Educating the peoples about stray dogs in our society is the most effective and powerful way to prevent the animal cruelty. When peoples come to know about how to care for a dog in their locality & how to treat them with love then sure it will become a safer community for all the stray dogs in their surroundings.
Educating the community through our rescues
SHF is focusing through various aspects on educating peoples about stray dogs. Our first education process starts at the rescue spot. When we rescue a dog from the roadside with kindness & care peoples in that locality come to know about our organisation. With some basic awareness our rescue team will share the helpline numbers to the peoples out there From saving our helpline number in their phones, to learning that conditions like mange are actually treatable, everyone's awareness grows. Most people who see an dog being rescued today are more likely to spot an dog tomorrow who needs help and report the problem. This is the first we change we bring among the peoples. Seeing a stray dog suffering with pain or critical illness sure they will remember about the helpline number they got and they will immediately report to us. A small information can give a second chance in a stray dogs life.
We educate the community through our rabbies programme’s and many other local conference about how to identify health problems so that minor issues don't become serious. For instance, applying medicated fly repellent can prevent wounds from getting infected with maggots. Treating wounds, mange and other conditions early is key to preventing suffering. Teaching children how to interact with animals saves two, three and four-legged lives. Rabies is endemic in india, and dogs are one of its favourite carriers. That’s why dog bites, and the fear of dog bites, can trigger dog culls.
We developed an interactive Children’s Education Programme, where we use interactive sessions, role-play and colouring activities to discuss animals. It covers everything from an animal’s basic needs, to respect, positive handling, bite prevention and even what to do if you are bitten. At the end of the session, every child signs a pledge to ‘Be A Dogstar’. We couldn’t be prouder to be establishing the next generation of animal advocates in Sri Lanka. .