Introducing one of our favourite home-grown good causes
One of the questions regularly asked by newcomers to the island, and often those who have been here a while, is ‘how do you meet people?’
Bahrain’s a pretty friendly place but finding a new social circle can be a daunting task if your job’s not particularly sociable or if you’re a housewife on your husband’s visa and not allowed to work.
However, one thing the kingdom is certainly not short of is volunteering opportunities whether you want to cuddle up to a homeless moggy, visit patients in hospital, help out with disabled youngsters or simply raise funds for a good cause.
One of Time Out Bahrain’s very favourite good causes is the animal rescue run by Tony ‘the Dogfather’ Waters at his home and sanctuary in Saar.
Operated under the umbrella of the Cat Society of Bahrain and Pet Animals (CSBPA), the rescue, which has recently moved to new premises, is a no-kill facility where every healthy animal gets a second chance at finding a forever family.
Not only is the centre home to an array of unwanted, mistreated and abandoned cats and dogs (more than 200 at the last count), but Tony’s also found room for an assortment of birds, including Dicky and Dotty the ducks, Fareed the ferret, Doris the donkey and Geraldine the goat!
As you can imagine, a menagerie of this size takes quite some looking after both physically and, more importantly, financially so Tony and the animals are always glad of help.
To keep the home fires burning, as it were (or rather the air-con running), volunteers are always needed at the organisation’s second-hand shop which is above Tibra’s on the Budaiya Highway selling all sorts of goodies from 10am to noon, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
There’s also a furniture shop, which is open from 10am to noon on Fridays and Saturdays, selling donated items from fridges and beds to office equipment and furniture.
Helping hands are also needed at the regular monthly book sale at Bahrain Rugby Club and organiser Anne would particularly like to hear from anyone who’d be able to run a similar sale in Adliya to cover the bookworms at the other end of the island.
Lots of fundraising and social events take place throughout the year, from the recent festive evening at the Bapco Club in Awali to an annual dogshow, which has previously taken place at the British Embassy, and organisers and helpers are always needed for these too.
There’s a sponsorship scheme, due to be relaunched in the coming months, for which a co-ordinator is needed.
And of course there’s the hands-on volunteering option for those missing canine cuddles or pussycat play time. Volunteers are welcome at the centre from 10am to noon Sunday, Wednesday and Friday for dog walking and cat handling and grooming. For more info on volunteering call 33363352 or animal welfare 39629889.