About us

Director's Message

The Mauritius Society for Animal Welfare (MSAW) has been established under the Animal Welfare Act 2013 in replacement of the Mauritius Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA). The MSPCA was founded in 1958 with the objectives to promote kindness and to prevent or suppress cruelty to animals, to ensure animal protection and conservation in the context of human environment. In its simplest form, animal welfare refers to the relationships that people have with animals and the duty they have to ensure that the animals under their care are treated humanely and responsibly. In 2013, the Animal Welfare Act has introduced new concepts for pet owners and those responsible for domestic animals.

The MSAW's main objectives are:


The MSAW is pleased to announce the launching of its new website. We hope that this new site will help all our stakeholders to stay better connected with us and that this will be an important resource to keep you updated and share the exciting things that are going on at the MSAW and the animal welfare as a whole: animal care and adoption, dog registration, dog training session, grooming services, upcoming events as well as our animal clinic programmes and services. Our ongoing commitment to improving our services to meet your needs is bringing about great changes within the walls of the MSAW.

With our long experience in tackling the stray dog problem, it has been recognised that by just catching and humanely disposing of dogs will not solve the problems in the foreseeable future. We identified that the root cause of the problem is uncontrolled production of dogs by careless owners. To counteract this phenomenon the Ministry of Agro Industry and Food Security with the participation of the MSAW launched in September 2015 a “Mass Free Sterilisation Campaign” in order to control the canine population from proliferation. But releasing neutered dogs and cats in the wild is counterproductive, creates an unhealthy environment and defeats the basic principles of animal welfare in as much as the five fundamental freedoms of animals are not met.

With everyone’s support and contribution, we made several milestones which not only improved the profile of animal welfare, but also contributed to making the lives of communities living with those animals better. We continue to thank you for your steadfast support and look forward to working together with you and other partners in making a much more positive impact for animal welfare in the years to come.

Aristotle's Golden Mean: Animal Welfare - The middle ground between two extremes The great philosopher Aristotle espoused an ideal he termed the "golden mean" the desirable middle between two extremes, one of excess and the other of deficiency. His ethical framework is outlined below.