Monty

Monty, a friendly and lovable stray from Colombo, was hit by a car and left with injuries to his hind legs- a common injury in Sri Lanka. He came to our site in April 2009, and has made a miraculous recovery. Monty likes to sit with Charlie, his mentor, and enjoys his stress free life in the peace and tranquillity of our sanctuary.  

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Blondie

Blondie is a fabulous little dog. She was found as a small orphaned puppy near our site by Kim and Morag, and has continued to blossom ever since. Blondie likes to be involved with every activity on the site and is a real little madam. She is adored by our resident vet nurse, Jo, charming her way into Jo’s living quarters including the bedroom.

Blondie enjoys the company of humans and the other dogs on the site. She loves lots of attention and spends her days playing happily or getting into mischief with Julie.

She thinks she’s a big dog and likes to act as the leader of the pack, bossing the other dogs around!

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George

George was a tiny puppy when he was found in the road with his brother after being run over. He had a large wound all the way down his front leg and many other smaller wounds, all of which had to be stitched.

He was really terrified when he arrived and would scream whenever anyone touched him. However with time and lots of tender loving care, he has now turned into a very confident little chap who is always causing trouble! He spends a lot of time with his naughty brother but also loves a good game with the other puppies.

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Scamp

As a tiny pup, Scamp and her siblings were placed in black bin liner and thrown onto a busy road. The bag was torn apart by the speeding cars and with it the lives of Scamps family. Somehow Scamp, the sole survivor, managed to scramble to a gutter where she lay helpless for days in the heavy rains without food. With no hair, covered in ants and being gnawed by rats -her pitiful cries were ignored by all of those who passed by.

Luckily for Scamp, a member of our team spotted her just in time-she was barely recognisable as a puppy. Scamp was taken to our site and after weeks of tender loving care and treatment for blood parasite disease (Babesia gibsoni) and mange, this courageous little dog regained her health, as well as her gingery and black hair! Scamp was such a quiet and sad little puppy when she arrived, despite all the efforts of Tulip- her surrogate mother, Spot- her best friend, and our local carers.

We can only imagine how the horrific experience has scarred her. This dear little soul is now safe in our care and will be for the rest of her natural life. We are pleased to report that Scamp is blossoming and slowly gaining her confidence.

 

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Julie

Julie is named after one of our lovely associate members Julie Whithey. She was found as a young puppy with her siblings in the streets and taken to the safety of our sanctuary.

Julie is a gorgeous little dog with a big personality! When she arrived she was suffering from Babesia gibsoni, caught from ticks- a disease that kills many young pups. Fortunately for Julie, we have a microscope and a dedicated resident vet who is experienced in microbiology- a lifesaver for so many strays.

Julie was successfully treated and is now a healthy girl. Julie is such a fearless and feisty little character and is often found causing trouble with her partner in crime 'Blondie'! She gets on very well with all the other site dogs and is happy to spend all day playing without a care in the world.  

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We now have over 600 (Jan 2014) dogs and puppies living safely on our land and receiving the love and care they deserve.

Some of these animals, mainly puppies, have been thrown over our walls or dumped at our gates- others were rescued clinging to life in the roads or gutters.

All these animals have tragic stories- all were born into this world as strays, unwanted, unloved, and unknown. Strays do not have names; they suffer in silence and die alone. No-one grieves for them as we grieve for our pets. They are a forgotten army of innocent souls that never asked to be born into such a cruel world of suffering and hardship.

Here are the stories of some of the lucky strays who now have names, are loved, and have a secure future away from the misery and suffering on the streets. 

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How you can help

You can help us to support these deserving animals by sponsoring your favourite dog. For £10 per month, or £100 per year, you will be helping to fund the feeding and veterinary costs for your chosen animal.

You can pay by setting up a monthly standing order, or donating by the methods detailed in the donate section. Please let us know which dog you wish to sponsor and once payment has been received, we will send you a card with a photo of your sponsored dog and an annual update. 

The dogs in this section can be sponsored

Minnie

Minnie, an orphaned pup, was found near the Pinnawella Elephant Centre in October 2009. She was brought to us by two kind volunteers at the centre. On arrival to the site Minnie was very weak, anaemic and full of worms. Thankfully, with some tender loving care, she has made a full recovery and is now a healthy and happy little girl.

Although timid and introverted initially, Minnie has slowly gained her confidence and stands up for herself against the other site puppies, even though she is so tiny. 
Minnie loves her home cooked meals and is the dearest little soul as you can see from the photos.

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Sunny

Sunny was spotted in Yala by a kind British tourist who alerted us to the plight of this poor dog when she returned home. Sunny had been hit by a car and her hind leg was severed-she was pitifully shuffling along on her bottom. We obviously agreed to help and Sunny now lives in the safety of our sanctuary.

