The past few months we’ve been busy with some great fundraisers in Toronto and wanted to thank everyone who’s supported our little project! Meanwhile, our team members in Varanasi have also been busy – here’s an update of everything they’ve been up to these past few months.
In the past three months, over 420 animals were provided with first aid treatments by our staff and volunteers, including dogs, cows, bulls and calves. These animals were treated for wounds, maggots, injuries, skin issues, and infections.
One of the more serious cases treated is Bhairo, a calf who had multiple fractures in his hooves. A volunteer named Sadhna informed our staff members Anoop about this injured calf, and our staff members and a few other volunteers admitted the calf immediately to Ghoda hospital where surgery was done. He was kept in the hospital for two days post-surgery. Staff member Swati brought the calf to her house and took on his care. Bhairo is now back on his feet and he can be seen playfully moving around.
Caring for Animals
In addition to first aid, our team of staff and volunteers took part in a lot of activities to care for animals in their community, including rabies vaccinations, and bringing fresh veggies to the deer in Sarnath. Also, a wonderful team of yogis from Germany donated large bags of dog food during their visit to Varanasi. Our team gathered the volunteers and other community members who are known to care for dogs in their neighbourhood, and distributed the food to ten different neighbourhoods.
On a sad note, our team found a mama dog who had died after giving birth. The puppies were rescued and were cared for by our team. Fortunately all the puppies are healthy and four of them have already been adopted out to good families!
More and more locals are joining the movement to care for dogs in their neighbourhoods – it’s so great to see! Our staff met with them to discuss their interests and they’ve joined our team in first aid rounds to learn how to care for animals. The staff conducts first aid rounds in different parts of the city with the end goal of having a team of animal advocates who are represented by all neighbourhoods in the city. The locations of volunteers were mapped and circulated so that everyone knows who’s around to help when they find an animal who requires care.
Our good friend Amy Nagatani, an Australian veterinarian who’s now living in Canada, provided further hands-on training to our team during her visit to Varanasi. Also, a first aid workshop was conducted in April to develop the skills of the volunteers. Dr Patel, an experienced vet conducted the sessions along with Swati, and trained volunteers were provided with first aid kits to use on the animals in their neighbourhood. Volunteers are taught to call the local animal shelters when they find animals that require veterinary care.
Spay/Neuter in Varanasi
…and speaking of the local animal shelters, we’re so thrilled that Varanasi for Animals is conducting hundreds of spay/neuter surgeries each month. Also, they have recently expanded their shelter space to accommodate a sanctuary for animals who require long-term care, which is a huge win for animals who are unable to thrive on the streets.
Help us help the animals!
- For individuals in Varanasi who want to help street dogs, please contact our Helpline at 9452781980.
- 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 partner, the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations!