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Posted On: 6 September 2009 10:12 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Animals hit by fire at shelter find new homes

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Almost all the animals that survived a fire that ravaged Qatar Animal Welfare Society’s animal shelter (QAWS) on Thursday, have found foster homes. At least 25 cats, two dogs and a couple of rabbits were killed when the QAWS facility, Qatar’s sole animal welfare shelter, was devastated by fire. “There was a tremendous response to our call for help and we were left staggering. Only 10 animals are left and people will be coming to take them up today,” Kelley Allen, one of the society’s members, told The Peninsula. “Initially, we thought that 60 cats had lost their lives and many were missing. However, after the initial embarrassment we found many of them had survived the blaze, thanks to their natural instincts, and returned back to the shelter. Except for a few singed whiskers, all the animals are doing fine,” she said. Till yesterday, most of the animals rescued from the fire were sheltered at the Qatar Veterinary Centre and the Veterinary Surgery. The QAWS was a sanctuary for animals rescued from the streets in Qatar or those abandoned by their owners. The organisation was established a few years ago to meet the desperate need for an animal shelter here and has been trying to get the status of a charitable organisation since long. At least QR30, 000, raised from generous donations by individuals, was being spent monthly on the shelter.