Prevention is better than a cure 

January 13, 2020

Why is spay/neuter at the heart of everything we do?

Dogstars like you fund the biggest spay/neuter effort in Sri Lanka. But why is it at the heart of everything we do?

When there are more dogs than guardians, everyone suffers. Animal welfare often deteriorates, communities come under the endemic threat of rabies, and the overpopulation crisis spirals more and more out of control. 

A single female dog can have two litters per year - that’s anywhere from 8 to 12 new pups on average within the first year. A female cat can have up to three litters in a year, totalling 12-18 kittens in a single year. It’s easy to see how dog and cat populations have boomed. 

But we can stop overpopulation in its tracks. Sterilising Sri Lanka’s street animals frees dogs and cats from the suffering of unwanted litters. It gifts local communities the chance to take control of their animal population, and learn how to properly care for the animals that do exist on their streets. 

Taking welfare to the streets

28 days a month, Dogstar’s highly skilled veterinary team provide spay-neuter clinics on board a purpose-built, air-conditioned truck with gas anaesthesia and four operating tables. 

Suffering doesn’t have to be inevitable.

By sterilising each animal we come into contact with, you are helping animals live happy, healthy lives. And you’re preventing another generation of unwanted street animals from experiencing painful skin conditions and devastating preventable disease. 

Better yet, every sterilised animal will also be rabies vaccinated, microchipped and details of every spay-neuter surgery, the animal’s age, gender, ownership status and condition are logged on the World Veterinary Service app. 

From there, we can follow up on dogs, conduct regular population surveys and treat common conditions before they become life-threatening.

Saving lives and stopping problems before they start. It’s what Dogstars like you do best. 

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