Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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“Animal care professionals are some of the most pain-saturated people I have ever worked with. The very thing that makes them great at their work, their empathy and dedication and love for animals, makes them vulnerable.”
"Success stories are not always possible. This is often due to medical reasons, behavioral issues, or most tragically for rescue workers, a lack of space"
Both are quotes from Regina Lizik's excellent blog "The Fatal Epidemic Of Animal Care Workers That No One Is Talking About" . That post really resonated with me because my inbox is full daily from people crying out for help and I am not alone.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
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Introducing our latest Dogstar dog Sirius ( the Dogstar ) a digital dog who is a character in the upcoming mobile game, "Wild Earth".
The game, developed by wildlife organisation, My Green World is changing the way that the world connects with animal welfare issues worldwide.
The program was carefully mapped, planned and calculated. It was wildly ambitious and encompassed many kilometers of territory, with a single mission: Vaccinate as many dogs as possible and record their data.
For 18 days , 12 dedicated and driven Dogstar team members have risen before the sun each morning, with the goal of preventing delivering life saving Rabies vaccinations to the local owned and street dog population. They pile into their vans after a breakfast of curry and rice and set out for a grueling but rewarding day of dog vaccinating.
Over the last few weeks I have seen literally thousands of dogs as part of the mass vaccination program. Sadly the sight of an owned dog living in a tiny prison like "kennel" like this one is not uncommon. This compared to many we have seen is a palace !
Introducing "Project Sirius" Dogstar's Rabies eradication and dog population management project in Negombo
Project Sirius is a three year program to rabies vaccinate and surgical sterilise a minimum of 80 % of dogs in the Negombo Municipal area which is in excess of the internationally recognized minimum of 70 %Read more
I have met thousands of owners over the years but Mr Ranasinghe from a January 2009 clinic made such an impression on me that I have never forgotten him
As we covered in a previous blog Dog population management is more than just numbers
, The numbers of dogs that can live in an area are governed by a number of things which make up the carrying capacity, available food, water, shelter and human tolerance. Take away food, water and shelter, and you can easily see how a dog’s welfare is impacted, but a lack of tolerance can produce equally negative but often hidden results
Congratulations to Mark and Samantha Green for winning the International Training Program award at the 2014 Dogs Trust International Companion Animal Welfare Conferance in Istanbul.
Bruno is a Rottweiler puppy who came into our lives a few months back when we were asked to foster him for another animal welfare organisation where he had been handed in as a stray
Earlier this week Dogstar's team traveled 380km the far north region of Jaffna. Still in the throws of being rebuilt from the aftermath of a twenty-six year civil war. This once vibrant city is now home to over 4000 roaming dogs rummaging through mountains of rubbish daily to survive.
With our in country partner NGO Tsunami Animal People Alliance , Embark and with support from Fondation Brigitte Bardot have undertaken a huge animal welfare project to sterilised and rabies vaccinate over 3500 roaming dogs in the city area