Sri Lanka : Dog Care Conservation Project

Are you a dog lover who truly cares about making a difference in the lives of vulnerable dogs in a place where help is really needed? Then come join AASHA's dog care program in Sri Lanka which is run by a German NGO at a world class shelter/clinic that is dedicated to giving these abandoned and neglected creatures the best possible chance to live a decent life by providing a high level of care and love.
All year round (Starts every Friday, Min. 7 Days)
Full Day

About the Program

program overview Overview

The life of a stray dog is far from easy in Sri Lanka. The majority of the public’s awareness of dogs (and animals in general) is still limited. There are several thousands of stray dogs in the country who suffer from hunger and untreated diseases, and also, unfortunately, ill-treatment from humans, thereby worsening their already fragile state. Most dogs live on the streets, and many are in an appalling state. Unsprayed females produce several litters of puppies every year, many of which are simply abandoned in front of temples or at the gates of shelters. These puppies are usually too small to have even the slightest chance of survival unless provided with care. Many of them die of hunger or due to parasites or fall victim to animal abusers. Unfortunately, the Sri Lankan government turns a blind eye to this problem and does nothing to support the well-being of stray dogs. Hence, it is of utmost importance to provide these vulnerable dogs with a level of care that gives them the best chance to survive and thrive. Many people who own dogs in Sri Lanka are poor and cannot afford vet fees, so there is a tremendous need to provide these treatments free of charge.

program details Description

The goals of this project are to:

▪ Provide treatment and care to injured, neglected, sick and disabled dogs
▪ Increase the understanding between dogs and humans and to bring about mass awareness about the situation of street dogs to the local population
▪ Provide consistent neutering programs to help reduce the number of stray dogs on the streets
▪ Provide mass vaccinations to reduce diseases and to minimize the risk of rabies to both humans and animals
▪ Run social adoption projects, which benefit both humans and dogs

There are two shifts per day – morning and afternoon. Each shift is 4 hours long. Participants will be allocated to one shift a day, usually alternating between morning and afternoon shifts on a weekly basis.

Course Schedule
Assisting during mealtime feedings
Engagement with dogs and dog activities (playing, cuddling, distributing treats, etc.)
Grooming activities (brushing, washing, claw cutting, ear cleaning, etc.)
Conducting checks on the compound and of the dog boxes
Helping with socializing certain isolated dogs
Taking care of new born puppies as well as their mothers
Spending time with sick and disabled dogs
Basic wound cleaning and removal of ticks
Participating at medicine distribution and observing their intake of medicines
Occasionally assisting with special project outside the clinic such as assisting with the vaccination program, joining the feeding tour on the streets, etc.
Other day-to-day tasks as appropriate

On arrival, a detailed orientation and training program is provided, including health and safety training, culture training and an area orientation tour around Galle. All operational activities are managed, guided and supported by our experienced local team. Local transportation to and from the project is included every day. On the project, all participants get an introduction/orientation session on their first day, including a tour of the clinic. At the clinic, there is an experienced team of over 40 people consisting of established veterinarians, caretakers, operations personnel and other support staff who are there to advise and supervise volunteers on a daily basis.


Participants will stay in a 4 storey, 11 bedroom tropical villa located on a hill overlooking the Indian Ocean less than 100 metres from the popular Unawatuna beach. It includes an outdoor swimming pool, organic garden, lush surrounding greenery, sweeping balconies with ocean views, solar heating panels, all equipped with strong safety and security features. Rooms are generally shared but participants have the option to upgrade to private single, double and air-conditioned rooms should they choose.

Location of Projects

Thalpe, Galle District, Sri Lanka ( 5-7 minutes from the Volunteer House)

  1.  Accommodation
  2.  Full Board Meals
  3.  Transport to the Project location
  4.  Program Director
  5.  Travel Insurance – AIG (Click here to view details)
  6.  MISVI Sri Lanka – People’s Insurance (Click here to view details)
  7.  Activities and Workshops
  8.  Mandatory Gratuities Applicable Taxes
  9.  Quarantine for 1-2 days in approved hotel including 1 PCR test and Covid insurance (Click here to view approved hotel)
  10.  Airport Transfer
  1.  Flights and Visa Service (Available on request)
  2.  Meals outside of itinerary
  3.  Room service
  4.  Service Tips
  5.  Laundry and Personal Expenses
Covid-19 Regulations

Click here to view Covid-19 regulations as published by the Ministry of Health, Sri Lankan Tourism Development Authority

student takeways Student Takeaways

Certificate of Completion

Letter of Recommendation

Soft skills and Global Awareness

About Our Partner

AASHA, is a Sri Lanka-based social enterprise and responsible travel company that offers a range of sustainable volunteering programs across education, healthcare and animal welfare. Founder, Amit Sondhi, created AASHA with a vision of marrying his passions of travel, discovery, cultural exchange, sustainable development, environment preservation and helping communities in need.


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