Claudia Armandi, president of Animals SOS Mozambique, is also the founder of this organisation in Beira, Mozambique. Italian citizen Claudia visited Mozambique, but could not face the plight of the animals, and merely walk away from them. Together with a small group of people who also shared her love for the animals and were tired of seeing them suffering daily, formed this rescue organisation.
"In Mozambique animals have no rights, many dogs and cats are badly treated, abused and killed. The stray dogs and cats that did not choose to be born are struggling every day to survive.
Here street animals have no hope of veterinary care when they become ill or injured on the roads. They suffer in agony and many endure long lingering agony, pending their death.
Every week, the municipality collects stray dogs in a very cruel manner, thereafter they pen them up in kennels. If nobody claims them within a few days, they are killed in a very brutal manner!
Furthermore the stray animals are suffering from fatal injuries, malnutrition, scabies and disease. Some of the animals are also slowly dying from malnutrition or are callously killed by cars and trucks on the roads. This unnecessary suffering and misery is heart breaking for any animal lover, as indeed it should be for every human being.
The cost of medication, veterinary supplies and veterinary procedures is very expensive which is an extra hurdle to reach even our humble, initial goals."
Through our efforts and with your support, we hope to resolve the problem of stray animals in Beira.
Stray cats and dogs are a significant problem in Beira. Not only they are a public health issue (rabies and other diseases) but also the animals themselves face many dangers from vehicles, humans and poor health and nutrition.
Our goal is to resolve the problem in two ways:
- Dealing with existing animals
- Preventing future births and therefore reducing the number of stray or unwanted animals.
We aim to achieve our goal in the following ways:
- Sterilization of existing animals to prevent future reproduction. This service covers both strays and animals belonging to people who cannot afford the cost of sterilization;
- Vaccination of existing animals to improve their health and reduce the risk to the public from diseases such as rabies:
- Awareness raising among the public about the importance of sterilization, vaccination, animal care and treatment;
- Awareness raising among the public and government about animal rights, animal welfare and public health;
- Construction of a veterinary clinic and expansion of our existing kennel facilities to provide services, care and homing for animals;
"There is not yet a culture of adoption of stray or homeless animals. Most people prefer to spend large sums of money importing purebreds from neighbouring countries rather than offering a home to a rescued animal. We are slowly trying to change this culture, but it takes time."
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