Why running a charity is like running a business

running a charity is like running a business

People often say to me ” I would love your job,” “It must be so nice working with animals all day.”

In reality running an animal welfare charity overseas is nothing most like people think; it’s really like running a business. My donors are my investors and shareholders, and my customers are animals, owners, and local stakeholders. Like every business we have to have short and long-term plans, budgets, produce reviews and reports and we have to offer value for money, and unlike most business, we don’t have an overdraft

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Mission Rabies Sri Lanka 2016



Mission Rabies returned to Sri Lanka for the second year and what a year it was! , vaccinating 9239 animals against Rabies exceeding the required 70 % vaccination coverage protecting the human and animal population against this deadly disease

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Dogstar Down under


Dogstar has DGR Status in Australia as Dogstar Foundation Down Under so any donations you make over $2 will be tax deductible.

In August 2016 Dogstar Foundation is being featured on MyGivingCircle, an online donation platform that allows people to join a ‘Giving Circle’ to maximise impact. The lovely team at MyGivingCircle will be matching all dollars donated to Dogstar this month, up to $500. So please, if you can spare a few dollars, join Dogstar’s Giving Circle here, and donate a small, Australian tax-deductible amount today.


Dogstar Foundation Down Under

Bank Transfers to

Dogstar Foundation Down Under

ABN 46607036279

BSB 033077

A/C 374976



Download the Giver app for iPhone or Android and support Dogstar from only 10 cents a day






Coming soon – Everyday Hero 


Please email Natalie@dogstarfoundation.com for any queries re Australian Tax deductible donations or to get  involved from Australia.

Brexit impacts animal welfare work in Sri Lanka

Although our animal welfare field work is in Sri Lanka global events impact us and sometimes in the most unexpected manner . Since Brexit the pound has fallen to a 31 year low  and this is having a crippling effect on our work.

Brexit impacts on animal welfare

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Heatstoke in dogs


April 9th 2016 

Sri Lanka is experiencing a prolonged heatwave and its not just people that are suffering heatstroke
Heatstroke occurs when normal body mechanisms cannot keep the body’s temperature in a safe Keep your dog coolrange. Animals do not have efficient cooling systems (like humans who sweat) and get overheated easily. A dog with moderate heatstroke (body temperature from 104º to 106ºF) can recover within an hour if given prompt first aid and veterinary care (normal body temperature is 100-102.5°F). Severe heatstroke (body temperature over 106ºF) can be deadly and immediate veterinary assistance is needed.

Please ensure your pets have 24 hour access to fresh clean water and shade / cool area / fan or ac area with the freedom to move out of the sun / heat. In the afternoons when my own dog is feeling the heat I wet a towel with cold water he lays under that.
Community ( street ) dogs really need our help as well , so we are providing water to dogs in our village and also carrying bowls and water bottles in our car to give to dogs in need.