The Bahrain Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals had taken charge of a young Baboon named Willie. He was a gorgeous little thing, as the pictures below show, but he was growing up and needed to be with others of his kind. He seemed to enjoy being soaped and washed ready for his long journey and he was in excellent condition.

Thanks to the caring people at Emirates Airline who stepped in and flew Willie to the UK we were able to provide him with the environment and ongoing care that he needed.


In 1979, six people living in Bahrain but from very different walks of life, a veterinary surgeon, nurse, gynecologist, horse stable owner, a travel agent and the wife of a DJ at Radio Bahrain came together for a common purpose.

The Goal? The creation of an organisation to prevent cruelty to animals and promote their welfare in Bahrain. sick animals and taking them for treatment to the local vets was done by a small number of volunteers, the Flying Squad, using their own vehicles and resources.

In December of that year the organization was officially registered by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs as a voluntary, non-profit charitable organisation. The BSPCA was born .... but this was only the beginning. In January 1982 the first executive committee was elected.

Willie (left) with Molly at our sanctuary Willie with his Teddy Bear

The BSPCA is now an affiliated member of the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and WSPA (the World Society for the Protection of Animals).  Their web site is at and quotes the following statement by Mahatma Gandhi...

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”