Volunteer with us

Do you want to volunteer with an award-winning animal welfare charity in Sri Lanka? 

We are looking for exceptional people who want to use their professional skills and experience to help transform animal welfare and make a sustainable difference to animals and people in Sri Lanka in 2019 

Surgery on Gas at Dogstar

Vet Nurses and Vets

You can support our amazing local veterinary team to provide sustainable, evidence-based Catch, Neuter, vaccinate release ( CNVR ) programs for dogs and cats in Sri Lanka to the highest welfare standards, to support and innovate best practice and continue promoting the role of  Veterinary professionals as advocates of animal welfare. 

Due to the nature of our program, we can not offer EMS placements to vet students or new grads looking for surgical experience. We highly recommend the WVS Training centres in India and Thailand 



Children with animal welfare education leaflets Sri Lanka

Not a Veterinary professional ?     no problem !

From Fundraising, social media management, photographer/videographer, marketing and PR to project management and charity governance there are many ways your professional skills and experience can make a real and sustainable positive impact on animal welfare in Sri Lanka 

Please note we do not operate a rescue shelter/ kennels, our animal welfare work is outreach/field based only. 

sam and holly

We are a no fee volunteer project

Ethics are at the heart of everything we do here at Dogstar, and we do not charge volunteers to "work" with us 

Free Accommodation can be provided for volunteers staying for two weeks and longer, 

All Volunteers will enter the country on an NGO volunteering visa; this process can take up to 12 weeks so we cannot process last-minute applications. 

Not sure if overseas volunteering is the right option for you ?

Fequently Asked Questions

What are the costs involved ?

There is no fee payable to Dogstar to volunteer but there are costs involved 

Dogstar will provide an airport pick up and drop off, If you are staying for 2 weeks or over we will provide accommodation at our volunteer house in Negombo. Accommodation is clean and basic, has an indoor western bathroom. Depending on the time of the year and length of stay you may be sharing the accommodation with other volunteers. Most importantly the accommodation has Wifi! We will arrange your transport to and from work if required.

You will be responsible for your flights, Visa ( approx $50 ) food and drink and all other in costs you incur in country. We require that you have suitable travel insurance evidence of which must be provided. 

What experance do I need ? ( Veterinary )

Qualified Veterinary Surgeons

Volunteer veterinarians should have a minimum of five years post qualification experience with strong surgical skills,  capable of working under pressure in a dynamic environment and be confident in handling emergency situations. 

Registered Veterinary Nurses 

Nurses need to be capable of working under pressure in a dynamic environment and be confident in handling emergency situations

Veterinary students and new grads 

Due to the nature of our work we are unable to accept students, post grads looking to gain more surgical experience. We highly recommend the WVS International training centres in Thailand and India which provides supervised hands-on surgical experience and lectures.

What experance do I need ? ( non veterinary )

Whilst our veterinary team are hands-on with animals it takes an entire team to run Dogstar and we are keen to welcome people with the skills and experience to help our charity thrive 

Fundraising, social media management, photographer/videographer, marketing and PR, project management, website design ( WordPress / beaver builder) and copywriting are just a few of the areas our in-country team would love help with 

If you have a skill not listed that you think we need, get in touch we would love to hear from you 

Whats an average working day ?

There is no such thing as an average day here at Dogstar, we are running Sri Lanka's largest charity spay neuter program with the field team working nearly every day. 

If are working with the surgery team your day will start between 6- 7 until approx 2-3pm, If you are working in the  office hours are more flexible

You can take 2 days off per week and we encourage you to travel and explore our beautiful island 

We are adaptable and flexible and we ask you are too 

Will I need vaccinations ?

All volunteers are required to have received a course of 3 pre-exposure Rabies vaccinations in the last 3 years or hold a valid Rabies titre certificate evidence of which must be provided prior to your arrival.  

Other vaccinations may be required dependant on your previous travel history and your doctor or a travel clinic can advise 

I have not heard back re my application ?

Please allow us 7 days to reply, if you do not hear back from us within 14 days please send us a message 

We are normally oversubscribed for volunteering positions and we cannot accept everyone, please do not book any flights until we have spoken to you and confirmed your placement.


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  • Please note NGO Volunteer visas can take up to 12 weeks to be issued
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