THE RANA STORY
from a dream to reality...
Returning from living in Libya and Tunisia for 5 years, we both refused to ignore and forget the level of cruelty and neglect we had witnessed whilst living there. Even though both of us had previously volunteered at shelters in the UK and seen some awful things, the level of abuse towards animals across North Africa was on a whole new scale. We were also astounded by the lack of people and organisations helping in any way. In an area 8 times the size of the UK, there are just 3 shelters, bursting out of their flimsy fences... so on our return to the UK, we decided we wanted to do something and RANA: Rescue Animals of North Africa, was born!
It has not been easy! Dealing with Tunisian logistics whilst being in the UK, becoming familiar with endless (ever changing) import paperwork and having to prioritise who we can save, when there are no foster carers available or availability in the shelters.
As a charity we rely solely on donations and dedicate our time for free, it has been a constant fight to keep afloat and many of our vet bills remain outstanding. We are ALWAYS looking for assistance and volunteers and work tirelessly to try and spread the word about what is happening out there... the endless shooting campaigns, the poisoning, the dog fights, the dumping of newborns in bins, the abuse, the torture, the lack of education around basic animal welfare, the ongoing refusal to sterilise... the list goes on.
RANA does not have it's own shelter and relies solely on people coming forward to volunteer & foster. Foster parents are integral to our whole set up, so as well as changing the life of the animal coming in to foster, another one can be saved from the streets.
We are thankful for our small community of adopters and fosters and always keep in touch with the animal long after it has been adopted. Our RANA Happy Ever afters Facebook group keeps us motivated through the tough days!
We remain excited about what the future can hold for RANA and are blown away by how far we have come so far. We aspire for a response similar to that in Romania, people 'knowing', means people 'doing', people 'helping', people 'saving'... so please share, like, retweet, tell your friends about the animals in North Africa and come and say Hello at our stalls, follow us on social media, we need your help to make change happen.
Thank you for the support, (we need it!)
Love Michaela and Florence xx
Our 2020 (incredibly awesome) RANA Team
Rescue & Foster Team
Meriam - Tunisia based Animal Rescuer
Meriam lives in Tunis where as well as housing over 100 animals in her home, working a full time job, she then feeds cats and dogs on the street every evening. She never stops, often setting her alarm through the night to feed the latest newborn puppies & kittens. She is a real life superwoman and hundreds of animals owe their lives to her.
Najwa - Tunisia based Animal Rescuer
Najwa lives in Tunis where she rents a property to keep all the animals she finds on the streets. She dedicates her life to saving animals & thanks to her excellent networking skills is great at finding us flight buddies to bring rescues to Paris.
Sara - Tunisia based Animal Rescuer
Sara runs the PAT Shelter in Tunis, which houses almost 200 animals. She is never off her phone responding to desperate calls for help. She is in essence the closest thing Tunisia has to an RSPCA. She is totally committed to saving animals and knows every single animal personally.
Zohra - Tunisia based Animal Rescuer
Zohra lives in Sousse & began rescuing a few animals off the street. When people became aware of this, more dogs & cats started appearing on her doorstep. Thankfully Zohra used to work as a nurse & is often a life saver when it comes to nursing animals back to health & preparing them for travel to their new homes.
Thouraya - Tunisia based Animal Rescuer & Foster
Khadija - Tunisia based Animal Rescuer
Fatma - Tunisia based Vet & Animal Rescuer
Emna - Tunisia based Animal Rescuer
Tara - Paris based Foster
Riley - Paris based Foster
Tara - Pre-Adoptions Coordinator
The same Tara as Paris fostering Tara! Being super organised & efficient, Tara wears many hats across the RANA Charity. As Pre-Adoptions Coordinator Tara is responsible for corresponding closely with the Tunisian rescuers & ensuring all the new rescues are updated on to our database & website. She is often found updating photo albums at midnight, with a RANA foster cat on her knee!
Karin - Head Cat Adoption Coordinator
Karin's warm enthusiastic approach ensures RANA cats are matched with their perfect adopter. Over the years she has placed hundreds of cats & is an integral part of our team, on hand to offer advice & chat over issues whatever the time, day or night.
Daria - Cat Adoption Coordinator
Daria came in to our RANA world when she adopted one of our most damaged rescue cats Billy. Wanting to do more, with her wide cat expertise, Daria now helps unite adopters with their perfect new feline friend
Becky - Head Dog Adoption Coordinator
Becky adopted 2 of our RANA dogs & luckily for us decided she wanted to do more! As well as fostering cats, driving to Paris, helping out with paperwork, Becky also heads up the Dog Adoption Team. Thanks to her dedication to RANA, many dogs and cats have been rehomed & we know there are many more to come!
Rosie - Adoption Coordinator
On hand to help rehome animals Rosie is an asset to our RANA team. We know 2021 will bring many more perfect matches, allowing us to bring more animals to their forever homes.
Michaela - Adoption Coordinator
Michaela looks after the RANA database which allows us to keep track of the RANA adoption process. Working closely with Tara and the Adoption Coordinators, her aim is to ensure a smooth, efficient adoption system which allows us to keep track of the many adoptions that take place.
Victoria - Head Homecheck Coordinator
Vicky has been volunteering for RANA for several years, working across many different roles but specialising in running the Homecheck side of the charity. Vicky is an invaluable member of our team, without her, the process of adoption would take twice as long and would mean the quality of our adopters isn't as sky high as it is!
Sharon - Homecheck Coordinator
Sharon with her super efficient skillset acts as Homecheck Coordinator, assisting Vicky to ensure home checks are carried out as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Tracy - Contract Issuer
As adopter to a Tunisian rescue dog Olive, Tracy wanted to do more to ensure more dogs like Olive were adopted. Tracy now does a wonderful dog at ensuring every RANA adopter has a contract issued
Florence - Logistics
Florence heads up the Logistics part of the RANA charity. She coordinates flight buddies, rescuers on the ground, fosters in Paris, driving buddies & adopters, as well as reviewing endless amounts of paperwork and booking many a flight & Eurotunnel ticket. Her aim is to ensure the adoption process which spans 2 continents and often involves around 10 people in a chain, all goes to plan!
Caroline - Social Media Coordinator
Caroline uses her impressive creative skills to tell the world about the work the RANA team are doing. Her videos often bring a tear to our eyes & ensures the RANA social media posts are not to be missed. Make sure you follow us on Instagram and Facebook @RANA.rescues
Michaela & Vicky - RANA Website Shop
RANA merchandise & other items are looked after by Michaela & Vicky who try and ensure (on top of everything else which is happening) that items are received by our lovely supporters.
Karin - Sponsorship & Donations
Karin looks after our firstname.lastname@example.org email, she ensures our CRM tool is up to date and that your kind donations & sponsor sign ups are activated.
Arianna adopted one of our cats in June 2015 and has been supporting our work ever since. She works as a photographer, lending her skills, taking amazing pictures of our dogs and cats, helping them get adopted. Find her marketing consultancy business over on Facebook.
Arianna - Photographer & On-site Volunteer