The month of June saw an unusually hot summer spell for the people and animals of Varanasi. With no signs of any rainfall till the end of the month, most activities came to a standstill and the city was hot and humid during the pre-monsoons.
First aid: This month saw a rise in the number of road accidents experienced by animals. Some of these cases were complex and required a lot of follow up. However, with the enthusiasm and expanding first aid skills of the volunteers in Varanasi, we successfully dealt with over 80 cases – the highest that have been handled so far. This included a bull, a pony, and many dogs.
Capacity building: Our number of volunteers in Varanasi continues to grow, with animal feeders continuing to join the ranks. We’re so proud that some of our volunteers are feeling empowered to take on leadership roles, which is the ultimate goal of our program.
This month Parvathy and Ramesh, equipped with their own first aid kits, treated some animals and did outreach at Sadar Bazar. They are getting comfortable with working on their own now. Pushparag would like to take on a greater leadership role so we did a treatment and outreach drive in his neighbourhood to hone his skills. Several pups infested with ticks were treated and outreach was carried out.
Outreach: Since there was a particularly large number of first aid treatments performed this month, outreach also increased. We continue to employ the strategy of combining outreach activities with first aid treatments as this has shown to be the most effective way to engage people.
Help us help the animals!
- For individuals in Varanasi who want to help street dogs, please contact our Helpline at 9919783355.
- For individuals who can contribute financially to the project costs, please click here to make a donation – every little bit helps! We thank everyone in advance for their support!
Thank you to our partners, the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations, Animal Aid Unlimited and Mayhew International.