Welwyn vet saves puppy and kitten in Sri Lanka

PUBLISHED: 17:12 28 February 2014 | UPDATED: 17:12 28 February 2014

Louise Ellerton

Louise Ellerton


A starving puppy and kitten owe their lives to a Welwyn vet when she took them in while volunteering in Sri Lanka.

Louise Ellerton Louise Ellerton

Louise Ellerton, a vet nurse at Attimore Veterinary Hospital in Ridgeway, spent three weeks volunteering in the country with Home and Abroad Animal Welfare (HAAAW) helping to improve the lives of suffering animals.

While working in a rural village in central Sri Lanka she saw a tiny under-nourished puppy curled up in the middle of the road, and could not bear to see it die.

Louise, 29, of Ridgeway, said: “I couldn’t leave her there so I dashed out and picked her up.

“During the next few days we sneaked her into hotel rooms, treated her worm and lice infestation, and gradually saw her gaining weight.

“We also acquired a kitten in a similar condition and they became inseparable.”

The vets then found a home for the pair.

“It made such a difference to leave knowing that they will be safe and well cared for,” she said.

During her time in the country, Louise was involved in rural outreach projects, giving advice and guidance to villagers and treated their animals, mostly cats and dogs, for health issues including parasites, mange, wounds and undernourishment.

Louise said: “This was my fourth volunteering trip and gave me an insight into a very different culture.

“While the suffering of many of the local people, as well as the animals, was very hard to see, we really felt that we were making a difference and that made our work very worthwhile.”

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