Meet Our 2021 World Animal Day Grant Winners!
What is the World Animal Day Grant?
World Animal Day Ambassadors are eligible to apply for an annual grant, which is funded by the supporters of Naturewatch Foundation, a UK-based animal welfare charity.
Naturewatch Foundation also coordinates World Animal Day every year on October 4.
The grant helps our deserving Ambassador organisations conduct worthwhile projects, which aim to improve animal welfare standards across the globe.
The safety and welfare of animals has still been a priority for Ambassadors, despite the COVID-19 pandemic making things more difficult than usual and leading to even more animals needing assistance.
Due to the crisis causing so many more animals to need vital care, World Animal Day HQ decided that we really needed to provide an extra push for animals this year!
We are delighted to announce that there are FOUR winners of this year’s World Animal Day grant. We have TWO main grant winners, and TWO mini-grant projects.
Our two main projects
International Organization for Animal Protection (OIPA), Cameroon
Providing veterinary assistance to 1,000 donkeys and a humane education programme for their owners and school children.
Despite their huge contribution to the livelihoods of many communities in Cameroon, horses and donkeys are often neglected.
Farmers cannot afford their veterinary care, or to purchase devices for their donkeys to make their lives more comfortable, such medications, proper tethering equipment, or specialised equine feed and supplements.
However, they still rely on them to work long hours of backbreaking work.
OIPA Cameroon’s amazing project is in five parts spanning over 11 months, to positively impact the lives of the donkeys, their owners, and the wider community.
- Providing veterinary treatment: OIPA will carry out a survey of over 1,000 donkeys in two communities, supplying antibiotics, painkillers, and other veterinary care. During the survey, if any animals are found to be in an emergency situation, they will provide appropriate care.
- Educating people who handle the animals (including school children): Via face to face teaching, distribution of brochures, advice, training on different devices like nasal protectors, leashes, tail protectors etc.
- Animal welfare awareness: Teaching owners about how to respect animals, safe load carrying, feeding, stabling, disease etc.
- Workshop training course: Training for three volunteer vets to assist the donkeys in these communities for 6 months after the education programmes finish. They will provide ongoing advice, care and facilitate a positive changes in attitude towards donkeys.
- Feeding stray donkeys in the area.
Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW), Kenya
Vaccinating 4,000 dogs against rabies and circulating information to the community about rabies prevention and control.
Rabies is estimated to kill around 59,000 people globally every year, with most of rabies deaths occurring in rural Africa and Asia.
In Kenya, rabies has been ranked among the top three priority zoonotic diseases and it causes over 2,000 dog-human deaths annually.
With the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic emergence, ANAW has not been able to carry out vaccination campaigns since 2019 due to reduced funding and international travel restrictions.
This project will address the stalled vaccination initiative, positively impacting the dogs that suffer due to rabies disease and prevent transmission of the disease to the community.
To vaccinate 4,000 dogs in Mwala sub-county and Machakos county within one week.
The project is envisaged to prevent and reduce rabies outbreaks through vaccinations, reducing instances of this disease for both humans and animals living in the region.
ANAW will also circulate fliers with information about rabies prevention and control to dog owners.
Swaziland Animal Welfare Society (SAWS), Swaziland
SAWS will use their grant to print 10,000 educational brochures with information covering many pet care subjects.
They aim to improve basic knowledge about animal care in homesteads, particularly in rural areas, focusing on families with impressionable children.
The leaflets will be distributed all over Swaziland in vet practices, local pet shops, and at the SAWS animal shelters.
Asociación para la Defensa de los Derechos de los Animales (ADDA), Bolivia
ADDA will undertake a fantastic project designing two large banners and educational leaflets to distribute to schools, universities, the general public and the authorities.
With their remaining funds, they will feed strays, sterilize stray dogs and cats, and provide emergency veterinary assistance and transport to both strays and wildlife.
These four amazing projects will undoubtedly improve the lives of thousands of animals in Cameroon, Kenya, Bolivia and Swaziland!
We thank our fantastic World Animal Day Ambassadors for their ongoing commitment to raising animal welfare standards around the globe, and our wonderful supporters for their donations, without which none of this would be possible.
Do you work in animal welfare? Find out about becoming an Ambassador. (Please note: You must have organised at least one World Animal Day event prior to applying.)