Animal SOS Sri Lanka
Dear friends and supporters,
The pup called Milly that died of rabies was checked by several separate vets in Sri Lanka- blood tested, vaccinated against rabies and given a full health check. A health certificate was issued by another Sri Lankan vet stating she was fit for travel and she was seen again by a vet when she arrived at the quarantine kennels in the UK. We know of no other organisation/ individual who conducts such vigorous health checks on the animals before import.
All the other dogs rescued were given the same checks. The pup that died Milly had no clinical signs of disease until 48 hours before her death. She was playing happily with the other pups until she became ill.
Sadly 4 other rescued pups who displayed no signs of rabies were killed by DEFRA officials as a precautionary measure. It appears that they were not suffering from rabies. All dogs arriving from Sri Lanka are quarantined for 6 months as a preventative measure against rabies. There is never any risk to public health when an animal is quarantined. The three people who were nipped by Milly after she became ill, including Kim, were already vaccinated against rabies, but required boosters as a precautionary measure.
The charity has never funded any of these rescues, all the rescues have been privately funded by our wages-most by Kim and Morag. Without a base in Sri Lanka there is nowhere to take these desperate cases- dogs, pups, kittens dying in the road or on rubbish tips. The dogs we rescued on the last trip including Milly who died, were funded by supporters and some members of Animal SOS Sri Lanka, NOT from Charity funds which has been widely reported. Charity funds will be used to purchase land, and buildings- veterinary clinic to help cater for these animals. The lack of funds have left us in the position whereby the only chance these animals have of a life is to bring them back to the UK . If we had adequate funds this situation would not have arisen.
The goals of our charity as detailed in our proposal is to conduct a co-ordinated sterilisation and rabies vaccination programme aimed at the stray animals, also to promote change through animal welfare education .
The death of little Milly is evidence of why our urgent work is needed in Sri Lanka and why we need to be out there as quickly as possible.
Kim Cooling - President & Founder of Animal SO Sri Lanka
ANIMAL SOS SRI LANKA
Animal SOS Sri Lanka� was formed in the autumn of 2006 by seasoned and experienced animal welfare / rights campaigners from the UK. Primarily the vision of Kim Cooling, a social worker from London � herself a long-term animal welfare worker in the UK and overseas.
Kim approached other like-minded people to join in unity with her � individuals whom she met through a joint interest in working with animals in Sri Lanka.
OUR MISSION IS...
To buy land in Sri Lanka on which to build a �No-Kill� refuge and veterinary clinic
To offer a safe haven for primarily street dogs (but other stray animals also to be helped).
A sanctuary base, for long-term disabled animals � who have difficulty coping on the streets post trauma � where they can live out the rest of their lives in peace.
A well equipped surgical facility to offer quality medical care and operations, proper treatments and nutrition.
The rescue of pups and kittens from rubbish heaps and roadsides (re-homing scheme).
Ongoing neutering and full vaccination programme including rabies.
Mass blood testing and treatment of tropical and common diseases. Parasite eradication � especially tick vectors.
To provide decent facilities and kennelling: maternity, recovery, isolation, intensive care.
To create a kinder and more compassionate society for animals through animal welfare education.
OUR LONG TERM PLANS ARE
To secure the property in Sri Lanka for our charity�s use for years to come.
To continue what we first set out to achieve � the alleviation of animal suffering by drastically raising standards in veterinary care and animal welfare.
To offer high standards and humane solutions to the desperate animals.
Implement an ongoing sterilization / neutering campaign, full vaccinations and rabies, routine blood testing with quick diagnosis and proper treatments for diseases and ailments.
To introduce modern protocols and methods in veterinary care � by having volunteer vets working alongside Sri Lankan vets � training in techniques. To swap experiences and learn from each other for the ultimate well-being of the animals � ie: share Western and Sri Lankan theories and amalgamate them � therefore raising standards.
Work alongside the government and authorities to introduce landmark animal welfare legislation and regulations.
Instil animal welfare in education and at a grass-roots level, with the help of a major media campaign.
To leave in place a secure legacy for the future of these otherwise, destitute and doomed animals.
Thank you so much for your support, please visit us here: Animal SOS Sri Lanka