NUMBER OF ANIMALS RESCUED SINCE AUGUST 2001
Many years ago, local stray animals in suburbs of Mumbai were ungraciously used in harrowing conditions, left to die on roadsides, full of maggot-wounds & weak due to starvation. We started our work in 1998 with group of youngsters who use to treat animals with help of vets!
But on 11th January 2001, a few youngsters decided that they needed to effect a change. So they created PAWS, the Plant & Animals Welfare Society that started with a vision to voice the distress of the animals.
They never looked back. The organization grew strength to strength culminating in a successful society truly devoted to their chosen mission and vision.
Local municipal corporations have stopped stray dog killings, but have done little to assist in the sterilization campaign. Sensing the need of the hour, PAWS volunteers played an excellent role by Picking up strays, putting them into the ambulance, taking them to Mumbai hospitals for sterilization and vaccination and ultimately releasing them into their respective areas.
In October 2001, PAWS received its first ambulance as a donation from Mr. Anil Kataria of Ahmednagar SPCA, only on the basis of the genuine hard work that members of the organization are putting in.
From then, no looking back, now PAWS has 2 ambulances, 9 peoples staff, more then 100 volunteers supporting PAWS in various ways now!
Activities of Society
PAWS Murbad Rescue Center: In November 2010 PAWS started its own rescue Center located in Murbad City, District Thane. As on Today, we have 16 Kennels, Separate Accident Recovery Ward, Distemper Recovery Ward, Puppy Penny, Cat Ward, Surgical Room & 2 Staff Quarters with 5 people working there & taking care around 40 animals including Cats, Pups & Kittens, Donkeys… We feed these animals twice a day…A para-vet is available 8 hours in day & Care-Takers are there 24 hrs. Surgeons visits hospital weekends. Check out website’s separate pages for this!
Ambulance Service: PAWS responds to public calls to help sick & injured stray animals. PAWS’ ambulance covers some cities like Dombivli, Thakurli, Kalyan of Thane district. Ambulance service is available between Monday to Friday with a Fuel cost. Sunday’s are off.
WE DO NOT PROVIDE ANY EMERGENCY SERVICE AS AMBULANCE SERVICE AVAILABLE BETWEEN 12:30 NOON TO 3:00PM ONLY.
Sterilizations & Vaccinations: PAWS catches stray dogs & cats from different cities in Thane district and gets them sterilized at Bombay hospitals, and releases them from where they were picked-up. PAWS also vaccinates all sterilized animals, against rabies. PAWS has a representative on the ‘Animal Birth Control’ committee at Municipal Corporation. Every year around 900 strays were vaccinated against rabies.
First Aid & Camps: PAWS Trustees & volunteers personally treat all types of injured stray animals. Some cases are referred back to the Vets on the following day. PAWS also arranges different first aid camps for all types of animals & holds lectures which teach first aid to students.
Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation: One of the major activities of PAWS is Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation. PAWS has rescued many species that are traded illegally. Spiny tailed lizards, Snakes, Mongoose, Monkeys, and Tortoises & Turtles. Many Birds like Parakeets, kites, Owls, Bats, Mynahs, Muniyas, Sparrows etc. are rescued & rehabilitated by team PAWS under vety. guidance.
Helping Cattle in Distress : PAWS members regularly responds to cattles in distress. Our municipal areas now Cattle-free. PAWS also holds regular camps in slums & village areas for vaccination of Bullocks, Donkeys & Horses that are employed for labour, also holds first aid & medical check-up camps.
Adoptions & Re-homing: Innumerable homeless and abandoned animals have been re-homed through our adoption Scheme. Adoption is done only after rigorous interviews and complete verification. Adoptions done Free of cost & adoption kit also provided.
Humane Education: With help of Video Screening, Live talks & interactions, PAWS tries to create awareness about animal welfare among the masses. PAWS also distributes free software about dissection in schools & colleges. PAWS produces pamphlets on Animal Welfare acts, which are distributed free of cost to interested citizens & volunteers time to time. Many management students prepare their projects on PAWS or with PAWS on various topics.
Legal Cases on Cruelty to Animals: PAWS members & Animal Welfare Officers investigate cruelty cases, which includes rescue of exploited animals. PAWS has filed many Police Complaints; lodged FIRs to save animals from cruelty.
Helping Like-minded NGOs: PAWS also aims to help other like-minded NGOs for the betterment of Animals, Wildlife & Environment. PAWS feels that the animal welfare movement should be spread everywhere. So PAWS helps that cause by providing volunteers, medicines, and fodder for animals to other charities in different parts of country. PAWS experts also guides newcomers for their projects related to animals.
Disaster Management: PAWS helped over 300 sick & distressed animals during Mumbai area floods in 2005. PAWS renders such help during natural calamities within its own limits.
Research Work, Studies & Inspections: PAWS Thane successfully carried out ‘Survey on Captive Elephants of Maharashtra’ in year 2006 wherein all sorts of Captive Elephants like Circus Elephants, Zoo Elephants, Forest Captive Elephants & Begging elephants were scientifically studied by the PAWS Team. The survey report was submitted to CUPA Bangalore for further analysis. PAWS Also inspected several Circuses, Zoos & collaborated with other institutes to work against cruelty to animals.
Book Library: PAWS office located in Dombivli has a small Library which holds around 120 books on Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation, Animal Welfare, Animal Rights & Vegetarianism which can be refereed for studies for its registered & active volunteers at NO Cost. The Library open between 11:00Am to 3:00 PM on Weekdays – Monday to Friday.
Wildlife Photography Exhibitions & Bird-watching : PAWS orgnises local bird-watching trails in near by villages, to make students aware of nature, birds & wildlife. Reports are made & published timely. PAWS also holds Photography Exhibitions timely in schools & colleges to make students aware of amazing photography.
Our Honorary Patron : John Abraham
Plant and Animals Welfare Society. (P.A.W.S.)
Office : A-18, Savitri Sadan, Dr. Mukharji Road, Near Nehru Ground,
Dombivli (East) 421201, Maharashtra, India.
Helpline : 9820161114 (10:00AM to 06:00PM)
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