An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

NSA Bahrain visits Bahrain Animal Rescue Centre

01 July 2024

From Ameera Al-Kooheji, NSA Bahrain Public Affairs

Sailors assigned to Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain and personnel from the Environmental Department visited the Bahrain Animal Rescue Centre (BARC) in Hamala, Bahrain, June 28.
The visit, as part of NSA Bahrain's Community Relations (COMREL) program, created an opportunity for Sailors and NSA departments to come together and offer assistance to BARC, one of the largest no-kill shelters in the Kingdom of Bahrain, by building cat climbing towers from wood pallets provided by the NSA Bahrain Environmental Department and power tools provided by the Public Works Department. The Sailors also participated in other volunteer activities including walking the dogs, playing with the cats and leveling terrain around the facility. 

“It was so nice to see the shelter bustling with people helping and most of all, doing the ‘not so glamorous but very important’ tasks.” said Ms. Soha, one of the volunteers running the shelter.

The initiative was a chance for the Sailors to keep with good stewardship of the community and reinforced overall morale by creating direct interaction with the animals and cats providing comfort, companionship and sense of normalcy to the Sailors.

“The experience was great,” said Hull Technician 1st Class Marcos Marmolejo, one of the Sailors visiting the Centre. “It combined two of my favorite activities: volunteering and playing with dogs - especially Victor, the pitbull I walked.”
 
BARC houses more than 150 cats and 300 dogs including some who are in foster care with a mission to save local dogs and cats that are victims of abuse, abandonment or homelessness. Aside from weekly volunteer opportunities, the shelter works with international rescue organizations on rehoming rescues abroad. Ms. Mashael, one of the shelter's key volunteers shared her gratitude towards NSA Bahrain’s initiative to visit and support the centre.
 
“We are always looking for volunteers to walk the dogs and become flight buddies to our rescued animals,” said Mashael. “Having some Sailors today offer to volunteer and transport them to a loving home and family that awaits them outside the Kingdom adds so much to the animal rescue efforts in Bahrain.”

If you’d like to find out more about how you can support the animals, go to: visitbarc.com

NSA Bahrain's mission is to support U.S. and coalition maritime operations throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations by providing security for ships, aircraft and tenants on board NSA Bahrain and assigned detachments. NSA Bahrain provides efficient and effective shore services to sustain the fleet, enable the fighter and support the family with honor, courage and commitment.
 
 

Google Translation Disclaimer

  • Google Translate, a third party service provided by Google, performs all translations directly and dynamically.
  • Commander, Navy Installations Command, www.cnic.navy.mil has no control over the features, functions, or performance of the Google Translate service.
  • The automated translations should not be considered exact and should be used only as an approximation of the original English language content.
  • This service is meant solely for the assistance of limited English-speaking users of the website.
  • Commander, Navy Installations Command, www.cnic.navy.mil does not warrant the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of any information translated.
  • Some items cannot be translated, including but not limited to image buttons, drop down menus, graphics, photos, or portable document formats (pdfs).
  • Commander, Navy Installations Command, www.cnic.navy.mil does not directly endorse Google Translate or imply that it is the only language translation solution available to users.
  • All site visitors may choose to use similar tools for their translation needs. Any individuals or parties that use Commander, Navy Installations Command, www.cnic.navy.mil content in translated form, whether by Google Translate or by any other translation services, do so at their own risk.
  • IE users: Please note that Google Translate may not render correctly when using Internet Explorer. Users are advised to use MS Edge, Safari, Chrome, or Firefox browser to take full advantage of the Google Translate feature.
  • The official text of content on this site is the English version found on this website. If any questions arise related to the accuracy of the information contained in translated text, refer to the English version on this website, it is the official version.

Commander, Navy Installations Command   |   716 Sicard Street SE Suite 100   |   Washington DC, 20374-5140
Official U.S. Navy Website