Swaziland Animal Welfare Society “SAWS”
When mountain biking through some of Swaziland’s remotest parts, we have come across many animals in dire need of care and so we have included SAWS as a beneficiary of our social footprint.
SAWS is a self-funded, non-profit making organization dedicated to promoting animal welfare in Swaziland. It is run by a volunteer committee and minimal salaried staff who care for the rescued animals 24/7 at its bases in Mbabane and Manzini.
SAWS promotes education and awareness about animals: one of its main objectives is to encourage empathy with animals and so a change in attitude regarding their treatment.
Generally SAWS receives:
- unwanted animals, which are usually brought in by their owners;
- abandoned animals, often dumped from cars into the street or left behind in locked houses without food or water when the owner moves away;
- neglected or cruelly treated animals. Where possible, the animals will be rehabilitated by giving food, shelter and affection so that they can be sterilised and vaccinated before being adopted into a suitable loving home.
SAWS “Wish List”:
- to employ an Inspector to visit and check homes prior to and after adoption and also to advise existing owners how to improve the lives of their animals;
- funds to upgrade SAWS’ dilapidated cat and dogs pens which were built in the early 1960's and are now beyond restoration. Ideally they need replacing but at the very least total renovation with new and proper foundations;
a complete new drainage system;
a new animal Hospital wing.