WECare Worldwide and the Street Dogs of Sri Lanka

Updated: Jul 31, 2020

GVS Vet Nurse Jen McKinlay lived in Sri Lanka for 5 1/2 years and grew to love the country.

Just last month she returned to Sri Lanka for a holiday, and while she was there she looked up WECare Worldwide – an organisation set up by UK volunteers in Newcastle upon Tyne to give free veterinary care to street animals in need worldwide.

Female English Vet watches over 4 street dogs recovering from surgery in a Sri Lankan pet hospital
The recovery centre at WECare Worldwide's Sri Lankan headquarters

It was on her first visits to Sri Lanka that Jen began to discover her passion for animal welfare. She was working as a graphic designer, but soon began to rehome cats and dogs as well. This led to more active involvement in volunteer animal charities and eventually to Jen returning to Australia to become a fully qualified vet nurse.

Since her years living there, Jen has been back to Sri Lanka several times, and while she’s there she often takes the time to help out at animal charities. This time however, Jen went with a gift for WECare Worldwide, courtesy of ZebraVet, Lyppard and us at GVS - a package of veterinary medicines that could make a huge difference to the work WeCare are doing.

Sri Lankan animal welfare charities have been working tirelessly over the past decade to humanely reduce the population of street dogs, and in doing so, increase their quality of life.

2 female English vets hold an emaciated and mangy Sri Lankan street dog as they prepare to operate
The vets at WECare work their trade on another poor street dog

Although many are “community” dogs that are regularly given food, they still suffer terrible injuries from road traffic accidents and various canine diseases.

Fortunately for many of these dogs, their suffering is being reduced as the word spreads and the services of WECare become more widely known.

Community members (and tourists!) who come across an injured or sick dog (or cat) are able to seek treatment at the WECare vet hospital, free of charge.

WECare work very hard to rehabilitate these sick and injured dogs. If possible, these dogs are rehabilitated and returned to a safe community near where they were found, with a local guardian to care for them, otherwise they are re-homed to a safe, loving family.

It is estimated that there are up to 3 million street dogs in Sri Lanka. WECare Worldwide are in the process of carrying out a 5 year plan, in which they will look to help eliminate rabies in the country and also humanely reduce the numbers of unwanted street dogs through spaying and sterilization.

A small Sri Lankan street dog lays unconscious on the operating table as the vet performs desexing surgery
Desexing is a major part of WECare Worldwide's plan to humanely reduce the numbers of street dogs in Sri Lanka

We’re very proud at GVS to know we have been able to contribute in a small way to the great work that WECare Worldwide is doing. If you’d like to know more, or if you’re even thinking that you might like to contribute to the great work they’re doing, why not head over to their website (www.wecareworldwide.org.uk) or check out their Facebook site to see more pictures and get more information about what they do and how you can help.

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