Help Animals India's 2013 Grants
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Help Animals India
April 2014


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  • to provide a means to donate to the charities of India just as you would a US charity, and receive a tax deduction

  • to advise and guide the charities of India to improve their missions and save more animals 

We are pleased to present you with a detailed account of Help Animals India's grants in 2013.

But first, as always, let me say that none of these contributions would have been possible without your kind and generous support, your far-reaching vision and your compassion.

2013 was Year Five of our intensive effort to help India's animals and the people who serve them. It was another year of achievement, albeit tempered by heartache as we witnessed and helped with two natural disasters.

dog rescued floodHelp Animals India gave grants to APOWA in Odisha, India for the relief and rescue of nearly 2000 cyclone and flood victim animals after Cyclone Phailin. The team included vets, rescue workers and volunteers who provided treatment, emergency feeding, drinking water and post cyclone/flood vaccinations. Funds were also granted for repairs to the shelter building as well as the supply of animal feed. APOWA identified community volunteers to feed the cyclone-affected animals in surrounding districts.

Help Animals India gave Tibetan Volunteers for Animals (TVA), located in Byalukuppe (a Tibetan refugee settlement in South India), a grant for treatment and spay/neuter/vaccination of stray/pet animals at their busy clinic. The grant helps with costs associated with vital animal care and protection against rabies, skin diseases and transmissible venereal tumors as well as an active Animal Birth Control (ABC) program. A new clinic has been opened (the We CARE Animal Rescue Clinic) which will help with a busy workload.

dog rescued floodHelp Animals India gave grants to People for Animals which were distributed to PFA Guwahati in Assam and PFA Mysore in Karnataka. PFA Guwahati runs a shelter for destitute and injured animals. It is the only shelter of its kind in the entire northeastern region of India. The organization rescues wild and domestic animals and treats them at the shelter. The grant helps with the treatment and rehabilitation of animals as well as an education program to promote awareness of animal rights. PFA Mysore used the grant primarily for the sterilization of an increasing number of stray cats, as well as sterilizing rabbits and guinea pigs that have been abandoned by their owners. A very active rehoming scheme is now in progress for all abandoned animals. The grant has also been vital for the bulk purchase of special suture material necessary for safe ABC operations on all types of animals.

Help Animals India gave a grant to The Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre (WRRC) for the support and upkeep of the elephant Menaka who was a captive animal suffering abuse and cruelty in the custody of a religious temple. Menaka was rescued from the temple and relocated to a park in Bangalore where she has been under the care of WRRC ever since. Years of abuse have taken a toll on Menaka's health, so she requires regular medical attention. Her upkeep is expensive, and the grant also helps with fodder and her mahout's salary.

Help Animals India gave grants to the Karuna Society in Putttaphathi, Andhra Pradesh. The society's "Plastic Cow" program rescues and treats the many cows who ingest plastic from the roadsides causing terrible suffering and frequent death. The grant has helped fund rumenotomies to remove the load of plastic from the cows' stomachs to help restore normal digestion, and it funds the upkeep of the recovered animals. The grant has also funded an awareness program to inform officials and locals about the effect of plastic on cattle and it has funded the supply of feed for drought-affected animals. The grants to the Karuna Society also helped with the building of a new bore well after severe drought caused feed shortages. Finally, Help Animals India grants have also been utilized for the ongoing ABC program which receives no government funding.

Help Animals India gave grants to MAITRI Charitable Trust, located in Bodhgaya, to feed, treat and immunize 100 dogs and 32 goats through 2014. An ABC program is also in place and the grant will also provide food to the 400 local community dogs collected by MAITRI to be sterilized. After proper post-operative care, the dogs are then returned to their respective territories. An additional 174 dogs have been able to be sterilized under the grant.

cat spay neuterHelp Animals India gave grants to the Visakha Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (VSPCA) in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, to assist with several projects:

