Dubai’s longest-serving dog shelter at risk of closure after financial woes

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  • Date: 23-Jun-2022
  • Source: Al Arabiya
  • Sector: Financial Markets
  • Country: UAE
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Dubai’s longest-serving dog shelter at risk of closure after financial woes

K9 Friends, one of Dubai’s longest serving dog shelters for stray animals, has announced it may be forced to close its doors after dwindling sponsorship from the public.

For more than 30 years, the center – which has the capacity for 130 stray dogs – has been run solely by volunteers who carry out maintenance, care for the animals and focus on rehoming the dogs to the right households.

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It is also run purely on sponsorship from members of the public.

Over the past three decades, the center has helped re-home thousands of dogs in need.

However dwindling funds have forced the shelter to close permanently, despite it being one of the few rescue homes in the emirate who provide shelter for the stray and abandoned animals across the UAE.

In a statement, K9 Friends – established in 1989 – said it is constantly filled with dogs who need a home, but a lack of sponsortships may mean it can no longer operate.

“Unfortunately, the last few years has been hard on everyone, and it is with a heavy heart that K9 Friends is now in financial trouble,” the statement read. “With

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