Friends may remember that the Member of Parliament Maneka Gandhi has for many years worked effectively in India for the welfare of animals, setting up the People for Animals (PFA) network which now has 26 hospitals, 165 units and some 200,500 members in the country.
PFA Ghaziabad Unit II was set up six years ago to be in a position to help even more domesticated, stray and wild animals. They also opened a hospital in Ghaziabad at Raj Nagar three years ago to treat animals in Ghaziabad, Noida and surrounding areas.
Sumedha V. Iyer, the District President, writes:
‘We have around 58 large animals (cows, bulls, donkeys, horses) all injured or sick, and around 76 small animals. We also treat injured wild animals.
After a lot of hard work we were given a building by the Municipal Corporation of Ghaziabad but due to lack of funds we are unable to provide proper facilities to these animals. We have an ambulance which picks up an average 15 animals each day. We have a staff of 7 people at the shelter, 4 cleaners, a catcher, a driver and a doctor for proper care and treatment of the animals brought to our shelter. We do not have any source of funding and it’s a challenge to make ends meet every month.
We have lodged more than hundred cases against cruelty to animals and have recently saved 700 pigeons and 550 parrots from illegal traders.
We are trying our best to save animals and work for their welfare but face a lot of shortcomings as the infrastructure needs a lot of improvement. We need to build rooms, equine sheds (for sick donkeys mainly) and kennels and we shall be highly grateful for whatever help you could render to us.’
~ Sumedha V Iyer.
Story of two horse rescues:
‘We found him abandoned near the highway with a broken limb and our ambulance brought him to our shelter, where he was treated and finally is able to move by himself. We will keep him at the shelter permanently as he still limps.
Another horse was brought to our shelter, having been abandoned by his owner and left to die because he was of no more use pulling the cart.’
This baby monkey was rescued from a drain. He was found shivering next to his mother’s body, who had died while giving birth to him. We fed him with a feeding bottle for 4 months and now he’s hale and hearty at the shelter. Sumedha’s sister, Sumathi, is feeding him in the picture above.
Sumedha is below, feeding a calf:
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