The Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Helen Woodward Animal Center CEO Sign Ground-Breaking Memo of Understanding

In September, 2012, dignitaries from the emirate of Abu Dhabi traveled all the way to San Diego, California, to attend the ACES International Conference and brought the Memorandum of Understanding with them, finalizing a partnership to help pets in both countries.

Lt. Hamed Alhashmi, 1st Warrant Waleed Alshekaili and Corporal Abdulla Habash from the Abudhabi Police GHQ K9 Department, Mohamed Alshekaili, and Khalid Elhassan from the Emirates Dogs Breeders Society, expressed their steadfast  goal of making the UAE a kinder and gentler place for its canine citizens.  The group is in the process of founding the Emirates Animal Welfare Society of Abu Dhabi and their trip to the United States to attend the ACES International Conference is an important part of this effort.  The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Abu Dhabi and Helen Woodward Animal Center establishes a unique partnership to assist one another in increasing the numbers of lives saved throughout the world.

So, on September 28, 2012, Helen Woodward President and CEO, Mike Arms, during the ACES International Conference, officially signed the Memo of Understanding that states,

“The parties will work together to develop a partnership that results in benefit to domestic animals locally and globally by: 1) Increasing the animal-human bond, 2) Saving the lives of more animals, 3) Stopping senseless death of animals, 4) Teaching others around the world to promote animal adoptions and humane programs, 5) Encouraging more people to get involved in animal welfare by educating the public, 6) Encouraging other organizations to work together better for the animals, 7) Reinforcing positive behaviors in the treatment of animals, and 8) Creating ideal opportunities for the people and care of animals through activation of local and international partnerships.”

The decision to unite in this way grew out of a past visit by United Arab Emirates guests to one of Helen Woodward Animal Center’s onsite ACES conferences. The workshop, which teaches innovative, tangible practices and programs to increase adoptions and lower euthanasia, provided just the sort of inspiration and practical solutions the UAE visitors had been looking for and they approached the Center about their plans to establish an animal welfare organization and possible partnership opportunities with the Center.

Helen Woodward Animal Center President Mike Arms was impressed with the goals of the UAE visitors.  A recent launch of the emirate organization’s website states the following:

“The Emirates Animal Welfare Society aims to raise awareness of issues relating to animal welfare, urge the public to treat animals gently, encourage them to engage in volunteer work pertaining to animals protection, promote positive behavior while dealing with animals and educate the public about the importance of animals and their role in maintaining the ecological balance, which ensures the continuity of life on Earth.”

“We were honored to welcome our Abu Dhabi guests and we are continually delighted with their efforts to create a more human world for animals and people,” stated Helen Woodward Animal Center President Arms. “Our goal is to increase the numbers of lives saved, not just locally, but globally.  This Memorandum of Understanding is a wonderful step towards ending euthanasia worldwide. We have to do it together; we cannot do it alone.”

Click here for a  copy of the final Memorandum of Understanding