I have pledged to take part in the World Big Dog Walk and walk 100 miles this September, accompanied by my pals Yogi, Penny, Wren and Bertha to raise vital funds needed for the charity WeCare Worldwide.
Founded by Dr Janey Lowes in 2014, WeCare Worldwide offer veterinary care to the street dogs of SriLanka. Although there are an estimated 3 million of them, it’s not the dogs themselves that are the issue. In fact, street dogs love their freedom and often have a safe place to sleep and a human guardian who feeds them. The real problem is that they don’t have access to even the most basic of veterinary care.
With a steady stream of severely injured patients coming through their veterinary hospital doors, they need all the support they can get to ensure they’re able to be in Sri Lanka for as long as the animals need them.
WeCare are not a shelter. Street dogs are not stray dogs. It helps to think of them as wild animals. They live freely (and happily!) on the street, with most having a safe place to sleep and a reliable food source. What they’re lacking is access to health care when they need it most, which is where WeCare come in. Roaming dogs have been a part of Sri Lankan culture for generations and WeCare not here to change that. This is why they put dogs back into their communities after treatment wherever possible.
You all know how passionate I am about dogs. I would be so grateful if you could sponsor me and help this charity to continue to provide the loving care desperately needed by these unfortunate dogs.