Provide an essential pair of
hands to care for over 1500
dogs

A safe-haven for sick, disabled and vulnerable dogs

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  • Duration
    1-24 Weeks
  • Accompanied age
    12+
  • Minimum age
    16+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Saturday
  • From
    £210
  • Duration
    1-24 Weeks
  • Accompanied age
    12+
  • Minimum age
    16+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Saturday
  • From
    £210

Sri Lanka dog sanctuary

Are you a student or qualified vet, or a general dog lover like us? Come and join us on the stunning south coast of Sri Lanka where your help will be really appreciated by everyone!

We urgently need volunteers to provide an essential pair of hands to give much needed care and assistance at this unique dog sanctuary. The free-roaming sanctuary provides a safe-haven for sick, disabled and vulnerable strays – currently looking after over 1,500 dogs! You will support the local vets in caring for the injured or unwell animals and assist the other staff members with the many everyday activities.

"If you love dogs as much as I do, then this is a must do project! I could never have imagined what 1500 dogs looks like, but I can honestly say that the work that goes on here is astounding. I will be back to help as soon as possible."

One of the major problems that you’ll first notice when you visit Sri Lanka is the vast amount of stray dogs wandering the streets (island wide). It is estimated that there are currently over 3 million street animals in Sri Lanka, many of whom suffer immensely through malnutrition, disease and horrific injuries.

With the risk and associated fear of rabies, strays are often demonised, leading to cruelty at the hands of humans. This evident suffering and misery is heart breaking for any animal lover to witness, let alone walk away from.

There is a distinct lack of safe havens and veterinary care available to strays in Sri Lanka, meaning that our work and facilities are a lifeline to many otherwise doomed animals.

This amazing programme has three major aims:

1) To rescue animals in dire need by providing quality veterinary care and rehabilitation and to offer a free roaming safe haven for them.

2) To stabilise the stray dog population through spay/ neutering campaigns as well as educating the locals and running a successful adoption programme.

3) To create a healthier environment for both humans and animals by eradicating rabies.

With over 1500 dogs and 100 cats at the centre, there is always plenty of work that the local team needs help with. The support from volunteers allows the centre to provide an exceptionally high level of care and extend their reach to more animals.

By volunteering at the rescue centre, you will make a major contribution to the welfare of the animals on the island. During your time at the centre, you will spend all of your time with the dogs. This will include play time with the animals, cleaning cages and outdoor areas, cooking dog food, feeding dogs, giving medication & care when needed, filing animals’ nails, assisting the vet whenever needed, looking after animals in recovery cages before and after surgery and so much more!

If you are a qualified or student vet, then depending on your experience, you will be able to work alongside the resident vet helping to carry out operations and other important tasks.

You will spend all of your time with the dogs, providing a vital pair of extra hands to assist with this busy sanctuary. The project is located around 45 minutes away from our accommodation and all transport is included – and it’s worth the drive! Your volunteering days will start around 9am and you will return back to the accommodation at 3pm. 

Since the project was established in 2007, they have sterilised and treated many animals, substantially reducing the stray population on the island. In 2018 alone, the programme achieved the following:

– Provided over 19,000 treatments for diseases, wounds, fractures and tumours

– Sterilised 1356 dogs and cats and conducted 450 other surgeries

– Conducted over 7000 bloods tests-smears/chemistry/ haematology

– Provided over 7000 vaccinations against rabies and other dangerous viruses

– Provided over 16,000 anti-parasitic treatments (worming, mange, tick, flea treatments)

Unfortunately, with the major success this programme has achieved, comes many additional running costs! Just feeding the 1,500 animals every month costs £11,400, the free spay / neutering project that is always in huge demand costs £400 per day and when you add in all of the other normal daily running costs it comes to a huge amount every single day!

Not only will you be providing essential help, but along with your time, your programme fee also includes a vital donation to the project to help with these astronomical costs.

You will be staying just a stones throw away from palm tree lined beaches that have crystal clear waters from the Indian Ocean. You will get to explore Sri Lanka’s rich cultural heritage, discover their stunning coastlines and live within the local community where everyone is so friendly.

Many people are aware of the problems of stray dogs and poor veterinary treatment of animals in Sri Lanka, but few get to make a difference; this is your opportunity to help!

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