September 2015: We are now stronger and better prepared!
Dear well-wishers and supporters,
After Cyclone Hudhud hit we knew we would be facing a severe situation. The complete destruction of structures and greenery at the shelter would surely cause the heat to rise abnormally. Even with the many measures we took to prevent the worst of it, it was not easy to deal with the heat this past summer. But the passionate people at our shelters worked relentlessly and determinedly in doing extensive plantation work to bring back the greenery.
Our shelter with greenery destroyed by cyclone HudHud.
Our shelter brought back to life on war footing post-Cyclone.
The cyclone uprooted almost all of our trees but we are now back with new plantations, created strategically at each and every enclosure. Trees and greenery make our shelter a better place for both animals and humans. We produce our own vegetables and fruits for consumption by shelter animals and staff and we are at the stage now where we can also sell the surplus, generating more funds for the shelter.
Our rural ABC facility is now functional
Dr. Rajeshwar and Dr. Yeswanth performing surgeries at our new ABC facility.
Fully supported by NetAP under The Dog Protection Programme (DPP), our spay/neuter and anti-rabies vaccination programs have begun in the rural areas. Despite the cyclone destruction, we doubled our efforts and worked even harder to get back to work and resume our ABC (Animal Birth Control) programme with more determination. Our rural ABC programme will target almost 300 dogs in the first phase and we will continue providing our anti-rabies vaccination in other rural areas. The Kindness Dog House (sponsored by Help Animals India) now houses around 40 dogs, most of whom were brought to us during the cyclone. With the rural ABC programme accelerating this dog house will get soon busier. Right now the rescued dogs live here in a serene atmosphere, which includes swimming pools and many fruit trees - including Sandalwood trees at the runway. We hope to provide the best for the dogs that will have to spend the rest of their lives here. Please support our efforts.
Exclusive and specialised veterinary training by the NetAP team
Dr. Yvonne, Dr. Yesu and Ms. Estheer Geisser training on updated cat protocols at VSPCA.
Dr. Yvonne (Veterinarian) and Esther Geisser (Founder at NetAP) visited VSPCA and provided some essential and exclusive training to our vets, specifically focussed on cat care, including dental care, dealing with skin cancer and diet regulations. This programme has the full support of NetAP under Cat Protection Programme (CPP).
Special visit by specialists
Left: Capt. Siddharth, Capt. Peter, Mr. Pradeep, Ms. Trix Wollen and Mr.Philip Wollen. Right: Ms. Jessica Ava andMs. Sheril Sakai with Mr. Philip Wollen.
Left: Ms. Esther Geisser, Founder, NetAP. Right: Dr. Yvonne, Veterinarian, NetAP.
We were honored to receive Captain Siddharth and Captian Peter from Sea Shepherd International. Accompanying them were our Chief Patron Mr. Phil Wollen and Mrs. Trix Wollen. Also much honored to see the arrival of Help Animals Representative Ms. Jessika Ava, Sheril Sakai and the NetAP team of Ms. Esther Geisser and Dr. Yvonne. Useful visits and discussions followed towards building a better future for the animals of this region.
Better space for parrots
The recent cyclone affected the bird's quarantine the worst. We can never provide a true replacement for the parrots' original habitat but we want to give them the best within our available space and resources. We now have a much improved and innovative space. We have around 48 parrots still in our rehabilitation centre – please help us continues to care for them by donating!
Finally our own Cow Urine Distilling Unit at the Kindness Farm
We are happy to announce the functioning of the Cow Urine Distilling Unit and also the beginning of composting works at The Kindness Farm. With fresh cow dung from more than 800 cattle every day, the best way to utilise these natural wonders is to produce natural products like ground cleaning agent from them. These little projects are run in conjunction with our vegan educational and practical programmes which have been running for 4 years now.
Welcome new advisory members to VSPCA
We are very privileged and absolutely delighted to welcome new advisory members:
- Esther Geisser, Founder, NetAP as our Patron and Advisory Member
- Dr. Gayatri Vaidyanathan as Advisory Member
Some recent rescues
From top left: cow being rescued from an underground canal; rescued dog whose head was stuck in a bottle; one of eight terrapins rescued from drainage system; calves rescued from an illegal slaughterhouse.
We are very grateful to your continued faith and support and ask you to be an active part of our efforts for the animals in distress. For frequent updates and links to many of the above stories please check our Facebook and Twitter feeds.
Pradeep Kumar Nath
Visakha Society for Protection and Care of Animals (VSPCA)