Darwin Animal Doctors


Ismael’s Animal Shelter

Today we’re taking at Tanzania and Ismael’s Animal Shelter, the very first animal shelter in all of mainland Tanzania! https://www.facebook.com/AnimalRescueTz

In Arusha, in northern Tanzania, people have negative perceptions of dogs, with dogs generally viewed as ‘dirty, unworthy creatures’. It’s here that Ismael has decided to spend his life helping dogs. Ismael focuses on rescuing these poor, stray street-dogs and rehabilitating them for rehoming!

In 2017, his story featured in the Dodo, https://www.thedodo.com/close-to-home/tanzania-street-dog-rescue, growing from Tina, the first street dog he rescued in 2016, who’d given birth to puppies underneath bush. Having taken them home, sheltered them in a box and fed them, he reached out on facebook and from there his network began to grow.

With help from this new community, he was able to build a proper shelter, learn about vaccinations, spay and neuter the original puppies, and many more since.

At the time of the article, Ismael had rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed more than 30 dogs, and this number has continued to rise in the years since. We’ll be sharing some of his wonderful rescue stories in the weeks to come via email, instagram and facebook.

But it hasn’t all been plain sailing for Ismael and his shelter. The Dodo article highlights an incident when Tina ran away and was shot in the leg and neck (it was a happy ending, with the vet being able to save her), but it shows the issues faced by street dogs in Tanzania: abuse, violence and neglect.

Rescuing and rehoming unfortunate dogs is an issue very close to our hearts here at DAD, so we want to do what we can to help Ismael. Our goal is to help him to expand from 3 kennels to 6, buy a motorbike to transport essential supplies and puppies, and of course help with the everyday costs of food and vaccinations.

The link below will take you to our paypal donation page where you can contribute directly to our fundraiser for Ismael’s Animal Shelter and stay tuned over the coming weeks for more adorable pupdates!


-Tod and the Team, Darwin Animal Doctors


In loving memory of our hero, Piggy:

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