Center for Animal Lovers active in Iran

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, June 2006:

ANIMAL PEOPLE profiled the debut of the Center for Animal
Lovers in the suburbs of Tehran, Iran, in January/February 2005.
“We recently opened the first Iranian shelter for dogs in
Koosh-kezar, and the first for cats in Karadj. Both cities are
suburbs of Tehran,” wrote Center for Animal Lovers founder Fatemeh
Motamedi, whose efforts were encouraged by the Best Friends Animal
In September 2005, ANIMAL PEOPLE helped Motamedi to obtain
training from the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe,
California, and at the Conference on Homeless Animal Management &
Policy in Anaheim, sponsored by the North Shore Animal League
In early 2006, political conflict obliged the Motamedi
family to relocate to Canada. Despite the disruption of leadership
and funding, the Center for Animal Lovers’ shelters remained open,
now sponsored by a U.S. support group, Friends of Center for Animal
Lovers, 3614 Fessenden St. NW, Washington, DC 20008;

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