From mountain Gorillas to Elephants, Rwanda is home to some of the world's most iconic species. Thanks to the significant commitment towards wildlife and environmental protections Rwanda has shown to become one of the leading voices on the African continent.
The protection, however, of domesticated animals has not been prioritized and therefore lags behind the progress Rwanda has made in protecting wildlife.
People maliciously and without reasonable justification kill, mistreat or seriously wound livestock or domestic animals included DOGS.
Despite Rwanda's strong commitment to the protection of wildlife, there is limited concern and enforcement of the laws against cruelty to domestic animals. Education surrounding the welfare of domestic and companion animals is limited and remains largely unenforced.
People routinely engage in cruel activities, such as the poisoning of stray dogs due to their negative image in the country. This is at a time when dog breeding and ownership should take a lead and grow.
The main objectives of the project are as follows:
- Educate and raise awareness among local communities about responsible dog ownership, animal welfare, and the importance of dogs in communities.
- Provide veterinary care and support for the health and well-being of dogs, including vaccination, spaying/neutering, and treatment of injuries or illnesses.
- Strengthen the capacity of local animal welfare organizations, veterinary services, and relevant authorities to address dog welfare issues effectively.
- Engage with local communities through outreach programs, workshops, and campaigns to promote positive attitudes towards dogs and encourage responsible dog ownership practices.
- Create sustainable solutions for long-term dog welfare, including community-based initiatives and collaborations with local stakeholders.
At Virunga Ecotours we advocate for the dogs rights and welfare. We engage our guests willing to partner with us in advocating for animal welfare and donating for this cause. This is also another way to raise our voice towards wildlife and animal protection.