Why do dogs in Sri Lanka need help ?
In Sri Lanka un-neutered and unvaccinated pet & street ( community ) dogs interact daily and this creates an ideal environment for the transmission of diseases and creation of unwanted pregnancies. Genuine fear of disease including Rabies meant street dogs and cats would often go their entire lives without any human contact , veterinary care, regular feeding or shelter.
Unwanted puppies are often abandoned at Temples or the roadside adding to the problem further. Emaciated homeless dogs like Midge ( left ) often suffer from skin conditions like Demodectic and Sarcoptic Mange deterring prospective owners. Certainly if people wanted a to home a street puppy they choose a male because they did not want litters of puppies that they could not cope with 6 months down the line. As the unwanted female puppies grew they in turn would become pregnant giving birth to more and more unwanted puppies.This ever-increasing population of dogs and cats overwhelm the resources of the local communities causing suffering and distress.
Dogstar firmly believe the only way to end this suffering is by tackling the issues at the root cause. We do not judge individuals instead we offer advice, support and fund practical solutions to address these very real problems.
Dogstar provides free sterilisations, vaccinations and treatments, Fund research for Rabies prevention. Educate owners and communities in relation to animal care and the reduction of disease and uncontrolled breeding.
By working in partnership and educating re the benefits of sterilisations & vaccinations and providing free clinics, the Dogstar Foundation is actively reducing the numbers of unwanted puppies and kittens in Sri Lanka. A reduced canine and feline population has more resources like food and shelter available per head and this coupled with access to veterinary care and vaccines makes for a happier healthy environment for the entire community.
“Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.” Buddha