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Help Morocco Animal Aid Clear The Shelter

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Hi, I'm Lucy Austin and I run Morroco Animal Aide (MAA), a Not-For-Profit initiative based in and around a little surf village in Taghazout, Morocco. While on vacation in Morocco, I fell in love with the country and decided to relocate here 5 years ago. It really felt like home. One day, there were a few dogs outside my house that desperately needed to eat and one had been hit by a car and couldn't move. I reached out to my Facebook friends asking them to help me, help these dogs and they did. They helped me raise money and I was able to get these dogs sterilized,  vaccinated, & surgeries, hence, Morroco Animal Aid was born. 

After becoming more involved, I noticed a huge issue with the welfare and treatment of animals living on the streets and since then have spent the last 3 years of my life in Morocco rescuing and rehabilitating injured & sick animals, as well as, arranging sterilizations & vaccinations with the limited resources we have. 

A Day In The Life: MAA: 
The MAA sanctuary is currently filled to capacity with over 100 dogs and cats. About 80% of these dogs have been domesticated & trained and are ready for FURever loving homes and need to be transported out of the area to do so. 

We are urgently trying to clear out the shelter due to Morocco's stray dog crisis. In Morocco, they believe street dogs negatively affect their most important industry - tourism. In the past, they have attempted to solve the problem by ordering police to shoot and dispose of street animals before the tourism season began.  It was a horrific sight, and local rescue groups, along with the International Humane Association pleaded with the Government to stop this practice. Unfortunately, their new solution is to confine the dogs in a single compound without meeting their basic needs.  
The animals in the compound are confined without proper access to:  
- Water  
- Food  
- Sanitary Shelter  
- Medical Treatment  

Photo Credit: Daily Mail Covers The Dog Crisis in Morocco 
Moroccan Officials have assigned one individual to oversee the animals locked up, but he has not been given the proper resources to care for them. I visit the compound frequently to make sure the animals have access to food, water, and are not in need of medical attention, but I am often denied access inside.   Without the rescue’s help, many of these dogs will die.  
We are looking to raise enough money to clear out the sanctuary over the next year to make room for more animals in crisis. The only way we can do this is by first raising money to microchip and transport dogs out of the sanctuary, as well as, raise money to 
1. Vaccinate
2. Steralize 
3. Microchip 

the incoming dogs from the compound. 
 We have teams in Canada ready to accept these animals and find them loving homes. Expanding our efforts into Europe and The United States is in our plans and we are diligently building relationships to make this work. 
We ask you all to help us in our efforts to solve this crisis by donating to our cause. We understand that not everyone can donate, but you can still help by sharing our link to your social media accounts, family & friends.  Every amount helps us get closer to the goal.  

Thank you for helping us give a voice to these animals that would otherwise be ignored.

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  • Lucy Winton
    • $100 
    • 4 yrs


Virginia Lovelace
Hilton Head Island, SC

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