“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”
― Dalai Lama XIV
We believe all animals are sentient beings. Our organization, our team and our code of ethics is based upon that belief. This belief, that animals are consciously aware; capable of feeling love and pain firmly roots us in a “do no harm” philosophy.
Many of the animals we work with live on the street and are cared for by villagers. It is these people, at a grassroots level, that we seek to train, educate and support. Our goals are to Eliminate, Educate and Exemplify.
The Three *E’s*
- Eliminate – We seek to eliminate mange, suffering and parasites in each animal we treat. When possible we sterilize.
- Educate – We seek to train volunteers and villagers in the treatment of mange, maggot wounds and parasites.
- Exemplify – We exemplify what it means to be compassionate, respectful of all levels of consciousness and being.
The Five Freedoms (as defined by John Webster)
- Freedom from thirst and hunger – by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor
- Freedom from discomfort – by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area
- Freedom from pain, injury, and disease – by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment
- Freedom to express most normal behavior – by providing sufficient space, proper facilities, and company of the animal’s own kind
- Freedom from fear and distress – by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering
Communication with and among tribal groups, villagers, volunteers and members within Street Animal Care Kits (SACK) organization must always be transparent, honest, and respectful. At times we will have differing views and opinions; understanding and accepting our differences eliminates unprofessional, divisive behavior.