In the past six months, the team in Maharashtra treated 480 animals. While there were quite a few critical cases, the majority of the issues encountered involved skin infections and wounds. These smaller issues are easy to treat on the street and, when tended to quickly, they can prevent larger issues that would involve significantly more discomfort and require veterinary care.
As one example of helping the animals, a 4-month old calf named Shiva broke his right hind leg in a road accident. He was treated by the team and taken care of during his recovery process; he has now fully recovered and is back to roaming free. To help reduce the number of these sorts of accidents at night, reflective collars for free-roaming animals have been distributed to volunteers.
To try and prevent these kite-related injuries, the team made a presentation at JDS School, to educate the students on the implications of kite flying on birds. The students were also taught about the behaviour of birds of prey such as eagles and the reasons why birds should not be held captive.
Last but not least, the team received a call about a monkey who had received an electric shock. One of the team’s amazing volunteers came to the rescue and performed first aid on the spot. This is what we envisioned when we started the project…local heroes saving animals in their neighborhood!