Thank you for all your messages of support, we are thankfully all safe and we know are luckier than many.

As a mark of respect for those who have lost their lives our fieldwork clinics has been suspended until after the funerals have taken place 

For those who have asked how they can support agencies here helping those affected we suggest the Sri Lanka Red Cross

Samantha Green

CEO Dogstar Foundation

Negombo, Sri Lanka 

 Because we believe that every dog deserves to be healthy and happy

Dogstar is delivering Sri Lanka's largest Charity Spay Neuter Program.

The life of an unwanted and uncared for dog in Sri Lanka is full of suffering and misery.

With your support, we are changing their future, one spay at a time.

Because every dog deserves to be healthy and happy 

See the impact your support is making for animal welfare  in Sri Lanka

updated 14th April 2019

Dogs sterilised

Supported by Dogs Trust Worldwide   

Rabies vaccinations 

In partnership with Mission Rabies

Cats sterilised 


Sri Lankan street puppy

Sterilisation and vaccination

Spay-neuter clinics & rabies vaccination programs tackle the root causes of animal suffering

Children with animal welfare education leaflets Sri Lanka

Animal welfare education

Education is fundamental to develop community-responsibility for animal welfare and health 

Sri Lanka street dog with mange

Street dog health care

Providing vital veterinary care to stray dogs suffering from skin conditions, parasites and wounds 

The problems 

The current Animal welfare laws in Sri Lanka are 112 years old and offer little or no protection to owned animals that suffer due to irresponsible or ill-informed ownership, animals are often permanently chained or kennelled, with their emotional and physical needs severely neglected. Unwanted puppies are often strayed on the road at just a few weeks old and hundreds of thousands of roaming dogs face additional challenges including illegal poisoning or relocations from Tourist areas. Rabies is endemic in Sri Lanka with dogs as main reservoirs and transmitters of this fatal disease, the animal welfare issues we are tackling also have a significant impact on human health and wellbeing.

The Solutions 

Since 2006 Dogstar Foundation and our International partners have been transforming animal welfare in Sri Lanka. Dogstar has always worked closely with Sri Lankan communities, Vets and local authorities to provide humane dog population management, Mass Rabies vaccination programs, education leading to attitude change and the development of veterinary practice. A dog charity with a difference, taking a scientific and evidence led approach to animal welfare, committed to tackling welfare issues at the root causes and providing sustainable solutions. As a founding member of The Animal Welfare Coalition of Sri Lanka, we advocate for new and improved animal welfare legislation.

Catstar , a better future for Sri Lankas cats

Street cat

A female cat can have up to three litters per year, with an average litter of 4-6 kittens.

With no national program to sterilise cats the feline population has spiralled out of control.

Catstar provides urgently needed spay neuter services for Sri Lankas cats

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Sri Lanka's current animal welfare legislation is 112 years old  

That legislation is no longer fit for purpose. Currently, there are no laws to protect animals who are permanently chained up, kenneled, abused or neglected. There are no laws to stop owners from dumping unwanted animals on the streets. A new Animal Welfare bill received cabinet approval in 2016 but it has yet to be brought into law ( enacted )