Virbac Helps Tanzanian Dogs with Product Donation to Mbwa Wa Africa

Mbwa Wa Africa was set up in 2013 and aims to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome unwanted, abandoned and neglected dogs. Tanzania has a significant problem with stray dogs and many are currently killed inhumanely.

The team at Mbwa Wa Africa care for injured dogs and are working with the Tanzanian Government to encourage a humane approach to population control. They aim to set up a veterinary clinic which will neuter and vaccinate dogs against rabies as well as training local vets, with assistance from foreign vets, to go out into local communities and carry out neutering and vaccination day camps.

Virbac has donated a supply of its a meloxicam-based NSAID Inflacam® to Mbwa Wa Africa, a non-profit dog and cat rescue organisation in Tanzania.

Mbwa Wa Africa was set up in 2013 and aims to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome unwanted, abandoned and neglected dogs. Tanzania has a significant problem with stray dogs and many are currently killed inhumanely.

The team at Mbwa Wa Africa care for injured dogs and are working with the Tanzanian Government to encourage a humane approach to population control. They aim to set up a veterinary clinic which will neuter and vaccinate dogs against rabies as well as training local vets, with assistance from foreign vets, to go out into local communities and carry out neutering and vaccination day camps.

Phyllis Hutchison, Founder of Friends for Mbwa Wa Africa, which fundraises in the UK, said: “We have successfully lobbied the Government to consider a better solution to the problem of stray dogs and now we need to show that we can make it work.
“We believe it is important for each village to have a controlled stable population of stray dogs which will play their part in eating scraps and rubbish that the locals don’t want and in keeping vermin at bay.
“We are very grateful for this kind donation from Virbac. The Inflacam will be used to provide pain relief to injured dogs and following neutering surgery. On behalf of the dogs of Tanzania, thank you!”

Kate Woolley MRCVS, Product Manager (Companion Animal) at Virbac, said: “On a personal level, Tanzania is close to my heart as I spent time in the country working with a rabies vaccination team. It is an amazing country with such wonderful people. We are delighted to donate a supply of Inflacam to support Mbwa Wa Africa’s vital work to give the country’s stray dogs a better future.”

Founded by a veterinary surgeon, Virbac is dedicated to supporting the veterinary profession, the trade and farmers through the development of innovative products and services, which help animals to lead longer, healthier lives. One of the largest independent veterinary pharmaceutical companies in the world, its wide product portfolio includes many market-leading and award-winning products for large and small animals.

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