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Animal lovers swap Christmas with their families to care for cats and dogs
A pair of dedicated animal lovers are preparing to embark on a 5,500 mile trip to Sri Lanka to care for street dogs and cats.
Education Officer Anna Cowling and Dog Rehomer Amy Burgess from Wood Green Animal Shelters will be swapping Christmas at home with their families for 18 days of 30C heat, feeding, worming, vaccinating and treating cats and dogs.
The duo will depart for the fishing town of Negombo, situated on the West coast of Sri Lanka, just North of the capital Colombo, on Christmas Eve.
Anna and Amy will work alongside Home and Abroad Animal Welfare on an international project. For the last few years, Wood Green have teamed up with the Hampshire based charity to send staff to the island to assist in working with animals in desperate need of care and treatment.
On this Christmas trip, Anna and Amy will be providing care and treatment to the local animal population, both owned animals and strays. This year they will also be teaching young people basic animal welfare and building on the animal welfare education work in already carried out across the UK.
Anna (35) of Deighton Close, St Ives, said: “It is going to be really interesting to go to a country that views animal welfare very differently. We will also be going right back to basics and helping local people to help their animals.
“It is going to be emotionally challenging from an animal welfare point of view, seeing animals in such poor conditions when we have such wonderful facilities back home. It will be a shame that we only have a limited time. However, the little that we can do will go a long way.”
Amy (24) of Fulney Lane North, Spalding, said: “It is something that I have wanted to do for a few years now. I know it is going to be a great experience and I hope to be able to make a difference.”