The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), represented by the Loose Cats and Dogs Control Unit of the Livestock Department, launched a joint campaign called Rifq, which loosely translates to friendship, in cooperation with the Criminal Evidence and Information Department of the Ministry of Interior (Police Canine Section), to provide shelter for stray dogs and cats in Qatar.

After the completion of works at the permanent animal shelter at Rawdat Al Faras, the next phase of the Rifq campaign will comprise of receiving complaints regarding stray dogs and cats all over the country, in line with the Animal Health requirements for dealing with stray animals. Once found and captured, the stray cats and dogs will receive the necessary food, water and nutrition, and consequently be placed at the animal shelter then checked for diseases before rehabilitation.

According to the MoE, the shelter will meet all the requirements of laws and conditions for animal welfare and through which medical care, nutrition, water and vaccinations will be provided and followed by rehabilitation, according to the animal welfare law.

The site is currently under refurbishment to be ready to receive large numbers of reported street stray cats and dogs across the country.

A temporary shelter was set up in Al Mazrouah, along with a permanent shelter in Rawdat Al Faras for stray cats and dogs, conforming with the sanitary requirements for animal welfare, with the aim to limit the increasing number of stray animals. Moreover, a specialised company was commissioned to find and capture stray animals and transport them to the animal shelter.

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