Our Sri Lanka t-shirts are made from 100% organic cotton, are all ethically made and responsibly sourced in the UK. They're made from premium quality cotton and have a high quality feel and relaxed fit.
Our partnership with WECare Worldwide means proceeds from every Sri Lanka t-shirt bought will support their movement to end to the street dog crisis across the country.
There are an estimated two to three million street dogs in Sri Lanka, most without access to any veterinary care. After visiting Sri Lanka in May 2014, Dr Janey Lowes couldn't believe what she saw and committed herself to moving to Sri Lanka to do what she could to help them. Since then, operations have grown from Janey working out of the back of a tuk or on her living room floor, to the creation of one of the best equipped veterinary hospitals on the island and a team of local and foreign staff. The WECare team are living their calling and feel so lucky to work alongside and within the community in Sri Lanka to make real positive change to animals who have very limited options in terms of veterinary care.
WECare has three main areas of focus:
CNVR programmes (catch, neuter, vaccinate, release)
CNVR is carried out as it is the most humane way to reduce roaming dog populations and reduce the number of unwanted puppies that are dumped on the streets at a very young age. Vaccinating the dog population against Rabies is the most effective way to eliminate the disease in the human population. As an island nation, eradication of Rabies in the near future is a very real possibility and will change the future of both animals and humans here, allowing improved relationships between the two. CNVR is the backbone of everything WECare is trying to achieve in Sri Lanka.
Treating Sick and Injured Animals
Sick and injured animals are a very common occurrence here in Sri Lanka, with the most common injuries being those caused by road traffic accidents and dog fights (the small wounds turn into huge maggot wounds). With no one to care for these animals, they would die a slow and painful death as a result of injuries or illnesses that could have been treated successfully had they been caught in time. Skin disease is another frequent issue and, although not usually a killer, does provide a huge amount of discomfort and upset for the dog. This is easily treatable using imported products and is essential in providing these animals with a good quality of life.
Education and Training
Education of the local communities is paramount and is the most important factor in changing mindsets in the future. Currently, dog ownership and responsibility is not something that many Sri Lankans have knowledge in so WECare intends to fill this gap and help them to see the benefits that taking responsibility for a dog, either at home or in the community, can have both for the dog and for themselves.
As veterinary professionals, WECare is striving to improve standards of care in Sri Lanka for the long-term as, currently, the options are very limited, with regards to both equipment and skillsets available. All expertise and help is provided for free but there are a number of operating costs that need to be met and the organisation relies solely on the support of donations to fund the vital work they do. WECare is a clinic and not a shelter, so street dogs are released after treatment at the location where they were found, and puppies are rehomed where possible.
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