As the economic crisis grows, more families are forced to cut down on their expenses, and home pets are becoming an unaffordable luxury to most social classes.
Recently, Lebanese pet owners have been abandoning their pets and leaving them at the mercy of the streets. This is mainly due to the rising cost of feeding and taking care of the pets as well as emigrating families choosing to leave their pets behind.
To raise funds, the members organize fundraising events, bake sales, and fun activities to involve all of the university’s staff and students in saving these creatures’ lives. Donors can also reach out on their social media (@animalcareclub.lau) to help.
In their neighboring university, the Students for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (SETA) is an AUB student club that volunteers to rescue pets.
As Jana El Jurdi, the president of the club, mentioned in an MTV interview, AUB neuters 8 cats per month based on a contract between the club and the university.
The rest of the rescue mission depends on donations and money raised when students register in the club.
It is important to know that the cost of saving these animals is high and is one of the main concerns for rescue clubs. Tania Hassan, a SETA member, said that a visit to the vet for basic treatments costs up to $35-$45.