  • Street dogs - the target of zero rabies in the area served by VSPCA was reached and a full-time ABC program continued.
  • Temple calves - this grant helps VSPCA rescue live calves which are offered to the temple for illegal killing.
  • Genset - supply of a backup generator to run the operation theatre and emergency water storage.
  • Star tortoises - for the rescue and rehabilitation of this endangered species.
  • SOS fees - wages for emergency animal rescue personnel.
  • Special needs facility - this facility is for old, blind and disabled dogs.
  • Parrots - a grant to rescue illegally-used parrots and rebuild cyclone-damaged aviary.
  • Shelter restoration - grant to repair cyclone-damaged shelters.
  • Land - grant has allowed more land to be bought for the growth of fodder for rescued animals.
  • Cyclone outreach - medical assistance and feed for approximately 13,000 cyclone-affected animals.
  • ABC for cats - grant to assist with ABC, stray cat rescue and stopping poaching.
  • Vegan meals - the Kindness Mobile Restaurant provides vegan meals and blankets to the very poor who also care for street dogs.
  • Reimbursement - to assist with traveling costs, meetings with officials, auditors and lawyers.
  • Fundraising professional - to help with the challenges of raising funds.
  • Dog shelter - helped build a shelter for 123 dogs at The Kindness Farm.
  • Operational expenses - as the only animal shelter/hospital in the region, the grant has allowed VSPCA to continue caring for an increasing number of animals.
  • Horse camps - every month, beach horses are treated and abandoned horses are rescued, treated, fed and sheltered.
  • Vet salary - grant helps the vet with more than 1300 animals receiving lifetime care, daily emergency animal rescues and mobile rescue facilities.
  • Adoption program - grant supports wages for team to manage its awareness/education/adoption program.
  • Sea turtles - grant for wages of night-watchman to protect sea turtle hatchery, a community-based program.
  • Plastic cow - grant for medicines required for surgery to remove plastic from stomachs of cows.

India cow eating plasticGrants to VSPCA also helped supply fruit trees to be grown using cattle byproducts; purchase an air conditioner and a cow urine distilling unit (the distilled urine is used as an organic pesticide); and supply a kitchen to provide food for the shelter workers and the animals.

Help Animals India gave grants to Animal Nepal (located in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, which borders India) to improve the facilities at its Godavari Donkey Sanctuary. The shelter houses rescued equines, and the grant funded the construction of an eco-friendly wing with an operating theatre and office. Remaining funds were used to improve fencing for protection of lame and blind equines. A further grant was given for the Catch, Neuter, Vaccinate, Release and Monitoring (CNVR-M) camp as well as for a program to neuter over 100 female dogs. Several dogs suffering from canine transmissible venereal tumors were also spayed and treated with chemotherapy.

Help Animals India gave a grant to Arunachala Animal Sanctuary & Rescue Shelter, located in South India, to help with operating expenses for this busy shelter. These include medications, medical supplies, animal feed and staff salaries. The grant also helped with ABC, rabies vaccinations and emergency animal rescues as well as treatment for injuries and illnesses suffered by all types of animals.

Help Animals India gave grants to People for Animals Dehradun, located in the capital city of the state of Uttarakhand, to assist with several projects:

  • Awareness campaign - to alert the public to animal welfare issues, the importance of ABC and animal adoption.
  • Disaster relief - In the "Himalayan Tsunami" in June 2013, equines used as pack animals for visiting pilgrims were trapped in the floods. These stranded animals required veterinary care and food supplies which had to be air-dropped to the inaccessible mountain areas.
  • Rescue and rehabilitation - thousands of domestic animals (horses, mules, donkeys, buffalo and dogs) had to be evacuated from the flooded areas after the tsunami. A Help Animas India grant helped PFA Dehradun assist in the rescue and provide the rescued equines with permanent rehabilitation.
  • Infrastructure development work - Extra housing space for animals, isolation wards, kitchen, cat enclosure and nursery.
  • Grooming centre - new building to make the Raahat Veterinary Facility self-sustainable.

Help Animals India gave grants to HOPE and Animal Trust, located in Ranchi in the state of Jharkhand, which helped with many ABC surgeries on dogs and cats and the rescue of over 500 injured dogs. The grant also helps fund an ongoing program which educates 50,000 people about dog bites and rabies as well as helping to fund a feeding program for more than 10,000 animals. The grant contributes to the costs of running the rescue and rehabilitation shelter as well as funding HOPE's work in Varanasi where it rescues and treats animals and also runs an awareness project in schools and for the public.

Help Animals India gave a grant to Just be Friendly, located in Guwahati in the state of Assam, to pursue animal welfare activities such as ABC and the rescue and treatment of badly injured animals in the area. In just one month this year, 116 dogs were neutered and 21 dogs were rescued from the streets. The grant assists in ongoing work such as the rescue of abandoned pups and an effort to rehome them, as well as assisting with the repair of the dog transport cart.

Help Animals India gave a grant to Cattitude Trust, located in Chennai, the capital city of the state of Tamil Nadu, to employ a driver for animal rescues, hired transport, the rescue and treatment of injured cats and ABC. The grant also helps the animals of the Parasparam Ashram with animal treatments. Funds will be used for continuing ABC, transportation, humane traps and an awareness program to teach people to care for street cats and the importance of the ABC program called the Guardian Angel. 

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