Ras Al Khaimah Animal Welfare Centre


In 2009, Canadian school teacher, Melissa Davis developed a plan to help the stray and abandoned animals in Ras Al Khaimah. She felt there were too many animals in the streets needing help, without there being any facilities or funds to be able to offer them this much needed help. She asked the Ruler, His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, to support her in her efforts to help the animals. He agreed and helped her by supporting her initiative financially and having buildings put up to shelter the animals in the time between being taken off the streets and rehoming them. The centre has been government supported ever since!

In January 2010 the build of the new shelter started. Three buildings were put up: 1 for the dogs, 1 for the cats and 1 for the vet clinic and offices. Melissa Davis had the support of many volunteers to walk the dogs and clean the buildings twice daily. Sarah Madin and Helena Holland were the essential volunteers to keep the centre running. It was very hard work with only little means still in 2010. In May 2010 the first animal caretakers were hired to take over cleaning from the volunteers, so they could focus on the dog walking and animal care in general. In August 2010 a veterinary surgeon, Terri Hutchinson, was hired to help the animals get vaccinated, microchipped and desexed before rehoming them and to look after their overall well being. She also helped speeding up the completion of the 3 buildings. Terri performed the first TNR (Trap Neuter Release) surgeries and helped the first commercial clients of the vet clinic. In December an Office Manager, Ellen Quanjer, was added to the team. 

In the late summer of 2011 Terri resigned and was replaced by Chenjerai Sigauke in November. More staff was hired for taking care of our animals and to help in the vet clinic and the pet shop. The centre joined forces with the Public Works and Services Department (PWSD) and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) to set up a professional and humane animal catching team; which started work in April 2012. In August 2013 a second catching team joined efforts with the first one and in May 2013 the center hired an extra vet to be in charge of the TNR clinic.  

In 2014 the center has become a part of Public Works and Services Department who support growth and development of the center and its facilities.

It has long been in the plans of the staff to move to a new location in Al Jazira Al Hamra that was graciously given to the center by His Highness. And finally, in late 2014, together with the support of the PWSD and many volunteers, the construction work has started on the new site.

The center has officially moved to the new site in February 2016. The new location boast new amazing facilities including a kennel and cattery building, reception and pet shop, vet clinic, grooming room, large play area for the dogs and office and admin buildings. There is still a lot of work to be done but we are extremely proud with all that has been achieved so far!