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Crisis at animal centre.

Mr Hamilton, I write in response to your letter (GDN January 20) on behalf of the Second Chance Animal Rescue Centre.

One of the side effects of the recent downturn in the economic climate has been a surge in the number of animals needing a place in The Second Chance Animal Rescue Centre, run by Tony Waters "The Dogfather".

Sadly, many expats have been forced to leave, sometimes at short notice and without a secure job to move to, and have felt unable to take their pets with them under such uncertain circumstances. Many pets have simply been abandoned as their owners cannot afford the relocation costs.

Put bluntly, The Dogfather has more animals to care for than he alone can feed and is overwhelmed by animals in need.

The background:

The Second Chance Animal Rescue Centre was set up by The Dogfather approximately 10 years ago. With the help of two full time staff and a small team of committed volunteers, the centre currently cares for more than 200 dogs, cats, birds and a ferret; all of these animals have been abandoned, neglected and/or mistreated.

The centre is in the grounds of a villa just off the Budaiya Highway. Some of the dogs are housed inside the villa others live in purpose built kennels in the garden. There is a cattery for domestic cats and another pen for feral cats. A large sandy paddock serves as an exercise area for the dogs and is also used as a training area.

Making ends meet is a constant problem. From November 2008, The Dogfather has received a modest income from the Second Chance Charity shop set up by the The Cats Society of Bahrain and Pet Animals (CSBPA) (Charity Number 137/J/TH.A.K.H) to provide a revenue stream specifically for the Centre.

However, this does not nearly begin to cover the food and vet bills, etc, and there have been many times when, were it not for the generosity of members of the public, it is not clear where the next meal for the animals will come from.

The biggest financial outlays are for food and veterinary fees. At this time of crisis, would you be able to assist? We can give every assurance that donations of pet food, or cash, will be put to immediate use. On average, a dog costs 500 fils per day to feed. Many thanks in anticipation of your generosity,

Second Chance Animal Rescue Centre

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Date:Jan 28, 2010
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