Sri Lanka: A tropical paradise where a dog’s life comes cheap.

“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.” ― Mark Twain

Sri Lanka is a popular holiday destination. Many tourists flood to this tropical paradise and its stunning natural scenery. Sadly for the millions of dogs that also live here, they have a very different experience of this paradise.

It’s sadly a common place on any given day in the streets of Sri Lanka to see starving, mange ridden, some missing one of more limbs, suffering dogs. Many are found close to death lying on sides of streets either being hit by cars or trains or dying from starvation. It is estimated that there are over 3 million roaming dogs in a country of only 65,000 sq km ( 25,332 sq miles)

The rescues that do work here face a huge uphill battle. The civil war that ended in 2009 (lasting 3 decades) and the Tsunami of 2004 has meant many human issues that have also affected the welfare of dogs. Continue reading