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From the Dogstar Team in Sri Lanka and local and international partners and supporters.

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Errol | Heartbreaking news

By Samantha Green | Mar 25, 2014

I am simply heartbroken to have to post that Errol died overnight from a suspected snakebite For those of who don’t know Errol’s story you can read it here Errol was amazingly special, he recovered physically and mentally from being cruelly treated and dumped by his previous owners. His heart was as big as a bucket and…

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Helping us, helping you, helping them

By Samantha Green | Mar 20, 2014

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 The majority of requests from residents come from the capital or surrounding beach areas where there are a…

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Project Liberty

By Samantha Green | Dec 26, 2013

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

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Charity shock tactics, are they ever a good idea ?

By Samantha Green | Dec 4, 2013

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

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Beefys Big Sri Lankan walk

By Samantha Green | Nov 4, 2013

Today Sir Ian Botham walked through our village As part of his “Beefys Big Sri Lanka walk 2013” raising money for projects in Sri Lanka via the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the Foundation of Goodness Dogstar’s team were on hand to cheer on Beefy and his amazing team of walkers who had already…

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The street dog who learnt to trust again

By Samantha Green | Oct 31, 2013

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…

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Why not all dogs on the street are street dogs

By Samantha Green | Sep 29, 2013

  In the United Kingdom its simple, owned dogs have clearly defined owners and don’t go out unaccompanied, dogs alone on the street are stray/lost and will be collected by local authorities, taken to rescue centres or pounds, reunited with their owner, rehomed or euthanized In many Asian countries including Sri Lanka things are not…

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Education | Why animal welfare is all about people

By Samantha Green | Sep 7, 2013

A lot people contact me about the suffering of street dogs but owned animals in Sri Lanka can suffer just as much if not more as their roaming counterparts, common welfare issues for owned dogs include tethering and excessive kenneling, poor diet, lack of water, pups removed from their mum before they are weaned, failure…

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Canine genocide or canine care ?

By Samantha Green | Aug 13, 2013

Recently on Facebook I have been called cruel and heartless , an animal abuser , accused of canine genocide and being “as bad as Hitler” because of Dogstar’s stance on the humane sterilisation of roaming and owned dogs and cats in Sri Lanka

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