We are both a UK registered charity and a Sri Lankan NGO, started in 2014 by UK Veterinary Surgeon Dr Janey Lowes to help the Sri Lankan street dogs. We offer a wide range of veterinary services to our patients including both emergency and non-emergency treatments, vaccinations and neutering. We aim to provide UK standard veterinary care for street animals in need and started operations in Sri Lanka due to the huge overpopulation of street dogs, (estimates are 2-3 million!), often with extensive injuries or severe disease. Over the last five years, we have treated almost 7,000 animals in need and we look to increase this number in a dramatic way in the near future.
Our veterinary hospital is based on the South Coast in Kapugama, which is a tiny village about a 20 minute drive from the city of Matara, less than a 10 minute drive to Talalla Beach and about 3.5 hours from Colombo. We’re living in a pretty remote area – close enough to lots of beautiful beaches, but we definitely stand out in our little village! Our core team is a mix of international and local staff and we have plenty of interaction with our local community. Our hospital is the best equipped on the island and the only clinic with inpatient facilities outside of Colombo.
We have three main areas of focus:
We are still a small charity, though we’re working hard to make a real difference here in the Southern Province of beautiful Sri Lanka. We rely heavily on volunteer staff to work alongside our contracted team members and a key thing for us is ensuring the right fit for our small team. For us, this means people who are resilient, proactive, not prone to stress, and, generally, just all round good eggs! We work hard, but we also like to have a good time and are a social and relaxed bunch.