Live to Love UK supports Live to Rescue in Ladakh, Northern India. Live to Rescue provides humane treatment of homeless dogs in Ladakh with sterilisation and the chance to find a home. Live to Rescue is Ladakh's most effective animal protection organisation working towards reducing the suffering of animals and fostering harmonious relationships between animals and people of the region in the face of rapid development and tourism.
According to the Animal Husbandry Department of Leh, the feral dog population in Ladakh in 2014 was around 15,000 to 20,000, of which more than 5,000 were located in the town of Leh. This has led to increasing conflict between people and dogs, resulting in a significant increase in dog bite incidents and on rare occasions, fatalities. The instinctive reaction to control the dog population was to cull the animals. However His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa, a leading Buddhist in the area, emphasised that the humane and compassionate way to deal with the problem was through Animal Birth Control (ABC). The Live to Rescue project along with the Young Drukpa Association and the Animals Jusbandry Department of Leh was founded to help manage this growing situation.
The birth control clinic in Changspa, Leh provides spaying and neutering facilities to help mitigate the problems of stray and feral dogs in the Leh area and surrounding villages. Since 2014 a total of 1,300 dogs have been successfully sterilised. Dogs that are sick, weak or with pups are taken to the Animal Care Centre in Nang Village, about 35km from Leh.
The centre in Nang Village currently looks after over 100 dogs in three homing sections: aggressive dogs, injured dogs and puppies. In addition, the centre provides care and accommodation for injured and abandoned domestic animals including cows, horses, goats, sheep and chickens.
Live to Rescue also runs an education programme to help raise dog awareness and encourage greater responsibility amongst the public in managing the dog population. There is even an adoption programme for those who appreciate that a dog can be "man's best friend".
Overall, the education programme raises public awareness and understanding of:
Phase 1 facilities at Nang have been a tremendous success. The ABC programme has already made a significant difference to the numbers of feral dogs roaming the streets and many dogs taken into the Nang centre are adopted by loving Ladakhi families. However, there continues to be a high demand from the general public to accommodate more dogs. Live to Rescue therefore plans to extend its care facilities to accommodate up to 5 times the number of dogs and will cater for the following activities:
Live to Love UK wants to do everything it can to save lives and minimise the suffering of animals in Ladakh, especially dogs, and to encourage Ladakhi people to discover why a dog can be "man's best friend".
If you would like to support Live to Rescue Ladakh, then please made a donation using the link below.
Alternatively, you can made a donation of any size towards Phase 2 construction at the Animal Care and Management Centre in Nang.
If you have friends who would like to support this vital work, then please send them a link to this page or download and print the leaflet below.
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