Bahrain: A NEW animal sponsorship scheme has been launched by a Bahrain rescue shelter in a bid to generate much-needed revenues.
The Dogfather’s Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre, in Saar, houses around 450 animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, pigeons, parrots, a baboon, a donkey and a goat.
It faces an ongoing struggle to cover its running costs and only last month narrowly avoided being disconnected over an unpaid BD1,000 power bill, after donors contributed BD565.
Authorities have pulled the plug in the past because of unpaid bills and a new website has now been launched in the hope of driving up donations for the shelter.
It includes video and picture galleries, a blog that will provide information on events and the life of the animals in the shelter and makes it easier to provide financial support.
“The new site keeps people up to date with the donations, news about the shelter and our events,” explained founder Tony Waters.
“The goal is to bring donation to the forefront.
“People weren’t aware of the PayPal account on the old website. It will also allow people from outside Bahrain to donate directly.”
In addition to a facility to donate through PayPal, the site also features the shelter’s Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) account details.
People have the option to contribute to his utility bills to ensure power to the shelter remains on.
Meanwhile, an animal sponsorship programme will allow people to pay to adopt a rescued pet without the inconvenience of taking it home.
“A lot of people can’t keep animals at home so they can sponsor a specific animal, pay for their upkeep and be a part of its life,” said Mr Waters.
“In return they receive a newsletter updating the sponsor about the animal.”
The new initiatives have been launched due to an anticipated drop in the number of fundraising events for the shelter during the hot summer months.
“Fundraising during the summer will be more difficult because a lot of people will be travelling, but if enough people donate it should make things easier,” said Mr Waters.
The website can be accessed at www.tonythedogfather.com.