Our Vision begins...
In September 2008 we purchased a beautiful 2.75 acre plot of land in an area called Midigama, near Ahangama. The land is ideal for our maiden project –a quiet, scenic, and tranquil area surrounded by countryside with only a few villagers nearby. Much of the surrounding land to our site is also for sale which would allow us to expand our site if needed in the future. In October 2008, foundations for a surrounding wall commenced. Initial works also involved digging and constructing wells for a water supply, organising electric poles, and connections, building sheds for tools and other supplies, and a security hut for the site.
Building works started on our new emergency veterinary facility for strays in February 2009. Prior to the construction works commencing, we had our new house blessing.
This is a religious ritual on an auspicious day, when a Buddhist monk visits the land to carry out the blessing.
At 9.23 am, the second blessing takes place. At this stage the foundation holes have been dug, and the important people involved with the build climb into the holes and face the east. After more chanting, a nod is given to lay the bricks.
This is a hugely important religious ritual for all the locals, without which the contractors would refuse to work.
This special day was enjoyed by all and the building works, including some kennelling facilities for animals receiving veterinary treatment, surgery, and convalescence, were completed in July 2009.
Through the kindness of a supporter, we have been able to acquire an additional acre of adjoining land.
Our future plans are to expand our work in the south of Sri Lanka- a rabies hotspot region, provide additional facilities on our site to enable us to appropriately diagnose, treat, and care for many more sick and injured street animals.
Whilst working to western standards and protocols we want to reach as many strays as we can, offering co-ordinated sterilisation and vaccination programmes with pre-surgery assessment and postoperative care, the best veterinary care to strays, and a tranquil and loving sanctuary base for vulnerable and abused animals, including orphaned pups and disabled strays.
In the future, if we secure the support and partnerships we need, we will expand our work with the strays to other areas in Sri Lanka with the ultimate aim of reducing and eventually eliminating the risk of rabies-saving the lives of humans and animals. We will also strive to reduce the suffering of stray animals on the island.
We have a long road ahead, but what we have achieved in the last year proves that a small group of dedicated and committed people can make a huge difference to the lives of many.