STRAYS rescued by an animal welfare group will soon have a new home as more than BD3,600 has been raised so far to lease a new shelter.
Bahrain Rescues has been struggling to house the animals, namely stray dogs and cats, and have resorted to sometimes keeping them in their cars or homes.
It set up a donation drive to collect funds for operations and to lease a stable in Hamala, which requires a monthly rent of BD100.
Bahrain Rescues founder Eman Eid said they were overwhelmed by the response they received as they have raised more than BD3,600 so far, exceeding the target of BD3,500.
She told the GDN that meetings were being held to follow up legal procedures involving the stable, but that they were also looking into other options.
“I still don’t know how to feel about it, I’m so overwhelmed by everyone who donated,” said Ms Eid. “We’re all touched by the support we received, especially from the Bahraini community – it was all unexpected.”
She revealed that almost half of the donation was covered by a Bahraini man, who wished to remain anonymous.
The animal welfare group, which was founded in June 2016, has promised to update its donors as well as the public on its final decision regarding the location of the shelter soon.
Donations can still be made through the youcaring.com website; the page for this fundraiser can be found by searching Bahrain Rescues.
For other types of contributions, 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.