M.A.P.S. was founded by Cheryl Coleman and Moira Felgate who, like a lot of people, were appalled at the extent of animal cruelty and neglect in Mozambique. With the support of WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals), a UK based association, M.A.P.S. has emerged as a NGO here in Mozambique - the first of its kind currently in this country!
The M.A.P.S. Mission is to stamp out cruelty to animals through intervention, education and legislation.
Intervention: When you see an animal being abused to be able to step in and stop that abuse.
Education: 90% of cruelty is through ignorance, only 10% is with malicious intent.
Legislation: To have the necessary legislation behind us to enable us to remove an abused animal and in severe cases to be able to prosecute the offended.
Through our efforts, and with your support, we hope to:
- Stamp out cruelty to animals through intervention, education and legislation
- Promote pet sterilization
- Provide a safe haven to all animals in need
- Promote animal welfare
- Promote education
- Update and enforce animal rights and animal legislation
- Establish mobile clinics to take affordable veterinary care and education to rural areas
We believe that any animal kept by man must at least be protected from unnecessary suffering in terms of 'five freedoms'
1. Freedom from Hunger and Thirst - by easy access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor.
2. Freedom from Discomfort - by providing an appropriate environment, including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
3. Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease - by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
4. Freedom to Express Normal Behavior - by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind.
5. Freedom from Fear and Distress