In a nutshell, 38smiles started in late 2011 as a way for me to express my personal quest in saving the stray animals of Dubai. Since then 38smiles has grown into a group of like-minded people determined to help as many stray animals as we can to become beloved pets. We do however still believe in keeping things ‘’small’’ and personal. For us it’s not about the volume of animals we rescue but about the quality of care we provide for them. 38smiles only works with STRAY animals (we don’t rehome people’s pets); 38smiles has no kill policy. No cost is too high for us when it comes to giving an animal a second chance.
38smiles is a non profit animal rescue group. We cover our costs with donations from the public (donations can be given in to PetZone near the Mazaya Centre); we take part in Safa Park flea market; we have book sales together with Greenheart Organic Farms; we charge adoption fees when animal is rehomed; we have charity bake sales thanks to No Milk For Me.
As you already know from “My story” I have 10 cats and a dog, for me going on a holiday is a logistic nightmare. Making sure that everyone is taking care of is not easy and can be very stressful. Baxter goes to Woof Pet Services where he’s very well taken care of as for the cats… well everyone knows that cats don’t like to be moved around and feel best at home. So I need to find a cat sitter that is going to do more than just putting food and water out and changing the cat litter.
From my personal experience and as a cat owner I think that a cat sitter should:
Clean the food and water bowls and then put fresh food and water out.
Scoop the poop from the litter box, not replace the whole cat litter just because it’s easier.
Wash the litter box and change the cat litter as soon as it gets too smelly
Get to know the cat/cats name and spend 15-30 min interacting with them every time.
Make sure the cat/cats have plenty of toys out to play with while alone.
Contact the owner via phone, email or Facebook on a daily basis.
And all this should not cost you a fortune