The British International School Abu Dhabi (BIS Abu Dhabi) students and the Parent and Teacher Association (PTA) have led an animal welfare campaign in school, raising 983kg of cat food for two Abu Dhabi animal charities.
Abandonment of animals and a growing number of stray cats continue to be a problem in Abu Dhabi, particularly during the summer months. To raise awareness and collect cat food for this cause, BIS Abu Dhabi partnered with two animal charities, Abu Dhabi Animal Welfare and Sandy Paws, both of which are self-funded and run entirely by volunteers.
A campaign was led by students who believe in positive action in support of the community, and were strongly supported by the active school PTA.
Inshirah Meer from Year 9 says “‘one should never hesitate to help’ should be the anthem of our humanity. We, as humans, should always feel a duty to help those around us, especially those without a voice. The service leaders of Secondary School, with utmost passion, believe in exactly that.”
A coffee morning was held at the school, where Jackie Covill from Sandy Paws and Dr. Susan Alyott from Abu Dhabi Animal Welfare highlighted the plight of Abu Dhabi’s stray cats, and the work of some of the volunteer groups who manage the problem.
The whole school community was then invited to bring in dry cat food in support of these charities and all the fantastic work they do. Providing cat food enables Abu Dhabi Animal Welfare and Sandy Paws to focus their finances on their trap, neuter and Return (TNR) programmes, which is the most humane way of managing the problem, as well as re-homing stray and abandoned cats.
Amidst the wealth of information gained and awareness created, the BIS Abu Dhabi community have generously donated 983kg of dry cat food, almost doubling the original target of 500kg!
BIS Abu Dhabi are most thankful to their very generous community for their amazing support of the cause, in particular the student service leader group ‘Animal Aces’ and charity co-ordinator of the PTA, Paul Adamson.May 2018