This has been one of ALL CREATURES’ biggest battles since the commencement of our operations in 2016; the fight to clear Lilongwe’s streets of these puppy-sellers. This was indeed the basis for establishing the Animal Resource Center in Area 9. The shelter holds over 40dogs at the moment and the despite the good adotoption rate, the number does not seem to come down.
The biggest problem that we drives us the delporable conditions animals are subjected to in the process of selling them; Puppies and kittens are left in the sun to bake, with little to no water all day! They are often roughly suspended by their by the neck and thrust into the view of any approaching vehicle. Whether or not they are given food is not even a consideration. Lilongwe is an extremely dusty city and so the puppies and kittens breathe in the dust thrown up by the cars that pass-by making them susceptible to respiratory disease.
When people buy these puppies and kittens, what they are doing is ignoring the fact that their doing so encourages this despicable act and permits these sellers to continue plying their trade. Also, when people buy from these sellers, there are many things that they have no guarantee of; there is no proof of the puppy or kitten’s health record or the health record of its parents meaning that the risk of disease is high. There is also no proof of vaccination and as is usually the case, they have not been vaccinated against any threats which include threats to human health such as rabies.
ALL CREATURES has vigorously engaged the participation of the police in arresting these sellers in hopes of deterring the act. But ALL CREATURES is faced with a challenge, and that is the rate at which the animals are rescued from these unscrupulous traders is not matched by the rate at which the animals are adopted. This has impeded our work in this area, we are faced with the challenge of feeding the dogs and cats that we bring in and also the task of sheltering them has been enormous. ALL CREATURES is always grateful for the various supporters who bring in food donations to help us care for the animals, but we need more assistance. We need people to adopt and provide these rescued animals with safe and caring homes.
When people adopt from us, they display a sense of responsibility as the dogs or cats that they adopt are spayed or neutered, which means they are playing a role in controlling the dog and cat population in Lilongwe. They are also assured of the vaccination history of the pets as all the cats and dogs in our care a fully vaccinated with the proof of their medical records. It is therefore ALL CREATURES’ sincere hope that the citizens of Lilongwe will help us fight this malpractice by desisting from buying puppies and kittens from the roadside and also by adopting from ALL CREATURES. In order to help more animals out this deplorable situation, we seek your support through a donation to end this cruelty of the streets of Lilongwe.