Our committed and highly talented team is led by Sam and Mark Green, a formidable husband and wife duo who relocated from the UK to Sri Lanka full time in 2013, having operated between the two countries since 2006. Dogstar’s work is so effective because their local knowledge embeds us in the community and is facilitated by the cultural understanding that can only come from living and working with communities directly.
Samantha ( Sam ) Green
A qualified project manager with an impressive career spanning Railway Engineering , Operations and construction Sam founded the Dogstar Foundation in 2006 after a chance meeting with a Monk and his sick dog. A natural trouble shooter , lateral thinker and multi tasker, Sam has transferred her skills to Sri Lanka to create a professional organisation that is tackling animal welfare issues at their root causes.
Mark took ( very ) early retirement in 2013 and relocated to Sri Lanka full time with Sam. With over 30 years management experience working on the London Underground Mark is accomplished project manager and a natural leader. Mark’s talents are now put to considerable use in managing the logistics and project management challenges Dogstar faces daily.
A dedicated team of Sri Lanka vets who have received post grad training in innovative fieldwork keyhole surgery techniques supported by a dedicated team of Sri Lankan veterinary assistants working together seamlessly at field clinics in a purpose built surgical truck. Every month they carry out hundreds of quick and safe sterilisations, vaccinations and health checks to the extremely high international standards Dogstar require using imported gold standard pain relief and veterinary consumables.
Community awareness ( Team Blue )
Sampath, Chaminda and Darminda driving Dogstar 1 and Dogstar 2 are a regular sight in the areas we work. Team Blue scout out the locations for our sterilisation programs, conduct community awareness and promote the benefits of spay neuter and rabies vaccinations. Team Blue also talk to owners about animal welfare, common health concerns and issues with kenneling and chaining.