WATCH: Exploring Qatar with QAWS
Jorge and Lindsey visited the Qatar Animal Welfare Society (QAWS) to learn more about their help center, and for Lindsey to adopt a cat of her own.
QAWS saw its beginning in May 2003, when it became apparent that there was a great need for an animal rescue shelter in Doha, Qatar.
Until this time there were only a small number of animal-loving people trying to cope and help wherever and however they could.
A local boarding kennel had opened for business and the first weekend they opened their doors they saw the beginning of the animal rescue society. At that stage they were taking in a few dogs and cats whenever space permitted and managing to provide them with care, food and shelter. In those early stages it was clear that there were people willing to take in and adopt the animals in their care.
From this moment on we saw the formation of QAWS, Qatar Animal Welfare Society.
By May 2004 it was clear that the need was greater than ever imagined and it became apparent that a purpose built facility would be needed to cope with the demand for space. An appeal went out to local companies, entirely through a few willing volunteers who for one reason or another had become involved in the rescue work.
This genuine appeal received a great response and the materials started to appear to build the shelter.
In June 2003 the first animals were moved into their new accommodation to settle in while awaiting new homes. It was a success and totally due to the dedication of a handful of volunteers.
Source: QAWS website.
Image credit - QAWS Facebook.