Our main objective is to help the dogs in Romania. However any dog or animal in distress tears us apart. So every year, as part of Paws2Rescue’s commitment to helping animals in desperate need around the world, we undertake one International Project in addition to our work in Romania.
2019 - Gambia
This year our International Project is Gambia.
Our friends in the UK, Tim and Tanya Catt, started helping a local pre school in Brufut, Gambia years ago. Conditions came to a head when they went last year to visit and the schoolchildren were in arrears in paying the landlord – he was threatening to close the school – shockingly, they only needed to pay £1 per term per child, but sometimes even this was hard to find. Our friends paid the arrears and decided to raise money locally back in the UK, to build a school that would be free for all children. The plans made, the school will consist of 3 classrooms 3 toilets running water to drink and an office. Amazingly the cost of building this school is only around £4,000-£5,000.
Working with the local dog and cat rescue Gambicats, we will educate the children about caring for animals, using our Paws2Rescue Education Programme already being used in schools across Romania.
Gambia has a huge problem with stray cats and dogs, and we are keen to educate and help the future generations. The school will also have chickens, which the children will be taught to look after.
With the land in Gambia purchased by our friends, and the perimeter wall built, the locals in Brufut are starting to make the bricks that will build the school.
We are so excited for our 2019 project and cannot wait to extend our Animal Care Education programme into Gambia.
2018 - Peru & Philippines
In 2018 our International Project was Peru. Our team flew from the UK to carry out street clinics in the shanty towns and a huge neuter programme across Augusta. Our legacy in Peru was to donate a projector to a local rescue, so that animal care films can be shown in schools and the communities.
2017 - South Korea
In 2017 we were involved in South Korea. We were involved in protests at the South Korean embassy in London. We supported local rescuers in saving dogs from a dog meat farm, where they would have been sold for eating. We also brought three of these dogs to the UK and re-homed them into loving families.
The dog meat trade in South Korea has long upset us, as we see horrific images of dogs being boiled alive, skinned alive and tortured before death in the most horrific manner – all because dog meat is supposed to be more tender if the dog dies in fear? How about not eating dogs, and treating man’s best friend with respect?
We have been fortunate enough to save three Jindo dogs from a dog meat farm in South Korea. They were destined for the dinner plate. Through our facebook auction page Paws2Dream, we successfully raised funds for their travel costs. Gem, Dami, and Dana arrived at London Heathrow at the end of June 2017. All three of these precious dog meat trade survivors have now been adopted and can leave their memories behind them.