Animal Welfare in New Caledonia
The Down Under Rally are proud supporters of the development of programmes that are targeted at providing animal welfare services in New Caledonia.
Who is responsible for raising awareness about the plight of Animals in New Caledonia ?
Ana & Brent of Cat Impi have been at sea for 6 years now and have sailed more than halfway around the world.
Those who follow Cat Impi will know of their involvement with animal welfare and care solutions in New Caledonia, the project having been started as a result of their followers on You Tube funding the medical costs to help to 'Moose', the abandoned island dog.
Moose is now being well cared for and will continue to benefit and live a better life thanks to the efforts of Brent & Ana and the generosity and compassion that has been provided by both the cruising community and Brent and Ana`s social media followers.
Now it is time for"Operation Dog"
Of all the places Brent & Ana have visited in their travels they say the 'Ile Des Pins' in New Caledonia is the jewel in the crown of the best islands to be found anywhere in the world and we support their sentiments.
Sadly however the "Ile Des Pins" is not paradise for the dogs who live on the island. The local folks do not have the means to control their numbers through medical resolve, so puppies are often drowned, dogs driven over and annual shooting events are techniques employed.
Initially one is inclined to judge the local people as a result of these actions however it soon becomes obvious that due to a lack of finances the people have little to no means for providing medical assistance. "Operation Dog" is about obtaining the funding needed to provide this medical assistance.
The goal of "Operation Dog" is to prevent the suffering of these animals, reduce the stress on the inhabitants of the island who suffer as a result of seeing their animals suffer.
In short "Operation Dog" is a program to control the dog population on the island in a humane manner.
Down Under Donation
In 2018 $40.00 from each Go East rally registration fee we receive will be donated to Operation Dog !
In the video below Brent & Ana of Cat Impi join forces with the flying and sailing vet, Guy Kane, for the first ever operation to sterilise dogs taking place on Ile Des Pins.
PLEASE NOTE SOME PEOPLE MAY FIND THE LAST PART OF THIS VIDEO DISTURBING AS IT SHOWS MEDICAL PROCEDURES BEING CARRIED OUT.
VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED
You can help too !
If you would like to support "Operation Dog" by donating just a few dollars, as little as $2 or even maybe $5, you will be making it possible to help the local folks on these islands to be better able to turn the plight of these animals around. To find out more and to make a donation please click the link below: