Sick and abused dogs and cats are getting a second chance at life in Iran thanks to the hard work and dedication of a small group of individuals in the northwestern city of Tabriz. Pardis Animal Shelter was founded three years ago in response to local authorities’ cruel and inhumane dog cull, which saw animals being starved and beaten to death.
Jila Pourirani, the shelter’s director, calls on regional governments to stop the killing of stray dogs, arguing that “all of God’s creatures have a right to life.” Instead, she says, they should help support her organization, which provides a humane solution to the problem of stray dogs.
Pardis Animal Shelter rescues dogs and cats from across Iran, providing them with food, shelter and medical care. A lucky few are adopted, while the rest remain at the sanctuary under the loving supervision of Ms. Pourirani and others. Unfortunately, providing for these neglected and abused animals comes at a heavy cost for this small, independent nonprofit. The organization is in serious need of donations to pay for food, vaccines and medical bills on a continual basis.
This little corner of paradise, home to over 300 dogs and cats, is solely funded through the generosity of individuals. Donations can be sent to the organization’s representatives in Europe, North America and Iran.
For more info – Pardis’ Facebook page