A devastating fire ripped through the overcrowded settlement of Susan’s Bay in Freetown, Sierra Leone, last month. Susan's Bay is one of the largest slums in Sierra Leone's where the majority of people living in the area do not have access to healthcare, schools, clean water and sanitation. The disaster on March 24th left more than 7,000 people homeless. According to the government’s National Disaster Management Agency, 73% of residents are now forced to live outdoors. Thankf
Rica Yambasu is one of CPI's hardworking Animal Ambassadors who are on the ground volunteers passionate about educating the local community and animal welfare and saving the lives of street animals in Sierra Leone. The 19-year-old software engineering and networking student said women "work tirelessly" to help animals but more needs to be done to include them in animal welfare initiatives. Rica said: "Women are often at the forefront of work to help animals. There are many wo
Vijayakumari Pillai created PATH last spring and is based in Kajang, Malaysia. Vijayakumari is a former social worker and predominantly worked in child protection during her 22-year career. But animal welfare always held a place close to her heart. She said: "My children and I used to rescue kittens abandoned at the market or puppies roaming around alone. They would stay in my house and we would find new homes for them. "Generally, there are more female rescuers and feeders a
Two years ago, Sarah Iyer created MARS - but her passion to help animals began when she was a child growing up in Bombay, India. She said: "I was brought up by three kind and strong women - my mother, grandmother and aunt. I watched all of them be kind to animals and go to any lengths to help them, it left a deep impression on me. "If my mother saw a starving dog, she would stop her car and search for a restaurant or shop to buy food. It was her dream to start a dog shelter.
Meet Nicola, She grew up on the beach and was adopted by a restaurant as a puppy. However, because she was not spayed, she had multiple pregnancies. The pregnancies made her very weak and thin. She was also beaten multiple times by customers at the restaurant which left her with a broken hip and almost paralyzed in her hind legs. Some people rescued her puppies without much concern for Nico. Veterinarian Dr Bangura and his team treated her injuries and she was taken in to car
On her way to work, CPI's Jasmin Johnson spotted a small puppy in the middle of a busy road in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Jasmin immediately took action saving this poor pup from imminent danger. This pup was originally stolen from her mother to be sold, after realizing she was not a male, the man who abducted her abandoned her on the road. It is a sad reality that female dogs are not desired because of the belief that they do not make good guard dogs and give birth to unwanted
CPI's Jasmin Johnson and Sea Ramanat came across Lion during a vaccination program. His owner had passed away, leaving him to fend for himself. He had gone without food for about a month and was severely emaciated. Lion is now part of CPI's feeding program and will be able to receive daily meals that he so desperately needs.
Tiger was collected by CPI’s Sarah Morris after the charity, CEDA (Cubans in Defence of Animals), put out a call for members of the public to help. Tiger had been living on the street in one of the busiest commercial areas of Havana and also spent time inside the back garden of an elderly lady. The lady had other cats and did not want to feed Tiger. He was taken to a foster home but the vet felt that he was too weak to receive any treatment and advised the foster family to fe
Dotty and Muffin were taken in by CPI’s, Sarah Morris, the day before Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 hurricane that swept through the North-Eastern Caribbean in September 2017. They had been living with their mother in and around a rubbish bin in the street. Realising that the young kittens were unlikely to survive the hurricane, Sarah caught them and took them home. She intended also to catch their mother but despite various attempts, she was unable to catch her. The kitt
CPI’s, Sarah Morris, came across Ginger when she was walking home late one evening. He had been abandoned inside a cardboard box outside a closed veterinary surgery. He had severe conjunctivitis that had sealed his eyes completely shut and he was meowing furiously from his box. After cleaning his eyes with some warm salty water, Ginger was able to see again, and was happy to play with Sarah’s rescued dog, Percy. After three months, Sarah was able to find an animal-loving
Sarah Morris was out walking her own rescue dog, Percy, one day when she came across Morris walking across a major highway. He was totally emaciated and dehydrated, and had a TVT (transmissible venereal tumour) – a very common problem among street dogs. Morris went to stay with the vet for 6 weeks, where he was treated for his TVT with weekly chemotherapy injections. He gradually put on weight. After that, he was placed with a foster family who loved him so much they were
Larry was rescued from a neglectful home after the Cuban animal charity, CEDA, sent a call out for members of the public to foster him. The neighbour of his owner had reported the case due to his emaciated condition and a very bad case of fleas. The neighbour already had 12 rescue dogs of her own and didn’t feel that she had the ability to take on more, given that she was supporting them on her Cuban salary of just USD $15 a month. CPI’s, Sarah Morris, arranged veterinary
Rafaela was picked up after someone reported a dog with a severe eye infection and who was bleeding from her reproductive area. She had been living in a square in Havana’s old town for months or years and had delivered multiple litters of puppies. She was taken in by CPI’s, Sarah Morris, who provided 10 weeks of chemotherapy treatment for a TVT (transmissible venereal tumour) that was causing the bleeding. Thanks also to the Spanky Project who happened to be visiting Cuba
Bravo at only 4 months old was found with paralyzed hind legs. Although his hind legs are paralyzed, with intensive physio and heat therapy he should be able to walk again which is great news for Bravo since he is quite active! Unfortunately while in foster care he developed a hernia. The vet advised to wait for a few days to see if the swelling reduces on its own. If not then surgery is the only option for the hernia. We would like thank Geeta ma'am for being so kind to fost
HOPE She is a sweet senior dog who was rescued from Washermanpet. She had a large, maggot-infested wound on the side of her face. The cause is unknown. Fortunately after receiving emergency medical care she has recovered and is doing well in foster care. A happy ending for a sweet girl!
Buddy was rescued from Nanganallur, India. We got a call late one night about a dog crying in pain and the residents were trying to push him out of the compound. They were throwing water on him, pushing and prodding him to move, but the poor thing was in so much in pain he couldn't move. By the time we could arrange for someone to go check him, he had disappeared. We tried for a couple days with no luck but we didn't give up, on the third day we finally found him We had to p