Stories of hope for stray dogs in Sierra Leone



WSPA and the Sierra Leone Animal Welfare Society (SLAWS) have been working in partnership to improve the lives of stray dogs

Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown has a vast population of roaming dogs.  The country’s decade-long civil war caused extreme poverty and thousands of people abandoned their pets to try and survive themselves.  As a result, there are now an estimated 27,000 stray dogs.

Thanks to the efforts of WSPA supporters and Dr Gudush Jalloh’s team at SLAWS, we are able to share these amazing stories of stray dogs that are now free from a life of suffering, cruelty and abuse.

Meet Watakey

Referred to as the miracle dog, she was a stray in the Freetown municipality who lived a miserable life in a dilapidated truck, scavenging in the nearest bin for her only food.  When she was discovered by Dr Jalloh, she had horrific injuries including a broken leg. 

Watakey had suffered at the hands of youths in the Port area who were given mandate to eradicate the dogs using any method available to them, some of these extremely cruel. 

With the help of Dr Jalloh’s team, Watakey recovered well and she loves showing off to clients that visit the clinic by sitting close and lifting her paw for a shake.  She has been adopted and will soon join her new family where she will receive the love and care she deserves.

Meet Mark

He is a special dog that was rescued in the Congo Cross, literally as he was gasping for his last few breaths from a nylon rope strangling his neck.

The piece of nylon was tied so tight that Mark was not able to eat or drink and it had cut right through his fur and embedded under the skin.  His entire neck was red raw and swollen with infection and was so bad, that the rope had to be surgically removed. 

Mark is now recovering well and living a safe life with the SLAWS team at the clinic.

Meet Murray Town

This sweet little dog was discovered during the rainy season cowering in a stagnant, rubbish-filled gutter with her two puppies trying to keep dry.

It was believed that she had more than two puppies but due to the heavy rains, the others were probably washed away and died.  She was brought to the clinic and treated but unfortunately a few weeks later both the puppies died.

She was de-sexed and re-homed to an animal lover at Adonkia in the Freetown peninsular area where she is doing well. She was named Murray Town after the area she was rescued.
While Watakey, Mark and Murray Town are now safe, there are many other dogs just like them that need urgent help. Take a moment to watch the plight of less fortunate dogs in Sierra Leone who need your help.

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