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Liberia AWCS Update: June 2022

Thanks to our donors, during the 1st half of June, AKI Partner Liberia Animal Welfare & Conservation Society paid stipends for their staff (humane ed, animal health care, admin); bought meds and vet supplies; bought a new motorbike; maintained and fueled another motorbike; and paid the rent on the LAWCS office/clinic. That means that thanks to our donors, LAWCS was able to keep their humane ed, animal health care, and community animal welfare programs operating!

This AKI Blog post covers some of LAWCS' work over the past 6 months.

In February, LAWCS animal health care outreach clinics continued to treat dogs and cats in rural areas. Abie, LAWCS Animal Healthcare Officer, visited 10 communities in Zorzor District and provided free care (thanks to AKI donors) to 281 dogs and 20 cats. The services included de-worming, wound care, tick and flea medication, parvovirus vaccination, and mange treatment. The pictures below are from some of the outreach clinics:

LAWCS humane ed program continued to reach schools in Lofa Country over the past 6 months. LAWCS uses stuffed animals at first to get kids used to animals. This is a good introduction to the real thing since most kids only learn to fear dogs, and if anything, ignore cats. Then, LAWCS will bring in a rescued dog or the pet of one of the students to class and introduce the kids to a real-and friendly dog--like Lion (picture below).

April's outreach clinics were also funded by AKI donors.

Abie had to travel along some treacherous routes during April to reach the target communities.

You can see why a motorbike is necessary and why we funded the purchase of a new one!

LAWCS office/clinic in Voinjama serves as the only location in Lofa County where families can go for care of their cats and dogs. The dog in the picture below was playing with another dog and fell in this deep well (1st picture). LAWCS was notified and was able to rescue the dog. At the LAWCS clinic, he was treated for minor injuries and sent back home.

At their stationary clinic in Voinjama, LAWCS sees many kinds of injuries and illnesses. Injuries from getting caught in snares are far too common. Unvaccinated puppies and kittens are often brought to the clinic, and sometimes LAWCS is able to help....sometimes not. Humane education is always a part of the care that LAWCS provides and it is the only way that long-term change will take place.


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