Welfare for Animals in Goa (WAG) is one of the few NGO’s in Goa that rescues injured calves. The stray cattle situation in Goa is one of the most serious in India. We rescue on average one calf a day. Most are accident victims, dog attacks, and unfortunately even human attacks.
Jojo, one of the many rescued calves who met with a terrible road accident.
Deepa is a victim of a car accident. She was hit by a speeding SUV and left for dead for two days in the pouring rain. Her mother was nowhere to be found and poor Deepa had to fend for herself with a horrific wound. The accident had caused a fracture in her leg and her wound was infested with 200+ maggots when she was brought to WAG.
Deepa's wound is dressed every day but she is only one month old. Such a large wound on such a young animal can be fatal. Without us helping, Deepa would surely have suffered a painful and slow death on the busy streets of Goa.
Welfare for Animals in Goa (WAG) nursing Deepa back to health.
At the moment we use the veranda at our shelter to treat the calves. We have treated more than 500 calves successfully since we set up. We have also had a great success rate with recoveries using a mixture of allopathic, ayurvedic and homoeopathic medicines.
However, things could be much better if we could set up a treatment centre enabling us to have sanitized surroundings, with running water, a medicine cabinet, sterilizing equipment and an incinerator. Most of the happily recovered calves are rehomed or will stay at the shelter & be a part of our Cow Awareness Education Programmes. These programmes allow children from surrounding schools to visit the shelter and learn the importance of cow care and correct garbage disposal methods.
Please help us give these innocent babies, like Deepa, a second chance at life and dignity. We welcome those who are visiting Goa to also visit our shelter.
In an unusual turn of events, our fellow NGO’s are happy to have us help them with cow rescues:
“WAG always responds to the many cow rescue phone calls I get. I know that the calves have a better chance at survival once they arrive at WAG.” – Ruth Walsh, Founder H.O.M.E., Camurlim
“I recently called WAG after finding a beautiful black calf, I call Ganesha, with a horrific leg wound. To my delight WAG came immediately and treated his potentially fatal wound at their shelter. I regularly visit Ganesha who is completely recovered and a very happy calf. This treatment centre is the least we can do for them. Anyone please feel free to contact me for any verification.” – Susan Singh, Founder Animal Shelter Agonda, Goa
“WAG are doing a tremendous job rescuing calves in the beach belt of north Goa. They well deserve this treatment centre.” – Angela D’Cunha Founder PAWS, Panjim
BREAK DOWN OF COSTS
- Sanitized flooring – RS. 40,000
- Sealed walls and roofing – RS. 40,000
- Medicine cabinet and table – RS. 20,000
- Water spray and drainage system – RS. 9,000
- Full time trained assistants x 2 (it takes 3 people 1 hour to treat each calf, and we do 6 a day!) – RS. 1,90,000 per annum
- Medicines and medical equipment – RS. 52,000 per annum
- Normal Saline
- Various vaccinations, eg foot and mouth vaccinations
- Deworming medicine
- Scavon ointment
- Sterilizing equipment – RS. 19,000
- Incinerator – RS. 22,000
- Fridge – RS. 12,000