Friends of Mbwa Wa Africa


The Glasgow based team are committed to fundraise the monies to build an animal clinic/ training centre for Mbwa wa Africa Animal Rescue.  This will allow them to carry out their vital work more effectively and in an appropriate environment.

The team in Glasgow is led by Phyllis Hutchison who has a wealth of experience, working with many Scottish Animal Welfare charities as well as having personally rescued and cared for many abandoned and neglected dogs throughout her life. Phyllis’s passion and commitment is evident to anybody who meets her and it is this drive and determination that makes our work a great success.

P1310973Along with friends and supporters, she has visited Tanzania every year since 2013.

The organisation is lucky to have volunteers from different backgrounds with complimenting skills who make the work possible, without them none of this would be possible.

This section of the website includes details of the registered Scottish Charity No SC045521 and how it supports the many challenges affecting the work of Mbwa wa Africa Animal Rescue.


Phyllis Hutchison of Giffnock, Glasgow whilst visiting an orphanage that she supports in Tanzania, Africa, was shocked when she observed large numbers of injured and maimed dogs.

Researching  this, she was horrified to find that in an effort to control the number of street dogs, the Tanzanian Government inhumanely cull the population by shooting them.

Phyllis tommy and phyllis at MbwaAfter further investigation, she found Mbwa wa Africa  Animal Rescue and was so inspired by what she saw there that she has pledged to fundraise to get an  animal clinic/training centre.

The proposed animal clinic/training centre will be purpose built for an ongoing spaying and neutering programme in addition to caring for injured animals, together with an animal welfare education program and a vet training facility.

With this vision in mind Phyllis returned to Glasgow, Scotland and started Friends of Mbwa wa Africa.


Friends of Mbwa wa Africa undertake events 12 months of the year and as we live here in Scotland, we endeavour to do indoor events during the winter months from October to March and outdoor fundraising events in the spring and summer from April to September.

Raising money for any charity can often be difficult with lots of competition from other great, worthwhile charities. Unfortunately charitable trusts in the UK rarely give money to animal rescues, especially those out with the UK.  This means that we need to raise money the hard way by getting out there and promoting the charity and getting people to buy into our vision.

It’s not to say that it’s all hard work, we always enjoy ourselves and stay motivated. To date we have carried out a large number of diverse activities – it’s important to always find something new and we like to think we have done this well.

Check out our facebook page for up coming events

We attend lots of phyllis stall 1diverse events from dog charitable days to the Glasgow Vet School Annual Rodeo via the Scottish Air Show.  It’s amazing how many people are receptive to what we say and give generously. We always have a good tombola which proves popular and in 2015 started to sell helium filled inflatable animal balloons. Additionally, we are lucky to have many fine bakers and cooks who have helped us hold bake sales. We were lucky to be allowed to hold bake sales in local banks and often Phyllis would relieve people of their money for cakes before they even got to bank it!


Traditional race nights involve betting on old horse racesrace night group facingscreened on a projector.  We went a step further and had original pull along wooden horses with all of our jockeys wearing their wonderful outfits made by one of our great volunteers.

bucket collectionWe have even braved the cold, wet streets of Glasgow in December, dressed as dogs along with one of our volunteers’ Liz and her lovely dog Kim needless to say Kim raised the most money.

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We are often lucky to get opportubagpackingnities from local supermarkets to pack their customers bags when they are checking out.  We are always overwhelmed by people’s generosity and it gives us the ability to network and get the word out there at the same time.


Want to start your own Friends of Mbwa wa Africa Animal Rescue group?

If you would like to establish a fundraising group in your area and help us to make the animal clinic/training centre a reality then we would be happy to help with information, advice and encouragement, just get in touch, we would love to hear from you.