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Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Animal Conference Welcomes Abu Dhabi Dignitaries

Helen Woodward Animal Center President Mike Arms to Sign Memorandum of Understanding with Emirates Animal Welfare Society of Abu Dhabi UAE

Helen Woodward Animal Center’s first ACES (Animal Center Education Services) International “The Business of Saving Lives” Conference, is finally here!

Now that is finally here, we are excited to announce that some of our guests are attending to do more than learn. Dignitaries from the emirate of Abu Dhabi have traveled all the way to San Diego, California, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between Abu Dhabi and Helen Woodward Animal Center, to create a partnership to help pets in both countries.

As the capital and the second largest city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Abu Dhabi has grown to be a cosmopolitan metropolis.  The city is regarded as the country’s center of political, industrial activities, and a major cultural, and commercial growth due to its position as the capital. This strength and influence places Abu Dhabi at the heart of major change within the UAE and signifies the importance of those who work towards animal welfare within this particular emirate.

Lt. Hamid Alhashimi, 1st Warrant Waleed Mubarak and Corporal Abdulla Habash from the Abudhabi Police GHQ K9 Department, as well as Khalid Elhassan from the Emirates Dogs Breeders Society, are steadfast in their 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.

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 conference. The workshop, which taught 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 the founding of their organization and a partnership agreement.

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 are honored to welcome our Abu Dhabi guests and we are delighted with their efforts to create the Emirates Animal Welfare Society,” 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.”

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