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.
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
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
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A recent article via The Guardian says that charities like Dogstar Foundation that avoid traditional images of extreme poverty/neglect in favour of a more positive campaign which shows the results the charities work receive far less donations and support than charities that show negative imagery and shocking images
Saturday, November 23, 2013
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Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Education is a fundamental part of our plan to develop community responsiblity for animal welfare and health. By challenging and developing concepts of ownership we can transform the way that companion animals are viewed and cared for in Sri Lanka
Increasingly we see cases that have been caused by neglect of an animals basic emotional or physical needs , the failure of an owner to seek treatment , a lack of understanding on dietary requirements or misguided treatment or actions . Whilst it's not deliberate cruelty the end result is still an animal enduring suffering , distress and even death.Read more
Today Sir Ian Botham walked through our village
Sometimes the impact of our work is hard to demonstrate via the internet, the acceptance of Dogstar’s team living & working in the local community, changes in attitude to adopting female dogs, or even having a male animal sterilised
But sometimes the value of our work and its undeniable impact could not be clearer and no one dog form the last few years sums this up more than Errol