PAWS, Protection of Animals Welfare Society strives to improve animal welfare in Mauritius. PAWS is a non Governmental Organisation and relies today on donations and fund raising to finance its activities.
PAWS The Vale 263 0541 / 5949 7227
PAWS Union Vale 637 3025 / 5904 6336
PAWS Clinic Tamarin 483 5882 / 5822 6477
Are you thinking of adoption a dog or do you already own a dog? We will take a look at the various aspects of responsible dog ownership.
A good rule of thumb to properly care for your animal is to treat it like YOU would like to be treated. For instance, would you like to eat your dinner in a dirty plate or sleep in the noisiest room in the house?
The essentials are simple. To feel secure pets need a daily routine and be loved.
You will need from a young age to socialise your dog. This will make both you and your dog happier! A socialised dog is easier to control and will help prevent behavioural problems.
There are easy ways to socialise your dog:
Identification is important for dogs and it is a legal requirement that they wear a collar and identity disc.
In town areas keep your dog on a lead at all times as he could easily be startled by a noise and run off and get hurt or killed by a vehicle. Before letting him off in a safe area for the first time, be confident he will come back when you want him to.
Never run after your dog if he is running away from you. Keep calling his name, kneel down and open your arms wide i.e if you can still see him. He will come back to you and it’s important that you DO NOT scold him when he comes back but pet him and welcome him with effusion (as much effusion as him, if possible!). You can practise this at home when he is some distance away from you. He will always associate coming back into your wide open arms with a positive feeling.
Do not let your dog out on his own as he will be classed as a stray and could be impounded and ultimately destroyed.
When planning a trip be sure to make proper arrangements for your pets. You should only entrust your animal to friends or neighbours if you are confident they will take care of them properly. If your dog hasn't already met his carer, take time to introduce them to each other before you go away. Your friend could join you and your dog on a couple of walks, for instance.
Explain the animal's daily routine and leave contact numbers for yourself and your vet in case of emergencies. Put a new identity disc on your pet's collar with the contact details of his temporary carer and do call regularly to take his news.
There are boarding kennels in Mauritius if you are considering this option. Visit the facility beforehand to check whether it is suitable. Ask lots of questions, like how many daily walks do the dogs get. Word of mouth is the best recommendation so please ask around.
Most dogs happily co-exist with children if they have lived with them from an early age. It's important children are taught to respect animals and are not allowed to treat them as toys.
Pets need their own space, so children should not disturb him when he is sleeping or eating. Never leave a dog alone with children. Always supervise interaction to ensure children do not tease or overexcite a pet.
Giving a home to a rescue animal is one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have. However, it is important you feel ready for, and understand, the commitment of taking on another life, one which will be totally dependent on you.
[excerpts from Dogs Trust website http://www.dogstrust.org.uk/ ]