‘Adopt a Dog in Sri Lanka’ hosted its third sterilization programme in Sella Katharagama; neutering 200 dogs in a five-day camp that took place last month.
The number adds up to the 200 owned and stray dogs of the area that were neutered during the two previous programmes hosted by the group. 20 dogs were also treated for conditions such as TVT (transmissible venereal tumuors), skin rashes, pyometra (accumulation of pus in the uterus), eye conditions etc.
“We want to concentrate on one area at a time and now that we have started with Katharagama, we want to make sure that there will be a significant decrease in the growth of the stray dog population in the area,” said Oshadie Korale, Co-Founder of 'Adopt a Dog in Sri Lanka’.
“The previous camps held in the area were highly commended by the villagers and they have been made more aware on the benefits of neutering as a means of not only avoiding more pups being born to the streets, but reducing the chances of owned dogs getting various diseases. It’s our third programme in Sella Katharagama and we are thrilled to have had the support of so many people to continue what we started, and see it through to the end,” she added.
Team members Iraki Kodituhwaku and Hasni Silva along with volunteer Pavithra De Mello participated for the camp.
All sterilizations and costs incurred for the programme are sponsored by various individuals; mostly dog-lovers who are actively involved in contributing to rehoming homeless pups and reducing the stray dog population in Sri Lanka. All surgeries are conducted by veterinary surgeons experienced in conducting CNVR (catch, neuter, vaccinate, release) programmes - recognized as the most humane and effective method of controlling stray dog related issues in the country - and assisted by professional medical staff. Neutered dogs are marked by red collars and ear-notched to be identifiable in future, and given a yogurt-treat before being dropped back to the place where they were found. They were also given rabies, mange and antibiotic vaccinations.
‘Adopt a Dog in Sri Lanka’ recently celebrated the completion of one year since it was founded by three friends. Those keen on joining the effort, adopting or fostering a puppy or helping out in any wa ,could visit www.facebook/