Transforming animal welfare in Sri Lanka

Yawjeewa School – International Literacy Day

September 8th marked International Literacy day, myself and Dogstar volunteer Maria were invited by Miep to attend a special day of fun and communication with the Yawjeewa school and 5 other similar schools from across Sri Lanka.

This was held at a special team building facility close to Negombo, with the idea of bonding through team building, play, dance and lots of fun!

Pack it in! the myth of the alpha dog

“He’s a alpha dog”, “She’s dominant”, “You have to be pack leader”

I’ve heard all these phrases this week – as I did last week and the week before! You only have to turn on the TV or look at the internet to find them, along with someone telling you that your dog is really just a wolf, needs a firm pack structure and that you have to be in charge otherwise your dog will think he is the pack leader and take over the household with disastrous consequences.

The problem is that all of this is nothing more than pop psychology based on false science. It continues because it is an easy concept for people with little knowledge to grasp and despite being totally disproven, there are enough grains of truth in there that people buy into it – and it is their dogs (and their relationship with their dogs) that suffer.

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Prejudice Undermines Animal Welfare

Prejudice Undermines Animal Welfare

An open letter on how prejudice undermines animal welfare.

Over the last few days, we have posted some pretty emotional content highlighting the genuine issues of backyard breeding and dog poisonings here in Sri Lanka.

While these posts show some of the challenges that animal welfare groups in Sri Lanka face, it’s vital that in our response to such acts we don’t forget the many people who are working tirelessly to help those animals in the first place.

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Backyard Dog Breeding – Another Victim

Mark and I are deeply saddened to see yet another “pedigree’ dog die here in Sri Lanka. Anna passed away due to the greed associated with backyard dog breeding, and the absurd idea that “pedigree” dogs are superior in any way to our beautiful Sri Lankan dogs.

This beautiful girl was rescued by Embark from the side of the road, dumped after a lifetime of being bred from and she passed away 24 hours later in hospital from organ failure

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Suggs: A Victim of Backyard Breeding

Meet Suggs: A victim of backyard breeding and the newest member of our family.

Another victim of the increasing  “pedigree” backyard breeding/puppy farming industry here in Sri Lanka. Mike (as his breeders called him), was rescued by Animal SOS Sri Lanka (ASOS). He weighed just 17 kilos and was dangerously sick from life-threatening blood parasites and prolonged neglect and abuse. Mike had infected wounds, pressure sores and was pretty much as close to death as is possible for a dog to be while still breathing.