This year April 4th marks World Stray Animal Day, which gives special attention to the millions of stray animals in the world.

As well as helping hundreds of stray dogs and cats every year in the UK, The Mayhew Animal Home also has a growing international presence to help make a difference to stray communities abroad too.

Mayhew International work to promote animal welfare and the humane management of cats and dogs through vet-training programmes, rabies vaccination programmes to eliminate rabies in dogs and communities, and a network of long term community animal care initiatives in Afghanistan, Russia, Georgia, and India.

World Stray Animal Day encourages people to show compassion and take action for stray animals all over the world like the adorable and friendly Rufus.

This stray canine was brought in to the animal shelter, Tigger House, in Kabul, Afghanistan, with a severely infected wound on his hind leg. In pain, Rufus was clearly suffering and stressed and he continually licked the wound, which irritated it and made it worse.

Various antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs had previously been used, which did not work. The Mayhew’s Afghanistan Project Manager, Dr. Mohammadzai DVM, decided to treat Rufus’ wound with special Afghanistan natural honey that started to improve the infection and under Dr. Mohmmadzai’s care and treatment, Rufus’ wound was completely healed and he was soon back on his paws in no time. Rufus will be starting his new life with a loving family soon.

Tigger House is run by the Afghan Stray Animal League and is a shelter offering low-cost veterinary clinic for homeless, abandoned, sick or injured small animals in Afghanistan through their surgical clinic. Dr. Mohammadzai DVM visits Tigger House regularly and provides veterinary support and training.

Recently in Afghanistan, The Mayhew signed a landmark agreement with Kabul City authorities this year to halt dog culling in the city and introduce an animal welfare strategy incorporating a sustainable and planned rabies vaccination programme combined with a humane dog population control programme.

Mayhew International has been working to address the issues around free-roaming dog populations for more than 15 years. For several years we have funded a neutering and rabies vaccination programme in Ranchi, India, that has so far vaccinated over 50,000 dogs in eight years to help control the huge stray population in a humane way.

In Moscow, we train vets from several charitable groups in and around Moscow including Human Ecology, Fond Dingo, Big Hearts Foundation and PetFund, on safe and secure neutering techniques for dogs and cats. The training covers not only the most up-to-date neutering sterilisation surgical techniques, but also pre and post-operative care and welfare of the animals, a vital component of any successful Trap, Neuter, Return programme.

In Georgia, our vets pass on their skills and training at the Agrarian University Clinic in Tbilisi and also with on-site vets at the Tbilisi Municipal Dog Shelter. We also provide Tbilisi City Council with guidance on the implementation of the Trap, Vaccinate, Neuter, Return programme for free-roaming dogs.

The Mayhew receives no government funding and relies on the generous donations from our supporters to continue helping, training and funding vaccination programmes and animal birth control projects for thousands of animals around the globe.

Please can you help us to raise awareness for stray animals and consider a donation by visiting by helping us help even more stray animals abroad.

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