This British Vet Gave up the Comfort of Home to Provide Healthcare to Stray Dogs

Posted by Krissy Howard

Meet the veterinarian who moved to Sri Lanka to provide some much-needed medical care to the 3 million stray dogs living on the streets. 

When Janey Lowes backpacked through Sri Lanka in 2014 she fell in love with the beauty of the country. Being a medical professional, however, Lowes noticed a huge need for the stray dog population who call the streets of Sri Lanka home. Shocked by the lack of care provided, she decided to do something about it.

Lowes started a charity organization called WECare Worldwide, which works to provide veterinary care to underserved animals around the world. With the help of a team full of volunteers from the UK and Australia, Lowes works to provide a service to an otherwise overlooked community in Sri Lanka.

So what does a day look like for Lowes and company? Most days they head out into the streets with their eyes peeled for any dogs who appear to be in need of medical attention. Because of the lack of basic healthcare, such as vaccinations, a minor injury can lead to potentially life-threatening infections, and with spay and neuter procedures essentially unheard of, the stray dog population sees numbers hovering around 3 million. In 2016, Lowes and her team have neutered 1,200 dogs and administered rabies vaccinations to 1,600.

With her charity now in place, that number is only expected to grow. In addition to medical services the organization provides, WECare also works to educate local residents with an outreach program that educates Sri Lankan youth about the importance of preventative care. If you would like to learn more about WECare Worldwide, you can visit them online at wecareworldwide.org.uk.

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This British Vet Gave up the Comfort of Home to Provide Healthcare to Stray Dogs