CATCH - NEUTER - VACCINATE - RELEASE
THE ONLY HUMANE AND SUSTAINABLE WAY TO CONTROL THE NUMBER OF ROAMING DOGS,
THE INCIDENCE OF DISEASE AND THE NUMBER OF UNWANTED PUPPIES DYING ON THE STREETS.
Catch-Neuter-Vaccinate-Release (CNVR) is the backbone of everything we do here in Sri Lanka. It’s the most humane, sustainable and impactful way of reducing the roaming dog population, and keeping the current ones happy and healthy.
In any population, a certain percentage of those will be sick or injured so by reducing the population numbers, we will not only be preventing unwanted puppies being born on the street, we will also be reducing the number of animals who are suffering and in need of veterinary care.
Without spaying, female street dogs would inevitably spend pretty much their entire lives pregnant or rearing pups, which is stressful when there are limited food resources. Neutering these females totally transforms their lives, and is the kindest way of freeing them up to look after number one, as well as reducing the likelihood of certain cancers and life-threatening infectious disease.
Castrating male dogs reduces pregnancies in females but also has many health benefits such as reducing the risk of sexually transmitted cancers, prostatic diseases and also the likelihood of injuries sustained from road traffic accidents by reducing roaming behaviours.
Reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies in turn reduces the number of puppies either born on the streets or dumped there by the owners of entire females. Over half of these puppies don’t even make it to 6 months of age, often succumbing to infectious disease like distemper or parvovirus or being involved in road traffic accidents. It is awful to think that these puppies are brought into the world only to lead a short, and often painful, existence.
We hold pop-up CNVR clinics in local villages, neutering and vaccinating both street and owned dogs
We catch local street dogs and neuter them, as well as providing vaccinations against rabies, and giving any treatments required.
Owners can also bring their pet dogs and cats along for free neutering and vaccinations.
We try to treat as many animals as possible at our CNVR clinics, so they’re pretty intense days for us, but we get the tunes blaring to make it fun! (It’s probably best we don’t reveal what’s on the CNVR playlist, as we might lose street cred…ha!) The dogs get unlimited cuddles when they’re coming round from anaesthesia, so it’s not a bad day out for them at all.
We ensure that all animals are treated to international standards, importing anything not available in country to make that happen. Often that takes a lot of extra effort but we don’t believe in cutting corners so will always go that extra mile to give our patients the very best.
Every neutered dog receives an ear tip to ensure easy identification in future and each rabies vaccinated dog receives a red collar with a reflector to keep them safe on the roads.
They receive a full MOT whilst with us and, if further treatment is required then the pooch in question is admitted to our hospital to receive some WECare lovin’. If they are good to go at the end of the day, then we release the dogs back to the exact spot we found them. Keeping them in overnight often causes unnecessary stress to dogs who have never known anything but the streets and unrestricted movement.
Vaccinating dogs against rabies is the most effective way of eliminating the disease in humans.
We ensure we vaccinate as many dogs as possible to help Sri Lanka achieve the aim of becoming rabies-free by 2020. Rabies is fatal in 100% of cases, both animal and human, and so it is extremely important that we work towards eradication of this horrendous disease.