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Visakha SPCA, India July 31, 2005 3:00 AM

Our 700 needy animals offer gratitude for your kind attention. Below find: -- our new website -- Dog animal birth control and rescues-your help needed -- Asia Animal conference and Lewyt award -- visit of Phil and Trix Wollen of The Kindness Trust -- Cow sanctuary news-your help needed -- wildlife rescues and investigations -- donations of equipment from caring friends abroad -- flooding in Andhra Pradesh and dog photos in the press! Dear Friends, We are pleased to announce our new web site www.VisakhaSPCA.org please take a look now, and in the near future as we are hope to improve it to give you a better picture of what Visakha SPCA really looks like. Thanks to the gratis contribution of Krishna Mohan SriReddy, USA for designing and maintaining it. We will always be indebted to the compassionate folks at Ahimsa of Texas for hosting our old site done by Laura Black as a volunteer labor of love.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 July 31, 2005 3:00 AM

Our most important news stories are of course, about the animals. Dog animal birth control (ABC) proceeds per our long range goals in the communities all around Visakhapatnam. We have received much praise from the local officials as we complete one Panchayat (district) after another. Returning now sterilized and immunized dogs that are glad to get back to their communities and grateful residents that the dog problem is humanely taken care of. Monthly averages are 450 dogs in the city region; and lately accomplished 220 dogs at the nearby steel plant; another 223 dogs at Pallayalem Panchayat. We don't have any extra funds and if you make a contribution we can help more dogs. In India a little goes a long way and the dog spay/neuter/vaccination currently costs $5 USD per dog. Our next target is the Gajuwaka Municipality with more than 2000 dogs. They used to kill dogs by shooting, roping and strangulation but that is all stopped now as we complained to police. Please strongly take to heart that we need your help to continue to impact these areas. Special thanks for their long hours and tireless work are overdue to our shelter managers Sarada Buddhiraju and JVVS Rajsekhar.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 July 31, 2005 3:01 AM

Swathi Buddhiraju and Pradeep Nath of Visakha SPCA were sponsored by Animal People News to attend the Asia for Animals conference in Singapore. There they presented a paper on "A very bleak future for India's wildlife". Afterwards Pradeep was interviewed for an article about the conference "Asia makes strides in protecting wildlife, but some species appear doomed" which was published Yahoo News and papers in Iran and Pakistan --so the world is listening! He said we needed to "stop the supply as the governments are waking up to the call but I think most of the damage has been done. I feel it's too late... and that in the future, there will not be any large animals left." Here is Pradeep Nath receiving the $1,000 Leywt (photo) Award for all at Visakha SPCA who helped the tsunami animals. The award was presented by Kim Bartlett of Animal People News on behalf of North Shore Animal League. Phil and Trix Wollen of Australia just visited Visakha SPCA on their whistle stop tour of India animal shelters. Mr. Wollen recently received the Order of Australia from The Queens Birthday 2005 Honours. The citation was for "Service to international humanitarian relief, and to animal welfare, particularly through the establishment of the Winsome Constance Kindness Trust" The Telugu (local dialect) press interviewed him and they particularly agreed that the ABC program done correctly solves the dog problems. The article stated that Visakha SPCA is the best in ABC use. Mr. Wollen said he respects India and its culture as being a Hindu country it values all life and believes killing animals is a shame. India being a clever country will come up with the right solutions to save the environment. Further Mr. Wollen stated that he has traveled to many countries and has never seen anything like Visakha SPCA and considers it superior in ABC implementation with the best facility. Our work goes on completing the cow sanctuary (goshala) shelters. The monsoon is so rough on them when they don't have adequate shelter. Please see some new photos on our cow sanctuary link http://www.visakhaspca.org/cow_sanctuary.htm along with info on our biogas plant. The shelters are designed to protect from rain and sun with high roofs to allow cool air to filter through. This photo shows how the cattle hooves become soft leading to flat feet and pain due to the constant rains and improper shelter. These conditions are very difficult and stressful for the animals and workers alike as we had to move the large animals to higher ground. Please help so we can finish our cow shelters.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 July 31, 2005 3:02 AM

Visakha SPCA continues with wildlife investigations to prevent poaching of birds, monitor lizards and other animals. More about this and our battle against sandmining on the beaches (which interferes with sea turtle nesting) in our upcoming reports. We are very lucky to have a portable anesthesia machine donated to us from Pam Runquist at Assoc. of Vets for Animal Rights (AVAR); Dr. Rick Bachman (who brought it to India himself!); Dr. Bosmat Gal and United Animal Nations. This more effective model will greatly help us in our mobile spay/neuters . Many thanks and kind regards from all at Visakha SPCA VisakhaSPCA.org 200 Main Road; Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh 530-001 India Email: vspcadeep@yahoo.co.in (India) vspcaindia@yahoo.com (USA)  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Dear Host: July 31, 2005 3:03 AM

I have photos- but here option 4 photos is not on can U change that? THX  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 July 31, 2005 3:04 AM

Thank you for your inquiry! Cats are my favorite topic. I am at heart a cat rescuer (and have been for 35 years!). You live in Belgium. Do you know Marguerite Vlielander, my great online cat rescuer friend? Her cat web site is www.rietkat.be Visakha SPCA certainly does rescue and spay/neuter cats. But India (and many other parts of the third world) are different than the west in that dogs are currently the number one problem due to the aggression and potential rabies problem. So the authorities are always trying to round up and kill the stray dogs, not cats. There are not so many cats in India, unfortunately they don't have the chance due to the large numbers of dogs (and even monkeys, snakes and of course, humans). There are one billion people in India and estimates that the stray dogs population is one dog to every human. So of all those dogs very few are "pets". They are community dogs (and smart also!) and mostly tolerated but not, generally, individually owned as people mostly have farm animals -- cows, goats, chickens. So of the cats and kittens Visakha SPCA rescues they are brought to the shelter, spayed and neutered and vaccinated and fed. Then when they are old enough (if kittens) they are let out to live forever (and continue to be fed) among the beautiful sanctuary environment. Please go to www.visakhaspca.org and look at our slide show on the home page and you will see the cat and kitten house where they live until healthy enough to be released (I took that photo myself). I am sorry to say that as much as dogs as pets are slow to catch on in India, cats even less so. So since the cats cannot be adopted out they are free to live at the shelter. We have about 30 cats and 50 dogs and 10 monkeys and 30 parrots (rescued from the wildlife trade) and 500 large animals (cows and buffalos -- rescued as well). We neuter and return to their communities an additional 20-30 dogs per day. The individuals at Visakha SPCA do have cats as pets though and try to teach others about the special qualities of cats. But most Indians have never petted a cat nor even a dog for that matter. That is why we have the Dr. Paw program (see the link on our web site). We should have a very friendly cat to take around as well to show the school children -- now that is an idea!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 July 31, 2005 3:05 AM

I will forward you the full version of the email I just sent so you can see the photos. Notice the ear notched community dogs in the bottom news photo. We ear notch both dogs and cats after they are fixed there. I hope its OK that I will add you to our email list? Thanks very much for writing and for speaking up for cats!!! Kind regards, Eileen Weintraub (Seattle, WA, USA) U.S. representative Visakha SPCA (India)  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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