So I was not surprised at all when we set to work in the outreach villages of Negumbo where the locals have very little money and live in small mud huts with no windows and a communal toilet for the entire village. Dogs run wild and live outside. Most are tied to trees. There is no collar and lead instead a makeshift piece of chain which invariably can cause wounds around the neck. They are covered in mange and have some of the worst dermatitis I have ever seen. They are malnourished, very skinny and huge ticks the size of garden peas hanging from their bodies.
The locals greeted us with much respect and were very enthusiastic to receive healing for their
dogs and themselves. There are many religious groups here and we worked with Catholics, Christians, Buddhists and Hindus. Everyone we treated believed in spiritual healing. However first and foremost it was our responsibility to inform the locals to take responsibility of their own dogs by looking after them properly with adequate food and have them neutered and spayed to help with the crisis situation of so many unwanted animals. Some of the locals were very superstitious and worried that if they neutered their animals this may have repercussions on their own children not being able to conceive and having families of their own.
I am eternally grateful to the many animal welfare organisations that care for animals all over the world. I am especially grateful to HAAAW for the wonderful rescue work they do here in Sri Lanka as they have established good solid relationships with the locals who rely heavily on their services. The locals cannot always afford to visit the vet so many dogs go untreated. HAAAW and Dr Rohan offer free spaying and neutering, worming and flea treatments and my operation the Healing Animals Organisation conduct healing on dogs, cats and their carers and assist in day to day duties. We are a united team and it works well.