Animal Welfare in Malta
Animal welfare refers to the relationships people have with animals and the duty they have to that the animals under their care are treated humanely and responsibly. Despite its current popularity, interest in animal welfare is not a modern phenomenon. Concern for animal care and well being has existed since domestication, which occurred at least 10,000 years ago in Neolithic times.
Concern for animal welfare is often based on the belief that non-human animals are sentient and that consideration should be given to their well-being or suffering, especially when they are under the care of humans. These concerns can include how animals are slaughtered for food, how they are used in scientific research, how they are kept (as pets, in zoos, farms, circuses, etc.), and how human activities affect the welfare and survival of wild species.
The Animal Welfare Department in Malta was established in response to the need that the Ministry for Resources and Rural Affairs felt through the continuous demand from the general public. This new directorate‘s purpose is to ensure that the animals’ rights are respected and that the laws governing the way animals are treated and abided to.
Report Animal Abuse in Malta
Call 1717, an easy telephone number for animal welfare in Malta. The Animal Welfare Department found in Ghammieri, ensures that the animal rights are respected and that the laws concerning the way animals are treated are abided to. This service is active 24 hours, seven days a week.
Tel: (+356) 17 17
If you come across an injured animal that needs emergency treatment, please call the Animal Welfare department on 1717 or 79969918.
Tel: (+356) 17 17 / (+356) 79 96 99 18
Pet friendly venues
Having a dog is a little bit like having a child in the sense that whenever you decide to leave the house you have to account for man’s best friend.
Of course, if you can bring your buddy along when you venture out, well then all the better.
Horses Emergency Number
Emergency procedures for horses follow the same general principles as those for small animals. However, there are special considerations for horses and they have a dedicated number to call on. For immediate professional advice on how best to deal with your emergency you can call on number 79501501.
Tel: (+356) 79 50 15 01
Malta Veterinary Association
The Malta Veterinary Association is a non-profit body that co-ordinates the small animal 24-hour emergency service. The general public can contact the veterinarian on call at any time from one premium number: 5250 2000. Cost per call is EUR 5,00. Pet owners are able to have their pet seen to in the case of an emergency even when their vet’s clinic is closed.
Tel: (+356) 52 50 20 00
Nature Trust (Malta)
Nature Trust is a non profit non-governmental environment organisation working in the Maltese Islands and a Partner of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Over the years, Nature Trust have worked hard to get legal protection for various plants and animals in Malta, helping to save them from extinction. Nature Trust strongly believes that education is the best tool to create awareness and knowledge about conservation of our nature.
Tel: (+356) 99 99 95 05
International Animal Rescue
International Animal Rescue (Malta) has been set up to rescue, give aid and assistance to animals in need both living in the wild or domesticated. In addition, they raise awareness amongst the public and the authorities of the many ways the animals are being exploited, in order to help stamp out cruelty to animals and to promote animal rights both in Malta and abroad.
Tel. (+356) 99 47 12 12
Animal Hospital in Malta
San Frangisk Animal Hospital and Welfare Centre in Ta’ Qali is a Veterinary Clinic equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology. It is run by a team of highly qualified and dedicated vets, guaranteeing leadership in the field of veterinary medical care in Malta. Satellite clinics under the same management are situated in Attard and Sliema.
Tel. (+356) 21 42 31 00
Removal of dead animals
Dead animals cannot be put into residential trash containers in Malta. To find out about dead animal removal you need to contact your Local Council. Removal of dead animals from public places in Malta (including roads, parks and shopping areas) that do not fall under the responsibility of a Local Council should be reported to the police.
Happy Paws Organisation
Happy Paws Charity Organisation strives to be a service to the STRAY animal community in Malta and to the people who care for them, by providing Free neutering for those caretakers who have joined their Team, in their own Veterinary Clinic, promoting stray dog/cat adoption schemes and various other programs. Happy Paws is a registered and recognised non-profit NGO (VO 0119).
Tel: (+356) 21 22 71 27 / (+356) 79 22 71 27