The Dog Care Clinic - our first project - rescues stray dogs, and provides them with food, medical care and plenty of love.
There are about 3 million street dogs in Sri Lanka, most of whom end up there because of disease, vehicle accidents and/or cruelty. It’s a shocking statistic, and we want to help in any way
The Dog Care Clinic is run by Marina Mobus. With the help of 35 local helpers (and donations like ours), they do outstanding work to change thousands of dogs’ lives with compassion and respect.
The Foundation has been working with the Dog Care Clinic for the last 3 years.
In 2019, we funded a brand new clinic, fully kitted out with medical equipment.
The new clinic replaced the original building and all of its out-of-date equipment. The refurbishment included state-of-the-art operating theatres, a cool room, safe and hygienic daybeds for dogs to recover on and a comfortable new waiting room for families. The new medical equipment means the clinic can provide the best possible care to its canine patients.
The new clinic can care for around 2000 dogs per year. It also gives the team the capacity to neuter around 9000 dogs every year. This tackles the problem of overpopulation at its roots.
In 2018, we funded a new kitchen at the clinic, providing a much safer and more hygienic environment to prepare meals.
The Dog Care Clinic supplies 1500 fresh meals to stray dogs every single day. Before the new kitchen arrived, the team was cooking in a shed, with no hygiene infrastructure.
The new kitchen offers a safe space for the clinic to prepare meals - faster and in a more hygienic environment. The remaining funds were used to build a new laundry facility and storage for medical supplies.
In 2017, we invested in building an intensive care unit - an ICU. This provides a safe place for dogs and puppies to recover their strength.
Life on the streets for a dog is hard. And sometimes, the Dog Care Clinic has to conduct major surgery to save a dog’s life or improve its wellbeing. After this kind of surgery, it’s really important that a dog can recover in a safe environment under observation. In the new ICU, dogs can rest and receive post-surgery support before rejoining their pack.
The unit is also kitted out with heating lamps for sick newborn puppies, which helps keep these little ones alive in their early weeks and months.
Thanks to this lifesaving unit, more than 450 dogs per year get the treatment they need to survive - and to thrive.