Our first encounter
Our first encounter with stray dogs in Burma / Myanmar
The first time we went to Myanmar and saw the extreme conditions many stray animals suffer under ourselves. In Mahagandajon Monastery, a popular tourist destination close to Mandalay we were met by ten folds of malnourished, injured dogs and puppies which no one took care of. They escaped to the monastery as the peaceful monks would not chase them away, but at the same time had no means to take care of the animals living on alms from the local community themselves. Witnessing this we found a veterinary an hour away and carried three of the sickest puppies with us, hoping there was something we could do to save them. Intravenous fluid, Vaccination and food quickened them up, but it was heartbreaking to leave a few days later, not knowing if they would recover and survive or not. This was like our other previous experiences a desperate attempt to help, when you at the same time know you cannot follow up the situation. And even worse not helping all those other in pain at all. In a closed country like Myanmar you encounter many difficulties like language barriers; we spent 2 days just to get the Burmese word for “veterinary”, and finding one was even more difficult. We often think of those fragile puppies in Amarapura, and hope we soon can go back to help on long term basis.
When we reach our goal to fund a rescue shelter in Myanmar, this is where we want to start. Those dogs, and the occasional scruffy cat, deserve such a better future. You can read more about this is in our work
NOTE: if you by any chance are going to Myanmar as a tourist, and visit the usual route to Amarapura monastery, consider bringing some food for the dogs and cats. We found a very rare pet shop in Mandalay where we bought several 50 kilo bags of pet food. But anything will do. You will by blessed by both monks and animals!