Shelter for abandoned street dogs and cats

The Animal Wellness Trust Sri Lanka

The Animal Wellness Trust Sri Lanka’s mission is to provide a safe and caring refuge for homeless dogs and cats and to subsequently place these animals, whenever possible, in quality, permanent homes.


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About Us


The Animal Wellness Trust Sri Lanka was initially started in 2017 to provide a NO-KILL shelter to abandoned street dogs and cats mainly from the Galle Face Green situated in Colombo 3, Sri Lanka close to a beautiful colonial luxury hotel ( The abandoned dogs and cats were surviving from scraps thrown by visitors to the Green and in very poor condition.

With the ever-increasing number of street dogs and cats finding solace in the shelter from other areas of Sri Lanka and the number reaching over 100, the Animal Wellness Trust Sri Lanka was officially established in 2019 with the objective to:

  • Rescue, rehabilitate, re-home and provide shelter to the abandoned street dogs and cats and afford veterinary care to those street dogs and cats who are sick or injured;
  • Support the humane population control of dogs and cats through sterilization and neutering and;
  • Improve community understanding of abandoned dogs and cats by highlighting the benefits of companionship between humans and animals.
Making a Difference

Our Impact on Animal Lives

Dogs & Cats Rescued & in Custody

Sterilizations Completed

Meals Served

Medical Treatments Provided


Featured Pets

Vanessa & Ivanna

'Yummy' Feeding time

Lezzie and pup on arrival

Near the refuge - Elephant going to work

Roshan – giving a bath

Julian, leader of the pack


What We Do

Rehabilitate Animals

Spay & Neuter

Finding A Home


Are you looking to adopt a dog or cat?

The process includes an application, interview by phone/home visit and reference check.

If you’ve decided that adopting a dog or cat from us is the right decision for you, please send us a message. 

Sponsor a Dog

Many of our dogs have been in the shelter for some time now. However, they do enjoy their lives at the shelter, where every dog has a safe environment, open spaces to run, clean water, plenty of food and attention from our staff and volunteers.

US$10 a month will provide extra treats, additional joint supplements for our older residents and routine medical care. 


Donations help cover medical costs, training, equipment, food, and much more. To make a general donation, please click Donate below.  We are also undertaking a Feeding Program for street dogs.

Help maintain our shelter, they will appreciate.

Purchase a children’s book and support the Trust