About 1001 Paws
1001 PAWS is an international non-profit initiative improving the wellbeing of stray and abandoned animals.
OUR PRIORITY: To end the unreported crisis facing hundreds of thousands of animals in the Middle East.
OUR VISION: To revive a new golden age of animal wellbeing and inclusiveness in the Middle East and end needless suffering.
OUR VALUES: We believe in the sacredness of all living things. We are committed to to protect animals and uphold their rights.
JOIN US: Let’s end needless animal suffering, starvation, disease, abandonment and abuse.
ACT NOW: Support overwhelmed rescue groups, improve public awareness and lobby for sustainable action.
Our Action to Win
What is a Managed Cat Colony?
- Trained helpers care for a group of healthy cats in a defined area (residential, commercial, hotel or private property).
- Cats are vaccinated, neutered and fed in a clean discreet way with strict guidelines that result in improved public health.
- Property owners/managers approve and support the programme.
What problems do Managed Cat Colonies help solve?
Managed Cat Colonies supported by 1001 Paws have proven to be a cost-effective and long-term solutions to reducing stray cat numbers, improving resident living standards and reducing complaints.
- Stops cat populations rising in the colony area. Cats are territorial, so the group of healthy, vaccinated and neutered colony cats protect the area, helping fight off new stray cats from entering.
- Helps protect the people who live and work in the location from sick stray cats.
- The Colony cats helps reduce the numbers of rodents and snakes in the location.
- Stops random people trying to feed cats and making mess and creating a bigger problem.
1001 Paws Managed Cat Colonies in action:
1001 Paws provides daily care for 2,500 abandoned and stray cats and dogs in the Middle East.
Care and Feeding programmes focus on Managed Colonies that follow strict guidelines to allow for a clean, healthy and safe environment for animals and humans.
TNR Programmes: 1001 Paws strongly advocates the neutering and vaccination of cats in locations that have over population crisis.
This method works and is the best solution to help the cats, to help the overwhelmed rescue groups and to help the people that live in those areas.
Help change misconceptions, attitudes and practices towards animals.
Educate the public about the humane and appropriate ways to treat community animals.
Foster empathy, compassion and commitment to protect animals.
Raise awareness about the crisis, animal rights and welfare to influence public opinion.
1001 Paws helps educate communities towards changing mindsets and shifting attitudes while igniting action to provide a safe, healthy and harmonious environment for animals and people to thrive.
We work with educational authorities and schools to run activities, workshops and children events to promote inclusivity and wellbeing for all – all means animals too – and how caring for community animals can improve public health and safety.
1001 Paws public awareness campaigns include transmedia assets to engage various segments of the population. This includes films, videos, live events, staged shows, music and educational resources.
CAMPAIGN: 1001 Inventions and the Book of Animals
An educational initiative that has engaged millions of people around the world, produced by 1001 Paws and 1001 Inventions, it brings to life one of the oldest books written in Arabic about animals to help inspire curiosity in children and to promote caring for all living things.
The educational initiative comprises of a travelling exhibition, short film, children’s book and educational materials, that together provide a journey of discovery into the animal kingdom and natural world through the eyes of 9th-century explorer Al-Jahiz.
From local authorities to community leaders, and property operators to animal welfare agencies,1001 Paws work with various stakeholders to promote effective community animals welfare policy measures sharing global best practice and tailoring it to local needs.
1001 Paws is lobbying in the Middle East to:
Stop categorising cats and dogs as ‘pests’ and stop ‘Trap and Kill’ policies
Start ‘Trap Neuter Release’ efforts with fatwahs for high stray population areas
Criminalise pet abandonment and animal abuse. Enforce laws with tough punishments
Close pet markets and criminalise breeding and sale of cats, dogs, wild and exotic animals
Empower citizens to run animal rescue groups and establish regulated managed colonies.