The risk of rabies has led many locals to fear, and even abuse, stray dogs while methods of reducing the population include poisonings and beatings; both of which are cruel and, ultimately, ineffective.
That’s why we’re proud to be supporting our first ever project in India.
People for Animals Trust (PFAT) was set up in 2007 in response to the many animals in the Faridabad region who were in desperate need of proper care. There are 40,000 stray dogs in Faridabad alone. The shelter has been recognised across India for their fantastic work, campaigning for animal rights and working to rescue and rehabilitate sick and injured animals.
Like Wild at Heart Foundation, PFAT believes in the importance of sterilisation and education initiatives. So when we met their founder, Ravi Dubey, at our Monmouth St Pop-Up Shop in 2019, we were in awe of his passion and only too eager to help.
Ravi recognised that lockdown would be difficult on stray animals too, who have come to rely on the feeding routes that Ravi’s team provide. They received special exemption from local authorities, which allowed them to resume feeding routes throughout lockdown. This not only served as a lifeline to the many dogs and puppies that roam Faridabad, but also for the cows, monkeys and donkeys.
Along with providing financial assistance earlier in 2022 to help the nutritional and medical needs of stray dogs to be met, we are currently supporting a rolling sterilisation and rabies vaccination programme, with a target of 100 dogs per month.
PFAT have a dream of being able to re-build their shelter and elevate it to animal hospital status; providing not just a safe haven for animals in need, but also to become a facility for nursing animals back to health.
We were incredibly lucky to meet the team at the Mehta Trust and brainstorm ways to collaborate on a project that matched our shared vision of making radical, lasting difference to both animals and people within small communities.
We were delighted to introduce the Mehta Trust to PFAT India and discuss ways in which we could begin supporting them, kicking off with a generous donation to help fund the pressing need to feed stray animals.
If a regular donation towards a specific project is set up and we subsequently cease to provide support in the future, any recurring donations will be allocated to the areas of our other work requiring the most support.