QAWSQatar Animal Welfare Society
QAWSQueer Asian Women's Services (Asian Women’s Shelter; San Francisco, CA)
QAWSQuality Assured Warmth Scheme (energy efficiency; UK)
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On receiving the donation, Janet Berry of QAWS said, "Since we are not a registered charity we can only accept donations for payment of services and at the moment QAWS has a very large medical bill to pay.
Over the past 10 years, QAWS volunteers have rescued over 3,000 animals and provided them with new homes both in Qatar and abroad.
Over the past 10 years, QAWS volunteers have rescued over 3,000 animals and provided each one with shelter, medical care and attention before finding them new homes both in Qatar and abroad.
With more than 200 animals to find homes for before the September 30 deadline, QAWS is asking for help from the public in securing the future of these animals.
Talking earlier to Gulf Times, QAWS organising member Janet Berry had said that the current shelter stood on a privately owned farm west of Doha and the bustling activities and outgrown populations have increased in farm employee and resident disturbances -- the reason why their lease was refused renewal.
The QAWS has been in desperate search for a 10,000 sq m area to continue their operations which include housing hundreds of animals, from stray dogs and cats to birds, goats and even bulls, veterinary services, educational programmes and finding adoptive homes.
With the group set to celebrate its eighth birthday this year, QAWS has grown on an annual basis and is now well known throughout the country, having become for many the first port of call when dealing with issues related to animal welfare.
Gulf Times spoke to QAWS chairperson, Janet Berry and adoption coordinator, Kelly Allen to discuss the challenges and successes of the last year, and what they hope to achieve in 2012.
The QAWS shelter is full to capacity with around 116 dogs, 60 cats and an assortment of other animals currently under the groups care.
This leaves the current shelter heavily overpopulated, and QAWS officials are preparing themselves for what is traditionally the most difficult period of the year, with volunteers travelling home for the holiday and many owners abandoning animals as they leave the country.
This may be because they are leaving Qatar for good and unwilling to take their pets with them, are going on vacation for an extended period of time and are not prepared to pay boarding fees, or because boarding kennels are booked up months in advance," QAWS adoption co-ordinator Kelly Allen told Gulf Times.
Although no particularly unusual cases have been brought to the shelter recently, tales of tragedy and maltreatment are becoming commonplace for QAWS members.