8. Animal Care
to spread Lord Mahavira's message of Ahimsa. Develop love and bonding for the animals.
Animals are in every bit capable of feeling pain as humans do. Innumerable animals are killed for food, clothing, entertainment and experimentation every year. This programme aims to provide compassionate care to animals by saving them from slaughter, gifting them a secured environment to live in and providing them healthcare services.
from Execution (SAFE)
Millions of animals are mercilessly slaughtered for their meat and hide. Since 2014, India has been the largest exporter of beef in the world. The animals are kept in extremely cramped, crowded and unsanitary conditions. Shrimad Rajchandra Saving Animals From Execution (SAFE) rescues animals from slaughter and relocates them to animal shelters.
Volunteers work towards stopping the animals from being sold to slaughter houses. Through partnerships with local organisations, animals are rescued and relocated to special animal sanctuaries or donated to farmers. Since many of these animal sanctuaries are very close to full capacity and struggle to get funding, assistance is also provided to these shelters so that they can continue their charitable work.
Shrimad Rajchandra Jivamaitridham houses over 200 cows, calves and bulls, providing them with a secured shelter, fodder and a holistic environment. It encourages human interaction and fosters a bond of love and friendship with animals. Each of the animals that are brought to Shrimad Rajchandra Jivamaitridham are given a special naming ceremony and lovingly adorned with a ceremonial ‘tilak’. In addition, ‘Gwala for a Day’ is an innovative programme that offers people of all ages an opportunity to bond with the animals by feeding, bathing and milking them.Contribute
All over the world, billions of animals are being mercilessly slaughtered for meat, and billions more are tortured every day in laboratories run by cosmetics companies, fashion labels and pharmaceutical companies. Many people purchase and use products that perpetuate the cycle of cruelty towards animals, often without realising it. Shrimad Rajchandra Ahimsa Awareness Drives educate people about the cruelties being committed against animals by many companies from the luxury, fashion and food industries, and encourage people to use ‘ahimsak’ products that are made without hurting animals.
In the remote interiors of South Gujarat, medical facilities for livestock are often costly and substandard. In addition, many farmers are unaware of preventive measures such as vaccination and deworming and do not provide nutritional fodder to their cattle. As a result, the cattle become weak and fall prey to various diseases.
Shrimad Rajchandra Mobile Veterinary provides preventive, first-aid and medical treatment to animals. A team comprising veterinary doctor and staff travels to remote villages and cares for sick and injured animals. The facilities provided include vaccination, deworming, nutritional supplements, hormone therapy and minor surgeries. In case of major surgery requirements, the animal is referred to and transported to a bigger town’s animal hospital for treatment.
Stray animals suffer from hunger and do not get vaccination, affecting their immune system and making them vulnerable to illness and infections! The plight of birds is also dire, as they suffer from thirst during the summer and have no protection during the monsoons. Several animals and birds suffer from accidents, resulting in injuries. Quite often, we come across stray animals and birds in pain but are not able to extend our help due to unawareness about the right action.
Shrimad Rajchandra Animal Helpline is a dedicated contact number and ambulance to help save the life of sick and injured stray animals and birds. Launched initially in Mumbai, this helpline provides an organised platform to report animal cruelty and injuries so that animals in pain receive timely and adequate support. A dedicated animal ambulance is on service, with trained medical staff and equipped with a medical kit, food supplies, along with a CCTV with GPS for live monitoring of the activities. To volunteer for this programme please click here.
Shrimad Rajchandra Animal Helpline
09822921100 (M) / 07030159900 (M)
Timings: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Many animal sanctuaries in India are running beyond their operational capacity. To help reduce the burden on these animal sanctuaries and provide assistance to local farmers, Shrimad Rajchandra Cattle Rehabilitation Programme helps to match healthy cattle with farmers who could use the cattle for ploughing fields and other activities.
Farmers can apply for cattle through this programme by filing up an application. Once the applications are received, volunteers visit the farmers to assess whether they will be able and willing to care for the animal properly.