Monday, February 14, 2011
Maun Animal Welfare Society
One crucial project in Maun addresses the complex issues and situations surrounding human/domestic animal wildlife relationships. In Maun, the Maun Animal Welfare Society (MAWS) founded in 2003 began sterilising and vaccinating animals in the village, particularly those belonging to villagers who could not afford vet services. The intent was to reduce the impact of feral animals on both domestic stock and wildlife. Following the World veterinary Services's interest in MAWS, , international volunteer veterinary personnel were recruited in 2006 , and spent weeks in the field sterilising and vaccinating dogs. Since its inception MAWS has sterilised 6 500 dogs and administered more than 3000 vaccinations. Dogs also received anti-parasitic treatments. The organisation has recently extended its area of operation, now covering regions from Rakops to Shakawe and Shorobe and Khwai-all villages in close proximity to wildlife areas.