Tangalle, Sri Lanka Project

Helping Paws first project will be to help the street, community and beach dogs and cats in the Tangalle area of Sri Lanka, from the 22nd to 24th June 2018.

Background

Tangalle is on the South Coast of Sri Lanka and is well known for its beaches and laid-back way of living. It is popular among tourists for its good weather, unspoilt beaches and still having that ‘Sri Lankan feel’ by not being too built up, westernised and busy.

There is a large community of street and beach dogs and cats that live in this area. The majority do not have owners or carers and are left to fend for themselves. This means that they do not always receive the nurturing, medical or loving care that they require.

The result of this is that the street animal population continues to rise, creating;

  • smaller boundaries and overcrowding, so they have less space to live safely.
  • an increase in fights over boundaries, causing injury and stress.
  • increase in pregnancy, with even more puppies or kittens with a reduced rate of survival.
  • reduced food supply and safe drinking water. The more animals there are, the less resources are available per animal.
  • increase in diseases and disorders due to malnourishment, contagious diseases, equating to a  difficulty in funding treatment for so many inured or ill animals etc.
  • increased waste.

Diseases, disorders and illnesses such as mange, flea / worm infestations, malnourishment, open wounds, infections, cancer, hit and run cases etc. are commonplace and it is very difficult to source local effective treatment.

At our last count, on the 1km beach front alone, there were 40 dogs. This doesn’t include any in the city or from other areas in Tangalle.

Aim of the Project

Organise a neutering, vaccination, education and routine/emergency treatment programme for the community dogs and cats within the Tangalle beach area.

Raise awareness and educate on animal welfare and the humane treatment of animals.

Reduce the amount of suffering in the street animals.

Benefits to the community

The neutering programme will help control community animal populations & reduce the number of stray animals and waste for the future.

The vaccination programme will help prevent diseases that can be passed between animals as well as dogs and humans.

Help understand community animals better, their needs and how to provide this safely.

Help the community to understand what to do or who to call if there is a sick or injured animal.

The programme will help promote Tangalle to tourists as a safe and caring environment.

Benefits to the dogs

Through neutering;
  • female dogs and cats will not come into season resulting in less stress and trauma
  • male dogs and cats can become less aggressive resulting in a reduction in fights and ultimately less injuries and stress.
  • reduced pregnancy rate leading to fewer puppies and kittens.
  • increased chance of survival rate for current street animals due to increase in food supplies and safe drinking water.
  • reduced risk of becoming malnourished and contracting the diseases and disorders associated with this.
  • reduced risk of cervical cancer and other diseases and illnesses relating to these organs.
Vaccinations will;
  • reduce the chances of contracting rabies or distemper.
  • a reduce the risk of the spread of disease between dogs and cats.
  • a reduce the risk of the spread of disease from dogs to humans.
Routine and emergency treatments will consist of;
  • providing routine flea, tick and worming medications to reduce the risk of associated diseases and disorders such as mange, skin complaints, tick born diseases. The animals will lead happier, healthier lifestyles.
  • providing medicines and treatments such as antibiotics, skin treatments, x-rays etc. to animals that already have diseases, disorders and injuries. This will help the animals to be able to live a happier, healthier pain free life.
Education and promotion of animal welfare will encourage;
  • both locals and tourists within the area to have a better knowledge and understanding on the routine treatments of community animals and why this is important, what to feed the animals and how, who to call or where to go if an injured animal is found.
  • further knowledge on dog behaviours, how to respond appropriately to help prevent dog bites and unsafe actions by either parties.
  • an increase in the humane treatment of animals.
  • an increase in compassion towards animals.

 

What Helping Paws are going to do:

  • Organise Veterinary’s and dog catchers.
  • Fundraise for the cost of the vets, medicines and surgical equipment needed.
  • Help facilitate the catching of the dogs for the treatments and neutering.
  • Collect data on the animals that have been neutered and vaccinated.
  • Hand out leaflets and materials to inform the public of the process and importance of the project.
  • Provide educational sources as required to the communities.
  • Pass on any donated items, such as food and routine treatments, to the community animals.
  • Create a sustainable project in Tangalle, to be carried out at least once every year.

What we need help with to finalise the project

  • Donations are going to be key! If you are able to and want to, please check out the donate section on our website. Any monetary or medical contribution towards this great cause would really help. If it is treatments or food supplies that you are wanting to donate, please contact us at admin@helpingpawsworldwide.org for ways that this can work.
  • Fundraise: If you can think of a way that you could fundraise for this project, whether it be a sporting event, cake sale etc. Please do get in touch with us at either admin@helpingpawsworldwide.org or via our website contact form.
  • Volunteers: For the project in May we will require volunteers to help locate and catch the dogs, help keep them calm and nurture them back to health following the neutering procedure.
  • Raising Awareness: Either by raising awareness of the project and/or of Helping Paws, this then helps us to become better known and increase the knowledge and awareness around the areas that we are working in. It helps to promote the projects and in turn can help with the fundraising potential.

FUNDRAISER

One of our trustees, Phil Evans, is also doing a fundraiser on behalf of the project.

Have a look at it here for what he is doing and how to sponsor him directly!

On behalf of Helping Paws, thank you for your time and showing an interest in this project. If you have any questions, suggestions and are able or wanting to help please do let us know.