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Saving Strays for a Second Home

“Animals do not have a voice: they need someone to be there when they need a helping hand,” says the deputy CEO of Second Chance Rescue, Rhonda Rooney. Founded in 2009, the no-kill shelter provides a new start for some of Doha’s abused and abandoned dogs and cats.

Currently home to 111 dogs and 11 cats, the shelter is equipped with pools that animals can cool down in after long walks on the farm, and it recently opened a veterinary clinic. When it was first established, Abdulla, its founder, paid vet and food bills out of his own pocket. But since 2012, as ever more animals are brought in, more donations are also flowing from individuals and companies such as Parkview Pet Center, Royal Canin,and Ritz Carlton-Doha.

Abdulla takes strays to schools to campaign against cruelty to animals, and encourages their adoption into secure, loving homes. But, he insists, they are not for sale to just anyone; rather, the adopter should be able to bear the costs of caring for his or her new best friend.

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Jennifer MacKenzie

Poet, writer and teacher Jennifer MacKenzie grew up on Bloomcrest Dr. in Bloomfield Hills, MI, which inspired her to wonder about places with patterns other than floral. Following her education at Wesleyan University's College of Letters and the University of Iowa's Writers Workshop, she followed a zig-zag course that included a pilgrimage across the top of Spain and a long sojourn in Syria in pursuit of the language of Muhammad al-Maghout and Moudthaffar al-Nawwab. While in Damascus she completed the books of poems "Distant City" and "My Not-My Soldier" (forthcoming from Fence Books) and edited the magazine Syria Today. Her poems and essays can be found in numerous journals including the Kenyon Review online, Guernica, Quarterly West, and Lungfull. She currently lives in New York.

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