Healthy dogs mean healthy people.
Aboriginal people have always lived very closely with their dogs and a distinctive feature of most remote communities is the large number of dogs. Warlukurlangu Artists runs a dog health program in Yuendumu.
This program involves feeding hungry dogs, managing ticks, and caring for sick and abandoned dogs. Staff regularly provide advice to community members on better care of dogs. Warlukurlangu Artists also fund vets to visit the community to sterilise dogs and treat them for various diseases.
In recent years the art centre has collaborated with Central Desert Shire to bring a vet to the community to take stock of the dog population and insert birth control implants or de-sex as many dogs as possible. This program is repeated regularly and has helped to control the number of dogs in the community and to improve the health of the remaining dogs. Despite this there are many unwanted puppies and Warlukurlangu Artists arranges to take puppies to the RSPCA in Alice Springs.
The dog program is run by Gloria Morales, the art centre’s Assistant Manager. Over the years Gloria has become the local animal rescue person, her care of animals in distress is not limited to dogs. For more information visit her Facebook page Aussie Desert Dogs.
Warlukurlangu is very grateful for the support given to the dog program by Alison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne, and Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney.