We often run into stray animals that are either hurt and injured because of accidents or cruelty caused due to owners, or helpless during extreme weather conditions and natural calamities due to lack of shelter. Although empathy towards these stray or feral animals is a virtue worth lauding, it is crucial to understand that sometimes our inexperienced interventions can worsen suffering. So, if you are an animal lover and wish to give your love and time towards a noble cause, find your way to these rescue organizations and veterinary clinics who’ve happily kept their doors open for volunteers to join in.
Help the furry and feathered friends: Do your bit!
Came across an animal abuser? Saw an injured animal? Encountered stray animals’ death? Saw little pups hunting for food? The opportunities to rescue these animals from such situations do exist all the time, all over the country. The best way to help animals is by volunteering with nonprofits who are doing an exceptional job of protecting and saving these innocent lives. Consider discovering one such rescue organization in your city, and contribute in your way – be it transporting food items, promoting & collecting donations, cleaning supplies, providing medical care, or feeding those mouths. This may further aid in finding more animal lovers in your neighbourhood, workplace, or school willing to extend a helping hand for the furry and feathered friends.
3 animal rescue organizations in India you should be familiar with!
- The Welfare of Stray Dogs (WSD) – Mumbai
WSD has effortlessly dedicated themselves to helping street dogs in the city, controlling their population in a scientific and humane way, eradicating rabies, and educating people about the challenges stray dogs face and how they can be addressed. Since inception, WSD has been carrying out sterilization programs for stray dogs regularly. Besides, they even have an active first aid team that rescues injured dogs and provides on-the-spot treatment, if needed. So, if you are an animal lover, there are many things you can do here. In fact, there are specific weekend first-aid programmes where volunteers are taught to treat strays for basic wounds or minor skin issues. Volunteers can even walk the dogs at their kennel in Mahalaxmi, shower and feed them, or help the team with merchandise, social media or other multiple campaigns.
Contact: 089760 22838 | [email protected]
- ResQ Charitable Trust – Pune
Since commencement in 2007, ResQ has saved and helped a lot of abandoned animals. This organization deals with animal laws and rights. They are certainly the most reliable and popular names for Punekars, and rightly so! To date, ResQ has managed to offer treatment to over 40000 animals, including injured and abandoned street dogs, buffalos, cows, cats, donkeys, elephants, and even pigs. With well-equipped infrastructure, the guidance of four vets, volunteers, and a team of 25 members, ResQ attends to over 500 animals each month. Besides rescuing or treating animals, they also give shelter to paralysed or animals with special needs. If you are looking forward to volunteering at ResQ, you can assist the team with the adoption process or anti-rabies vaccination drives conducted regularly.
Contact: 9890999111 | [email protected]
- People for Animals (PFA) – New Delhi
PFA is one of the largest animal welfare groups in India, with a massive team of 2.5 lakh members, 26 hospitals & clinics, 60 mobile units, and 165 large-scale units. PFA works towards the rehabilitation of needy animals, sterilisation, treatment, and disaster rescue. Along with this, they also run animal welfare centres and animal shelters, provide ambulance services, and advocate for animals on different levels such as legalisation, education, and sensitisation. Volunteers and visitors are welcome at PFA and can assist team members with a number of tasks such as caring for street dogs, feeding them, grooming and washing other animals that may be suffering from infections, and carrying out other logistical work at the centre.
Contact: + 91 – 11 23719293/94 | [email protected]
So, the next time you come across an injured stray or an animal being ill-treated, you know who to contact. Besides, if you like taking up a productive, social activity over the weekend, extend a few moments of your voluntary time or monetary support for a few furry and feathered bundles of joy!
Akanksha Shukla is a content strategist, writer by the day and reader by the night- all with the trusted companionship of coffee!