Animal Welfare Protection Association

The Animals’ Welfare and Protection Association (AWPA) was formed and registered in 1963 by a small group of animal lovers, concerned by the distressing conditions that stray animals are subject to in Sri Lanka. Thereafter, the Association was certified as a voluntary organization under the Voluntary Social Service Organization Act No. 31 of 1980. AWPA focuses on ensuring the sustainability of the shelters and optimal use of the available resources, facilitating adoption of homeless animals and promote responsible pet ownership, preventing unwanted cat and dog litters through sterilization, promoting public interest in the welfare and protection of animals, and eradicating rabies through control of the stray dog population. AWPA is a founding member of the Animal Welfare Coalition.

Dogstar Foundation

Dogstar Foundation is registered as a Sri Lankan Non Governmental Organization registration number FL-149016 under the Voluntary Social Services Organizations act of 1980 and as a charity registration number 1133431 via the Charity Commission for England and Wales. Since 2006 Dogstar Foundation has worked closely with Sri Lankan communities. Veterinarians and local authorities to provide humane dog population management, mass rabies vaccination programs, deliver education leading to attitude change and the development of veterinary practice. Dogstar is committed to tackling welfare issues at the root causes and providing sustainable solutions. As a founding member of the Animal Welfare Coalition Dogstar Foundation advocates for improved animal welfare legislation in Sri Lanka.

Humane Society International


Humane Society international (HSI) was founded in 1991, and has expanded its activities into Central and South America, Africa, and Asia. HSI addresses issues such as inhumane practices and conditions affecting companion and farm animals, illegal trade in wildlife, threats to endangered species, slaughter of marine mammals, and the use of animals in research and testing. HSI also works with national and jurisdictional government, humane organisations, and individual animal protectionists in over  35 countries worldwide to find practical, culturally sensitive, and long-term solutions to common animal problems, and to inculcate an ethic of respect and compassion for all.

Blue Paw Trust 

The Blue Paw Trust is an organisation dedicated to ensure the use of effective, humane dog population management and animal welfare, and working towards eradicating rabies in Sri Lanka. The vision the organization is that by 2020 Sri Lankan people and animals will enjoy a mutually beneficial association, and shared environment. The Trust focuses among others on capacity building through training of local authority staff in rabies control and dog population management, humane dog catching and handling, rabies surveillance , humane euthanasia, upgrading of infrastructure facilities for rabies surveillance, image building of the local authority within the community, awareness programs and training provided to carry out community education. The Blue Paw Trust is also committed to lobbying and supporting the efforts to reforming and introducing new laws related to animal welfare. Blue Paw Trust is a founding member of the AWC.

Sathva Mithra Foundation 

Sathva Mithra Foundation began in 1993 with the purpose of campaigning for the rights of animals, protection of the environment and bio diversity of Sri Lanka and seek changes in legislation regarding the animals and their protection with proper implementation.  It has served as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Department of Wild Life Conservation as well as a Member of the Wild Trust from 1994-1998. The Foundation has worked towards advocating for effective implementation of animal welfare laws, and has initiated litigation for this purposed. Sathva Mithra  has been a key organisation focusing on a new animal welfare bill, and has submitted a report to the Law Commission suggesting amendments to existing laws and recommending new laws on animals and their rights and treatment. These recommendations together with those submitted by other organizations formed the basic material on which the Law Commission has now produced recommendations for changes to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance. The Foundation is a founding member of the AWC.

Elemotion Foundation

Elemotion Foundation was founded in 2009 and is a 501(c)(3) US registered non-profit organization (#27-3472337) working to improve the lives of endangered Asian elephants and the people connected to them. Elemotion Foundation’s work in Sri Lanka began in 2012 with elephant research and several initiatives to aid both captive and wild elephants. In addition to a species based focus, the foundation supports people affected by human-elephant conflict and those working daily to protect and care for these amazing animals. Today the foundation continues its conservation efforts alongside the Sri Lankan government and concentrates on education to raise public awareness, empower local people, and share knowledge among elephant resource persons with the goal of helping the species.


SLYCAN TRUST, formerly known as the  Sri Lankan Youth Climate Action Network is a Trust working on issues related to climate change, environmental protection, animal welfare and social justice.  The Trust focuses on advocacy and research on the key areas of focus, and aims to engage and facilitate multi-stakeholders in influencing policy, sharing of knowledge and capacity building. SLYCAN has been working mainly as a volunteer lead organisation since 2009, and is a founding member of the AWCA.