Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - PETS -

Shirabdi De Silva, a cer­ti­fied yoga teacher, will be con­duct­ing a yoga class in aid of the An­i­mal Wel­fare & Pro­tec­tion Associatio­n. Shirabdi has trained in Ash­tanga Vinyasa at Tattva Yoga Shala in Rishikesh and un­der the Knoff Yoga Sys­tem with Yoga Mas­ter Nicky Knoff. The class will be de­signed on the Knoff Yoga Sys­tem which com­bines the anatom­i­cal align­ment of Iyen­gar Yoga with the en­er­getic prin­ci­ples of Ash­tanga Vinyasa. Shirabdi is a pas­sion­ate an­i­mal lover and the proud owner of two brown beach dogs at Anawasal Re­sort, a pet friendly yoga re­treat in Kal­pi­tiya, Sri Lanka. All pro­ceeds will be directly do­nated to the AWPA.

Be­ing an an­i­mal lover and dog owner from child­hood, Shirabdi has been a long­stand­ing sup­porter of the AWPA. The AWPA was set up in 1963 by a group of an­i­mal lovers, and cur­rently runs two res­i­den­tial shel­ters for over 450 dogs and cats in Colombo. The pri­mary ex­pense of the shel­ters are feed­ing costs, which amount to over Rs.10,000 per day. The AWPA also spends on ad­min­is­ter­ing medication, an­nual vac­ci­na­tions, bian­nual worm­ing, shelter staff salaries, and main­te­nance of the prop­er­ties.

Ster­il­i­sa­tion cam­paigns are a pri­or­ity for the AWPA. Pre­vent­ing un­wanted lit­ters con­trib­utes greatly to re­duc­ing dog num­bers; and this dog pop­u­la­tion man­age­ment is an im­por­tant part of ra­bies con­trol pro­gramme. Ad­di­tion­ally ster­il­i­sa­tion im­proves the qual­ity of life for the an­i­mal. Cam­paigns are con­ducted in both ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas in sev­eral parts of the coun­try.

Do­na­tions and sup­port from the AWPA’S pa­trons are crit­i­cal to its on­go­ing mis­sion and ac­tiv­i­ties. In ad­di­tion to run­ning shel­ters and ster­il­i­sa­tion ser­vices, the AWPA also res­cues street an­i­mals in dis­tress, of­ten af­ter road ac­ci­dents, in­juries and other trau­matic con­di­tions. To regis­ter for the Yoga Class and learn from a pro­fes­sional in­struc­tor while also pro­vid­ing sup­port to the AWPA’S mis­sion, please SMS or What­sapp 077 885 7778, or email [email protected]

If you wish to donate directly to the AWPA, the bank de­tails are: ● Ac­count Name: The An­i­mal’s Wel­fare & Pro­tec­tion Associatio­n

● Bank: Bank of Cey­lon 034 Kollupi­tiya Branch

● Ac­count num­ber: 0001629496 Please email [email protected] com / and in­form the AWPA of any do­na­tions trans­ferred so that they can ac­knowl­edge re­ceipt. Cheques can be posted to Mrs. Ainthe Ra­japakse, Hony. Deputy Trea­surer- AWPA, 29 Frank­furt Place, Colombo 4, Sri Lanka.

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