Bournemouth Dog lover heading to Sri Lanka needs your help
A dog lover from Bournemouth is travelling to Sri Lanka to improve the lives of street dogs in the country.
Lucas Helps Dogs is a charity set up by Bournemouth accountant Alena Warburton, and it is appealing for donations ahead of a January volunteer trip to Sri Lanka.
It aims to support the six million street dogs in Sri Lanka, after Ms Warburton travelled to the country in 2019 and was left shocked by the situation with dogs there.
The charity, named after Ms Warburton’s late dog, funds spray and neuter clinics, rabies vaccinations and emergency treatments, whilst aiming to educate locals on animal welfare.
Ms Warburton said that she was devastated over the treatment of the animals when she first visited the country.
“Every day dogs are born into a life of misery on the dangerous roads, where drivers aim for them, disease is rife and food and water is scarce.
“While the charity pays for emergency treatment to help injured and disabled dogs, we really want to help the situation overall so are determined to spay and neuter as many street dogs as possible. Rabies is also prevalent over there, with children and dogs dying of the disease in recent months, so we ensure every dog we treat is given a rabies vaccination.”
The charity is run by Ms Warburton and two friends, and carried out their first trip to the island in January 2022. They funded treatment for 50 dogs, but this January they are hoping to treat 500.
However, with costs soaring, that number has been cut in half.
They have been raising funds by selling handmade items, like leads and collars.
“While we have done amazingly well, the vet bills in Sri Lanka have nearly doubled due to petrol and medication costs which has vastly reduced the number of dogs we can treat,” Ms Warburton said.
“It’s devastating after working so hard all year that we might not reach our target, and now we are desperately trying to raise as much money as we can. The cost of neutering and vaccinating one street dog is now around £25 but it is the only way to reduce the number of dogs on the street and more being born into a life of misery.”
For more information and to donate, visit: www.lucashelpsdogs.com