Dalal Hennawi is a student of veterinary medicine at Al Najah University. She has volunteered with PAL for over a year and now leads one of the community-based volunteer teams working to improve the welfare of working horses and donkeys in Palestine. She is also involved in PAL’s TNVR programme for street dogs. Find out more about Dalal and her important work with PAL.
How did you get involved in the work of PAL?
I study veterinary medicine at An-Najah National University, and I met PAL team at my college when they visited us for an agreement to work together. I saw that veterinary medicine completes the mission of achieving better solutions for the animals’ welfare issues in our community, and so, and like a shot, I got involved in PAL.
What is your role in the organisation and what does that entail?
In PAL, I work as a volunteer with the other volunteers. Nowadays, I’m working on Equine Welfare program, which has been launched in September 2015. My task involves meeting the local owners and finds with them the best solutions for the problems their working animals face. I’m also working in the other voluntary team which supports PAL’s second major project, Stray Dogs. In the coming weeks, my team is going to cover all the local activities and steps required for this mission of improving the social awareness about these stray dogs’ issues through meeting people and local organizations.
Tell us about the activities that you plan to be involved in the coming year.
Any idea related to the local animals’ welfare issues will be beneficial and I would like to be involved in. I aspire to work on major projects for stray cats, for example. In addition, I’m looking forward to do projects that protect and help the varied wild animals which really need help in the first place. In my opinion, finding a law of animals’ rights in Palestine will definitely help to achieve and improve all animals’ welfare programs. With PAL, which has really been doing its best – with the voluntary teams- to prepare the animals’ rights law in the occupied territories, I’ll be so glad to leave a fingerprint on this.
You are working for animals in a time when there are huge challenges being faced by the people of the occupied territories. Does this make your work more difficult?
Animals in the occupied territories face challenges even more than people. We people could survive, but those weak souls will be absolutely tormented if we don’t take care of them. Many people would think that working for animals is useless; because they believe that facing the challenges need just work on the major issues, but I believe that animals’ welfare projects are also one of that which mustn’t be minor any more. So I say: yes! Now it’s a bit difficult, but it’s humane, and humanity is part of the resistance we’re leading.
Tell us something interesting about yourself!
Simply, I fall in love with the eyes of every weak soul. Mercy is a characteristic of me as I’ve been grown up in a lovely family that respects the other weak creatures. Cats are my soul mate, I’m now 19 years old and till this age I’ve adopted around 10 cats and other small animals. Through my job as a vet in the coming years – Inshallah – I plan to continue volunteering and working in my way to achieve a best life for animals in Palestine.