The villagers come running when they see Dr. Chamal Mahanama pull up in a three-wheeler to administer his version of disaster relief this one aimed at the four-legged survivors.
Standing in line with their pet dogs, cats, rabbits, and even the odd monkey, they wait patiently as the veterinarian deftly swabs a furry rump with alcohol before quickly injecting the vaccines the first for rabies, the second for distemper, hepatitis and leptospirosis.
"People have lost everything. They have no houses, no work. Everything was destroyed by the tsunami. They have no money. ... We go to them and we vaccinate their pets for free. That automatically helps people," Mahanama said.
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