ONE of Bahrain’s leading animal charities will mark its 40th anniversary with a fundraising dinner and dance tomorrow.
The Bahrain Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA) celebration will also feature a raffle and an auction.
All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the group’s operations, including its Animal Welfare Centre (AWC) in Askar, school educational visits, emergency call-outs for animals in distress, free neutering of strays and lobbying of governmental authorities.
The organisation’s origins date back to December 1979 when six concerned residents registered a charity to promote animal welfare and prevent acts of cruelty.
The first executive committee was elected in 1982.
Over the years, thousands of cats and dogs were rescued, and the charity is now also involved in helping to tackle the causes of animal abuse and mistreatment, promoting solutions, publicising issues, educating the public, investigating abuse cases and lobbying for reform.
The BSPCA helped the government draft the first Animal Welfare Law, which outlawed all forms of animal cruelty, and helped steer the bill through parliament.
For tickets to the dinner and dance, to be held at the Gulf Hotel Bahrain, call 66608901, visit the Thrift Shop or the AWC.