Q 10 – My neighbours object to my feeding & taking care of stray dogs in my area. They have contacted civic authorities to get the dogs evicted. What should I do ?
Ans - The Delhi High Court recently upheld the rights of the colony residents to take care or feed the community dogs in their area. As per the judgement of the Delhi High Court such people are doing a great service to humanity. The Court in its judgement has proceeded to say that the local police and RWAs are under obligation to ensure protection to people who take care of animals so that they are not subjected to any harassment. The Supreme Court has also ruled that the stray dog problem has to be dealt in a humane manner. Legal luminaries and constitutional experts like Fali Nariman have stood up for the rights of the most defenceless of God’s creatures.
Article 51 A of the Constitution talks about compassion for all living beings as a fundamental duty of every Indian citizen. As per GOI ABC rules 2001, no dogs can be relocated from their area and there are five High court orders which uphold the same.
Section 503 of the IPC 1860, provides that intimidation is a cognizable offence so your colony people cannot intimidate you into giving up the noble service.
Call/write to us for any further assistance in this regard.
Q 9 – There are many stray animals in my colony and I would like them to be taken away.
Ans - Dislocation of stray animals not permissible under Animal Birth Control Rules. It also nullifies the hard work of all the agencies involved in Sterilisation Programme. Besides it is not practically possible to keep all the stray dogs at one place. Stray animals are a part of our society and we must look for solutions within the given framework.
We brings stray animals to the Shelter only under the following conditions : 1. Animal is sick / injured and needs treatment. 2. Healthy stray dogs, preferably females, aged at least 5-6 months for sterilisation. 3. If there is a case of animal cruelty and the animal needs to be rehabilitated.
The only humane and constructive solution to the stray dog problem is the sterilisation programme. You can also be a part of this solution. Please conduct a meeting with your colony members and send us a formal request to start a stray animal control programme in your area. Your active participation would be crucial for the success of the programme which involves:
1. Catching , Sterilization and Vaccination of the dogs against Rabies. 2. Adoption of the pups off the street 3. Monitoring of the dogs in case of disease and their revaccination.4. Treatment of diseased dogs/animals.
Q 8 – I want to report killing/poisoning of stray dogs.
Ans - According to the Government of India Animal Birth Control Rules 2001 killing and poisoning of stray dogs is illegal! Please collect evidence in the way of photographs and written complaint from the witnesses and send us the details. We will take it up the matter with the concerned authorities. Please update yourself on animal birth control rules and join us in our efforts to tackle the problem of stray animals in a humane manner.
Thank you for supporting community animals!!
Q 7 – I want to report a sick / injured animal.
Ans - Please do not use the email to report injured animals! Call the animal help lines and report it immediately. Try to take care of the animal till it can be rescued. As the concerned individual on ground zero, your role would be crucial in taking care of the animal and providing first aid.
Tel: 0135-6003004, (0)9997699474.
We work from 10am and 6 pm. After hours only emergencies will be attended. All calls will be verified as the rescue involves investment in terms of fuel cost and manpower.
Though the Shelter is open 24x7 post 6pm rescue is only in case of emergencies.
We always give the caller the option to bring the animal to the shelter as it saves precious time & money. In case you are unable to get through please try to bring the animal to us.
Thank you for reporting an injured animal!
Q 6 – How should I go about reporting a case of animal cruelty?
Ans - If an immediate action is required to save the animal, get in touch with the nearest police station. Animal cruelty is a punishable offence under Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960. You can also lodge a complaint under Section 428 & 429 of the Indian Penal Code.
You can also register your complaint on telephone/in writing with us or email the details of the cruelty, where and when it took place and try to gather any evidence to build a case. Your identity will be kept private, if you so wish.
Your complaint will be followed by: 1. A site visit and counselling (depending on the nature of the complaint) of the persons involved. 2. A telephone call and a second visit after a week to confirm the cruelty has stopped 3. If it has not stopped then we move authorities to confiscate the animal involved and give warning not to keep any animals in future. Evidence (like photographs, witnesses, Veterinary records etc) will be required to initiate this step.
Q 5 – I want to adopt a dog. Please guide.
Ans - Congratulations! Raahat supports and promotes adoption of mixed-breed dogs or the Indian/Desi dogs. We have beautiful mixed-breed dogs waiting for good homes.
A counselling session with the prospective adoptee will be followed by filling up of an adoption form. Our volunteers/staff will do weekly checks on the animal. If anything found to be wrong, the animal will be taken back by the organisation.
We do not breed or sell foreign breed dogs like Labrador, Pomeranian , pug etc. Our offer is better still. We provide you with all these breeds in one dog! If you are a student and live with your parents, visit the shelter for adoption with your parents. If you live in a rented accommodation you need to have the consent of your landlords. .
We provide free sterilisation for the adopted ‘desi’ dogs. However if you feel like making a donation towards the vaccination/sterilisation of your pet, it will help us extend this service to another homeless animal.
Above all, if you wish to change the life of an animal by giving it a home you needn’t go beyond your own colony or street. You will find many waiting for you to take the decision which will change a life forever.
Q 4 – There are many stray puppies in my area. Can I leave them at your shelter?
Ans - We discourage people from bringing healthy animals to the shelter. There are scores of stray puppies/dogs in every town and it is not possible to keep them at one place. Please play a pro-active role in finding a solution to the problem.
You can do the following: 1. If the puppies are approx. 2 months old, get the mother (if healthy) sterilised at PFA or any other NGO immediately. 2. Make a temporary living arrangement for the puppies in your locality itself and feed them at least twice a day till they can fend for themselves. 3. Try to find them homes but if that is not possible make yourself familiar with the puppies so that when they grow up you can help us get them sterilised.
We will vaccinate the puppies and sterilise them. Once you get all the stray dogs of your area sterilised, there will be no more stray puppies.
Q 3 – I can’t take care of my pet. Can I leave it at Raahat Animal Shelter?
Ans - Keeping a pet is a lifelong long commitment and just as we do not leave behind our human family members when we are getting transferred or abandon them when they get sick so should we not our non-human friends/family.
Pets are their owner’s responsibility and we feel very strongly about it. A shelter should be the last place for a pet as it is used to be in a family environment and personalised attention. Any Shelter is burdened with scores of animals, almost all of them sick or injured. Therefore it is not advisable to leave your pet at a shelter.
Please ensure your pet is sterilized and vaccinated, and advertise sufficiently for its adoption. Try to find a home for your pet in your own friend or social circle. We will help and guide you all the way to keep your commitment to those who have given you unconditional love and devotion.
Please call for further counselling/guidance at our numbers.
Q 2 – What is the funding source of Raahat?
Ans - Raahat depends on donations from members/supporters/charitable institutions for meeting the expenses incurred on recurring needs like animal feed, staff wages, medicines & fuel etc. We also receive donations in kind.
For building and equipment, we apply to private funding agencies besides receiving individual donations for the same.
Q 1 – How do I become a volunteer at Raahat and what all will I be required to do?
Ans - You can volunteer your services at the shelter as well as off it. Your area of interest will be kept in mind while assigning tasks.
You can help in the general grooming and upkeep of the shelter animals and their premises, hospital record-keeping, in the rescue and relief work on and off the hospital campus. All this will require a certain comfort level with animals.
You can also help draft letters, proposals, organise awareness workshops, raise funds for the organisation.