The Dogstar Foundation works closely with the local Buddhist Temples in Sri Lanka, Village Temples although small are the focal point of many communities. The Monks often provide us with accommodation for our neutering and vaccination clinics and assist us to publicise the clinics in advance to local dog and cat owners. Many Temples have a population of stray animals living within their grounds that the monks care for and those animals are always neutered and vaccinated as part of our visit.
Dogstar works directly with the Monks at a number of temples close to our base in Randenyia. We provide food donations, vaccinations, sterlisations, treatment for skin conditions and other veterinary care as required for the dogs and cats living at the temples.
We work with the Monks to try and re home some of the younger dogs and cats with local people. Animals that are not rehomed will have sanctuary at the Temples. You can also help Dogstar support some of these temple dogs via our sponsor a dog scheme.
The Sri Dalada Maligawa
In late 2007 The Dogstar Foundation were invited to The Sri Dalada Maligawa more commonly known to overseas visitors as The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy and requested to help with the ever increasing population of community dogs living in and around the Temple Grounds.
The Dogstar Foundation funded a team to neuter & vaccinate a number of dogs living outside the Temple. In May 2008 a special project was undertaken to rescue, treat and rehome a number of dogs from within the Temple grounds many whom were living under ceremonial oil burners and suffering burns from dripping oil.