An Italian couple living in Unawatuna have taken on the adoption of stray cats and dogs in the area in a big way.
According to residents, the couple have adopted half a dozen dogs and 26 cats. It is understood that the couple came to Sri Lanka about a year ago in search of Ayurvedic treatment for the wife, who suffers from asthma. The couple started collecting strays almost as soon as they arrived in the island.
The animals are being accommodated in a house that was damaged in the 2004 tsunami. The couple pay the rent and cover the costs of feeding the animals. They have requested the owner of the house to take care of the animals, and feed them according to their instructions. The animals are examined once a month by a vet.
One tourist said the cats and dogs were enjoying “la dolce vita” (the sweet life), thanks to the couple’s animal welfare efforts.