I’m off to Mumbai, India to volunteer with the fantastic organisation Welfare of Stray Dogs India (WSD), a non-profit trust dedicated to helping street dogs set up and registered with the Government in 1985.
Recognised by the Animal Welfare Board of India (Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India) and associated with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) UK, WSD have been carrying out a mass sterilisation programme for stray dogs, following the recommendations of the World Health Organisation on rabies eradication and dog population control since 1989.
WSD believes in “Practical activism” – helping animals through direct action. All WSD’s projects are strictly grassroots and hands-on with no campaigning or sloganeering.
Their aim is harmonious co-existence between humans and stray dogs, and do not believe one should benefit at the expense of the other or resort to extremism.
WSD believe the best way to protect stray dogs is to make them as inconspicuous as possible and to reduce their nuisance value by providing realistic, workable solutions to stray dog-related problems.
Furthermore by maximising public involvement WSD try to make the largest number of people as active as possible and significantly raise animal healthcare standards.
WSD have a strict no-kill policy, and work at both the Municipal Dog Pound, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai (on lease from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) as well as the streets and slums of Mumbai.
Between 1994 and 2007, WSD has impacted the lives of 90,000 stray dogs through sterilization, vaccination, healthcare and adoption, as well as raising Rabies awareness in public places like railway stations and parks with presentations to hundreds of children and adults on the stray dog issue and the avoidance of dog bites.
For more information on Welfare of Stray Dogs (WSD) click here.
To read WSD’s Adoption blogspot click here.