Volunteering at the Animal Welfare Centre (AWC) in Askar

Volunteers are welcome to come along and help on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday mornings at our Shelter in Askar. There are many tasks which the public can be involved with such as walking the dogs, grooming the cats, puppies or dogs, and socialising with the animals.

Hours for volunteering are from 9am to 1pm.

Volunteers will be asked to sign in at reception before joining in. All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


USS Ramage visit BSPCAMANAMA, BAHRAIN (NNS) — Sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61) volunteered at the Bahrain Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals during a recent port visit to Manama, Bahrain.

Armed with dog treats and water, Sailors arrived at the BSPCA, home to more than 75 dogs and 40 cats, and received training on the proper and safe care of the animals. Eighteen Sailors spent the day walking, grooming and providing baths to dogs and cats.

Despite the increasing summer heat, Ramage Sailors had an enthusiastic attitude during their visit to the BSPCA.

“When we arrived we knew it would be a hot day, but once we saw the dogs and people stepped into the cat house, the heat no longer mattered,” said Interior Communications Electrician 2nd Class Dakota Lowery. “The only thing that mattered to me was giving the dog that I walked as much love as I could in such a short period of time.”

BSPCA is a non-governmental organization and relies on volunteer support from the community to remain operational. Revenue from the BSPCA Thrift Shop, as well as the generosity of the public, provides income.

The society works to match adoptable animals with potential families. For Lowery, this prospect was the most rewarding part of his day with a golden retriever-mix.

“Whether it was walking him, giving him a bath, cutting his nails, or doing my best to get the matted fur cut out, it made me feel like I was making a difference; and if his cleaned fur helps him get adopted by a nice family, then I accomplished what I set out to do,” said Lowery.

After six months away from their loved ones, the visit was also beneficial for the Sailors. According to Lt. Jeremy Blythe, the ship’s chaplain and coordinator of the event, “Many found the visit to be comforting, given that they have pets back home that they miss very much.”

Ramage left Norfolk November 2015 and is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

Copy courtesy of Ensign Taylor Reck, USS Ramage (DDG 61) Public Affairs.