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Janey Lowes

Janey the Vet

'Janey is like a whirlwind of selflessness. A beautiful spirit in a beautiful country doing a beautiful thing. I encourage my children to be more 'Janey'. With more positive spirits like Janey, the world would be a better place.' — Ben Fogle

In 2014 and in her mid-twenties, Janey Lowes had been a vet for just two years when she left her home in County Durham and went travelling. Visiting Sri Lanka, she was horrified to see the state of so many of the island’s dogs, in particular the three million strays. Over 5,000 miles from home, Janey decided there and then that she was going to move to the island indefinitely and do everything within her power to help them. She raised £10,000 to get started, setting up a charity called WECare Worldwide, and began work.

Frightened, determined and excited all at the same time, she found a local who was willing to work with her and began scouring the streets for dogs in need. Some she patched up as best she could at the roadside, others she brought back and treated in a make-shift surgery she had cobbled together in her new home. With very little equipment, she and her small team came up with new and ingenious ways to treat the animals.

In this highly inspiring and heartfelt book full of challenges and adventure, Janey introduces us to her world and the tireless work she carries out. As she says, ‘I feel as though all these dogs are my dogs and I have a responsibility to them.’ In it, we meet many of the colourful characters who have come to offer help, along with innumerable street dogs who have suffered all sorts of trauma and injury, only to be scooped up by Janey and her team and saved.
308 printed pages
Copyright owner
Michael O'Mara Books
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  • Daria Naumovashared an impressionlast year
    👍Worth reading
    💡Learnt A Lot
    💞Loved Up

    what a brilliant book filed with warmth, kindness and care about two things i really love: dogs and Sri Lanka. please support Wecare!


  • b0707559654has quoted7 months ago
    TER ONE •


    The first true love of my life was called Finn. As soon as I set eyes on him at sixteen years old I told my colleagues he was perfect for me, and soon he was by my side for eleven blissful years. Whether it was walking on the fell or snuggling in bed, I couldn’t think of anyone else I would rather be with. And those big brown eyes … they would melt anyone’s heart
  • b0707559654has quoted7 months ago
    with the street dogs. But moments like this one right here were my answer. Missing family and friends, constantly scraping around for money – even doing without proper chocolate and Wotsit crisps – were all worth it, if every day I could give dogs like Timmy a second chance at life.
  • b0707559654has quoted9 months ago
    caused a drama when he was stolen!

    Chaminda became a vital part of the WECare team – he would prioritise our jobs in his tuk-tuk and never once complained about the smell!

    Boris went on a little road trip to Colombo to be treated after I found him at the side of the road.

    Meeting Malaka for the first time. He was absolutely vital to helping to get the clinic started.

    Mali summed up what it was to be a street dog – he’s probably my favourite street dog of all time.

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