| Future Plans
| Animal Welfare In India
Deonar Centre started from 1st February 2000:
At this Centre every month we spay / neuter around 600 dogs and cats and render treatment to around 150 ill or injured animals that are brought in by our two ambulances from the nook and corner of Mumbai city. We have also sheltered around 145 blind, old, handicapped animals that cannot fend for themselves on the road. A cat ward with 20 cages has been set up for sterilizing stray cats. With the ever increasing population of cats, cat sterilization has become important.
Vashi Centre started from 26th July 2006:
At this Centre, every month we spay / neuter 225 dogs and render treatment to another 35 ill or injured animals brought in by our ambulance from the region. We also cater to a large population of stray cattle in this region.
Neral Centre started from 28th August 2006:
At this centre, we render treatment to nearly 225 horses in and around Matheran and in nearby towns of Kalyan and Titwala, where horses are used to ferry passengers.
Project for working animals in Mumbai like horses and bullocks:
Working animals are the most disadvantaged lot. The horses and donkeys are worked till they drop dead and bullocks are sent for slaughter as soon as they age. While we cannot change this situation our effort is to alleviate their suffering at least during their working life. Our vet holds regular camps for these animals and counsels the "owners" to take better care of the animals. He is available for emergency calls 24 x 7 to help an ill or injured animal. This prompt service has made the "owners" realize that it has to be a give and take, and if they want free treatment for their animals from IDA India, they have to follow proper animal management practices, rest the ill animals, give nutritious diet, avoid overloading of carts and whipping. We have succeeded partly in changing the mindset of the "owners", and there is certainly an improvement in the condition of these animals.
We have three big ambulances to bring animals for treatment / spay / neuter program, One of them has a hydraulic lift to pick up large animals like cattle, horses, etc. They ply in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.
Two Mobile Clinics for street animals:
Two Mobile Clinics have been started to treat animals with minor ailments like skin infections, cough & cold on the road itself, with follow up, so as to reduce the load on the two centers.
Spay / neuter program in the smaller towns near Mumbai & Navi Mumbai:
With the Government of India policy to adopt spay / neuter program to control population of street dogs, several small Municipal Councils in Raigadh District have started approaching IDA India to set up camps in their towns. We thus held the first such camp at the hill station of Matheran, and neutered / spayed 475 dogs in 4 months between February & May 2008. We have agreed to hold such camps at these other towns. The good thing is that Municipalities are now considering this option, rather than do away with street dogs either by poisoning them or shooting them.
Rescue of abused animals:
We receive numerous complaints on regular basis, about abused and abandoned pets, caged birds, ill treated cattle, etc. We rush to their rescue and confiscate these animals, and take legal action against the culprits, wherever need be.
Wild Life Rescue:
Wild animals like snakes, birds, mongoose, etc. are rescued from the traders, who trap them from the wild and either sell them or use them for performance on the streets. They are treated and rehabilitated back into the wild with help of Forest Department.
Awareness programmes for school children:
The future of our animals is in the hands of our children. It is therefore important to sensitize them to all animal related issues. To make them aware on all such issues, IDA India carries out awareness programmes for school children.
Increasing the Volunteer base:
We are aware that in order to work for animals, we need support from the citizens. We have therefore taken on the task of increasing our volunteer base. For this we conduct regular outreach programs in housing societies, educational institutions and social organizations, and organize monthly meets for the volunteers / supporters.