Eva Ruppel opens a gate dividing her living/dining room from a hallway on her rural property near Kandy, Sri Lanka. Ruppel does not cage the approximate 170 dogs she has rescued, allowing them freedom to interact in small packs in multiple pens throughout her property, as well as inside her home. Ruppel created Tikiri Trust, with the financial assistance of her father, to rescue and re-home Sri Lanka's street dogs.
Eva Ruppel left Germany for a three-month visit to Sri Lanka, which included time in a Buddhist meditation retreat, and she remains in this island nation 37 years later.
Ruppel is fluent in German, English and Sinhala.