So far, Dogstar has sterilised 3 900 cats. They have been cats whose owners have brought them to Dogstar to be sterilised. But now, a new project is needed to tackle the feline population in Sri Lanka: the objective for Catstar is to sterilise 9,000 cats over a period of 3 years. The target will be both female and male cats, regardless if they are owned, stray or feral. The cats will be sterilised, vaccinated and ear-tipped at two veterinary clinics that are partnering with Dogstar in this project.
Catstar will be supported by several charities other than SNIP International, each of them with a well-defined objective. SNIP International will provide the basic trapping and holding equipment (cat traps, transfer baskets, hospitalisation cages) and surgical equipment (feline spay kits, spay hooks). We will also finance a vehicle (acquisition and running costs for the three years of the project) that will allow transporting cats in appropriate conditions minimising their stress and discomfort. Two local veterinary assistants will be hired, dedicated to Catstar, and SNIP International will fund this also, to ensure sufficient professional post-surgery care for the cats. In total we will be funding Catstar with £40,000 over a period of three years, and Dogstar Foundation has committed to auto-financing at least £64,000. Dogstar Foundation has underwritten the total cost of the project (£245,000), and are still in discussion with some other potential partner charities.
Catstar is about to be launched and we will share with you news about it as the project moves on. We hope that the COVID-19 epidemic will not cause too much delay for Catstar and are excited to be part of this first ever feline TNR programme in Sri Lanka. SNIP International are confident in entrusting our first Amanda Green Grant to Dogstar, given their personal investment to the cause and their excellent track record.
We look forward to giving you more Catstar news from Sri Lanka!
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To find out more about Amanda Green, please consider our article In Memory of Amanda Green