Green Paw Project is an official registered Malawian Charity. Our mission is to improve animal welfare in Malawi by providing free veterinary care and facilities for domestic and wild animals. The primary goal is to build an animal wildlife sanctuary to temporarily house rescued and rehabilitated wildlife such as orphaned vervet monkeys, antelopes, and domestic animals such as dogs and cats. Other focuses are on education, teaching Malawian undergraduate vets, permaculture, nutrition, feeding the local orphans and schools through our permaculture garden, and aid in the fight against the poaching of animals.
From July 2018 Green Paw Project will employ its first full-time Malawian, an ex National Park Ranger of 20 years. Isaac will be the eyes and ears on the ground in Malawi furthering research and development and running Green Paw Project Malawi Head Quarters. Isaac will live a at the Green Paw Project HQ, and will open in November 2018. Green Paw Project HQ will have facilities to take in injured or orphaned animals such as Vervet Monkeys, or domestic animals with no home such as Dog. Isaac is a passionate animal loving Malawian and Green Paw project are privileged for him to be our first full-time employee.
Spaying and Neutering, Rabies vaccinations, Free Mobile Vet Clinic and Outreach Education Campaign October 2018
Green Paw kicks off its ‘Mission Malawi’ with a Spaying and Neutering, Rabies vaccinations and Free Veterinary Mobile Clinic Campaign. The mobile clinic will visit several Malawian cities and towns that are in most need for free veterinary care. Locations chosen will be where stray cats and dogs on the streets is real issue. The mobile clinic be open for 2 weeks from 15th October 2018 and will be free veterinary service to all Malawians. The Green Paw Project team will bring over a team of vets and volunteers and visit local towns and cities and carry out as many spaying and neutering and rabies vaccinations to strays and domestic animals as possible. During this time, a second team with Isaac, will visit schools to create more awareness about animal welfare, wildlife conservation and sustainable permaculture. During this 2 week intense campaign we aim to treat of 100s of helpless animals. The vets are volunteers and pay for their own flights, accomodation and food. You can volunteer or help by donating.
We need your help, please donate
The following costs are required to run future projects – ONE OFF COSTS
- $8,000 / £5,725 – Spaying and Neutering, Rabies vaccinations, Free Mobile Vet Clinic and Outreach Education Campaign October 2018 – This money cover the vets
- $8,000 / £5,725 – 4×4 for Green Paw Project animal rescue vehicle
- $10,000 / £7,155 – Green Paw HQ set up
- 4 x Large Cages for animals
- 2 x Fridge / Freezer
- Back Up Generator
- 2 Year Permaculture Plan
- On site clinic equipment
- Drinking Water Dispensers
The following costs are required to run project yearly – ANNUAL COSTS
- $16,000 / £11,450
- Green Paw Project HQ Rent and upkeep
- Isaac wages
- 4 x new employees, groundsman and gardeners for permaculture
- 4×4 vehicle running costs & fuel
- Yearly charity government fees
- Medical and Veterinary Costs
- Food for injured or quarantined domestic and wild animals on site
Why Malawi, Africa?
During 2015 & 2016 heavy floods and extreme drought hit Malawi and crop yields depleted. Malawi was once again left in a state of national disaster. Malawians are constantly facing a devastating famine. The frequency and magnitude of the recurrent disasters have been worsened by deforestation, soil degradation, increasing population pressure and widespread poverty. This causes detrimental pressure on natural resources and increases animal welfare issues. Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world with a minimum wage of just under $1 USD per day. People cannot afford appropriate care for their animals and the lack of sustainable livelihoods is also fueling the illegal wildlife trade and poaching.
Many African animals are on the verge of extinction. We have to protect the roots of mankind, no matter which part of the world we live in. The future for Africa’s wildlife is looking bleak unless the animals and lands are protected. Poaching has no
boundaries, creating awareness is the solution. The only way to raise awareness is to educate and to help those who want a change.
National parks and forestry reserves are widespread all over Malawi and are home to an abundance of species. Unfortunately, deforestation and poaching place the wildlife within Malawi at an even higher risk. Veterinary services for wildlife in Malawi are limited and resources for wildlife conservation are scarce, therefore we offer our services.
There are many groups of people in Malawi to whom veterinary care is completely inaccessible. All over Malawi there are animals in need of help and professional care. Green Paw Project goes where veterinary care is needed most and will offer veterinary services for local communities across Malawi, starting with a mobile clinic in October 2018.
Spaying/neutering prevents the inevitable suffering of animals; it also ensures they will pose less of a threat to endangered species, whilst reducing the likelihood of transmissible diseases like rabies and leptospirosis. In Malawi the local populace doesn’t have the means to tackle stray dog problems. We can intervene and lay the groundwork for gradual and positive change. Spaying/neutering programs are just one of the ways we help to lessen the suffering that disowned animals would otherwise endure.
Worldwide 40% of people who are bitten by suspect rabid animals are children under 15 years of age, as children tend to play with animals and therefore have a higher chance to get bitten. Since 50% of the total human population in Malawi is aged under 15 years it means a high number of children are dying from rabies annually in this country.
Rabies is an infectious viral disease that is almost always fatal following the onset of clinical signs. In up to 99% of human cases, the rabies virus is transmitted by domestic dogs through bites or scratches, usually via saliva. Rabies is still causing about 60,000 human deaths annually, worldwide. Rabies elimination is feasible by vaccinating dogs. Continuous vaccination, covering at least 70% of the dog population, is recommended by the World Health Organization as a proven means of preventing rabies in people.
Vaccinating dogs is the most cost-effective strategy for preventing rabies in humans. Rabies is a neglected disease and is not considered as a priority disease, like Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV-AIDS and insufficient budgets limit prevention on a wide scale. In Malawi the average daily income is less than US$1 per person, therefore NGO’s and the government of Malawi will have to join forces in order to make rabies vaccinations available across the country to prevent human deaths.
Rabies not only affects domestic animals and humans, but also wild animals. The disease can “spill over” from dogs into wild animal populations, therefore vaccinating dogs around national parks and nature reserves is important to protect native wildlife.
Green Paw Project aims to work alongside the government and other animal welfare NGO’s and provide sufficient funds to reach the 70% threshold to create a healthier environment for communities in Malawi.