Help Animals India is helping to transform the relationship between monasteries, villagers and dogs into peaceful coexistence in the city of Sarnath — a sacred pilgrimage site where the Buddha first taught. Thanks to an aggressive program of animal birth control, rabies vaccination and community consciousness-raising, compassion is increasing for all sentient beings — animals included.
Special Kennels for Special Animals
Since 2012, Help Animals India has provided outstanding support for the betterment of lives in Dehradoon at the Rahaat shelter. Help Animals India, PFA Dehradoon’s current largest supporter, has provided the construction of an isolated puppy nursery allowing puppies too young for vaccination to stay farther from adult dogs; a cat shelter that allows the cats to be far removed from the stress of barking dogs; a paraplegic/special needs dog kennel where special needs dogs can remain safe and provide easier access to vets for their daily care; an equine / bovine shelter for PFA’s rescued 3-legged mule, horses, and buffalo; various shelter renovations and improvements, including the small improvements that make life nicer for the dogs, such as dog houses and benches; as well humane dog-catching training workshop, animal birth control projects, and rescue and treatment of street animals.
Just a few small ways Help Animals India’s donors have made a big difference!
Modern Medical Equipment that Saves Lives
Help Animals India provides modern high-tech veterinary equipment to our partner charities, including gas anesthesia machines and pulse oximeter anesthesia monitoring devices. This equipment enables our veterinarians to perform surgery to the highest standards of safety and effectiveness.
Shelter from the streets for the vulnerable ones!
VSPCA built this sturdy, dedicated dog shelter in 2014 with funds from Help Animals India. While VSPCA has always housed dogs in its main shelter, the new facility allows us to provide a home to as many as 200 more dogs who are ill, blind, old or otherwise at-risk to survive on the streets of Visakhapatnam.
When Disaster Strikes
Your donations have saved countless animals from the grip of disaster. From the Indian tsunami of 2004, to flooding in the states of Assam and Orissa, to the numerous cyclones of Andhra Pradesh and the 2013 “Himalayan Tsunami” super floods, to the super cyclone in the Bay of Bengal in 2014, the 2015 floods in Chennai, and the major earthquake that wreaked havoc upon Nepal. Your funds and outreach have relieved so much suffering. And helping animals is helping people too!
A note on our natural disaster relief philosophy:
We believe that no animal should ever be used for food, profit or any other purpose detrimental to the animal's life and well-being. However, in disasters, we believe the best ethical choice is to do as much as possible to prevent the death and relieve the suffering of farmed animals and other "livestock." Unlike high-profile development agencies who buy "new" animals, we try to save every life-threatened farmed animal when disaster strikes, not abandon and replace them. Feeding and caring for abandoned and injured dogs, cats, and birds during this time also sets examples of kindness. Through our interventions, we strive to show others compassion that will bring better conditions to animals today and in the years to come.
The ABCs of Compassion
One of the main missions of Help Animals India is to foster humane handling and high quality veterinary care for India's abundant street animals.
An inevitable focus is animal birth control, or ABC, and vaccination to prevent disease and overpopulation among homeless community cats and dogs and other street animals. Animal overpopulation not only leads to tremendous suffering, it promotes the spread of diseases like rabies which are devastating to animals and humans alike.
Funding from Help Animals India also trains animal handlers to humanely use nets to catch cats, dogs and other street animals for ABC or rescue. The default method in India – a noose – is as brutal as it sounds.
Your support for Help Animals India also empowers veterinary clinics to employ best medical practices in safe, sterile operating rooms. These advanced clinics – compared to the norm in India – make a life-and-death difference for thousands of street animals every year.
In the photo above, a veterinary technician with the Visakha Society for Protection and Care of Animals (VSPCA), a major recipient of Help Animals India funding, administers a rabies vaccination to a community dog. Each shot costs just $1.
Since 2001 VSPCA has spayed, neutered and vaccinated over 80,000 community/street dogs in and around Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, at an average cost of just $15 per animal.
Help Animals India has provided one of India’s first feline veterinary training courses. The concept of pet cats is still fairly new in India, thus feline surgery is rarely taught in Indian vet schools and previously no advanced training was offered. Help Animals India, dedicated to improving India vet standards, set out to fulfill this urgent need, and in partnership with Worldwide Veterinary Service organized India’s first feline medical training course. Professional veterinary instructors from Europe and Australia convened to teach veterinarians, vet techs, and vet nurses from across India in surgical, anesthesia, and other life saving techniques. Training is particularly directed to those working in animal rescue NGOs, but is open to all veterinarian practitioners.
This invaluable training will save the lives & suffering of countless cats across India and will continue annually.
Animal Abuse and Rescue
The poor donkey on the left is a victim of the brutal brick factories of Nepal. His horrible back injury is the result of being saddled up, day in day out, with a heavy load of bricks (as pictured below) until he finally breaks down and is abandoned to survive or perish on the streets.
Donkeys are cheap in Nepal, so there are plenty of others to take his place.
Animal Nepal is dedicated to relieving the plight of these abused donkeys through rescue, public education and petitioning the government for humane working conditions.
The beautiful ladies above are “Chang and Chung.” They were rescued by Animal Nepal after they had been abandoned by a nearby brick factory.
They are the picture of health now, but their condition was so serious when Animal Nepal picked them up in July of 2013 – weakness, malnutrition, saddle wounds – they required emergency veterinary care.
