VSPCA is recognised by Animal Welfare Board of India and the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests.
- Since the beginning of our project in 1997-98 to the year 2012-13, we have protected 5,283 nest and 5, 73,285 hatchlings were successfully released in the ocean. The number of nest is increasing every year and last year itself we protected 342 nests in our coastline.
- Implementing community-based awareness and education programs in 24 fishing villages, with plans to reach-out to even more.
- This compassionate campaign received immense appreciation from across the world. Since the beginning of the programme in the year 2000, so far 37,560 packets of Vegan meals have been distributed to the poor abandoned people on the street sharing the warmth with the animals.
- From several years an average of 12,000 to 15,000 days-old male calves were going to slaughter houses which after our efforts of several months finally ended when The Honorable Minister of Endowments declared complete stop on the auctions of male calves that keep coming donated by villagers.
- Our CRPI team showed immense hard work and dedication which resulted in maximum rescue of the cattles. Last year itself we rescued 3,974 cattles out of which 2,816 were given for adoption to the poor needy farmers.
- Goshala (Cow Sanctuary) established in few selected villages, which promotes the utilization of cattle’s by products like urine, cow dung etc for various purposes and thus making farmers self efficient.
- Extensive awareness camps covering 145 areas in 3 districts, educating more than 7000 farmers brought drastic fall in the male calves offering in the temples.
|Awareness camps||145 areas|
|Simhachalam camps||80 times|
|Shandies (cattle market)||127 visits|
|Meetings with officials||75 related stakeholders|
|Villages visited||145 nos.|
|Districts covered||3 (Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam, Vijayanagaram)|
|Farmers educated||7250 nos.|
|Total animals rescued||3974 cattle|
|Total adoption||2816 re-homed|
- Spearheaded the formation of a joint committee, creating a cooperative relationship between the communities of the Telenelipuram district, police, and the Forest Department dedicated to protecting migratory birds from poachers and habitat destruction.
- Since 2000 we continued helping Asian open bill storks, painted storks and 40 different kind of Indian species birds in telikunchi and telinelipuram of srikakulam district.
- Our team had tough time saving the birds from the furious cyclones and providing emergency medical care but inspite of all the hurdles, we facilitated successful takeoff of 20000 birds in the both the villages of Srikakulam District.
Zero Rabies in the city
- We entered into the third year of being categorized as incident free rabies area, as we achieved ZERO RABIES this year too.
- This year we covered 6484 dogs under Animal Birth Control Programme and thus the count reached to more than 90,000 dogs that are now operated since the beginning of the campaign in 1998-99.
Animal Club Formation
- Animal Club another major initiative of VSPCA came into existence in the Gajuwaka area of Visakhapatnam with the aim of spreading Animal Welfare and involving maximum number of likeminded members to raise voice for our beloved beings.
- Stopped the cruel exploitation and deaths of cobras during the Nagala Chauvathi festival.
- Seized several parrots from the street astrologers.
- Emergency rescue of 2000 abandoned Emu birds.
- Cats rescued from the poachers trading cat meat in market.
- Ducks and endangered star tortoise seized from the sellers in the market.
- Seized 34 endangered monitor lizards from poachers and turned them over to the zoo.
- Have completely stopped the poaching of dolphins for human consumption and use as shark bait in greater Visakhapatnam.
- Essentially dissolved the wildlife trade racket coming out of Anakapalle and Vizianagaram by seizing 143 stuffed squirrels and mongooses ready to be sold as toys, and intercepting almost 450 live parrots in a single raid.
- Have stopped wildlife hunting (boars, hares, jungle cats, etc.) within our district.
- Prevented the Bombay and Prabhat circuses from using lions, tigers, bears and panthers in their shows and handed the 24 lions over for rehabilitation.
- Have significantly decreased the use of "fortune-telling" parrots on the beach and the open sale of wildlife meat in local markets with periodic raids.
- Rehabilitate and release, whenever possible, injured and distressed wildlife such as mongooses, birds, squirrels, and snakes.
- Assisted in relief efforts following the 2004 tsunami as well as a devastating flood in 2005 which afflicted nearby districts, where we helped rescue and tend to around 37,000 farm animals
- Plastic bags: won a case banning colored plastic bags in Visakhapatnam. Animals are more attracted to colored bags than clear or white ones.
- ABC: after 4 court appearances, finally got the municipality to accept our animal birth control program, instead of inhumane killing, as the way to handle the city's stray dog problem.
- Bhimili slaughterhouse: convicted offenders involved in an illegal cattle slaughterhouse in Bhimili.
- Circus Animals: ensured the seizure of the abovementioned animals at the Bombay and Prabhat circuses, setting a future precedent.
- Sea turtle conservation battles:
- in constant battles with the Navy to prevent them from placing a submarine on the beach as a landmark, interfering with vital nesting grounds.
- prevented the city from expanding an existing highway through a beach where turtles come ashore. The city expanded the highway towards the land instead and we are now fighting to limit the construction of resorts along it.
- fighting the city to prevent sand mining on the beach, which makes the remaining sand in those areas unsuitable for breeding purposes.
Activities Inside the Shelter
- In 2000, we were declared a model goshala (cow sanctuary) by the Animal Welfare Board of India. We have rescued over 1700 cattle from slaughterhouses and inhumane transport conditions and currently care for approximately 600.
- ABC (Animal Birth Control)- We have vaccinated, sterilised, and released approximately 30,000 dogs and 200 cats so far to control their stray populations.
- Recently completed a cat surgical ward to allow the growth of their ABC program.
- We have completed large enclosures for monkeys, endangered star tortoises, as well as an aviary.
- We use a biogas plant to convert cow dung in to electricity and gas for cooking.
- Cow dung and urine are also used to produce completely natural fertilizers and pesticides to grow the plants and trees within our shelter.
- Our shelter has received the highest sanitation grade given out to animal shelters in India.
- We have excellent waste and water management systems for a shelter our size. A 30,000 litre septic tank handles the waste from our hundreds of resident animals. Rain- harvesting pits and onsite wells provide the enormous amounts of water we use everyday.
Memberships and Associations
- In a unique mentoring partnership VSPCA was selected to be the “sister shelter” of the Animal Rescue League of Boston.
- Founders of ASIA LINK, formed in 2000 in London.
- Associate members of the RSPCA and WSPA.
- Regularly invited to represent ourselves at important international animal welfare conferences.
- One of only three members of the committee formed by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, which conducts reports on the animal sacrifices that are running rampant through our state.
- Our founder, Pradeep Nath, was selected by the Ministry of Environment and Forests as a member under the Zoo Committee working to increase the welfare of zoo animals.
- Given permission by the Central Zoo Authority to assist in setting up the Large Animal Rescue Center in our city- one of only five in all of India.