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every living thing tanzania


"Its about fostering empathy and extending justice and mercy to those who are different from us" - Brittany Hilton 

​What is Every Living Thing?

Our Mission: 

Upholding Dignity For Every Living Thing By Supporting An Ethical, One Welfare Paradigm Without Species Discrimination.

About Us:

Every Living Thing (ELT) works to improve the lives of all animals in Tanzania. The "ELT Center" is the base of our rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming programs, education, community outreach and population control initiatives. Our expert team includes Tanzanians who are brilliant in every way possible.

The Powerful Bond Between Humans And Animals

In difficult times there is sometimes little to no empathy left to spare for animals. Teaching kids to have compassion and empathy for furry, feathered, and finned friends is vital for preventing cruelty to animals as well as in raising them to respect and treat those who are different from them with kindness. Children fostered to extend justice, kindness, and mercy to animals become more just, kind, and considerate in their relations to each other. Teaching our kids to respect and protect even the smallest and most despised among us (in Tanzania dogs and cats are seen as dirty and diseased) is one of the most important life lessons that we can pass along to them. It helps them learn to value one another—and it prevents violence. Animals as pets can also help children who are experiencing hardship and act as a form of therapy. Sometimes an animal may be the only source of unqualified, unearned affection that some children ever have. 

We believe in creating positive opportunities between humans and animals, especially in children. The ripple effect that occurs when you teach a child compassion is sometimes greater than we can imagine. Education is the most powerful tool we have. 

Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

Every Living Thing is proud to work together with Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots in both government and international schools in Tanzania. Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) global youth-led community action program, comprised of thousands of young people inspired by Dr. Jane Goodall to make the world a better place. The program builds on the legacy and vision of Dr. Jane Goodall to place the power and resources for creating practical solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people.  

The Roots & Shoots students in Tanzania have been instumental in the sucess of our programs. They surprise and teach us new things each day by using their resourcefulness to bring about the kind of change that has the lasting effect the community needs to sustain postive change. To learn more about Roots & Shoots and how to get involved, visit

Recent Photos From The ELT Center in Dar es Salaam


Rescued Puppy Bottle Feeding
Ruby, our rescued baby sheep
Romeo having a bath
Dinner time
Romeo after his bath
Rescued dog - Bow
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Simba :)
Cat Enclosures
Dog Kennels

Watch Sushi's Rescue Story - Feb 19th 2016

Sushi's Story


Rescued february 19th by our partnered Veterinarians, Sushi was thought to be dead at first. Like most animals living on the streets in Dar, Sushi had seen the worst. Abused, neglected and ultimately hit by a moving vehicle, he laid on the side of the road. 


Although initially extremely aggressive, Sushi is now learning to trust us humans. He is a brand new dog with a brand new start and cant wait to be someones pet. Every day, , more and more, Sushi shows us glimpses of his charming personality. 

The Animals of ELT

​The Need



  • NEGLECT AND ABUSE. In Tanzania, the loving dog or cat culture is largely absent and puppies and kittens are often fated to a cruel, if not short, life. Abandoned and left to fend for themselves, animals are mistreated by some people who don’t realize that animals, like humans, are sentient beings.


  • GUARD DOGS. Dogs are largely used as security and unfortunately are subjected to the traditional training of isolation, abuse and starvation.  


  • HIGH INTAKE. On average, we rescue anywhere between 25-40 new animals a month. Many of these animals are now brought to us by Tanzanian children who see us as an outlet to show care and concern over injured or sick animals. 


  • VETERINARY MEDICINE. 6-8 animals in our care need emergency surgery a month due to injuries sustained on the streets or human inflicted. We vaccinate and spay/neuter every animal in our care as well as carry out Trap-Neuter-Release programs and an ongoing feral cat spay campaign.


  • WORKING ANIMALS. Donkeys are the backbone of this country. Donkeys help people in the rural areas to access clean water, harvest crops and transport goods. However, their welfare is often neglected as they are subjected to poor working conditions (hours in direct sunlight, not enough food or water, open wounds from the rope and disease)


  • WILDLIFE-HUMAN CONFLICT. as populations in Tanzania grow it brings major conflict to wildlife in surrounding villages. ELT supports humane efforts to deter wildlife from entering villages, disrupting farming and preying on livestock. For example, erecting chilli pepper fences or installing behives in an attempt to protect crops against elephants and also help save the lives of elephants, who are on occasion killed due to human-elephant conflict. Cattle can fall a prey to lions and other wildlife, causing villagers or Maasai to attack and kill. Monkey's are also often targeted by people as they are seen as pests who can get into their homes, eat their food and even steal. 


  • ILLEGALLY TRAFFICKED WILDLIFE. Dar es Salaam is a major transport hub of illegally trafficked wildlife. 


  • DYNAMITE FISHING AND THE SLAUGHTERING OF SEA TURTLES - Dynamite fishing is destroying our corals and killing habitat at a high rate in Tanzania. More education needs to happen to educate fisherman on the negative and long term effects dynamite fishing has on our ocean as well as education on protected species like the sea turtles. 

Working Together With 

Thank you to the entire Petcare Veterinary Clinic for being our support system, our encouragement when days are tough and a valued part of our team. Pet Care House Veterinary Clinic is located at #1 Kahama Road, Masaki. 

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Sponsored by

Knight Support is a proud sponsor of Every Living Thing. From being our valued friends and support group to mbolizing units to help protect us during rescue missions - They are a reliable source we can count on every time!  

Meet Machi and Ralph. They are best buds. They were rescued as small kittens and have grown to become each others support network. Machi suffered brain damage as a small kitten after being hit by a car. Although she is perfectly happy, healthy and amaizing, she is a little niave to the hazards of the world...but not to worry - Ralph has been her shining armour, guiding her through life. 


If you are interested in adopting this special duo, please get in contact with us. You will forever be filled with love and laughter with these two by your side! (04/11/2016)


Picture: Kittens at our shelter in the kitten room.Taken 04/05/16

Current Rescues at ELT

Thank you! 


We are currently building the animal shelter, which in Tanzania means a lot of hands on work and patience. This page is only temporary so that we can update our supporters and ofcourse fundraise! We would like to say thank you from deepest most sincere place of gratitude.


There are many very deserving causes and organizations in Tanzania, all working towards a better future. And thus, fundraising for animal welfare in this developing country where there is little or no empathy left for animals isnt easy.


Our team is dedicated to reshaping the way animals are perceived and treated in Tanzania. Building a more compassionate community!  


Thank you for your continued support !


Every Living Thing xx

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