India: Andhra Pradesh: VSPCA helps thousands of storks




In the year 2000, VSPCA (Visakha Society of Protection and Care of Animals) began their program of protecting a large colony of Painted Storks at Telenelipuram, in Andhra Pradesh, against poaching. They have continued to work with the local people to provide a safe environment for the storks.


This year with support from the Winsome Constance Kindness Trust, VSPCA is developing a full fledged team of vets, paravets, and helpers to keep an eye on the birds, to help with their protection, vet care, and to assist chicks who’ve fallen from their nests.


During recent storms and severe flooding, VSPCA, with the expert wildlife rehabilitation help of Saleem Hameed, along with several other organizations, was able to save thousands of stranded Asian Open Bill Storks.  They took off on their yearly migration in November, and VSPCA has turned their attention again to the Painted Storks of Telenelipuram.


These beautiful birds need ongoing help to stay safe.


To visit the Facebook page of VSPCA, click here.


Photo: Courtesy of VSPCA / Painted storks at Telenelipuram.



India, Andhra Pradesh: VSPCA rescues hundreds of birds in the wake of cyclone Phaillin

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In the Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh, hard-hit by the strong winds of cyclone Phaillin, the VSPCA (Visakha Society for Protection and Care of Animals) has been rescuing wild storks.

Around 2,000 Asian openbill storks were found on the ground, having fallen from their nests during the violent storm. Some had died, but many could be rescued, and the VSPCA team was hard at work picking them up, examining them for injuries, treating them, and feeding them.

The VSPCA has helped the storks of this colony for several years, educating the people in how to care for them and keep them safe from poachers.  Many of the storks, especially the adults, survived and were still safe in the trees.  But it was sad to see so many who had fallen. Their breeding season is from July to September, and it was many of the young ones, who were nearly ready to fledge, who had been blown out of their nests.

Thanks to the speedy efforts of VSPCA, many of the young storks are being saved and will be releasable—and should be just fine, despite their ordeal with the wind and the rain.

If you’d like to help, you can do so via the website of Help Animals India.

Photos: Courtesy of VSPCA

India, Visakhapatnam: A bull almost sold to butchers

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This bull was brought from a village in Vizianagaram, Andra Pradesh district headquarters, to the Simhachalam Temple in Visakhapatnam. The village people brought him to the temple to be blessed so that they could take him back later as a sacred bull, called “appanna” in Telegu.  Their intention was that he would then be released in the village, where he would live peacefully in freedom, wandering where he wished, fed by the villagers, and in return, sharing God’s blessings with the people.

A great many bulls and calves are brought, in this way, to the Simhachalam Temple as offerings, but they are not always as safe as the villagers hope.

Visakha Society for Protection and Care of Animals (VSPCA), who, for a number of years, has kept an eye on the calves and bulls offered to the temple, caught wind of negotiations underway with butchers to buy the bull for Rs 8,000 (U.S.$ 200).

They immediately obtained custody of the bull, brought him to their shelter, investigated the facts of the situation, and then signed an adoption agreement with the village authorities to ensure his protection in the future.

Now he has been released back in the village where he belongs, where he’ll be loved and cared for, and will shower the village with divine blessings – following in the tradition of India’s long reverence for the bull and the cow.

To learn more about the work of VSPCA and other Indian animal organizations, or to donate, visit the website of Help Animals India.

Photo: Courtesy of VSPCA

India: Andhra Pradesh: Cyclone Nilam strikes two VSPA shelters

As was reported previously, the Visakha Society for Protection and Care of Animals (VSPCA) has experienced severe damage from Cyclone Nilam which struck the East Coast of Andhra Pradesh a few days ago.


The main shelter, on the coast of the Bay of Bengal was the worst hit.  Thanks to the quick action of the staff, all the animals are safe, and those who needed to be evacuated were moved out of the way in time.  The canal that runs behind the shelter rose to a depth of nine feet, and water inside the shelter was knee-deep.


The buildings were damaged, as well as the fodder for the cows.  The cows now need extra vet care to ward off flood-caused diseases and damage to their feet caused by walking in the mud.


At the second shelter, the Kindness Farm, which is further inland, the flooding was not as bad, though some of the same problems have affected the animals.  The only animal missing is Charlie II, a rescued star tortoise.  It is believed that he has survived, since he’s a good swimmer, and it is hoped that he’ll be found soon. While searching for him through the water, one of the staff people got bit by a snake and had to be rushed to the hospital.  Snake bites are one of the hazards of flooding. He is fine and is recovering.

Photo: Courtesy of VSPCA

 If you’d like to help with the flood recovery efforts, please visit either of these sites:

 The VSPCA website

 Or the Help Animals India website (A donation to this site is USA tax-deductible. Please specify that it is for VSPCA.)





India: Andhra Pradesh: Cyclone Nilam floods VSPCA

The Kindness Farm, in Andhra Pradesh, run by the Vishaka Society for Protection and Care of Animals, has been flooded by Cyclone Nilam.

The main VSPCA shelter, which is on the coast, was hit with a nine foot wall of water, and suffered much greater damage. Because of the emergency, it hasn’t been possible to take photos there.

The cows and other animals had been moved to higher ground, but they now require emergency medicine and vet treatment, as well as special feed, because the ground is so wet that there is no place for the animals to rest or to graze.

Much repair needs to be done at the shelter to fix cattle sheds, walls, poles, drainage channels, buildings, and gates.  Much more feed will be needed for the animals, and more caregivers will have to be hired because of the emergency conditions.

Your help would be much appreciated. If you’d like to donate, please go to either of these sites:  (for a USA tax-deductible donation.  Please specify that it is for VSPCA.)

Photo: Courtesy of VSPCA

Thanks to Eileen Weintraub, Founder of Help Animals India, for information she contributed.

India: Visakhapatnum: Rescued cow and newborn baby safe and sound!

When 54 rescued cows first arrived at the VSPCA, they drank liters and liters of water before even touching their food.  They are now recovering from malnutrition, dehydration, and wounds.


They were rescued from a lorry transporting them illegally to slaughter.


On August 5,  at Marikavalasa village, near Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, workers from the VSPCA (Visakha Society for the Protection and Care of Animals) Shelter encountered the lorry filled with cows, just four miles from the shelter. They had spotted some of the heads of the cows at the very top. The cows were in deplorable condition.


The driver fled, and, with the assistance of the police, VSPCA shelter managers B. Sarada and Raj, were able to rescue all the cows, taking them to the VSPCA shelter.


Happily, one of the cows, who was about to give birth, now has a healthy, adorable, newborn calf.  Mother and baby are both doing fine, and will be able to live out their lives at the shelter.


The VSPCA shelter cares for 1500 animals, including many rescued cattle, with the cows and bulls living separately.  Every animal is valued and well-cared for.  VSPCA’s ABC (spay-neuter) programs have also helped tens of thousands of community dogs in Visakhapatnam and surrounding areas.


To visit the Facebook page of VSPCA, click here.


To visit the  VSPCA website, click here.


To visit the website of Help Animals India, which supports many Indian animal welfare groups, click here.


 Photo: Courtesy of VSPCA