We got in contact with some friends who we haven't talked to since before the summer vacation and they invited us to come along to an event for the Strays of Abu Dhabi (SAD). Even though "SAD Dog Day" was meant for dog owners or for people who are looking to adopt a dog, their son just loves dogs and they thought that going to this would be a good opportunity for him to see people with dogs that he could pet. We went to catch up with our friends and thought our kids would like to see the doggies, too.
SAD is an organization that cares for and finds home for stray dogs in Abu Dhabi. The numbers of dogs that they help each year is growing. In order to help these dogs, they are looking for donations to pay for the expenses and for volunteers to help walk the dogs or to provide foster homes for dogs until they can be placed in permanent homes. If you would like information on how to volunteer, click here or to donate money, click here. In addition you can view profiles of the dogs that are available for adoption here.
It pretty much delivered what we were looking for. The kids got to see the dogs and enjoyed the fun activities like the bouncy castle and face painting. In addition, the money we paid for admission, food, and fun went to support SAD. Of course, we had to explain to our crying daughter why she couldn't have a dog. In that sense it truly was a sad party.