Recently I came across an uplifting article on the stray dogs of Gaza. Its perhaps best to clarify right in the beginning that due to political dynamics, Gaza suffers from serious economic challenges. Gaza is the Palestinian enclave on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
Back to the uplifting story on the stray dogs of Gaza. Over 200 stray dogs have been, reportedly, taken off from the streets of Gaza to experience a life without threat. They will not cause threat to anyone and neither be threatened.
Giving the stray dogs of Gaza a second chance
A non-profit animal welfare organisation called Sulala, the only one of its kind operating in Gaza rescues these stray dogs often classified as ‘dangerous’. Sulala rescues and removes these dogs from the streets and offers them necessary care at the shelter to recuperate.
Like it takes a village to raise a kid, such animal welfare endeavours can’t be done alone. The Gaza Municipality has, reportedly, joined hands with Sulala to organise water, food, kennels and other amenities for the upkeep of the dogs and the shelter. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Agriculture, reportedly, offers necessary vaccinations, treatments and medicines for the stray dogs.
After being rehabilitated, many dogs are then adopted by farmers to guard their properties.
Raising awareness among children
Besides caring for the stray dogs, Sulala also organises sessions in schools to raise awareness about the importance of treating animals with respect and empathy. During such sessions children watch videos about how animals should be treated with kindness, fed with love. Sometimes children are invited to visit veterinary clinics to get an understanding of animal health and wellbeing.
Through such activities, Sulala is trying to raise the next generation of people who are kinder and more empathetic towards pets.