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 Members
All our committee members serve on a voluntary basis amidst their professional and personal lives!
- Ms. Iromi Salgado (President)
- Mrs. Hemantha Jayatilaka (Immediate Past President)
- Mrs. Lalanthi Wijewardene (Vice President)
- Ms. Shiona Weerasekera (Secretary)
- Mr. Gamini Wimalasuriya (Treasurer)
- Ms. Ainthie Rajapakse (Assistant Treasurer)
- Mrs. Neelika Tillekeratne (Assistant Secretary)
- Mr. Ranjith Samarasinghe
- Mr. Denesh Silva
- Mrs. Manel Jayasekera
- Ms. Sadhana Vikrantha
- Mr. Sahan Wiratunga
- Mrs. Samanthika De Silva
- 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.
- 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.