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Howling in Hawler: volunteers treat stray, injured dogs at Erbil shelter

A small group of volunteers in Erbil works to protect and treat stray and injured dogs at a shelter in the governorate (NRT Digital Media/Screenshot)
2021-02-25

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SULAIMANI — Surrounded by a whirl of tail-wagging activity, a small group of volunteers in Erbil works to protect and treat stray and injured dogs at a shelter in the governorate.

“Each dog here has its own story,” activist Haval Ali, who works as a volunteer at the shelter, told NRT.

He said that the dogs who come to them include some who have been hit by cars or injured during fights or deliberately by people.

During a visit to the shelter, NRT reporter Ahmed Mustafa got to meet dogs from several breeds, including Pshdars, Kangals, and German Shepherds.

Ten British animal welfare organizations provide funding and equipment, which ensures a high-level of care.

At the shelter, the dogs are either spayed or neutered, treated for any diseases or injuries, and then released or put up for adoption when they are well enough.

The Kurdistan Region has very weak animal welfare laws, but several groups are working to change social attitudes towards dogs and to increase legal protections for them.

(NRT Digital Media)