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Rabies Day Fundraiser for LAWCS

The Liberia Animal Welfare and Conservation Society needs our help to vaccinate 1500 dogs in Kolba City, Lofa County this World Rabies Day 2019.

The Liberia Animal Welfare & Conservation Society is a key player towards rabies elimination and responsible dog ownership programs in Liberia. Rabies has been confirmed in canines in Liberia and the presence and fear of this virus has serious implications for both humans and dogs. Reports of dog bites or rabies often leads to the mass killing of dogs by local authorities within communities.

Last year, the LAWCS rabies vaccination program saved the lives of 1500 dogs in Voinjama City that may have otherwise been killed because of suspected rabies cases in the area. This year, we hope to provide free rabies vaccinations to the same number of dogs in Kolba City, Lofa County during the celebration of World Rabies Day in September.

Donations through this GoFundMe will be received by Animal Kind International, a US-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which will disburse the funds to LAWCS.  

More information about Animal Kind International: AKI raises funds for & sends supplies to existing animal welfare organizations (AWO) in Africa, Latin America, Caribbean & E. Europe. We support AWOs (our partner organizations) in: Uganda, Liberia, Tanzania, Ghana, Namibia, So. Sudan, Honduras, Jamaica, & Armenia. We do the due diligence on our AW partner orgs so you know that your donations are being used to help animals in need. We send 100% of all donations received to our partner organizations. We have no overhead.

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Liberia Animal Welfare and Conservation Society 2018 Annual Success Report

In 2018, LAWCS achieved the following:

Provided free healthcare and treatments for 6,000 companion animals (dogs and cats), and 3,000 farm animals (goats, sheep and pigs)

Established Humane Education Programs in 36 schools, reached and inspired 25,600 schoolchildren

Conducted animal welfare education program in 90 towns and reached 3,570 adults

Established Animal Welfare Focal Group in each of the 90 towns with 10 members each

Trained and empowered 80 classroom teachers with various humane education materials

LAWCS was represented and made presentations at conferences in Kenya, Lesotho, Jordan and Lebanon

Established school garden in 10 schools and provided plant based diets to 3,000 schoolchildren

Established Animal Kindness Clubs in the 36 schools with 30 members each, totaling to 1,080 members

Supported 36 Student-Led Humane Education Projects which helped the students/Animal Kindness Clubs to undertake various programs that impacted the lives of animals, people and improve the environment

Rescued and re-homed 50 neglected pets (dogs and cats)

Responded to 60 animal abuse cases

Conducted a year round Radio Education Program with 2 community radios reaching the public with various animal welfare messages

Conducted World Rabies Day and World Animal Day celebrations reaching over 2,000 people at each event

Provided free rabies vaccine for 1,500 dogs and cats in Voinjama City

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LAWCS 2016 Annual Report

LAWCS was able to educate many children and adults and help many animals in 2016 thanks to the hard work of our volunteers and staff and to the generosity of our donors. Our achievements for 2016 are summarized below.

Please click here to download the full annual report for 2016.

Implemented Animal Welfare Programs in 32 schools and reached 18,284 schoolchildren
 Facilitated and supported 22 various Students Led Animal Welfare Projects
 Trained 2,301 pet owners on responsible pet ownership
 Established school gardens in 14 schools
 Established Animal Kindness Clubs in 22 schools
 Responded to 60 animal abuse cases
 Provided free basic animal healthcare to 2,108 companion animals mainly dogs and cats
 Celebrated World Rabies Day Event in Liberia
 Celebrated World Animal Day Program
 Executive Director Morris Darbo attended the Humane Society International supported Animal Care
Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
 Received two International Awards:
a. Received a prestigious International Award from Global Alliance for Rabies Control in recognition
of its work done in Liberia towards its animal protection work and the elimination of rabies:
https://rabiesalliance.org/nominees/view/liberia-animal-welfare-conservation-society
b. Recognized another International Award as the Best Society for Animal Rights Activism – Liberia in
recognition of its work towards improving conditions for animals in Liberia. The award is by UK
organization Global Health and Pharma: http://www.ghp-magazine.com/2016-liberia-animalwelfare-and-conservation-society-lawcs

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Be Kind to Animals – Children’s Drawing Contest in Liberia

In September, we organized the first ever animal artwork competition among students from 22 schools. Over 200 children took part in the competition. The aim of the competition was to give the children the opportunity to use their passion and creativity to create posters based on the theme “BE KIND TO ANIMALS“. Sixteen children emerged as the
winners. Their winning posters are now used to reach the larger society with our kindness to animals programs. The 16 winners, each received a gift bag of prizes including notebooks, colorings, pens, pencils, copybooks, and a copy of LAWCS` humane education book.

