'Whenever we get any information of any animal being abused or falling victim to an accident, we try to rescue it'
While crossing a road at Mirpur in Dhaka three days ago, Tasnim Zannat noticed a street cat falling off the fourth floor of a building. She instantly came to the rescue of the cat, which has been in a coma since then, taking it away to her home.
After taking care of the cat, Tasnim finally brought it to PAW Life Care Centre, a veterinary clinic for abused and injured animals, especially cats and dogs, in Lalmatia for better treatment on Friday.
Interestingly, the cat was registered as the first patient of the clinic launched by a animal rights group called People for Animal Welfare (PAW) Foundation based in Dhaka earlier in the day.
Tasnim was among several others who took either their pets or rescued animals for treatment there.
Primarily, the clinic with just a single veterinary doctor will provide treatment to innumerous abused or injured animals for up to four hours a day.
The foundation established based on charity and voluntary contribution that has been working for the betterment of abused, neglected and injured animals, especially the stray ones, since its inception in 2015.
Recognised by the government in October, 2016, the platform, which mainly campaigns through Facebook, not only rescues animals, but helps them get adopted.
Through its Facebook group, the foundation has been promoting and posting visual content to raise awareness to stop animal cruelty and boost welfare.
Founder Rakibul Haq Emil of the foundation said they opened the clinic as part of their ongoing and growing campaign with an aim to ensure hospitality to and treatment of animals.
“Whenever we get any information of any animal being abused or falling victim to an accident, we try to rescue it, arranging primary treatment to it,” he continued.
The foundation also has an animal shelter house called “Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre” in Gabtoli, where some 40 sick dogs are being treated currently.
According to Emil, feeling the necessity of a separate and specialised treatment centre prompted them to establish the clinic.