The Dogs Trust are an incredible charity for whom I’m very proud to work with. Whilst they’re largely known for their rehoming work in the UK, there is a small, but highly effective team of people working for it’s sister organisation Dogs Trust Worldwide. Their focus is on raising the quality of life for dogs around the world through the likes of community education, veterinary education, policy development, vaccination and sterilisation.

Back in April I was sent to Sri Lanka to document the amazing work of two incredible charities they support. First up on the itinerary was Blue Paw Trust, based in Columbo. With very limited time I was able to capture a huge range of the amazing work they do from school education events, community-based mobile neutering clinics, community education and witness first hand some of the difficult environments in which they work.

I was then sent north to Negombo – a fishing and tourism hub on the west coast of Sri Lanka. Founded by husband and wife team Mark and Sam from London, Dog Star Foundation have achieved incredible results in improving animal welfare and community engagement. I spent three long and intense days documenting everything they do from mobile clinics on beaches, fish markets and in rural areas to supporting education initiatives in schools, with locals and with tourists too.

Scroll down to see just a small selection of images from an emotional, inspiring and very hot few days.


Richard Murgatroyd Photography is a London-based documentary photographer with a background in social and development matters. You can find more information about NGO Photography and work in the charity and not-for-profit sector here.

Dogs Trust NGO Photography Sri Lanka Asia by London charity photographer Richard Murgatroyd


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