The Lamu Animal Welfare Clinic (LAWC) is a charitable Trust, a not-for-profit organisation. The project is dedicated to alleviating the suffering of distressed animals, provide treatment, vaccinate, de-worm and contain the Lamu cats’ ever growing population. By the end of 2015 and since it started its operations in Oct. 2004, our vet clinic has cared for more than 19247 animals including doing 8401 sterilisations all over the Lamu archipelago. The Trust has very limited financial resources compared to the requirements of its animal welfare programmes.
Lamu cats are famous – believed to be a preserved gene pool of the long-legged, fine-boned Egyptian cats of ancient times – honoured rat-catching passengers on the dhows of the Arab traders of centuries ago. On the ships and in the shops and houses they are appreciated for efficient work in keeping the rodent population down.
Their position in Lamu, a predominantly Muslim town, has been enhanced by the fact that the Prophet was particularly fond of cats, as was his first ...Read more →
One can hardly come across a dog in Lamu town but there are many on the ‘shambas’, the farms on the islands, where they are kept as guard dogs, not against human thieves but against wild animals, particularly baboons, marauding the crops. It is a common belief that dogs be kept locked in a small space or on a short chain during the day to make them more “kali” (aggressive in Swahili) at night. Being confined makes them highly prone ...Read more →
It is related from Abu Hurayra, from the Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace, that a prostitute once saw a dog on a very hot day going round and round a well, rolling its tongue because of its thirst. She drew some water for it using her shoe and [for this action] all her sins were forgiven her.
(Transmitted by Muslim)
Imepokewa kutoka kwa Abu Hurairah Mtume (S.A.W) ameeleza kwamba siku moja, Malaya alimwona Mbwa katika siku ya joto sana (Mbwa huyu) anazungukazunguka kwenye Kisima huku analewelewesha Ulimi wake kwa kiu. Akamtekea maji kwa kutumia Kiatu chake (kwa kitendo hicho) alisemehewa dhambi zake zote.
(Imeelezwa na Muslim)