Today is World Animal Day, and we are taking it as an opportunity to shed light on some NGOs in Mumbai that look after animal welfare. As animals, they have no means to communicate when they are hurt or in trouble, hence making it necessary as humans to keep a look out for them, extending a hand whenever possible. Whether through fostering, adopting, donating, or simply providing them with food and shelter when necessary, even the tiniest action helps! Let's check out some NGOs whose efforts you can su'ppaw't!
Animal Welfare NGOs in Mumbai:
The Welfare of Stray Dogs (WSD)
The Welfare of Stray Dogs, aka WSD, is a non-profit and governmental organisation working towards the welfare of stray dogs (as the name suggests). Recognised by the Animal Welfare Board of India (Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India), WSD aims to eradicate rabies in Mumbai, reduce the population of street dogs by promoting their adoption while educating the masses about rabies prevention and other issues. They've been carrying out mass sterilisation programmes for street dogs, conducting on-site first aid and vaccination programmes, and even hosting fundraisers for stray dogs.
Awaaz: Voice of Stray Animals
The NGO, as the name suggests, acts like the voice for stray animals, working for their welfare since January 2017. From providing basic first aid to medical assistance and helping those critically injured/wounded, Awaaz: Voice of Stray Animals runs two ambulances, covering areas between Vile Parle (E) - Goregaon (E), Bandra West and Malad West. They even have a rehab facility, wherein the animal is sent to a private clinic with follow-ups done till they recover, majorly for critical cases. Their achievements involve feeding more than 40k animals during the first lockdown, successfully treating several animals year-round, many being on the spot! They cover areas like Uttan, Gorai Beach, Aarey, and other places in Mumbai for their feeding drive. In the Awaaz rehab centre, every animal finds a home, medical care, food, and plenty of love, with a team of around 18 people working together for the welfare of the strays.
WeLove Animals Foundation
WeLove Animals Foundation works towards animal protection, spreading kindness while raising public awareness about animals, defending their rights. Striving to make a difference, they run programmes like feeding the strays, providing medical aid, sterilisation, vaccinations, adoption, and fostering. They have an education program that helps guide the young minds at different schools, building a relationship between animals and the environment. They cover all of Mumbai, aiming to turn the city into a cruelty-free and a safe space for animals. The NGO's founder Mohit Lalvani is even the founder of Captain Zack, a well-known brand catering to animals and their requirements like food and accessories.
Animals Matter to Me
Animals Matter to Me is a non-profit welfare organisation aiming to create a healthy world for animals, providing a space for people who love them to support the furry beings. They've always believed that every animal deserves nothing but the best, dedicating their time to rescues, rehabilitating strays and any abandoned animals, totally transforming their lives. They provide services like sterilisation, medical care, running animal ambulances, a hospital and a sanctuary. They host community outreach and feeding programs, offering people the option to volunteer helping them with the animals.
Save Our Strays
A Mumbai-based registered animal welfare charity, Save Our Strays, work towards causes like sterilisation, vaccinations, animal healthcare, and adoptions. They host programmes and initiatives like Animal Birth Control, Vaccination and Rabies Eradication, First Aid, Food Pool, and Animal Stay. Their journey began in 2003 by Shirley Menon, as the sights and conditions of strays in her area were appalling, leading to her mission of ensuring to change them. The organisation is now a team of lovely people working towards tackling issues that animals face, having several success stories since they started.