Mbwa Wa Africa (“Dogs of Africa” in Swahili) was launched in 2013. It was created due to a need for animal care and education in Arusha.
There are always at least 40 dogs and a handful of cats at the shelter. About ten of the dogs live there permanently because they only have two legs due to accidents or abuse. Dogs with paralysis and other special needs are also given intensive care. In addition, there are usually up to 15 puppies that are raised and then given up for adoption. The shelter has a cat kennel, dog kennels and quarantine kennels where injured dogs and new arrivals receive care.
The two German founders, Sandra and Jens, work at the shelter. In addition, there is an animal keeper from Austria and three Tanzanian employees. Mbwa Wa Africa has recently expanded the shelter by renting an additional site where they are able to care for more dogs, and perform in-house spaying and neutering. Only in this way can the population be permanently reduced and fewer animals suffer. At this new site there is usually a volunteer vet and nurse available to perform emergency surgeries.