Changing the Lives of Suffering Street Dogs
Many millions of Street Dogs in Asia suffer their entire lives without even the most basic care. In addition to starvation, painful illnesses, fighting injuries, and road accidents, many also suffer horribly at the hands of humans. One reason for the abuses hurled at them is lack of education, but also fear of the diseases they might carry. Dog who lack even a community caregiver are often shot, snared, or poisoned. In addition to street and feral dogs, many (if not most) dogs living with human families in villages with limited-to-no veterinary services suffer from advanced mange, parasitic fever, injuries that lead to maggot infestations, and the extreme need for vaccinations for parvo, distemper and rabies. Educational outreach and of course sterilizations are imperative to stop the cycle of suffering and abuse!
In addition to Street Dogs, we also treat Temple Dogs and Family Dogs in rural villages. Although it stretches our funding to the limit, we know you too would feel the call to help if you witnessed the fear and pain in their eyes before they receive the help they desperately need. When that help is given, the changes we’ve witnessed in both the animals and the people is astounding. When families and monks witness the impact of a few systematic changes (and receive the support to enable those changes), lives are truly changed forever. With sustainable intervention and humane education, these dogs and the people around them can live much happier, healthier lives.
Although we are currently busy in Thailand, and previous to the pandemic we treated hundreds of dogs in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and Myanmar, traveling by tuk tuk, motorcycle, bicycle and on foot. From walking in food and medicine to a mama dog’s den in the jungle to trapping “alpha males” off the side of the road for sterilization to running mobile medical clinics for Family Dogs at the village school or temple, every situation is different and we keep learning (and teaching) how to best help these innocent animals. It’s incredible to see the healing that happens, even while working in rough conditions with limited supplies, and equally amazing to see fear turn to love through steadfast Compassionate Action.
All of our work is done free of charge. Many villagers have no way of getting to a veterinarian (often over an hour away and many times only an overcrowded government bus to travel there, impossible with a dog), but they also lack the ability to pay for even basic treatment. Family Dogs are pups of street dogs (not purchased dogs), so that is one less starving dog on the run, and their humans are doing their best, but they do need help. Villagers come pouring out of their homes, sometimes literally chasing us down the road with their dogs, puppies, and even their cats, traveling on foot, pedal bike, or even by tractor, often waiting patiently for hours in the stifling jungle humidity, to help their animals get well.
We admit that it’s easy to anger when a Family Dog looking like this fellow shows up at one our Mobile Medical Clinics. And yet, his family DOES love him, walking a long way in the scorching heat and cross-monsoon, attending 3 clinics in a row to get the help they wanted but could not access or afford. Look at him now, happy, healed, and healthy! This is just one example of what your support for Dogs With Heart does time and time again. And the Street Dogs, although often scared and always extra-challenging to help, are getting the intervention they need to be free of pain and disease. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for helping us help them live in a kinder world…
People living far from veterinary services want to take care of their dogs, but often living in remote villages simply does not give them many options or choices for such care. It doesn’t take long for the word to get out, though, and before you know it there are people eagerly waiting for their dogs to get the help they need.
One of our specialties is working with street dogs that have been paralyzed, usually from accidents or parasitic illnesses. Soldier Boy was one of our favorite recoveries, after being found unable to move, laying in the dirt in front of an army base in Thailand. 6 months of steady love, nutrition and health care, and safety and therapy all came together to turn this old fella from a remote, “bitey” dog into a happy and sweet darling (who now has a girlfriend named Grandma).
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Dogs With Heart is currently working in Thailand, sharing Humane Education and hands-on Outreach. Thank you for helping extend that reach by making a quick donation for all of the waiting Dogs With Heart!