When first we opened January 2007 there were over 5,000 homeless dogs and the population was out of control. With no small animal vet within 75 kms, no treatment facility, and widespread abuse there was unbounded suffering. There were 250 to 500 suffering and dying animals on the streets - mostly dogs and puppies, but other animals too (monkeys, cows, squirrels, peacocks, etc.). Today it is very different. But without adequate funding things will quickly go back to the horror that once existed.
We have 7 major programs: A sterilization/anti-rabies. A clinic. Hospital facilities. Sanctuary, if an animal cannot make it on its own. An adoption program. 24/7 emergency rescue. Hospice - we are a no-kill shelter. Result: Homeless dog population is rabies-free, and decreasing for first time in 40 years. No more suffering and dying animals on the street. 7,000 fewer puppies born each year. Relationship with the people has been transformed. But adequate funding is vital to continue.
To uplift the quality of life of homeless animals, the relationship with the people amongst whom they live has to be transformed. Otherwise, no matter how good a shelter, the effect of its programs are limited. This has happened in Tiruvannamalai - most likely the only community of significant size in the nation. It's hoped that the methods we use that induced this change will be adopted across India. The Animal Welfare Board of India considers us "one of the very best in the nation."
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Includes 3 1/2 minutes of 2012 Leslie interview.
Excellent 15 minute interview by Henri Jolicoeur.
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