It all started with feeding a colony of streets cats.
Help Street Cats and Dogs was founded by Isabel Dowsett in 2017, after a trip to Turkey made her aware of the suffering of street cats and dogs. She spent time working with volunteers on the ground where she witnessed cats and dogs being born into harsh dangerous environments many not living beyond a few months.
Unneutered cats and dogs roam the streets meant that kittens and puppies were being born into the streets at an alarming rate with a miserable life ahead of them. Isabel felt she had to do something to help which led her to founding of Help Street Cats and Dogs.
Help Street Cats and Dogs vision is a world where humans treat animals with respect, empathy and understanding - free from neglect, abuse, cruelty and exploitation.
We aim to transform the quality of life for street cats and dogs through creating awareness of their existence and suffering around the world. Working with a network of volunteers saving lives and promoting the benefits of spay and neuter to prevent unwanted cats and dogs of tomorrow.
HOW WE WORK
We work with a network of dedicated volunteers in the UK, the USA, Turkey and Europe rescuing street cats and dogs.
The volunteers on the ground send us pictures and videos, as well as vital information regarding the animal in need of help - often in need of help for food, treatment or protection from abuse.
We educate, promote and enable on the ground volunteers about the benefits of spay and neuter to deal with the root cause by way of funding their spay and neuter efforts through local veterinarians and our spay and neuter projects in partnership with a team of vets from Europe.
If an animal is in need of any treatment, it will immediately go into one of the clinics for a general examination; vaccinations Including a rabies shot, and will receive further care depending on the assessment by the veterinary team.
We look to place the rescued animal in boarding facility or a foster home if one can be found until a suitable home is found. We have to pay for the animals boarding to keep them safe as we don't have our own facilities.
Once a forever home is found, we would arrange the pet to be flown with a flight volunteer to their adoptive homes.
Below is an outline of how we achieve our mission.
Support volunteers on the ground by making donations enabling them to provide food, water, treat and shelter animals in their communities.
Rescue cats and dogs from neglect, abuse, cruelty and abandonment.
Funding life saving treatment for the sick or injured cats and dogs and subsequently finding loving homes.
Actively promoting and organising spay and neuter to help reduce street animal population.