WHAT WE ARE
AWPO is a non-profit voluntary organization in Uganda which started in 2015. It a legal entity issued with a Certificate of Registration Number 3792 and a Permit to Operate an NGO Number 4504 on advocacy and interventions in animal welfare care, handling and health by the National Bureau of Non-Governmental Organizations in the Ministry of Internal Affairs - Uganda.
Is that “Kindness given to animals is health and wealth to the households” since year 2015
"To reduce pain and suffering to all types of animals and improve: animal health – animal productivity – human health and wealth creation".
With this Goal, AWPO recognizes that animals just like humans are our fellow beings or living things that also have feelings that should transform into day, today needs to be provided or cared for by community in which they are found, kept and will die
AWPO ADVOCACY AND INTERVENTIONS / OUTREACH
IMPORTANCE OF ANIMALS ESPECIALLY IN POOR COMMUNITIES
When animal feelings or their needs are provided for – these results into improved animal: health, animal production in various areas of specialization including animal labor and their lives in general. Improved animal lives would address sustainable: nature or bio-diversity by animals and socio-economic-public health-environmental benefits to user communities - most of who are poor.
CHALLENGES IN PROVIDING FOR BASIC CARE OF ANIMALS
Lack of a comprehensive a policy framework on welfare for working animals and freely roaming but owned pets,
Inadequate awareness or sensitization of communities especially the majority owners or users of working animals and pets in animal care,
Negative attitudes, cultures, characters about working animals and possibly pets not having feelings and or needs thus immune to pain and suffering,
Inadequate and sometimes nil actions by the responsible public sector to ensure the provision of basic care of animals to ensure their health and benefits especially to user poor communities
CURRENT ADVOCACY AND INTERVENTIONS / OUTREACH SERVICES
Providing national awareness that animals like in man have feelings thus needs to be cared for
Using working animals and freely roaming / stray pet clinics to assistance poor owners to examine, treat and vaccinate their animals
Training of veterinary workers and user communities to ensure that all types of animals are respected, dignified, cared for, handled and treated in a kind or compassionate manner,
Using humane care education in primary school children to change mind sets, cultures, attitudes, characters and enable children from early age to respect, give dignity and be kind or compassionate to: themselves; other people; animals and the environment through Animal Welfare
Using Working Animal Associations and local interventions to mitigate the still existing cruel sells and slaughter of donkeys for their skins in 9 Districts of the North Eastern and Mt Elgon Regions of the country where donkeys are user and depended on for livelihoods by the poorest communities.