At this time of year many of us find the time to perform acts of love and solidarity with others.
A French artist residing in Malta has decided to mount an exhibition of her paintings with the aim of assisting seven sanctuaries for injured or abandoned animals with the money she makes from the sales of her works.
Up to about 18 months ago the Association for Abandoned Animals, AAA, was about to close down as it had lost its private quarters in Marsa, from where it had been offering shelter to abandoned animals for 13 years.
Following an agreement with Government, the Association was given a building in Birzebbugia which AAA Manager Rosalind Agius explained had been transformed into a sanctuary for abandoned animals according to European standards.
“We have quarantine quarters where we can clean up the dogs and groom them besides removing parasites, as the majority of these poor dogs come to us infested with fleas and worms, and we can’t risk other homed dogs being infected. We have installed a special drainage system for effluent to be kept away from the animals. We have also obtained and installed cameras throughout the premises,” Rosalind Agius explained.
The project cost thousands of euro, and was given a good push in recent days with the help of the largest ever individual donation received by the AAA – the donor is French artist Zoe Chomarat, who came to Malta 18 years ago and found an adoptive home which helped her to be able to indulge in her creative passion for art.
“Because it’s been a long time there’s different influence in my painting, there’s of course Maltese subjects as it’s something I’ve been interested and which I could paint all my life, and also I love to paint abstract,” Chomarat enthused.
The exhibition with 35 works in aid of the AAA and six other sanctuaries is being held at St John’s Cavalier in Valletta, and will remain open until Saturday. The French artist said that 75% of the works on show were sold before the exhibition, and all monies raised will go towards helping hundreds of animals.
Before we left the sanctuary, Rosalind Agius made an appeal for people not to give dogs or other animals as Christmas gifts.
“A dog is for life, not just for Christmas. There were cases when dogs were purchased as Christmas gifts, and ended up being dumped here before the New Year.”
The AAA Manager stated that although awareness on animal cruelty has increased, unfortunately volunteers still come across unbelievable cases of abandoned or injured dogs which are left to their own devices, hoping for some kind-hearted person to adopt them and give them the love they so richly deserve.