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In Morocco, this shelter is completely full, there will soon be no kibble left for its 150 dogs, the most fragile will not survive!
Made aware of the situation, we went to the shelter a few days ago to meet Elise who is fighting to save these dogs.
The shelter is now forced to refuse new dogs, due to its lack of place and fundings.
In Morocco, for lack of resources, animals remain to die in the street!
We want to send 3,000 kg of kibble as soon as possible to allow the shelter to continue its fight!
Made aware of the difficulties encountered by the shelter, we went there on April 20th. With 150 dogs currently hosted, 60 kg of kibbles are needed every day: a very significant amount for the volunteers, who struggle to finance on a continuous basis.
During our visit, there were only 600 kg of kibble left on the spot: enough to feed all the dogs until the end of the month only...
"Currently the shelter is very crowded because there are too many abandonments and cases that we can't leave out [....] We have to refuse to take care of other animals, people don't always understand but we have to think about those who are already there," says Elise.
Overwhelmed, the UMPA shelter has reached a stage where it can only refuse to accept new animals. The shelter is full, while the resources are empty!
However, there is no shortage of animals in distress on the streets of Morocco: what will happen to them if the association can no longer help them?
In addition to the 150 dogs, the association also hosts other animals, including about forty equines. No animals were injured in the fire, but the newly renewed forage stock was completely burnt, as was the stable where it was stored.
We can come into action, we have already booked a truck and pallets, but we have to pay it before April 27th.
If the collection fails, we will not be able to pay, the departure of the truck will be cancelled and none of the collected kibbles will be delivered...
If this fails, we will refund all donors
In addition to gathering hundreds of animals (dogs, but also cats and horses), the association also acts as a dispensary for the population. The poorest people can have their animals treated free of charge by UMPA, which takes care of everything.
These actions make it possible to limit animal suffering, but also abandonment, and ensure control over the population of stray animals: by offering the possibility to spay / neuter animals free of charge, the association avoids the multiplication of unwanted litters.
Without kibbles, all this could disappear! "If we don't do this care, it's dogs we find on the street."
The association receives an extremely valuable municipal grant, which allows it to cover 40% of its expenses. But 60% of the operating costs are still paid by volunteers today! Not to mention the expenses of several thousand euros related to the April fire, which none of them could have anticipated
Only two foreign associations have provided assistance in the past: occasional, and reserved for rescue or sterilisation actions: "Animals live for years after being rescued, no one wants to pay for their maintenance"
The association has very few people who take care of everything: only three volunteers work in the field, employees are needed. Its President, a veterinarian by profession, performs the surgical operations on a voluntary basis, but everything else is at his expense: medicines, vaccines, food, etc...
Market stalls, partnerships with suppliers and carriers: volunteers try to reduce costs as much as possible. They also take care of debts with their personal money, some of them for 25 years.
With dogs being abandonned over and over again, and ever-increasing medical costs, they can no longer do it!
With an estimated population of around 2 million street dogs, Morocco has been carrying out mass slaughter operations at regular intervals for decades.
Dogs are poisoned with strychnine, or shot with a gun, usually in the spring: before the arrival of tourists, or any other important international event.
Although sterilisation programs have already been carried out in some Moroccan cities: unfortunately, they have so far always been abandoned, as their fruits take too long to bear fruit....
Elise's involvement in the association dates back 25 years, when she was asked to give bread or leftovers for the animals in the shelter. Since then, she goes there every day to take care of them, and also ensures the search for food, the running of the stands, the interventions for rescue etc....
"This shelter, like all other shelters, is a place where animals can finally rest, without suffering or pain, to recover from what they have experienced. We try to give them happiness."
Already close to closure a few years ago, the shelter was saved thanks to the determination of Elise and a few others, a determination she keeps today:
"Ten years ago, the shelter came close to closing. We fought, we held out, we are proud that the shelter is still there today and that it is as it is. Every year, we care for between 2800 and 3000 animals for the poor: they will be left unassisted if we have to close. Poor people need help to keep their animals, veterinary care is very, very expensive."
If the collection succeeds, the 3000 kg collected will be used to feed the 150 dogs hosted at the UMPA shelter.
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