For the next 3 years, in collaboration with the Maharagama Medical Officer of Health and the Blue Paw Trust, Embark will be carrying out a Humane Dog Population and Rabies Management Project in the Maharagama DS Division. One and a half months into the campaign and over 500 dogs have already been vaccinated against Rabies. Plans indicate that the first few months of the project will focus on Anti-rabies Vaccinations. This initial period will be insightful as the Embark and Blue Paw Trust teams will be able to get an idea of the number of dogs that need to be sterilised over the course of the project.

Embark and the Blue Paw Trust also organised a meeting with the Maharagama Medical Officer of Health, along with local Public Health Inspectors and Government staff from the area. This was done in order to raise awareness on the proposed Dog Population and Rabies Management Project. It was great to see the interest and positive response from all the local government officials and staff!

The first clinic was held on the 23rd of November. The Blue Paw Trust team set up stations in 5 different locations and were able to administer the Anti-rabies Vaccination to more than 250 dogs on that day. Around 143 and 107 dogs were vaccinated on the 7th and 14th of December respectively.

Maharagama campaign targets: Duration: 03 years (Nov 2011 – Dec 2014) Clinics: 304 mobile clinic days Sterilisations: 5,000+ female sterilisations Vaccinations: 35,000+ anti-rabies vaccinations Total projected cost: Rs. 23 million

As the Maharagama project moves forward, Team Embark calls on YOU to support this campaign by working with us to provide a better life for street dogs in Sri Lanka and to give them the love, respect and home they deserve. Alone we achieve little, but together we can make a world of difference for our strays.

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