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 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.
Our mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering.
We are dedicated to reducing the street animal population through our spay and neuter programmes to prevent unwanted cats and dogs of tomorrow.
We aim to transform the quality of life for street cats and dogs through creating awareness of their existence and suffering around the world.
HOW WE WORK
We are an international rescue group working with a network of dedicated volunteers and partner with other rescue groups in the UK, the USA, Canada, Turkey and Europe improving the lives of street cats and dogs abroad.
We educate and promote the benefits of spay and neuter to deal with the root cause of street animal population. We support and enable on the ground volunteers in their spay and neuter efforts by partnering with local veterinarians.
We supply pet food to volunteers to feed animals dumped in the mountains and remote areas where animals are left to die of starvation.
We organise treatment for the sick and injured animals and provide shelter to protect them from the weather elements.
Our rescue animals are adopted out in the UK, Europe, USA and Canada. This is how our international adoptions work:
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.
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 place the rescued animal in boarding facilities or foster homes until they are adopted. We pay for the animals boarding to keep them safe - we do not have a brick-and-mortar facility.
Once a forever home is found, we would arrange the pet to be flown with a flight volunteer to their adoptive homes.
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.
Actively promoting and organising spay and neuter to help reduce street animal population.
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.