My 32nd birthday comes up on March 7, so I am doing a birthday fundraiser! I am raising INR 1.5 lakh to help out animal rescuers in a couple of small cities, where there are no proper veterinary facilities, animal shelters, or recovery centres where animal suffering from illness, apathy or abuse can recover.
My plan is to primarily raise INR 1 lakh for Swati, a student who is single-handedly running an animal rescue charity called @furrytales2019, in Hapur, Uttar Pradesh, India. She currently has multiple dogs under her car, most them victims of human apathy and cruelty, some who have fallen grievously ill but have only her as their guardian angel. She is all of 23 and feeding 150+ stray dogs in pockets of Hapur that include a jungle area and a very busy mandi where puppies are dying every day.
I have followed Swati's work and been in touch with personally for almost two years now, due to which I have been able to see not only her honesty, dedication and heart of gold, but also her helplessness due to the lack of facilities in her area. We have together also rescued a special needs dog, who now lives with her mom in Pennsylvania, USA.
Swati has and continues to save countless lives, and ensured that 150+ stray dogs got one meal a day during the lockdown when their sources of food were severely depleted. She has lost many to cruelty and disease, but she continues her noble work. To mitigate the suffering even further, she conducts regular sterilisation (spay/neuter) drives to control the stray dog population so fewer die on the streets. In the past four months, she has sterilised over 100 dogs.
Her work has unfortunately been hindered by the fact that she is the only rescuer in her area. As a result, she has several recovered puppies in paid foster care who are yet to find a home, and is neck deep in veterinary, medical boarding bills. While there are a few very kind donors who regularly donate to her, the amount barely helps her pay off the monthly expenses of the rescuers she has undertaken. As a result, at present, she has pending bills that have crossed INR 1 lakh. She has spent a considerable part of her savings and pocket money on her rescue work.
This is where you come in! If we all donate small or large amounts to this fundraiser, we will be able to help many voiceless creatures under her care.
A rough breakup of her monthly expenses on rescue work:
Feeding of 150 stray dogs: Rs 30,000
Boarding, paid foster care of dogs/puppies yet to be adopted: Rs 31,000
4 dogs in shelters permanently (due to old age, disability): Rs 16,000
Accident case -- Blacky, ongoing treatment (see photo): Rs 6,000
Jasmine (kidney problems and other issues): Rs 20,000
Sterilisation (when she does her drives): Rs 1,500 per dog
Due to lack of proper vets in Hapur (we recently lost a mother and all her pups to poisoning), she sends all her rescues for treatment to Dr Shravan of SKG Animal Clinic is Sector 116, Noida. The cab fare itself costs Rs 2,200
To follow Swati's work, you can check out her Instagram page @furrytales2019. She is also on Twitter and Facebook, but not as active.
If by good fortune, we manage to raise Rs 1.5 lakh, which is our goal, I will be sending that extra INR 50,000 to a five other rescuers in small cities i.e: Rs 10,000 each. I have been observing these rescuers very closely, struggling to save animal lives in small cities. This amount will help them to a large extent.