“The Work We Do”
- Abu Dhabi Animal Shelter (ADAS)
By Sujata Devadas, June 02, 2015
Faced with an overpopulation of cats in Abu Dhabi city, the Abu Dhabi Executive Council requested Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH), among others, to suggest a way to counter the situation. They suggested the TNR program: trap, neuter and release.
Tadweer, the Center For Waste Management, contracted pest control companies to trap cats and dogs roaming the streets and deliver them to Falcon Hospital for neutering - the only authorized place in the emirate of Abu Dhabi to do this. These animals are microchipped, vaccinated and their ears clipped so that from a distance it is clear that they have gone through this process and are not trapped again without reason.
If the animals are sick, ADFH keeps them behind for treatment and monitors their recovery before returning them to companies, who release them back in the place where they were caught. If you remove these cats from the locality where they were found, more cats will take their place, territory fights and more breeding are inevitable. That is avoided this way.
Animal Shelter, Abu Dhabi
From 2010, ADFH has been the sole responsible authority in charge of the animal shelter for all of Abu Dhabi emirate. Situated behind the Falcon hospital, the shelter receives cats, dogs as well as other animals from Al Ain, from the Western region, from Abu Dhabi city, all over this emirate. Sometimes, it is for their neutering, but at times they are abandoned house pets that need shelter and a new home.
"Before the TNR, we saw a lot of very sick animals, terminally ill, with malnutrition, wounds, gashes from fighting, car accident victims; some had back burns. They also had a lot of infectious diseases like feline peritonitis (in cats), nutritional deficiencies, leukemia, and so on." says the Director of ADFH, Dr.Margit Mueller. "It is much better now. The overall health condition of cats is much better. They are bigger, healthier, stronger. We are now in a position to balance the cat population. There are less territorial fights. Thankfully, we do not see those miserable, horrible cases quite as often. It is rare. The same is true of dogs."
“Let me show you the work we do.” says Dr. Mueller.
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