The work of a County Durham vet who founded a charity for sick dogs in Sri Lanka has been recognised by the Prime Minister. Janey Lowes, of Barnard Castle, launched WECare Worldwide after witnessing the suffering of the country’s stray dogs while on holiday in 2014.
On her return, the 27-year-old decided she wanted to take action and managed to set up the charity with a £10,000 donation from her bosses at Westway Veterinary Group, in Newcastle. Miss Lowes, along with a small team of locally trained vets and UK volunteers, have so far neutered, vaccinated and treated thousands of diseased and neglected strays in the country, which is home to about three million roaming dogs, many of which are suffering from mange, tumours, broken bones, wounds, malnutrition and diseases. Her work is helping to eliminate rabies in the animal and human population, which is a serious problem for Sri Lanka where the disease kills thousands every year.
Miss Lowes has inspired other vets to join her and volunteer for WECare, while a team of supporters also regularly hold fundraising event back in the UK to keep the project running. The former Nottingham University student plans to remain in Sri Lanka and is focused on raising £300,000 to build the country’s first dog hospital dedicated to street dogs. Now David Cameron has congratulated Miss Lowes by naming her in his daily Points of Light awards which recognise outstanding individual volunteers and people who are making a change in their community.
Mr Cameron said: “Janey has shown true compassion by creating a charity that cares for sick and injured animals in Sri Lanka.
“She has undoubtedly changed the fate of scores of vulnerable animals by protecting them from disease and providing much-needed care. “I am recognising Janey as a Point of Light, not only for the positive impact she’s had through helping animals in need, but also for the countless people that will have been protected from rabies by her work.”