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Support an old couple with their animal shelter

Padmavathy (70 years old) and her husband (80 years old) are the face of the Chennai’s most reputed animal welfare organization, AWPT. This elderly couple have devoted their entire retired lives to the cause of animal welfare.

"In 1998, when we came to Santhoshapuram after my husband’s retirement, we witnessed the brutal killings of homeless stray dogs by Chennai’s corporation. They were being electrocuted or were being beaten to death because the residents didn’t want to deal with their increasing population. As both of us always had strong compassion towards animals, and had been working for them in some way or the other for about 20 years, we decided to set up a trust to start helping them" - Mrs. Padmavathy.

AWPT runs a hospital with the help of three doctors in the team, who treat sick and injured animals and also perform ABC surgeries

Godparents to 173 homeless abandoned animals

Right now, they have 85 dogs, 42 puppies, 11 new born kittens, and 35 adult cats. The animals are given the proper medical attention they need before they are given up for adoption of kept in the couple's home.  Until recently, all these animals had a well-ventilated shelter home. However, it had to be closed to make way during some highway construction activities for widening the streets. Presently, all small animals live in couple’s home, while other animals are being sheltered in the house of one of the doctors who has volunteered to keep them.

Mortgaged their only house to cover the costs 

With rising costs, the couple was left with few options to continue their work. They have mortgaged their home to continue supporting the animals that are dependent on them for survival.

How can you help? 

The couple needs funds for its everyday's expenses. The funds raised will go towards the maintenance of the animal shelter. Every little contribution will help this elderly couple continue the brilliant work they do.

Below is a breakdown of the monthly costs that is incurred by the couple and their team in protecting the animals.

Nature of Expense
Amount spent (per month)
Hospital Premises Rent
Electricity Bill
Removal of Sewage water

Feeding (detailed break-up)
Milk Powder (30kg per month)
Milk Packets (10 litres per day)
Sugar (30 kg per month)
Vegetables, Greens and other Groceries
for meals (Rs.1500 per day)
Eggs (Rs. 150 per day)
Covered by Donations
Gas Cylinders (Rs. 420 per cylinder per week)
Non-Veg foods
Bread & Biscuits (Rs. 100 per day)
Fuel for Ambulance
For two Doctors Rs.10000 each
For maids and Workers (Rs.6000 * 4 workers)
 @ 4000 Each
Ambulance driver
Cleaning Materials incl Phenyl, bleaching powder etc
Medicines for regular treatment
For ABC surgeries

This story appeared in TheBetterIndia
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28th January 2017
Dear Supporters,

The Animal Welfare and Protection Trust would like to thank everyone for their generous contributions. However, with age being a factor against the old couple, they’re struggling to cover their everyday expenses which costs about 3000-4000 rupees for rescues and to provide food for the injured animals.

Image: Rescued injured cat at AWPT, Chennai.

The cost for distribution of biscuits to stray dogs in morning and evening alone costs them 400 rupees every day. “Compassion has been our life” says Mr.Narashimamoorthy, however with the insufficiency of funds trickling us down, we are unable to provide the best for our injured four-legged friends. Bogged down by mortgages, AWPT is currently looking up to funds for help.

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