Building capacity and building compassion

First Aid:  The team in Varanasi performed many first aid treatments this month, including cases that took extra effort and follow up.  Here are some highlights and some great improvements from pups we helped in the last few months!




University Bull – Students at Banaras Hindu University notified the team about a bull who had a serious maggot wound on his hoof and had difficulty standing. With intensive treatment, he has now started to walk and is improving by the day. The students are following up with the prescribed treatment and are now more aware about how to help animals on the street.


Tommy – Last month we highlighted the story of Tommy, an abandoned dog who was found suffering from maggots and tick fever. He was adopted by a loving family last month, and look how great he looks today!


Building Capacity:  A workshop was organised on Assi Ghat on September 13th by our team of volunteers.  The purpose of the presentation was to increase everyone’s compassion for street dogs.  They showed basic first aid techniques, and discussed how regular citizens can help animals in distress.

Building Compassion:  On September 14th, our team in Varanasi made a presentation to 350 students of Sunbeam Senior Secondary School, Bhagwanpur. An interactive discussion was organised along with slides and photos.  This presentation inspired students to have compassion for animals and informed them about issues regarding animal cruelty.  They also discussed how to understand dog behaviour and how to use this understanding to prevent dog bites – something that is at the root of many children’s paranoia about dogs. If we can help children understand dogs and shed their fears about them, they are more likely to have compassion for them.  The students and school administrators were very engaged in the discussion and asked a lot of interesting questions.


Building Bridges:  Our team met Dr. Ansari, the government veterinarian in charge of animal control in Varanasi.  This is a part of our continuous engagement with the government authorities in order to eventually have them take greater responsibility for the street animals, including moving the cattle to Gaushalas (shelters for unwanted cows) and possibly also supporting a spay/neuter programme for dogs.

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.