Animal Welfare Movement is one of the prime movements of Utkarsh Global Foundation which is dedicated for care, treatment and rehabilitation of stray animals. The objectives of this movement include bring harmony between animals and human relationship, rabies prevention awareness, provide free medical care for stray animals, provide good nutrition for stray animals and promote welfare through practical activism. Our mission is to help stray animals in distress and control their population through active public participation and mobilization of resources. We take several initiatives and run different programs such as “feeding drive for stray animals” and “stray together”.
Utkarsh looks at you to be able to help animals in need. We are in need of resources in-kind or funds to stay true to our objective and to ensure that we do not leave any need being out. We get 99% of our funds from kind-hearted people like you. Kindly help us! Any kind of donation, big or small, in-kind or cheque, is highly appreciated. If you wish to know how you can help, give us a call or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We undertake a variety of projects daily for the welfare of stray animals. From providing food to offering medical care to overseeing their rehabilitation to finding them a loving home, we do it all!
Stray animals, especially dogs, are treated as a menace. They scavenge around, roam in your surroundings, and cause inconvenience. Do you know why? They dig into the garbage because they are searching for food! They are living beings, and need food to survive. And when they remain hungry for long, they search around and lay their hands on anything that they can find. It is the reason they behave aggressively at times because they are hungry!
Utkarsh, in its course of studying strays and working with them, realized that if the strays are not starved, then the human-animal conflict would automatically come to an end.
It is with this objective that we initiated a feeding drive for strays in Mulund. Today, we feed around 1500 strays in Mulund daily. Nutritious food is freshly prepared every day at Utkarsh Animal Hospital in Mulund which are distributed in vans to strays.
You, too, can be a part of our noble initiative through:
- Helping in-kind (rice and dal)
- Donation towards the salary of the cook, fuel expenses of the food delivery van, salary of the van driver or towards the expenses of the hospital.
You can watch the video of the daily feeding drive here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3YsY-ImwsI.
Utkarsh Crusade Against Rabies (Dogs):
Rabies remains a concern in India. According to a 2008 study by Rozario Menezes MD Chief Medical Officer (retired) Mormugao Port Authority Consultant, Pediatrics Dr. M.M. Mesquita Hospital Vasco-da-Gama, India published in the National Centre of Biotechnology Information, USA, “Most animal bites in India (91.5%) are by dogs, of which about 60% are strays and 40% pets. The incidence of animal bites is 17.4 per 1000 population. A person is bitten every 2 seconds, and someone dies from rabies every 30 minutes. The annual number of person-days lost because of animal bites is 38 million, and the cost of post-bite treatment is about $25 million. India has approximately 25 million dogs, with an estimated dog:man ratio of 1:36. (Source: https://bit.ly/2MHxX9u)
Utkarsh has been in the forefront of the battle against rabies and conducts anti-rabies drive regularly. We organise vaccination for stray dogs from time to time in different parts of Maharashtra.
9-in-1 vaccine for dogs:
Our weapon in the crusade is ‘Utkarsh Sanjivani’ or the ‘9 in 1’ vaccination. It is a preventive vaccine against the canine distemper caused by canine distemper (CD) virus, infectious canine hepatitis (ICH) caused by canine adenovirus type 1 (CAV-1), respiratory disease caused by canine adenovirus type 2 (CAV-2), canine parainfluenza caused by canine parainfluenza CPiV, enteritis caused by canine parvovirus (CPV) and CPV-2c, and leptospirosis caused by Leptospira canicola, L. grippotyphosa, L. icterohaemorrhagiae, and L. pomona.
3-in-1 for cats:
The vaccine protects cats against feline Calicivirus, Rhinotracheitis virus, and Panleukopenia virus.
Feline Calicivirus Infection – It is a respiratory disease affecting lungs, intestines, muscles, and bones. It is also communicable. They may get the infection from other cats or because of the presence of the virus in the atmosphere. Symptoms range from nasal discharge to arthritis and even bleeding. The infection can even turn into ulcers and pneumonia.
Rhinotracheitis Virus - Felid herpesvirus 1 or FeHV-1 causes Feline viral rhinotracheitis (FVR), the respiratory disease in cats, which affects nose and throats. Though all types of cats can catch the virus, kittens are most vulnerable. It could occur due to insufficient nutrition, poor ventilation, unhygienic conditions, and even stress. The symptoms include nasal discharge, sneezing bouts, conjunctivitis in the eyes, fever, etc.
Feline Panleukopenia Virus – A contagious and one of the deadliest diseases, Feline Panleukopenia Virus or FPV can be fatal. The virus affects blood cells, especially in the skin, intestinal tract, and also the bone marrow. The virus attacks and kills defense cells in cats, which can lead to their death. The symptoms of the virus in cats are many from high fever to dehydration, diarrhoea, lack of coordination to anemia, and more.
Anti-Rabies Vaccination for Cats: Rabies can occur in cats as well through the bite of an infected animal. The concerning factor is that affected cats may not show any symptom for months. Symptoms could include behavioral changes, weakness, and even seizures and paralysis. Rabies is a fatal condition. Unvaccinated cats are at the highest risk for contracting rabies. Hence, get your cats vaccinated as soon as possible.
R2B Vaccine for poultry birds: The vaccine covers Newcastle disease, one of the worst viral diseases to affect poultry birds. It is an acute respiratory disease with symptoms including facial edema, reduced egg production, paralysis, diarrhea and can even sudden death. R2B vaccine can help prevent the deadly disease and thus is a must for poultry birds.
Avian Influenza or Bird Flu: Many had even never heard of ‘Bird Flu’ until Kerala, the God’s Own Country reported the bird flu outbreak in 2018. The deadly H5N1 virus is highly contagious and claimed 17 lives. There was another outbreak in 2019, in the state but fortunately, no life was lost this time. The infection was believed to have been from fruit bats. Bird Flu viruses can affect all kinds of birds, including chickens and ducks. If you have hens at home or run a poultry business, you should get your birds vaccinated for Avian Influenza
Stray dogs are most vulnerable to road accidents. Either they get killed on the spot or die on the road as hardly anyone pays attention to an injured dog. Utkarsh Animal Hospital receives many accident cases every month.
Utkarsh has launched a unique initiative to ensure the safety of stray animals on the road at night. Utkarsh will be putting a reflective radium collar on every stray animal admitted at Utkarsh hospital. It will help in the visibility of the animal and thus keep them safe. The collar will also mention the address and contact details of Utkarsh Animal Hospital, in case the strays need any medical attention.
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Utkarsh Animal Hospital treats strays for free. The medicines, doctors, rent of the premises, etc., do not come free. We work because animal lovers support our endeavours. We appeal to you to come forward and contribute to the treatment of strays at Utkarsh Animal Hospital. You will get updates about the animal, and if you wish, you can also meet your beneficiary at the hospital. A kind gesture from you can save a precious life.
Utkarsh Animal Welfare Division (Mulund)
B-31, 34, 35 and 36, Minerva Industrial Estate, P. K. Road, Mulund West, Mumbai-400 080.
Utkarsh Animal Hospital (Vasai)
Near Navghar-Manikpur Smashan Bhumi, Opposite Indian Oil Petrol Pump, Vasai (E), Palghar
022 – 2567 6000 (24 Hrs. Open)