Sharjah Cat and Dog Shelter aims to create a haven for abandoned and homeless cats and dogs in Sharjah.

By Emmanuelle Landais

Sharjah: The alarming numbers of stray animals is a big problem in the UAE.
Before the hot summer months kick in, animal shelters brace themselves for the exodus of expatriates heading home for the holidays.
All too often the residents leave their pets behind.
The stray cats and dogs, once loved and cared for are turned out onto the streets, forced to fend for themselves.
And if they’re not neutered they reproduce quickly, resulting in thousands more unwanted, stray and starving animals.
While the behaviour of such irresponsible pet owners is rarely punished, several groups across the emirates are working to improve the fate, and the quality of life, of abandoned and stray animals.

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