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Faith in humanity

July 10 -16, 2019

Gulf Weekly Mai Al Khatib-Camille
By Mai Al Khatib-Camille

Gulf Weekly Faith in humanity

Tiny Tanni, the Maltese mix who was left to fend for himself on the streets of Bahrain, scared, alone and paralysed from the waist down, was given a second chance for a happy life by animal advocates in the kingdom who rallied around the little critter to provide him a loving home and a means to keep rolling on.

The three-year-old, who was named after Paralympic Baroness Tanni-Grey Thompson, was presumed to be abandoned back in February due to his difficult condition. He was taken under the wing of Voiceless Souls of Bahrain (VSOB), a community based stray dog rescue group founded five years ago by the late Putri Aidawati, one of the kingdom’s most respected stray dog rescuers. 

While many people might have overlooked the special needs canine and thought to themselves “What’s the point”, the big-hearted group and their supporters including Cheryl Neilson, founder of Bahrain Dumped Dogs, believed that he deserved better.

“We are a very small grassroots group who feed dogs in a few areas being sure to trap, neuter and return all the dogs we can as our contribution to helping curb the stray dog problem,” said Lorraine Wilson VSOB’s spokesperson.

“Tanni is an exception to this. We don’t have the resources to deal with difficult cases like his.

“However, we wanted to do what we could for him as he is such a character and deserves a better quality of life than he received. We hope that through our example other people will do their own part to ease the plight of dumped dogs and strays in Bahrain as well as educate the next generation about animal welfare issues.”

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