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Hallo, superb viewers, and welcome to Animal World: Our Co-Inhabitants. Today we present the concluding episode of our two-part program on Jordan’s Humane Center for Animal Welfare.

The non-profit group, which was established in 2000 by Margaret Ledger and Nadia Hamam, rehabilitates and shelters injured wildlife, gives free veterinary care to animals with economically disadvantaged caregivers, conducts informational programs, performs animal rescue work and supports animal-welfare legislation.

The Center opened a veterinary hospital in 2007, the first of its kind in Jordan. Let’s now meet two veterinarians Ivan and Stefanie, who are part of the Center’s staff and will give us a tour of the facilities and introduce us to some of the animal patients and residents.

I’m an equine vet from Holland. And I work here one month off, one month on, to exchange knowledge about how to treat animals.

I’ve been working here since July. It’s really nice. And I like it here.

Now, let’s begin our tour of the Center’s beautiful animal hospital. Our first stop is the grooming area, where smaller animals are taken when they first arrive.

So today four dogs came in, two puppies and two big dogs. We give them a nice hot bath, and we treat them with a special shampoo. And then we dry them. Of course we give them a nice meal, let them dry a little bit and then they can spend a night at the Center.

This dog and the other dogs are cared for by a boy who loves these dogs very much. But because a lot of people don’t know how to take care of their animals, they come here and we help them with bathing the animals, vaccinating the animals and de-worming them, and teach them how to treat their animals.

So we consider that our responsibility is not just treating the animals, but teaching the people who keep the animals how to take care of them.

Our next stop is the surgery room, where a veterinarian is performing a procedure.

So now they are proceeding with a standard surgery, which is called the spaying of the female dog. We do that because we don’t want to have too many puppies. We like to work also with students. So these are our veterinary students. (Sophia and Mohammad) They are here to learn these operations.

We have the surgery room equipped with a window for the kids to come and see, because the responsibility of our hospital is just not neutering the animals. It’s extending to the kids, for them to see what we do to the animals, and to start teaching them how to be kind and nice to animals when they are young.

The Humane Center for Animal Welfare is working together with the municipality. And this is the humane way to do stray animal control. So they bring in the stray dogs and we will spay and neuter them. And there are a lot of other ways to reduce the amount of dogs, but this is the nicest way.

This is the intensive-care unit. All animals who need more care than other animals will stay here. For instance, you can see this dog. This dog had surgery this morning and is still a little bit drowsy from the surgery, from the medicines he took. He is just waking up and we like to keep him here in this dark and quiet area so he can recover nicely.

This will be our next patient for the day. This is a bulldog and he has problems with his eyes. The eyelids roll inside, and the hairs are touching his eyeball which is really painful. We can do a so-called “face lift” to make sure he feels better. This little one, they just washed him and bathed him, and he’s waiting for his new caretakers to come and pick him up. So he’s going to look forward to a happy life.

This dog we call Anna Deane. This is after the lady who brought her into the Center. She found this dog on the street and she brought her in two weeks ago. You can see also one of her eyes is blind. And we found out she was pregnant. So now she's here to deliver her puppies and we are going to find a good home for her and her puppies. We saw on the X-ray that there are for sure at least three puppies inside.

The Center takes care of animal friends of all sizes, including horses.

So this is the equine area. Most of the horses here they come here with a pickup truck or a little truck, so they are just on the back of the pickup tied, no roof, no protection from the sun or anything. They come and arrive here on the outside. Because standing on a pickup it’s difficult to go down, you have to jump, but if you are injured or sick you don’t want to jump. So now the pickup is going to drive with the back here and then the height will be not so big and they can jump in the sand, because some horses they come here because they have a lot of wounds, and then it’s not nice when you have to jump on the concrete, very deep.

After that they will go in here and one of the vets will start working with them, we do some paper work. If we examine the horse, it’s most of the time in the crush, you can see the crush over there.

It’s more easy to restrain them. And after that we make decisions which horses go home and which horses stay.

This horse came in two weeks ago. She got scared of machines working on the road. She heard the shunt and she ran away. And she ran with her body into a fence, so all her skin here on her upper arm was off. You could see the bone and the joint, and it was all big wounds. So we try to suture it, of course, but because it was so big it will open partly. Now we try to support her with a sling. And she is nine months pregnant, so we are just trying to save her.

The name of this horse is Qaul. And he’s here because on his left foot, he stepped on a nail and it gave him an infection in his foot. So we opened the infection and now we treat him with medicines. And he’s a lot better now. And he’s very nice, but a little bit shy. These are all donkeys. So this one is blind, another one has a rupture of the abdominal wall.

More donkeys. This one is also blind. You can see the eye, (yes? He’s singing a song for you. This little one was found on the street. So we try to re-home most animals; we have to find a suitable caregiver for him. That’s not always easy.

We asked Stefanie and Ivan how they feel about working at the Humane Center for Animal Welfare.

This is just an amazing place. It’s an honor to work here. I cannot say it’s otherwise. You just fight for every animal, to give it a good chance (to survive).

The nice thing that we have here is that we have a special way of treating animals. We get to love them every way, day by day. It’s not just giving injections. Our responsibility as a vet is much more, bigger than that. Treating is not the only thing we have to do here. We have to raise the limits of mentality of the people who have donkeys, horses and dogs, for them to know how to take care of them.

Here are some final thoughts from the co-founders, Margaret Ledger, the Center’s Director General and Nadia Hamam, Director of the Center’s Educational Section.

We’ve got to go hand-in-hand together to spread out in the world, raising awareness. Be kinder, have a bit of compassion and respect animals. Try to help out, whatever you can. It starts from baby steps and it grows nicely. I saw it, and Nadia saw it, how from day one we started with baby steps, and here we are. If you really believe in what you’re doing, you can make miracles.

And only in a short time, in six years’ time, we’ve done quite a lot. We saved a lot of animals. We changed a lot of peoples’ attitudes, whether they’re adults or children. You have to have the idea and the belief in your heart and just keep going. Never give up. Just get together as a group and work nicely for animal welfare.

Be humane with animals and respect each other, respect the animals, respect everything around us. Respect this Earth which we live on, and save it. And keep it nice for the next generation.

Thank you very much and thanks for coming to Jordan and visiting our Humane Center here and helping us out so people get to know us and what we’re doing. Thank you again.

Margaret Ledger, Nadia Hamam, Stefanie, Ivan and the rest of the wonderful staff at the Humane Center for Animal Welfare in Jordan, your selfless, high-minded devotion to caring for animals and your efforts to touch the hearts and minds of the Jordanian public on the animals’ behalf is to be roundly applauded. May you all enjoy continued success in your noble work.

For more information on the Humane Center for Animal Welfare, please visit: www.HCAW-Jordan.com

Thank you for joining us today on Animal World: Our Co-Inhabitants. May we all soon reside in a peaceful, vegan world.
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