Varanasi, India: ABC camp and giving a cow a lift



Crossposted from Varanasi for Animals


April 15, 2015


Mrs. Abha Singh of Aashray for Sick and Helpless Animals successfully hosted yet another Animal Birth Control Camp, organized by Varanasi for Animals and funded by Help Animals India, with the kind assistance of HOPE and Animal’s support.


We successfully spayed or neutered 21 female and two male dogs in these two days. All the dogs recovered well and were released back to their respective territories. One female community dog was brought by a school parent!


Besides 23 ABC’s the vet also performed an eye operation for a “cherry-eyed” dog, who had been suffering for a long time, in front of Mrs. Abha Singh’s house.


A Jersey cow had her tibia (hind leg) broken, and she was lifted up with the help of straps and iron pipes along a tree. Thanks to the school staff of Mrs. Singh, around twelve persons slogged for two to three hours to lift the 300 kilogram cow with straps and to rest her midriff on tables with a thick mattress. She is receiving a lot of massage and medication. We pray that she survives this long phase, that her bones reconnect well, and that she’ll be able to get back onto her four legs.


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Photo: “Tina” got her operation with your kind support. Mr. Banarasi who works with Abha Singh at Aashray is her loving caretaker in Varanasi.”

Help Animals India

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“India’s animals have strong indigenous allies. The nation is blessed with many dedicated animal welfare organizations.

“Help Animals India seeks out the best of these under funded organizations to provide financial and practical assistance where it can make the most difference.

“We strive not only to achieve immediate benefits for India’s animals, but to nurture an enduring culture of animal protectionism.”

–   Help Animals India

Help Animals India gives grants to many very worthwhile, dedicated animal groups in India, enabling them to save and provide care for thousands of animals.

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 Photo: Courtesy of Help Animals India / Ms. Sharada Buddhiraju, VSPCA, with a rescued puppy

Floods in Uttarakhand: Help on the way for injured working animals

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Monsoon rains in Uttarakhand have been heavier than at any time in the past 60 years, and floods have killed over 500 people. 5,000 are still missing, and the death toll is expected to rise.  Buildings have been toppled and swept away, as well as entire villages and settlements.


The flooding has also devastated parts of Nepal and the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh, as wells as Delhi.  These areas are in the far north of India, near the foothills of the Himalayas—a spectacularly beautiful area of forests and snow-covered mountains, where there are major Hindu sacred sites and temples.  Many thousands of visiting pilgrims have been caught in the floods, which have swept away bridges and roads.


Sadly, a great many animals have also died or been hurt in the rushing water. 5,000 mules, horses, and donkeys who transport pilgrims up and down the steep, rocky slopes, are now stranded on the far side of the Alaknanda River, one of the headstreams of the Ganges. Most are mules, and, as well as needing feed and clean drinking water, some are injured, and in urgent need of veterinary treatment.


Another 100-200 mules on this side of the river will soon be taken to the small town Josimath.


Help Animals India is working with their two partner organizations to bring help to both people and animals stranded by the floods.


Help Animals India’s partners, PFA Dehra Doon and AAGAAS Federation, have reported that a temporary bridge has been constructed and that authorities are now evacuating all the stranded pilgrims across the river.  As soon as this has been completed, if all goes well, PFA Dehra Doon and AAGAAS Foundation will be able to start transporting the injured mules to safety, and giving them urgently-needed veterinary care, medicine, feed and water.


Help Animals India, for the past several years, has worked with many Indian animal welfare groups, benefiting thousands of animals.


Eileen Weintraub, Founder and Director of Help Animals India writes, “We are doing our best to help the “Himalayan Tsunami” with many hundreds of people dead and thousands still stranded. We are buying medical supplies as well as ropes, tents, sleeping bags, rucksacks and tarpaulin to go in and access the situation to rescue and treat as many as possible of the hundreds of abandoned equines – horses/donkeys/mules. We will have to get through this next round of rain and the full moon, and this coming week will start the relief efforts for the survivors …On the ground are our trusted partners PFA Dehra Doon and AAGAAS Federation and volunteers coming up from Mumbai… Every penny will go towards the relief effort. Thank you for your compassion during these difficult times.”


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To visit the website of  PFA Dehra Doon, click here.


To visit the website of AAGAAS Federation, click here.


Photo: Courtesy of AAGAAS Federation / This was taken before the current floods.








INDIA: Chamki of Varanasi

Varanasi (formerly written in English as Benares) is one of the holiest cities in India.  The river Ganges passes through Varanasi, and pilgrims come from all over India to bathe in the waters.  Abha Singh, who started the animal welfare organization Aashray for Animals is working hard to make sure that the animals in Varanasi are not forgotten; after all they are sacred too.

She writes, “Besides running the ABC-AR (spay/neuter) program for dogs, we rescue puppies, dogs, monkeys, donkeys, and a lot of calves, cows, and bulls, many hit by speeding vehicles.”

“Here is Chamki with me. While driving down to my school, I saw a doe-eyed pup injured by the roadside. I reversed the car to get a closer look, and brought her to my home.

“The vet diagnosed the gangrene that was spreading fast. Following surgery, she needed constant care and medication. It took her three months to begin leading a normal life.  By that time my husband and I had fallen in love with her. She is part of my family now and hops around all over the house.”

To visit the website of Aashray for Animals, click here. (You may find some of the photos disturbing.)

Help Animals India provides support to Aashray for Animals and to many other animal welfare organizations in India.  To visit their website, click here.

Photo: Courtesy of Aashray / Abha Singh and Chamki