GAA Alumni Making a Difference

In the bustling city of Abu Dhabi, a small but mighty force is working tirelessly to make a significant impact on the lives of stray cats in the Al Raha Beach area. Hope for Strays, a compassionate rescue group, was founded by Joelle Younes, GAA Class of 2020, and her partner, driven by their shared commitment to animal welfare. 

The organization has become a beacon of hope for the feline population in the area, focusing its efforts on the installation of feeding stations in Al Zeina. Beyond just providing sustenance, Hope for Strays takes pride in offering essential medical relief to cats in need, ensuring their well-being is prioritized.

One of the key initiatives undertaken by Hope for Strays is the implementation of a TNR (trap, neuter, return) program. This thoughtful approach aims to control the population of stray cats, addressing the root cause of the issue and promoting a healthier environment for both the feline residents and the community at large.

The team aspires to expand its operations beyond Al Zeina and Al Faridah, reaching into Al Muneera and Khalifa City A.

Hope for Strays doesn't just want to be a local solution; they aspire to be a model community for the entire Abu Dhabi and UAE region. Their commitment to showcasing how animal welfare can be achieved through the dedication of volunteer groups sets a powerful example for others to follow.

The organization passionately urges the community to come together and collaborate. Recognizing the interconnectedness of all life forms, Hope for Strays believes that only through collective efforts can a safe and healthy environment be created for every living being. By fostering a culture of empathy and shared responsibility, Hope for Strays envisions a future where the well-being of stray animals is at the forefront of community priorities.

Joelle and her team's efforts have been featured in Abu Dhabi Timing Online Journal. Moreover, you can listen to their interview with Sara Mousa of Around The Emirates Podcast below. 

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Joelle Younes is currently on path to get her Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology at the University of Virginia, and will pursue her Masters Degree in Health Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University.