Our shelter allowed us to rescue more than 200 cats and dogs. Whether Truman, the Husky shot in his back, or Leila, the kitten stuck in a sewer, abused and forgotten pets were given another chance at life. Thanks to MixFM, we had more than 30 kittens adopted in just one month. People as far away as Belgium, the US, and Holland have heard the stories of some of our most loving pets and opened their homes to them. More and more people within Lebanon are recognizing that pet shops should be avoided and a cat or dog rescued from Animals Lebanon makes a wonderful companion.
In February we were able to close down a dilapidated zoo, rescuing 39 animals. Many of these animals had spent their entire lives in captivity, and they were barely holding on when we stumbled across the zoo. Most animals were able to be cared for locally, but three endangered monkeys were sent to a primate sanctuary in Wales with the help of MEA.
Just two weeks ago we were finally able to rescue the remaining two animals at the zoo. Kira and Big Mama, two bears that were born in captivity and used as part of a circus, ended up at the zoo 15 years ago. After nine months of negotiations we were finally able to secure their freedom. Late at night they were loaded into their transport crates and onto the plane, and finally made it the next day to the beautiful sanctuary in Turkey. As Kira and Big Mama were finally able to enjoy themselves and act like bears for the first time in their lives, we were so pleased to be able to know that the zoo was finally emptied and no animals would have to suffer their again.
While we are proud of everything we have accomplished so far, this is just a small start and a tiny step to bringing about a culture in Lebanon that embraces animals. Expect much more from us in the coming twelve months more community involvement, more uplifting stories that show why our work is so important, and many more animals saved.
We owe our success to you, and the next year will be will only be possible with your continued support. Thank you to all the businesses in Lebanon that provided goods and services. Thank you to all the volunteers who worked tirelessly to rescue animals and help make our events successful. Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters, your donations and encouragement is what keeps us motivated and energized.
It was truly an exciting year, and all of us at Animals Lebanon look forward to starting this next year with you on our side.