Animal Welfare and Protection Association


The Animals' Welfare and Protection Association (AWPA) was formed and registered under the Companies' Ordinance 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 Committee

Mrs. Hemantha Jayatilaka (President)    Ms. Iromi Salgado
Mrs. Lalanthi Wijewardene   Ms. Ainthie Rajapakse
Ms. Shiona Weerasekera (Secretary)    Mrs. Manel Jayasekera
Mr. Gamini Wimalasuriya (Treasurer)    Ms. Denesh Silva
Mrs. Suranganie De Silva (Vice-President)     Mrs. Anne Seneviratne
Mr. Ranjith Samarasinghe     Ms. Sadhana Vikrantha

Organisational Goals

  • To ensure the sustainability of the shelters and optimal use of the available resources.
  • To facilitate adoption of homeless animals and promote responsible pet ownership
  • To prevent unwanted cat and dog litters through sterilization.
  • To promote public interest in the welfare and protection of animals.
  • To eradicate rabies through control of the stray dog population.

Organisational Policies

  • Sterilisation is the only humane solution to reduce the population of unwanted dogs and cats
  • Provision of comfortable and safe shelters is important as transit homes for animals awaiting rehoming;
        for rehabilitation of injured animals; for caring of old and hearing/vision impaired animals which cannot
        survive as strays; and to house fierce animals which are a threat to the local community.
  • Develop public awareness on animal welfare through education
  • Recognise and respect the rights of all animals to live free
  • Safeguard and campaign for the rights and interests of all animals.

News Letters / Annual Audited Financial Results

               2012 (PDF)