We go hungry for 5 months of monsoon. Please help feed us!
When Goa's monsoon arrives, restaurants close, tourists depart and, without them, dogs and cats go hungry for 5 months. Help feed them. If you can pay for the food, this fund will get it to them.
How To Contribute
Donations can be made by PayPal and bank card through this website. Donations can also be sent by bank transfer (message for details). Donations by bank transfer will be recorded publicly in the accounts as usual, so you can see your donation has been put into the fund (your name won't appear, but the date, amount, and your initials will appear so you can identify your donation in the accounts).
About The Project
How The Monsoon Affects Dogs and Cats
Between May and October the monsoon is in Goa, and with it comes lots of rain. Most of the restaurants close and the tourists go home. These are the very restaurants and tourists that lots of homeless and ownerless dogs and cats depend on for food for seven months of the year (November to April). For the other five months, the rainy season, the season that is in Goa now, these animals grow thin and hungry. Even though it is still quite warm in Goa, around 25 degrees, if the animals get wet, they can also get cold, particularly if they are hungry.
The beaches and empty restaurant and huts sites become peppered with skinny, hungry dogs and cats who are missing their tourist friends and restaurant scraps.
So, if you can send a little money, we can organise food to get directly to the animals who need it most, and at least together we can help alleviate a little hunger. Any amount of donation will help, from £1 to £100 or more, whatever you can afford.
THE £700 TARGET
The £700 target is based on about 70,000 Indian Rupees (INR). The actual amount of INR raised will depend on the exchange rates when funds are transferred into INR.
The original target was £1200 but we have been able to almost halve the required amount because of additional support arriving, discounts we have received for food and the "offline donations" listed on this fund's homepage.
Feeding started officially on 18 June (although some dogs were already being fed) and is set to continue until 15 November - a total of 150 days. By 15 November tourists will be returning and restaurants will be open and the dogs will have other sources of food again. Feeding will gradually be reduced until the dogs restablish themselves with tourists and restaurants. Certain dogs (such as Tipu the noseless German Shepherd) will be kept on the feeding programme as they are also getting medical treatment).
Dogs and Cats
The fund feeds 7 to 20 dogs everyday. An average of 2-3kg of dog food is being consumed each day. Current regular dogs include: Lilly, Mama Mia, Barbie, Monkey, Tipu, Turtle, Jelly, Boris Girl, Boris Boy, 7 Lifeguard Dogs and any miscellaneous dogs who need feeding.
The Lifeguard Dogs are also supported by a person who sends food to the lifeguards to feed them. This fund provides them with supplementary feeding, worming tablets, and ensures that Pamela/Marionetta - the thinnest of them - gets handfed regularly).
Then there's the cats....
Food is provided to certain local people to feed cats in their area. Cats are more localised than dogs, and hard to feed when the dogs are about, so this is the best way to get food to them.
A 10% contingency is built into the fund to cover:
- fluctuations in the £ST to INR exchange rates,
- changes in dog/cat food prices,
- any bank/PayPal charges
- worming tablets for the regular dogs and cats (on the basis that it will make their food go further) at 35 INR per 10kg of dog/cat!
- ... But in the end it will all be used up for animal feeding purposes and accounted for here.
WHAT YOUR MONEY BUYS (APPROXIMATELY)
The fund has already covered 345kg of dog food and 42kg of cat food.
Assuming that £1 = 100 INR (it usually hovers between 90 - 100 INR per £).
2800 INR / £28 = 20kg Pedigree Adult Dog Food (not always available in this size)
2400 INR / £28 = 20kg Chappi Adult Dog Food
2200 INR / £22 = 15kg Pedigree Adult Dog Food
1530 INR / £15 = 10kg Pedigree Adult Dog Food
999 INR / £10 = 10kg PurePet Adult Dog Food (lower quality, but it's mixed with Pedigree/Chappi)
1510 INR / £15 = 7kg Whiskas Adult Cat Food
THE BIGGER PICTURE
We're not proposing that this is a solution to any of the broader animal woes in Agonda, Goa. Yes, the dogs and cats need to be neutered, innoculated, wormed and treated for various illnesses and so on and so on. Yes, the feral dog and cat population ultimately needs to be reduced through sterilisation if they are all to stay happy and healthy and stress-free.
But we're not dealing with those bigger issues here. All we're trying to achieve is to alleviate a little animal hunger.
Having said that, if a particular animal mentioned in ongoing posts takes your fancy and you'd like to do more for that animal in terms of sponsoring their worming, innoculations, spaying/neutering and so on, we'll contact a local animal rescue centre / veterinary centre, get a quote and do our best to arrange for it to happen. Transfer of the sponsorship money and veterinary receipts can be separately.
So, the co-ordinators of this fund are willing to put the time in, so if you're willing to put some money in, then maybe we can together make monsoon a little more comfortable and less hungry for a few animals.
We'd very much appreciate any 'Shares' of this fundraising page.
You can read more about animals in Agonda, Goa here: