Monday, July 7, 2014
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"Only in the darkness can you see the stars."
— Martin Luther King Jr.
Nine years ago today a series of bombs on the London Underground and a London Bus killed 52 people and injured over 700 others
Many lives were changed that day including our founders Sam and Mark who worked for London Underground
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”
Recently we have met a lot of self funded individuals trying to do a good job animal well to help animals here in Sri Lanka without a real support system in place, what starts out as helping one or two can quickly become ten or twenty animals . Trying to care for multiple many of whom are sick or even dying is stressful enough but when the numbers keep creeping up that stress can become suffering for the animals and the people.Read more
Q: What’s better than one Dogstar Team working to transform animal welfare in Sri Lanka
A: TWO DOGSTAR TEAMS working to transform animal welfare in Sri Lanka
Dogstar is expanding so we can sterilise, vaccinate, treat and save the lives of even more animals here in Sri Lanka
If you came home from a 2 week holiday to find a tap running over a sink with the plug in and your entire house was flooded I am pretty sure your first actions would be turn off the tap and pull the plug out not grab a bucket and start to bail water or building a tank in your garden to store excess water
In 2014 we are expanding our services into new geographical areas and that brings us new challenges as we are faced with a fresh wave of low welfare issues and animal suffering.
I am simply heartbroken to have to advise that Errol died overnight from a suspected snakebite
For those of who don’t know Errol’s story you can read it hereRead more
Please can you help this dog ?
A common request in the hundreds of emails and Facebook messages we receive every year from holidaymakers or residents that have seen animals suffering due to over population or neglect
Dogstar's In country adoption program compliments our sterilisation, Mobile outreach and community animal work , since 2010 we have found homes for over 150 homeless puppies and kittens via our direct adoption scheme. We also support other animal welfare groups adoption programs by providing them free pre adoption sterilisation and vaccinations.
Can you or your business ,club or workplace sponsor one of our tuktuks for a year ?
Our two little tuk tuks the Green Dogstar 1 and Red Dogstar 2 are essential to our work here in Sri Lanka , without them we simply would not be able to reach and treat many animals via our outreach work , run our children and adult education programs , conduct pre and post adoption homechecks, feed Temple dogs or provide health care support to street and community dogs. Our Tuk Tuks are not only a means of transport they are a symbol of compassion and animal welfare.Read more
Canine animal welfare issues here in Sri Lanka are not as easy as "street dog bad owned dog good" ,
Owned dogs in Sri Lanka can face just as many welfare issues as street dogs . Many are permanently chained or kenneled often without access to water. Poorly socialised and rarely handled they can develop aggressive behaviour to the point that owners cannot even approach them
The reasons these animals are chained or kenneled vary from a lack of empathy or understanding of animal welfare to misguided efforts to "keep the dog safe" but the suffering for the animals is the same regardless.Read more