DONATIONS being collected to set up a new animal rescue shelter in Bahrain have surpassed the halfway mark.
Animal welfare group Bahrain Rescues launched a fundraising campaign last week in order to purchase a stable in Hamala for its rescued animals.
The volunteer group requires a total of BD3,500 to buy the stable, in addition to a BD100 monthly rental fee, to be reached by March 22 otherwise the property will be sold to the next buyer.
The stable will be able to provide the rescued animals, namely dogs, with a proper accommodation until they get fostered.
It will also provide incoming rescues with a place to live and be tended to as volunteers rescue at least one stray animal a day, according to Bahrain Rescues founder Eman Eid.
Raised funds reached around BD1,953 yesterday which came as an overwhelming surprise to Ms Eid.
“The reason why we’re trying to get this place is because we had our foster home, which was one guy with a kennel in his home helping us out, but the Southern Municipal Council shut it down,” she told the GDN.
“We have around 10 dogs now in total which we don’t have a place for and this place is the one that fits (all the requirements).”
She said the group was hopeful of reaching the necessary funds – adding that if all went according to plan they could hire a caretaker for the shelter while the team continued to rescue strays.
“I was really surprised, especially as the donations came mostly from locals,” said Ms Eid.
“Even my fellow members were surprised at the amount of donations and support we received.”
Donations can be made through the youcaring.com website; the page for this fundraiser can be found by searching Bahrain Rescues.
For inquiries about other types of donations, contact the group on Instagram or Facebook.
The GDN reported in December that tenders for a new government animal shelter in Ma’ameer will be issued this year.
The shelter will have 100 cages for stray dogs and a special section for other animals, in addition to veterinary and ‘specialised catch’ teams.
However, the Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry said at the time that dogs would be put down if they were not adopted within two weeks.