IAR Goa – Sterilisation Project
At IAR Goa we firmly believe that sterilisation is one of the most vital aspects of our work as it is only by humanely reducing the stray animal population that the suffering can be decreased.
We aim to sterilise a minimum of two hundred street dogs and a hundred homeless cats a month. We also sterilise owner animals and ask for a small contribution which would be much lower than the amount that would be charged if the owner attended a private vet. Needless to say, if someone cannot afford to give a donation, we sterilise the animal free of charge.
The fact that since we started work we have sterilised over 30,000 animals is an indication of the amount of suffering we have reduced. Just imagine the number of unwanted puppies and kittens we have prevented from being born that would have had a short miserable life and have had died slowly in dreadful circumstances.
Another massive benefit is that sterilised male dogs do not fight over mating with bitches. As a result of these fights dogs all too often are injured with the wounds quickly becoming infested with maggots that slowly eat away at the animal. We frequently see horrors of this kind. As a result of our sterilisation campaign thankfully these horrors are seen less often.
This is a personal project to find Arabelle, an Indian Pariah dog we rescued, a Forever Home.
We recently visited IAR Goa and were involved in the rescue of a female dog severely ill from advanced mange with bacterial infection. We named her Arabelle (she was found in Arambol) Arabelle is under the care of IAR Goa where she was being treated. She is being fostered by one of the staff and we contribute to her food and pay all medical bills.
As a result of Project Rhino KZN’s ethos of collaboration, projects and campaigns in partnership with other organisations have been initiated.
An animal dying of rabies suffers dreadfully. But, thanks to our vaccination program, we have seen the incidence of rabies drop dramatically. This is partly due to the reduced stray animal population, and partly due to the fact that we also vaccinate every animal we sterilize against rabies. We do our best to re-vaccinate as many animals as possible each year.