We respond promptly to any stray dog report by providing either on site medical care or relocation to our center if needed
Most stray dogs roam freely and often sleep on the edge of the road, resulting in accidental injury or death. Unwanted puppies are abandoned on busy roads and often in isolated fields, at times getting attacked by adult dogs protecting their territory. Owned dogs with severe skin disease are seen as dirty and infectious, and are frequently abandoned as well. We are committed to helping as many of these dogs as possible with the resources and space we have available.
We provide medical treatment at our center and the best possible care from local veterinarians.
Treatments are carried out by our dedicated team, both on site and at our center. We monitor and provide on-going treatment for injuries, parasites, worms, mange and other skin diseases. Treatment of malnourishment is a major focus of our rehabilitation program. Currently we are feeding approximately 50 dogs daily, at 5 different locations. Due to the pandemic, businesses and hotels who regularly provided food to stray dogs were forced to close. Therefore, we incremented new feeding locations to address an increase in the number of malnourished dogs.
We vaccinate stray and pet dogs against rabies, which is 100% fatal and also 100% preventable.
Our focus is to vaccinate as many stray and owned dogs as possible against rabies to avoid the spread in our area . Vaccinations typically take place during mass sterilization projects, and also when rescuing, rehabilitating, or fostering stray dogs. According to the international vaccination protocol, we also provide year round vaccination for other infectious diseases, such as parvo, distemper, adenovirus, etc. to all of our fostered dogs when they enter our centre.
We organise mass sterilization events for stray and owned dogs to help control overpopulation and unwanted breeding.
The best course of action to prevent the unnecessary suffering of cats and dogs is to spay and neuter them. One single female dog and her babies can have over 67,000 puppies in a six-year time frame! That’s because a dog can have three litters a year with up to seven puppies per litter. Failure to spay or neuter dogs and cats is a major cause of puppies being abandoned on the street, which mainly results in their death. Unwanted breeding also contributes to the overpopulation of dogs and cats in local communities and leads to the euthanization of millions of animals in shelters all over the world.
Getting cats and dogs sterilized:
Sterilization is an affordable surgery in Sri Lanka. Currently, we rely solely on donations for our mass sterilization events, which allow us to spay and neuter hundreds of dogs and cats in the local community. Please consider a donation to help end animal suffering by increasing sterilization programs.
Adopting one dog won’t change the world, but it will change the world for that one dog.
All of our fostered dogs are fully vaccinated and sterilized. They are also treated for any illness, parasites, and worms. Most of our dogs grew up with us in a loving, caring environment, so we expect them to be treated the same way in their new homes. Our adoption process consists of an initial interview with the adoptee, followed by a home visit to ensure the new location is a good fit. In the final stage, the team will evaluate the interaction between the dog and new family in the environment. A contract will then be signed, and several random visits conducted to observe the overall well-being of the dog. If the team suspects any type of abuse or neglect, the dog will be removed from the home.
Underdogs Sri Lanka fosters dogs who have been abandoned at our center or those who are rescued in urgent need and cannot be re-introduced to their original location.
All of our dogs are fully vaccinated and sterilized, depending on age. Most of our fostered dogs have been with us since they were puppies, and are therefore accustomed to much love, attention, and care. We are very vigilant regarding their well-being, and make every effort to continuously monitor weight changes, health issues, or behavioral concerns, finding the best and most effective treatment available. A major focus of our program is socialization, with humans as well as with other dogs. Our workers and volunteers spend countless hours interacting with our dogs, organizing stimulating games, and taking them to the beach for group play.
Dog chaining and caging are regularly practiced in Sri Lanka, and pose a serious threat to a dog’s physical and psychological well-being.
Due to the inhumane nature of continuous chaining and caging, many counties are passing local laws to ban the practice; however, this is not yet the case in Sri Lanka.
Underdogs Sri Lanka has recognized the benefit of helping the community form responsible habits towards all animals. Dogs, cats, and other companion animals are a major part of life here, as many families have at least one animal in their home, or interact regularly with animals roaming on the street. Our goal is to encourage and educate the local population to respect an animal’s freedom; making them aware that all animals have feelings and experience a tremendous amount of stress and depression when caged or chained. We also educate them regarding the benefits of spaying or neutering their pets.
UDSL is planning to launch a new educational program in local schools, where children will be taught to prevent contracting rabies through a bite wound and also how to act immediately if bitten or scratched by an unvaccinated animal. They will also learn about animal care, adoption, and the importance of sterilizing their pets to maintain long, healthy relationships with them. Educating future animal owners is instrumental in curbing animal overpopulation and cruelty. When we create a more educated generation of people, we create better lives for animals now and in the future.