Visiting the Dog Care Clinic in Sri Lanka
As you might know for each collection of Vagabundo we choose a new charity to sponsor. The first charity we picked for Vagabundo when we started our brand (October 2019) was The Dog Care Clinic in Sri Lanka.
Let us tell you a bit more about what they do
An animal's life is far from easy in Sri Lanka. People's awareness of animals is still very limited. Many people who own dogs in Sri Lanka are poor and can not afford vets' fees, so the major share of the treatments they do are done free of charge. Since the very beginning the Dog Care Clinic has always had a focus on a consequent program of mass neuterings and vaccinations as the only sustainable solution for the stray problem in Sri Lanka.
The neutered and treated strays returned to their "stomping grounds" are not
simply abandoned to face a lone future back on the streets of Sri Lanka.... Since the very beginning of the project they do daily tours to the gathering places at the hours the dogs got used to - the dogs arrive at these places and are supplied with food. They feed 700 dog on the streets every single day.
Since 2007 the DCC is conducting a consequent vaccination & spayneuter program... With plus 67.000 neuterings and more than 560.000 vaccinations they manage to have a much smaller and healthier dog population in the area. Sadly there are no matching programs in the adjoining areas, their resources are limited and so there's hardly a single day they won't have to find puppies from right those areas in front of their gate - Cause its well know, that the DCC always helps !
But by now they are - literally (!) - drowning in puppies and teens and the only solution are additional spayneuter assignments in the adjoining areas, so since August 2018 a mobile expert team under the supervision of the known Vet Dr. Chamith is conducting DCC Field Clinics on a monthly base.
On each day the well-rehearsed 8-person team (2 doctors, 3 vet assistants & 3 catchers) can additionally (!) vaccinate and castrate around 80 animals by now and every neutering today prevents the suffering of hundreds of dogs "tomorrow"!
Our visit to the clinic
In January 2020 we travelled to Sri Lanka for 3 weeks and we paid a visit to the Clinic. Cause for us it's important to actually connect with the charities we sponsor. We were welcomed with open arms and got a whole tour of the clinic by one of the ladies who works there full-time. She was originally from the Netherlands so we could just speak dutch.
We were very impressed by the amount of work they do for all the dogs! It's really amazing to say the least. Except for neutering dogs they also heal a lot of wounded dogs or sick dogs that people bring. They have a place for puppies that they found for them to grow up safely. They also have a home for paralyzed dogs who can stay with them forever and a pool for them to exercise!
We were lucky that the founder herself was also present at the time, a woman with a huge heart full of love for dogs. It made us really happy to see that people like her exist <3
Make sure to check their website: https://www.dogcare-clinic.com
Pictures taken by Noémie Peeters - Property of Vagabundo