When Animal SOS Sri Lanka was set up in late 2006, it was meant to fulfil the vision of Kim Cooling, a social worker from London. Moved by the suffering animals she saw on the street, Kim says she came back to Sri Lanka determined to help these animals and to be a part of finding a sustainable solution.
Animal SOS Sri Lanka is in the process of establishing a no-kill refuge and veterinary clinic which will cater primarily to street dogs.
Kim says that they intend to give priority to animals who are finding it impossible to cope on the streets - disabled or wounded animals in particular - and she hopes that these animals will be able to live out the rest of their lives being well cared for. The clinic will be a well equipped surgical facility, and its services will encompass drug and surgical treatments, diet care and sterilisation/neutering and full vaccination programmes.
Animal SOS also plans to introduce volunteer vets to professionals so that the former can gain some valuable experience and learn new skills. They also intend to work alongside the government and authorities to introduce more humane and effective animal welfare legislation and regulations.
The site for the sanctuary has already been purchased. Spread out over nearly 3 acres, the sanctuary is near Ahangama. Currently, Kim and her team still need funds and equipment to get the veterinary clinic up and running.
For those wanting to know more, the group has a wish list up on their website http://www.animalsos-sl.com/
Ewan Taylor, a former police officer in London and a great animal lover is in charge of setting up the shelter, and anyone wishing to get involved is a welcome to call him on 0771968433. Currently, this "Anglo-Sri Lankan" group is supported by individuals and groups from both the UK and Sri Lanka.