With your support, Help Animals India is building a new eco sanctuary for Chang and Chung and the many other donkeys given a new lease on life by Animal Nepal.
Getting from A to B
Day and night, groups we support are called upon to rescue animals of every kind (this is India) from emergencies: injuries, abuse, illness, neglect.
One way we help is by paying for clever, cost-effective ambulances like the one on the left. Its owner (and designer) is HOPE and Animal Trust, a shelter in the bustling eastern city of Ranchi, capital of the province of Jharkhand.
A nifty motorcycle ambulance like the one above can carry even fairly large animals. Of course, it's perfect for collecting community dogs for animal birth control.
On the other hand ...
This ambulance used by HOPE and Animal Trust in Ranchi rescues animals and then some. It's a multipurpose vehicle for education and awareness activities, ABC (animal birth control) camps in rural areas and mobile veterinary services and vaccinations.
The posters on either side of the Help Animals India logo illustrate in Hindi and in pictures (for illiterate viewers) appropriate ways of interacting with street/community dogs. Many people in India are afraid of street dogs and don't know how to interact with them.
Our partner JBF (Just Be Friendly) in Guwahati, Assam has also upgraded its ambulance service to a whole new level, thanks to your donations.
Above is is the “before” shot: ingenious, but limited.
And here's the "after."
What an impact this full-featured, modern ambulance makes as it combs the busy, chaotic streets of Guwahati.
In Varanasi (also known as Benares), Aashray for Sick & Helpless Animals Trust had no vehicle to rescue large animals in the oldest and holiest city in India. Solution? With funding from Help Animals India, they bought and converted this old school bus.
And a scooter for Rishikesh — making the rounds for animal care became that much easier with donor support!
Sometimes the animals need their own vehicle to get from A to B.
Maria was a just another run-over street pup when rescue workers from VSPCA picked her up. Today, with the help of this wheelchair our donors sent over for her, she has the run of the VSPCA shelter.
This animal sanctuary in Ranchi, funded through donations to Help Animals India, is the first animal sanctuary in the entire state.
India is a fast developing economy but many products needed to help the animals are not available there, we try and send over as many medical supplies as we can.
Protecting ”Plastic Cows”
Pollution threatens animals no less than it does humans. The photo at left illustrates an extreme example unique to India. Believe it or not, that mass of brown material in front of this scrawny street cow is plastic that has been surgically removed from her gut.
In India, cows roam the streets by the millions, scavenging for food wherever they can find it. Inevitably that includes garbage wrapped in plastic bags. As the cows eat the garbage food scraps, they swallow the plastic too. Gradually the plastic accumulates into a hard mass in their intestines, with painful and potentially fatal effects.
The Plastic Cow project is an effort to rescue as many cows as possible from this predicament. We are privileged to sponsor the life-saving contributions to this nationwide project by the Visakha SPCA (pictured at left) and the Karuna Society for Animals and Nature in Andhra Pradesh.
Awareness through Advertising
Billboards like the one above in Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand in northern India, are an affordable way to raise public awareness of important animal issues.
This is one of 40 placed (so far) in the city by the Dehradun branch of People for Animals, with funding from Help Animals India. The billboard states:
“Compassion for Animals is enshrined in Article 51 A (g) of the Indian Constitution. Let us work towards a more humane community.”
PFA's billboard campaign aims to sensitize the public to three major issues: 1. Prevention of cruelty to animals. 2. Animal birth control (ABC) to prevent stray dog overpopulation and the inevitable tragic consequences. 3. Adoption of homeless dogs instead of buying from breeders.
Funded by Help Animals India, this billboard in the heart of the rapidly growing East Indian city of Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, urges people to phone HOPE and Animal Trust (a group we support) to report cases of animal abuse. It also is a plea to adopt homeless dogs instead of buying “purebreds.”
Think of the change we can accomplish with more of these billboards, educating the public to spay/neuter their companion animals, to adopt dogs instead of breeding them and to report animal abuse!
Humane Education Brings Harmony to Communities and Street Dogs
Help animals India sponsors humane education programs in both India and Nepal. Dogs’ behaviors — whether good or bad — are very much a reflection of how people treat them. Our humane education programs teach adults and children how kindness and consideration for animals' needs can help them live in harmony with street dogs. For safety sake, they also learn how to respond to a dog bite — and how to prevent them from happening in the first place.
In communities with humane education programs, the results are immediately evident — people are kinder towards street dogs, feeding and sheltering them and seeking veterinary attention when necessary. In turn, the dogs are friendlier to people, and the risk of bites decreases drastically. It’s a win-win situation for all.
Help Animals India was able to help JBF (Just Be Friendly) expand to another area in the state area of Assam to Jorhat to bring help to the dogs with a training program and ABC (animal birth control) this June 2013.
Having an international charity like Help Animals India fund these activities brought inspiration to the many officials including the Chairman from the Municipality board, veterinarians & officials from District Administration who attended. It was their first time to learn the whole procedure from humanely and skillfully catching the street/community dogs to performing the operation and then releasing the dog back to the same location from where they were picked up. Around 22 trainees attended the course; 16 of them were from the Municipality itself. Certificates were distributed to them.
With your generous support Help Animals India can continue our vital lifesaving programs like this in Assam.