Avana was abandoned in the middle of the street!
Dry food offered
Dry food necessary
In Morocco, this shelter is out of kibbles for its 170 dogs, they will starve to death!
Following Elise's SOS, we went on the spot on November 2.
The shelter can no longer buy kibbles, the dogs do not eat their fill.
Her calls for donations are not working, the association's resources are depleted.
We want to help them, by sending 3000 kg of kibble as a matter of urgency.
With about a hundred dogs rescued in the last three months only, the shelter is always full, and now hosts a majority of vulnerable dogs, due to their age or their health condition.
Parvovirus, scabies, cancer are common diseases, as are dogs victim of car accidents or abuse. Many require long and expensive care, but also surgical operations to recover.
Crushed by the number of dogs to rescue and medical expenses, the shelter can no longer afford to buy food: "We receive lots of dogs and it is very difficult to find food for them. Food matters a lot" explained Elise during our visit.
Due to lack of resources, the shelter is already forced to distribute meagre quantities of food to the dogs: 50kg at best are used to feed the 170 dogs received. "We usually mix them with some bread, especially at this time of year because dogs need to eat more in winter," explains Elise.
The dogs do not eat their fill, but the situation is going to get worse if the shelter does not manage to find kibbles quickly, because the accounts are completely empty....
"I cannot leave the dogs without food. We’ll have to find a way even if I have only bread to bring them, but I cannot abandon them" says Elise, devastated.
"Coming close to the end of this year, we have no money. Dogs need more food because winter is near. We need to borrow money to pay the workers and manage the shelter because we receive grants during February, and once we approach the end of the year and money ends, it gets very difficult. That’s why we are waiting for Christmas so that we sell Christmas stuff to survive" Elise explained during our visit, so that we would understand how critical the situation is.
The only money that can be anticipated at this stage comes from a municipal grant, which will only be paid next February: the shelter must therefore last 4 months without any savings, and in the complete uncertainty of being able to survive until then!
In addition to rescuing 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 allow them to limit animal suffering, but also abandonment, and ensure control over the population of stray animals: by offering the possibility of spaying animals free of charge, the association avoids the increase of unwanted litters.
"Every day we provide free care for the people with the less resources, so that these animals have a minimum of comfort that their owner couldn't provide them otherwise, which is also why we need help because our bills, only for medicines, bandages and equipment cost us about 1000 € per month, for the dispensary only, because the medicines for the 440 animals in the shelter are not included in it..." emphasizes Elise.
Without kibbles, all this could disappear!
We can take action, we have already booked a truck and pallets, but we have to pay it before November 13.
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 the collection fails, we will refund all donors.
For 25 years, Elise has been 100% involved in the shelter, as well as in the dispensary activities. But the pace imposed by the constant rescues, the anguish of lack of resources and food, and her own health concerns are now very heavy.
"My fears are related to my health issues. I also got older; I am 63 years old. and to find someone or people who can take over me for now is very hard. I have health issues because of my knee, and if I treat my kneecap, i will have to stop moving for some time about three months, but I cannot do that, I have to keep moving to look for food for the animals and manage the shelter. I am postponing the treatment it for a later time, and I am doing my best to be here at this shelter. It has been 25years that I am managing it, so I cannot abandon it" she explains.
UMPA 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! Last spring, a major fire also destroyed part of the shelter and food stock for the rescued horses, resulting in a huge expense that none of them could have anticipated.
Only two foreign associations have provided assistance in the past: occasional, and reserved for rescue or spaying actions: "Animals live years after being rescued, no one wants to pay for their maintenance"
"We have a shelter that is home to many dogs, we need to help these animals survive. Here, we treat abandoned dogs, and poor people’s dogs and once we shelter an animal, we provide them a home to spend the rest of their lives if they do not get adopted" Elise said during our visit, aware of the difference that UMPA makes day after day for abandoned animals.
"I hope this association keeps going because UMPA has been for about 100 years. I took over for about 25 years, and after a few year, someone should take over. UMPA is supposed to remain. What is also important is that we treat poor people’s dogs, so that they keep those dogs, otherwise, they will throw them in the street."
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.
However, spaying programmes 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.
If the collection succeeds, the food will leave directly from our logistics centre in Morocco! So we can act very quickly, and help the 170 dogs at the UMPA shelter to get kibble.
This collection is organized by the UMPA association. The 3000 kg of kibbles collected will be delivered to Elise to feed the 170 dogs cared for at the shelter.
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