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Liberia Animal Welfare and Conservation Society Wins Prestigious Award for Rabies Prevention Work

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The Liberia Animal Welfare and Conservation Society (LAWCS) is proud to announce that it has been awarded the World Rabies Day MSD Award for Sub-Saharan Africa. This award recognizes outstanding achievement  in the field of rabies prevention. The judging panel included individuals from the CDC, FAO, OIE, WHO, MSD and GARC, and MSD Animal Health.

LAWCS volunteers, under the guidance of founder Morris Darbo, have educated tens of thousands of children about safety around dogs using the Be a Tree program provided by the Canadian company Doggone Crazy. The president of Doggone Crazy, Joan Orr, said “Morris and his team are truly deserving of this award. Their selfless dedication to the protection of animals and children over the years, under very difficult conditions, is inspiring and humbling. It is wonderful to see them getting this respect and recognition on the world stage from leaders in world health promotion.”

LAWCS continues to provide basic animal health services to hundreds of pets yearly to improve their welfare and reduce the transmission of diseases including rabies. When the Ebola crisis hit, LAWCS changed gears and began providing bleach, soap, buckets and Ebola prevention education to remote communities accessible only by foot and motorbike. LAWCS also educates the community on compassionate animal care and treatment, and campaigns against eating the meat of dogs and other animals. With the help of the organization A Well Fed World, Morris and his team have provided nutritious vegetable based foods for hundreds of people and have initiated the planting of local gardens so this can be sustained.

If you’d like to support LAWCS in this important work, you can be sure that 100% of your donation goes directly to community programs. Please donate using the button at the top of the right hand column in this blog.

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Tackling the plight of dogs through education and care in Liberia

23Liberia is a poor post war country in western Africa, with many problems including the recent Ebola crisis that killed over 4,000 people, high illiteracy rate, lack of electricity, high unemployment rate, and other problems that don’t involve animals or their welfare. The problems with animals, however, do exist.

People have dogs and don’t know how to care for them, keeping them in horrendous conditions that are far below what is considered humane. Dogs are left to roam around in search of food, eating leftover food on the ground exposing them to diseases and parasites. Most people provide no veterinary care or treatment when their dogs are sick or injured. Some people also eat dog meat.

In order to help these lovely companion animals in a population that abuses them, we educate their owners and work with their owners to improve the human-animal relationship. That`s exactly what LAWCS does. LAWCS provides responsible dog ownership education for dog owners, runs an anti-dog meat eating campaign, provides free veterinary care and treatment. LAWCS also provides a community outreach feeding program to give a healthy alternative to eating the meat of dogs and other .

We believe that cruelty to animals is often caused unintentionally, but animals suffer as a result of lack of knowledge and information. That is why we put so much emphasis on education and information about animals along with practical care and assistance for animals. To love animals also means to know them well.

Please consider making a small donation to help our work in Liberia. All funds go directly towards our programs.

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LAWCS Annual Report 2015

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Contents

  1. LAWCS` Humane Education Program In Liberia
  2. Campaign Against Pet Eating/Responsible Dog Ownership
  3. Vegan Outreach Program/Plant Based Diets for School Children
  4. LAWCS` Basic Animal Healthcare Program
  5. The Abandoned Chimpanzees in Liberia
  6. Conclusion

LAWCS` Humane Education Program In Liberia

Promoting care, compassion, and respect for all animals is fundamental to preventing animal cruelty. An active step towards improving permanent conditions for all animals is humane education.

With humane education, LAWCS is making a tremendous difference in the lives of many animals and people. Currently, LAWCS is the only registered animal welfare organization in Liberia that has been providing humane education to the public. The need for education on animal welfare in Liberia is pertinent. LAWCS believes that education is key to ending animal cruelty and creating a just and caring society where animal and human welfare matter. Education is a critical element in preparing a generation of animal lovers, increasing community responsiveness to animal welfare issues. Education also helps to tackle the inhumane treatment of animals at abattoirs, educate the general population on animal welfare, and to change attitudes and practices towards humane treatment of animals. With education, we are reducing the number of children harmed by dogs through our dog bite prevention program.

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Anti-Pet Eating Campaign Report – Sept 2015

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Dogs have been our friends and trusty helpers for thousands of years. They have shared our burdens, brought us joy, protected us from dangers, guarded our properties, and showed us the meaning of friendship. Dogs show us unconditional love. They do not care what we look like, whether we are rich or poor, whether we are educated or uneducated; our dogs greet us with unconditional love. These lovely animals do all of these fascinating things for us, but many people in our society pay them back with cruelty.

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