Why dogs and cats in Sri Lanka need our help
A consist struggle for survival
Street dogs & cats in Sri Lanka face numerous challenges daily. Entire lives spent without any positive human contact, basic shelter or veterinary care. Suffering hunger, constant torment from preventable and treatable skin conditions or parasitic infections. Dogs & cats at risk of being trapped in illegal snares, injured in fights over territory, contracting sexually transmitted diseases or being exposed to fatal diseases like Rabies and the horror of being struck by vehicles and left to die by the roadside.
Just having an owner is not always the solution
Owned dogs can be left to roam with little or no supervision, or face a life of imprisonment in tiny kennels or chained; often without access to fresh water and being feed an unsuitable diet.
Street and owned dogs interact creating an ideal environment for the spread of disease and creation of unwanted pregnancies. Unwanted puppies are often abandoned at Temples or the roadside adding to the problem further and perpetuating the cycle of suffering. As the unwanted female puppies grow, they in turn become pregnant giving birth to more and more unwanted puppies.
So whats the answer ?
Dogstar firmly believe the only way to end this suffering is by tackling the issues at the root cause. We are not here to judge individuals; instead we promote and fund practical solutions to address these very real problems and improve animal welfare. By working in partnership with Sri Lankan Veterinarians & local communities, promoting the benefits of sterilisations and vaccinations and providing those services, the Dogstar Foundation is actively reducing the numbers of unwanted puppies and kittens in Sri Lanka.
Dogstar delivers change
Just six years ago households wanting to adopt a female street dog was unheard of , owners with male animals would not consider sterilisation even if it was free. Now both are common place in Dogstar’s areas of operation due to our accessible services , Temple network and education programs, now even owned male cats are brought in to be sterilised ! The numbers of street dogs around our clinic has dropped dramatically and the welfare of the remaining population has improved. The entire community is now healthier and safer for animals and people alike. An amazing success that we can only replicate country wide with your support
How you can help
You can be part of the solution by donating towards our running costs, sponsor a dog, sterilisation or even a clinic, promote our work on Social media, raise funds or even put up posters. If you want to help please contact us for more details, no donation or offer of help is ever too small and it can be life saving for the animals we work with in Sri Lanka.