Dear well-wishers and supporters,
The latter half of 2018 has been truly challenging; yet, by tackling these challenges a more promising - holistic and consolidated Animal Welfare Movement with a higher degree of commitment towards our objectives, has emerged. We have crossed many milestones mitigating several complicated issues through fine management work. VSPCA through its track record and diligent action has steered local, regional and state governments in Animal Welfare (e.g. Lobbying strategies), bringing forth national, and to a degree, global recognition via VSPCA's alliances abroad.
From July through November, thanks to the generous support of our well-wishers, we have accomplished several goals helping thousands of animals.
Apart from handling hundreds of critical cases and performing rescue operations, we continue working with various stakeholders looking at hot-button issues, where they may use clout, influence and official power for a resolution. Some of the initiatives undertaken are as follows.
1. Establishing a Government Implementation Committee to streamline the protection and welfare of the Simhachalam Calves.
A Tri-member Committee involving Department of Animal Husbandry of the Andhra Pradesh Government, the Simhachalam Temple Authority and VSPCA is now a working committee coming together to solve a genuinely difficult problem.
The relentless effort and struggle by VSPCA to solve the abandoned male calves problem and the assault by the Simhachalam Temple Authority on VSPCA activists, made the conversation necessary.
The working Committee's efforts have resulted in a reliable method to systematically and humanely get the calves adopted (under mandatory formalities, legal proceedings and secured system of adoptions) by people who can care for them.
The Simhachalan temple has regained its holy significance as a place of worship by bystanders, visitors, animal activists and the government, and it is no longer an animal trafficking facility, where calves were once trafficked from the temple steps to slaughter houses. The formation of this Committee has paved the way for the supported adoption of calves once mercilessly abandoned in the temple premises.
2. To obtain timely help for animals in distress, VSPCA has worked hard and systematically to initiate and activate Government Veterinary Hospitals across various City locations for all locals.
The arrangement of kennels and other necessary facilities made available for distressed SOS animals is now helping save many more animals in a timely manner.
Furthermore, Veterinary Dispensaries in the city are now open to Animal Lovers and the Compassionate willing to rescue street animals in need.
3. AWAKE (Animal Welfare and Knowledge Exchange) and VSPCA.
AWAKE team from Sweden made another visit to VSPCA. to train and refine in-house surgical methods of our veterinarians, Animal Helpers and Shelter Managers with the intention to upgrade VSPCA shelters to international standards.
This is AWAKE's third training session at VSPCA. shelters perfecting our Asepsis procedures, Animal Handling approaches while sharing advancements in medicine and treatment methods for animals.
4. The Student Police Cadet Program.
The Student Police Cadet Program is a prestigious initiative by the Central Ministry of Home Affairs of the Indian Government. VSPCA has made invaluable contribution to society through this initiative.
This program involves coaching and shaping high school students to become responsible citizens of our nation by studying the Police/Law Enforcement tasks in an inspirational way. VSPCA has earned the role of Cadet Program Partner and VSPCA's Founder Mr. Pradeep Kumar Nath, has been groomed as the Master Trainer of this program. Through his efforts, his team is working on a regular basis in schools shaping students' mindsets in compassionate and effective ways specific to the roles of Law Enforcement, while highlighting Animal Welfare and Environmental Conservation.
5. Saving Cattle from fake animal welfarists and illegal Animal Traffickers.
VSPCA vigorously fought two different legal battles to save a total of 59 buffaloes and bulls from being illegally transported for illegal slaughtering. After prosecution and seizure of these animals by the police, the accused pledged a Property Petition against the filed case. After 60 days of strong opposition and pondering defense, the case ended positively. The Property Pledge by the fake Animal claimants was denied by the Justice. These bulls and buffaloes are safe today, leading a life they were meant to lead.
While VSPCA leaders in administrative offices lobby for various animal-centered issues in coordination with the Government, our animal helpers from our shelters work hard and relentlessly every day, taking strategic risks attending to highly complicated rescues.
They are well-informed of all safety measures and have been successful at most of these rescues if the animal wasn't already at death's door. Our Animal Helpers do not leave a stone unturned saving individual lives.