x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

UAE charity raises funds to fly stray Salukis to Canada

A fundraiser will be held so the RAK Animal Welfare Centre can send salukis to Canada where homes have been found for them.

The Ras Al Khaimah Animal Welfare Centre will host a fund-raiser at Al Hamra Mall tomorrow to fly three dogs to Canada.

The centre in December sent three others to the Arabian Saluki Centre of Canada, where homes were quickly found for the strays.

Salukis are rare and prized in Canada, but often unwanted in the UAE if not purebred.

"We want to raise money again to get some more dogs over," said Jenna Blanchette, the shelter's office manager. "One at least already has a home waiting and a few more wouldn't take very long to find homes if we knew we had the money to send them over."

Darling, a one-year-old cross-breed, has a family waiting. Next on the fly list is Rio, a Saluki-German shepherd mix who loves to "dance", play ball and bury bones.

If enough money is raised the shelter will also send Jack, a dog found in the desert, who is described by the shelter staff as a loyal "village idiot, but great fun".

The fund-raiser will include children's games and activities, an art sale, a Canada-themed baked goods sale and a mobile clinic where owners can have their pets examined, vaccinated and treated for fleas. The fund-raiser will run from 3pm to 7pm tomorrow.

It costs Dh1,480 to fly each dog from Dubai to Toronto, with an overnight stay at a dog hotel in Amsterdam. This is on top of the Dh5,000 for the handler's ticket.

azacharias@thenational.ae