carry out a survey of over 1,000 donkeys in two communities, supplying antibiotics, painkillers, and other veterinary care. During the survey, if any animals are found to be in an emergency situation, they will provide appropriate care.
- Educating people who handle the animals (including school children): via face to face teaching, distribution of brochures, advice, training on different devices like nasal protectors, leashes, tail protectors etc.
- Animal welfare awareness: Teaching owners about how to respect animals, safe load carrying, feeding, stabling, disease etc.
- Workshop training course: Training for three volunteer vets to assist the donkeys in these communities for 6 months after the education programmes finish. They will provide ongoing advice, care and facilitate a positive changes in attitude towards donkeys.
- Feeding stray donkeys in the area.
Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW), Kenya...
Vaccinating 4,000 dogs against rabies and circulating information to the community about rabies prevention and control.
Rabies is estimated to kill around 59,000 people globally every year, with most of rabies deaths occurring in rural Africa and Asia.
In Kenya, rabies has been ranked among the top three priority zoonotic diseases and it causes over 2,000 dog-human deaths annually.
With the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic emergence, ANAW has not been able to carry out vaccination campaigns since 2019 due to reduced funding and international travel restrictions.
This project will address the stalled vaccination initiative, positively impacting the dogs that suffer due to rabies disease and prevent transmission of the disease to the community.
To vaccinate 4,000 dogs in Mwala sub-county and Machakos county within one week.
The project is envisaged to prevent and reduce rabies outbreaks through vaccinations, reducing instances of this disease for both humans and animals living in the region.
ANAW will also circulate flyers with information about rabies prevention and control to dog owners.
OUR TWO MINI GRANTS
Swaziland Animal Welfare Society (SAWS), Swaziland
SAWS will be using their grant to print 10,000 educational brochures with information covering many pet care subjects.
They aim to improve basic knowledge about animal care in homesteads, particularly in rural areas, focusing on families with impressionable children.
The leaflets will be distributed all over Swaziland in vet practices, local pet shops, and at the SAWS animal shelters.
Asociación para la Defensa de los Derechos de los Animales (ADDA), Bolivia
ADDA will be undertaking a fantastic project designing two large banners and educational leaflets to distribute to schools, universities, the general public and the authorities.
With their remaining funds, they will feed strays, sterilize stray dogs and cats, and provide emergency veterinary assistance and transport to both strays and wildlife.
The amazing projects above will undoubtedly improve the lives of thousands of animals in Cameroon, Kenya, Bolivia and Swaziland!
We thank our fantastic World Animal Day Ambassadors for their ongoing commitment to raising animal welfare standards around the globe, and our wonderful supporters for their donations, without which none of this would be possible.