Meet the Dogs you feed ⭐ Boris ⭐

Boris lives with around 40 other dogs in what is usually a very busy fish auction market in Sri Lanka, we started feeding there in March after the Curfews where imposed

When we first met Boris, he was not a happy lad, suffering from Demodex Mange, he had lost a lot of fur and his skin was very painful. His previous interactions with people were probably not very positive and he was wary of us and like a lot of dogs found eating near other dogs very stressful .

Boris lives with around 40 other dogs in what is usually a very busy fish auction market in Sri Lanka, we started feeding there in March after the Curfews where imposed 

When we first met Boris, he was not a happy lad, suffering from Demodex Mange, he had lost a lot of fur and his skin was very painful. His previous interactions with people were probably not very positive and he was wary of us and like a lot of dogs found eating near other dogs very stressful 

Mark and Sam feed together in this area so by listening to what he wanted and not forcing him they were able to accommodate his needs by feeding him first away from the other dogs, and just as importantly treating his Mange. Within a few days, Boris would run to the car, within a few more they got the beginnings of a tail wag 

5 weeks on Boris is a different dog, he can now eat near other dogs ( he still doesn’t want to share ) and he will walk away when he is full, his tail never stops wagging and yesterday he was “singing” whilst waiting for his plate and we saw he has a very unusual blue and pink tongue.

Boris still doesn’t want to be touched and we totally respect that, he may never want to be touched by people and that’s okay this is a long-term relationship and we will manage it on his terms. Boris and his buddies at the fish market will need ongoing care and support even after the curfews are lifted and we want to be able provide that

Whats the COVID-19 situation in Sri Lanka

Our area of Sri Lanka is still under 24/7hr curfew and it means not going out at all unless you have police permission ( we do for feeding dogs ) . If you are outside without it you can be arrested your vehicle impounded and in some cases placed into a residential quarantine centre for 14 days.

So who normally feeds these animals?

Normally our local street dogs and cats get fed by the community, tourists, hotels, shops, stallholders or the fishermen at the fish market etc but now due to Curfew none of those food sources exist.

When did this start?

We have been under 24/7 curfew here since mid March and whilst some lessening of restrictions are planned this week we knew many of these animals simply will not survive without additional help.

How many dogs and cats do you feed each day

Our team of staff and volunteers are now feeding approx 325-350 animals daily, We are working to increase the number we can reach and are donating food to other groups and individuals locally who are feeding street dogs and cats.

Is it safe?

We adhere strictly to all Police, Government and Health Ministry restrictions on movement and social distancing.

Each team member works alone unless they are working with a household member, its vital our program does not undermine the amazing work the Sri Lankan Government and Ministry of Health is doing to flatten the curve and protect life.

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