- Muscat Dog Adoption (MDA) is a dog rescue organization, established in 2012, run by a group of dog loving volunteers in Muscat, Oman. MDA's aim is to rescue abandoned and injured dogs in Muscat. Once in MDA's care, the dogs receive necessary veterinary treatment such as vaccinations against diseases, neutering/spaying, worm and flea treatment and any other treatment that may be required. The rescued dogs are then taken to MDA's makeshift pound where they are placed alone or with another dog in a large safe kennel space. There is a superb kennel hand who feeds the dogs twice a day and keeps the kennels spotlessly clean. The dedicated volunteers visit the pound in their free time to walk and socialise the dogs, teach them basic commands and monitor their health and behaviour. This helps us to assess the dogs' personalities and determine what kind of home would be best suited for them. Some of our dogs are lucky to go into foster care which is great for them to have more one to one attention, be house trained and have regular walks in a variety of environments.
The difficulty of animal rescue in Oman:
- Oman has no animal welfare laws yet and as a consequence there is no government funding for charities or shelters. It is therefore very challenging rescuing animals with limited resources.
The difficulty of rehoming our dogs in Oman:
Local adoption rates are very low each year. Wadi dogs are not popular in Oman and are viewed by many as feral or just street dogs when in fact, wadi dogs make wonderful pets. They're incredibly smart, loyal and loving and all deserve a home and family of their own. Out of the many dogs we rescue each year, only about 35 find homes locally with the majority of this number being puppies. We are therefore hugely reliant on rescue and adoption groups in the USA and Canada to find the forever loving homes that our dogs deserve. Without their kind help, we wouldn't be able to rescue many dogs.
How your donation will help:
Listed below are the average costs of sending a dog to the USA or Canada. Costs will vary depending on airline and size of the dog but these are a guide:
- Flight ticket on Qatar Airways ($350-$450/ 135OMR-173OMR/ 255-330 GBP)
- Travel crate (50-100 OMR/ $130- $260/ 100-200 GBP)
- Export paperwork (40 OMR/ $105/ 80 GBP)
- Microchip (20 OMR/ $52/ 40 GBP)
So, the total export costs:
- a small dog: $637/ 245 OMR/ 475 GBP
- a large dog: $867/ 333 OMR/ 650 GBP
We should have a large number of dogs leaving in June (exact numbers to be confirmed) so we're starting this fundraiser now in preparation for when we have a flight confirmed.
Any donation is really appreciated and all helps towards getting these wonderful dogs on their freedom flights abroad to start their new lives. New lives surrounded by love, comfort and safety knowing they will never have to worry about getting shot, finding food or any other dangers that street life presents, ever again.