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  1. There’s a charity caring for lost and abandoned pets who urgently need all our help.  

    It’s based in Lebanon, and it’s the Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (BETA). The charity has six staff and it relies on volunteers and international donations.  Today, it featured in the Mail on Sunday who ran an article about it and the help it needs.

    It houses 850 dogs, 250 cats, three horses, two vervet monkeys and a pelican.

    Not only that, the charity’s volunteers give food and medical care to all the strays roaming Beirut.

    Dogs and cats in Beirut need help

    As you know, there was a huge blast in Beirut in August when 2,700 tons of combustible chemicals stored at the port exploded.

    The result was that 200 people were killed.  Thousands more were made homeless.  And BETA’s teams are searching for dogs and cats who were very distressed and ran away from the explosion area.  At the same time, many cats and dogs have been abandoned because of the financial crisis.  BETA estimate there are about 150,000 strays in the city of Beirut. 

    BETA has a Crowdfunder

    BETA has issued an urgent appeal – they need to complete a new rescue centre.  

    With everything that’s going on – the explosion, the economic crisis and COVID-19, progress on the building has been slow.  The fully equipped stable and a monkey enclosure have been built.  Work is going on to finish the dog kennels – and the area for seniors.

    £150,000 is urgently needed to finish it for the rescue dogs, cats and other animals before Christmas because they are being evicted from the current shelter.   And there is a need to provide for the animals’ basic needs such as food and medical care and to carry out their daily tasks. 

    Please help provide these animals with the safe haven they deserve.  They have been through enough and need help.

    If you have a cat or a dog, why not make a donation on their behalf and give cats and dogs in Lebanon a safe haven!

    BETA is now a 501(c)3 charity organization registered in the USA. Tax identification number: 83-2075807

    Please donate to the crowdfunder with GoFundMe

    There’s also a wishlist on BETA’s website and you can find out more about the charity here.


  2. #LiveKinder 

    #FreeKaavan: Save the World’s loneliest elephant

    The charity Four Paws have a goal:  to give the animals at the Marghazar Zoo in Pakistan a new life full of care and happiness. 

    And there’s someone there who particularly needs help.

    He’s called Kaavan.

    Kaavan is an Asian Elephant.

    He’s lived restrained by chains for 30 years.  Since 2012, he’s been on his own – his only companion, Saheli, died then.


    Four Paws want to bring Kaavan to a sanctuary in Cambodia, a journey of over 4,000 kilometres.

    They have the support of the IWMB and Pakistani community.

    Kaavan has the green light to go after being examined. But Four Paws need help to give Kaavan the medical care he needs after three decades in confinement and isolation.   He’ll be their heaviest rescue so far, and he’ll be loaded into a custom-built create onto a heavy-duty cargo plane for his journey – the weight of Kaavan and his crate is about 10 tons!

    Will you help?  Please spread the word – and better still, donate!  Every little will help this huge elephant take this huge step to sanctuary!

    About Four Paws

    Four paws is a global animal welfare organization.  It’s vision is “a world where humans treat animals with respect, empathy and understanding.”

    Please donate here


  3. The 19th November 2020 is International Working Animals Day.

    It’s normally held in the summer, but due to the coronavirus it had to be postponed this year.

    The charity works with working animals – hard working horses, donkeys, camels and elephants – in a number of countries where locals are depending on their animals to help them bring in a livelihood such as in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and Central and South America.

    Sometimes these working animals fall sick or get injured – and there may be no veterinary services to help them.  Perhaps their owners can’t afford them.

    Enter SPANA which believes that all animals deserve the right to excellent veterinary care.  It gives free treatment to thousands of working donkeys, horses, camels and elephants every year.   They wouldn’t get treatment otherwise.

    SPANA is highlighting the many animals in the world who have little or no access to vital veterinary care.  It focuses on the three t’s:

    1. Teaching
    2. Training
    3. Treating

    SPANA has mobile veterinary clinics which can travel to animals and help.   The charity provide training to owners in animal welfare and best practice.  They give treatments and check-ups.  They give free vaccinations and worming treatments.

    5 ways to help SPANA help working animals:

    1. Find out about SPANA and what they do and where they work.  Be aware of the work SPANA do – last year, they provided over 450,000 free veterinary treatments, educated over 76,000 children in animal welfare, they reached 30 countries, they have 54 mobile veterinary clinics, and they distributed 13,000 pieces of human equipment last year.
    2. Find out how you can help – this could include knitting for SPANA with the Big Knit for Vets 
    3. Support SPANA through their shop – you could buy Christmas cards for instance or support an appeal or just donate
    4. Give a gift of Health and Happiness to a working animal – these start at £5 for a comfy new bridle. 
    5. If you’re a vet, you could volunteer!
    Find out more about International Working Animal Day here