Despite the World Health Organisation (WHO) clarifying that pet animals cannot spread the virus, many NGOs working on animal welfare have started getting calls from people who want to abandon their pets. These organisations are taking initiatives and conducting drives to serve the common purpose of animal welfare during COVID-19.
Started in 2012, Kitchen For Paws is a Bridal Asia initiative to feed the stray animals across India. They are doing their bit by feeding as many stray animals as possible and are also accepting donations to cover more areas. They have collaborated with Samarpan Foundation, a non-profit entity that works towards animal welfare among healthcare, nutrition, and education to collect donations for the cause.
People For Animals (PFA) is an NGO that works all over India with the help of like-minded people. They work to rescue and rehabilitate sick and needy animals by setting up and running shelters, ambulance services, sterilisation programs, treatment camps, and disaster rescue missions for animals. The organisation has segregated feeders in different cities and are also giving out passes to people who’d like to volunteer for the feeding campaign along with fundraising for the same cause. This is one way to aid animal welfare during COVID-19.
One of Delhi’s largest animal hospital-cum-shelter, Friendicoes fosters, feeds, and fully sponsors a wide range of community animals. Its in-house clinic for the strays can accommodate about 150-200 animals at any point in time. It also includes two operation theatres, a Lab & X-ray unit as well as a sanctuary in Gurgaon that houses about a thousand animals. Their latest campaign for animal welfare during COVID-19 is crowdfunding for feeding street animals. Over 200 dogs and 20 cats are fed by Friendicoes with the help of the donation money every day. Clothing brand Bhaane has also donated 100% of its sale during the lockdown to Friendicoes.
The Modern Mowgli is a charity based in Delhi and Faridabad run by a 23-year-old. She and her small yet loyal team conducts adoption drives, vaccination drives, and feeds dogs around Delhi and Haryana on a daily basis. Her storytelling skills work as an awareness campaign and help increase reach. During the COVID-19 situation, The Modern Mowgli team is now feeding more than 150 dogs across more areas.
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A community of animal lovers that work towards feeding the stray dogs in cities, Stray Dogs Feeder is conducting a donation drive which expects to feed rice, chicken, biscuits, and take up medical expenses of many street dogs. India’s largest crowdfunding site Milaap is helping them conduct this drive. They have raised over Rs 78,000 of Rs 1,00,000 goal.
World Animal Protection works towards the welfare of animals in communities, in the wild and even in disasters. As the world is coping with COVID-19 pandemic, the organisation is conducting awareness drives and feeding campaigns, for which they are also taking donations.
The We Exist Foundation is a non-profit organisation aiming to improve the lives of the street and abandoned dog community in India. Their Full Belly Campaign is a step towards ensuring that our street dogs and cat community are given the love and care they deserve during these tough times. One can also provide financial aid to support the feeders on their daily feeding drives.
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