Tangier, MOROCCO –There are some people that one day make a life changing decision and not only they change their whole life, but they change the life of others as well. Like Karl Scarr, a canine behavior expert from Cambridge, who after witnessing the brutal reality of dogs and other abandoned animals in Morocco, decided to move there and open a sanctuary that has changed the lives of over 1,000 animals since 2012.
It is called Le Sanctuaire de la Faune de Tanger –The Wild Animal Sanctuary of Tangier– (SFT) and their goal is to provide medical treatment, refuge and relocation for wild, unwanted and sick animals, as well as to educate the communities. Scarr says:
“I set up the sanctuary to take in abandoned pets, strays and nurse sick animals back to health, as well as reach out to the local community to help change perceptions about animal welfare and to get their working animals back to full health.”
The sanctuary’s protocols for vaccination, sterilization and adoption programs are embraced by animal welfare associations across the country.
Karl Scarr is so committed to the sanctuary that he lives in a kennel with 150-200 dogs. Of course, he says the conditions are not easy and not only because of the limited amount of space but also because of the unpredictability of some of the dogs.
The dogs he has there have been either badly abused or tortured, abandoned, neglected, emaciated and many of them were covered in fleas, ticks, worms, mange or suffer from other diseases when they were first rescued.
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And at the end it doesn’t matter if he has to go through 40kg of dog food or if he has to clean 30kg of poo every day. All that matters is to give the animals the love and attention they deserve.
Maybe one day, it will inspire the community so much, that animal protection laws in the country will change.
Do you want to help him accomplish that? Small actions like a symbolic donation or sharing his story can also make a huge difference. If you want to donate, you can either do it through GoFundMe or through the Sanctuary’s site, following this link.