July 2005 - VSPCA new web site and other news
Our 700 needy animals offer gratitude for your kind attention. Below find:
- -- Our new website
- -- Dog animal birth control and rescues- your help needed
- -- Asia Animal conference and Lewyt award
- -- Visit of Phil and Trix Wollen of The Kindness Trust
- -- Cow sanctuary news- your help needed
- -- Wildlife rescues and investigations
- -- Donations of equipment from caring friends abroad
- -- Flooding in Andhra Pradesh and dog photos in the press!
We are pleased to announce our new web site www.vspca.org please take a look now, and in the near future as we are hope to improve it to give you a better picture of what VSPCA really looks like. Thanks to the gratis contribution of Krishna Mohan SriReddy, USA for designing and maintaining it.
This little white dog might have been a tsunami survivor still searching for his owner after six months. Finally we were able to rescue him.
We will always be indebted to the compassionate folks at Ahimsa of Texas for hosting our old site done by Laura Black as a volunteer labor of love. Our most important news stories are of course, about the animals. Dog animal birth control (ABC) proceeds per our long range goals in the communities all around Visakhapatnam. We have received much praise from the local officials as we complete one Panchayat (district) after another. Returning now sterilized and immunized dogs that are glad to get back to their communities and grateful residents that the dog problem is humanely taken care of. Monthly averages are 450 dogs in the city region; and lately accomplished 220 dogs at the nearby steel plant; another 223 dogs at Pallayalem Panchayat . We don't have any extra funds and if you make a contribution we can help more dogs. In India a little goes a long way and the dog spay/neuter/vaccination currently costs $5 USD per dog. Our next target is the Gajuwaka Municipality with more than 2000 dogs. They used to kill dogs by shooting, roping and strangulation but that is all stopped now as we complained to police. Please strongly take to heart that we need your help to continue to impact these areas.
Special thanks for their long hours and tireless work are overdue to our shelter managers Sarada Buddhiraju and JVVS Rajsekhar .
This Alsatian dog was aimlessly walking on the beach running after everybody as though asking for help to locate her owner. What a pity, now she is being helped at our shelter.
Swathi Buddhiraju and Pradeep Nath of VSPCA were sponsored by Animal People News to attend the Asia for Animals conference in Singapore. There they presented a paper on "A very bleak future for India's wildlife". Afterwards Pradeep was interviewed for an article about the conference "Asia makes strides in protecting wildlife, but some species appear doomed" which was published Yahoo News and papers in Iran and Pakistan --so the world is listening! He said we needed to "stop the supply as the governments are waking up to the call but I think most of the damage has been done. I feel it's too late... and that in the future, there will not be any large animals left."
Here is Pradeep Nath receiving the $1,000 Leywt Award for all at VSPCA who helped the tsunami animals . The award was presented by Kim Bartlett of Animal People News on behalf of North Shore Animal League.
Phil and Trix Wollen of Australia just visited VSPCA on their whistle stop tour of India animal shelters. Mr. Wollen recently received the Order of Australia from The Queens Birthday 2005 Honours . The citation was for "Service to international humanitarian relief, and to animal welfare, particularly through the establishment of the Winsome Constance Kindness Trust " The Telugu (local dialect) press interviewed him and they particularly agreed that the ABC program done correctly solves the dog problems. The article stated that VSPCA is the best in ABC use. Mr. Wollen said he respects India and its culture as being a Hindu country it values all life and believes killing animals is a shame. India being a clever country will come up with the right solutions to save the environment. Further Mr. Wollen stated that he has traveled to many countries and has never seen anything like VSPCA and considers it superior in ABC implementation with the best facility.
Our work goes on completing the cow sanctuary (goshala) shelters.
The monsoon is so rough on them when they don't have adequate shelter. Please see some new photos on our cow sanctuary link along with info on our biogas plant. The shelters are designed to protect from rain and sun with high roofs to allow cool air to filter through. This photo shows how the cattle hooves become soft leading to flat feet and pain due to the constant rains and improper shelter. These conditions are very difficult and stressful for the animals and workers alike as w e had to move the large animals to higher ground. Please help so we can finish our cow shelters.
VSPCA continues with wildlife investigations to prevent poaching of birds, monitor lizards and other animals. More about this and our battle against sandmining on the beaches (which interferes with sea turtle nesting) in our upcoming reports .
We are very lucky to have a portable anesthesia machine donated to us from Pam Runquist at Assoc. of Vets for Animal Rights (AVAR) ; Dr. Rick Bachman (who brought it to India himself!); Dr. Bosmat Gal and United Animal Nations . This more effective model will greatly help us in our mobile spay/neuters. Many thanks and kind regards from all at VSPCA.
Email newsletter written by Eileen Weintraub (USA) with information supplied by Pradeep Kumar Nath.
From The Hindu 20/7/05 photo taken nearby to VSPCA showing our ear-notched ABC dogs Caption entitled: Taking a break Stray dogs taking a breather after a vigil in the One Town Area of Visakhapatnam.
Press photo of dog loving family escaping floods in N. India nearby Ahmedabad.