Like many of our site dogs, Sunny arrived in a dreadful state but her skin ailments quickly healed and she is now mobile on three legs. She is the happiest soul and loves to play with the other dogs after her evening meal. 

You can help us to care for Sunny by sponsoring her today. 

 

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Bus Stop Fred

By Kay Anderson

I found Bus Stop Fred in January 2011 hanging out at the local bus station in Hikkaduwa hence the inspiring name! He was painfully thin and pretty bald, pus coming out of his bottom and wonky legs, poor love. But, when you gave him a whistle he'd hobble over, tail wagging and eyes twinkling. I was amazed that an animal in such a state of physical suffering still had such spirit. I gave him some food which he quickly devoured and took some photos of him which I showed to a local vet.

The vet told me that Bus Stop Fred had a very bad case of mange which could take months to sort out and until she could examine him properly, God knows what else was wrong with him. I only had 6 weeks left of my trip and I didn't know then if I would even see Bus Stop Fred every day. I was staying in a guest house, so it was not possible for me to provide him with a safe shelter. This is a big problem in Sri Lanka, a lack of safe places for sick and injured animals. Fortunately, after trawling the internet, I found Animal SOS Sri Lanka, which was based an hour and a half away. This was the doggie heaven I had no idea existed! This was where Bus Stop had to go to get the long term treatment and care he needed.

In the meantime I went to the Animal SOS dog sanctuary to see what it was all about. I was met by the amazing manager Debbie and 200 plus bounding, happy, healthy, smiling dogs! These were the lucky ones who had been nursed back from the brink and most were awaiting new homes. I have never seen so many dogs in one place! The sanctuary was an incredible place with green, lush grounds and compounds and kennels of various sizes, separating the young from the sick. But the main pack of healthy, neutered dogs roamed and played free. Debbie gave us a guided tour and in the afternoon that we were there, I didn't see 1 dog fight or any dog mess - the space was remarkably clean! The dogs really were in doggie heaven... I had to get Bus Stop there.

Hope

Hope was rescued from a road near our site by Kim in April 2010. She was pitifully dragging herself around after being injured on the road and has lost the use of her back legs. She was such a sad little soul and had terrible wounds on her legs.

We decided to give this young dog a chance because despite her injuries she has shown the most tremendous will to live and her progress since her arrival at our site has been quite remarkable. 
We are confident that Hope will walk again one day and she has already made gallant attempts to weight bear and walk a few steps especially when she is tempted by her favourite treats. 

Hope is the most hysterical dog with a huge personality and has touched the hearts of all who meet her. She tries to communicate with you and has mad moments of doing roly poly's all round the floor. She now has a specially made cart which she races around in running over toes, tails and anything else in her way with the wheels.

Hope's progress continues and she will remain in our care for the rest of her natural life. You can help this wonderful dog by sponsoring her today

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Swampy

We were alerted to Swampy on New Year’s day (2011) by some tourists who had spotted a dog unable to use his back legs. When we went to investigate we found a large, emaciated dog dragging his back legs behind him. However, when we tried to catch him he proved faster than he looked and ended up in a swamp where we eventually caught him! When examined at the clinic, Swampy was found to be suffering from a severe spinal injury, probably from a road traffic accident. As well as being emaciated, he also had bad muscle wastage from not using his back legs as well as mange. He was given appropriate medication and the process of rehabilitation began.

At first, Swampy was so depressed that he would not even look at any of us but slowly as he began to realise that all we gave him was cuddles and food, he began to respond and his tail emerged from between his legs and began to wag. He is now walking, albeit a bit wonky! He has a beautiful coat and is slowly gaining weight. He smiles at us and is always so happy to be given affection. He follows us around everywhere and is definitely pushing to take over as top dog at the sanctuary. Swampy is adored by all and his progress continues.

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Debbie lent me a sturdy, metal cage and a week after meeting Bus Stop he was in the cage in a tuk tuk heading to his new life and brighter future at the SOS sanctuary. Upon arriving at the sanctuary, I helped Debbie to get Bus Stop Fred from the cage and straight onto the table for the vet to blood test and examine him. He was diagnosed with severe mange and the vet explained that he'd been hit by a car or bus, which was why his back end was wonky.
When I left Sri Lanka, Bus Stop's fur was growing back and he had been castrated. He was such a happy dog in his safe and loving home and has quickly established himself as one of the sanctuary's characters.

Bus Stop Fred is now fully recovered and is one of our new Sponsor Dogs

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Fred Fully Rrecovered
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Swampy when he first arrived

Swampy when rescued

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Swampy now

After treatment and rehabilitation

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