Sri Lanka-based charity wins welfare award!
A charity which helps improve the lives of cats and dogs in Sri Lanka has landed a prestigious award...
Dogstar Foundation won the Charity Team of the Year at the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards 2017 at a glittering ceremony in Birmingham. It beat off stiff competition from Mission Rabies and US-based Michelson Found Animals Foundation to claim the award which is sponsored by Your Dog and Your Cat Magazines.
The charity provides veterinary care for the free-roaming dogs and cats in the Nagombo region of Sri Lanka. It also runs a neutering programme to help bring the animal populations under control and helps to educate local communtites about how to care for animals.
Dogstar was founded in 2006 by Samantha Green after she went on a volunteering trip from her home in England to Sri Lanka. A chance meeting with a sick dog inspired her on a mission to help more dogs in the country. The charity is headed up by Samantha and her husband Mark, and the couple relocated to Sri Lanka full-time in 2013 to carry on the incredible work.
Other winners on the night included:
Chris Laurence Vet of the Year — vet Jenny Stavisky founded the charity Vets in the Community which provides free veterinary care to pets of the homeless.
Welfare Nurse of the Year — Samantha Shand, who works at Quarrington Veterinary Surgery, in Sleaford, Lincolnshire. She works tirelessly to raise funds for animal charities and help educate the public about animal welfare, as well as fostering pets too.
Charity Professional of the Year — Lesley Winton who runs two charities, The Winton Foundation for the Welfare of Bears and Fostering Compassion. While Katrine Bazeley and Graham Duncanson were joint winners of the Farm Animal Welfare Award.
Volunteer of the Year — Farrier Dean Bland won for his support of equine welfare organisations.
International Cat Care Welfare Award — Pei Sui from ActAsia, a former Charity Team of the Year winner. ActAsia is helping to develop principals of animal welfare in Asia.
Farm Animal Welfare Award — joint winners Katrine Bazeley and Graham Duncanson. Retired vet Katrine has built a legacy of welfare for cattle. Graham Duncanson, also a retired vet, has promoted good husbandry throughout his career and has recently returned from a 8,000km cycling challenge to raise funds for Animal Welfare Foundation.
This year also saw a special recognition award for the Guernsey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA) for all its hard work helping to increase animal welfare standards on the island.