About HAS

H umane Animal Society (HAS) was started in 2006 to address animal welfare in the city of Coimbatore, and to carry out the critical function of Animal Birth Control (ABC). HAS is a private non-profit organisation registered with Government of Tamil Nadu as a trust under certificate no. 998/2006 under section 12A (a) of the IT act 1961. Consequently, all financial contributions are tax-exempt under section 80(g).

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened

Anatole France

HAS is a group of people who believe that the power of compassion, love and kindness will make a meaningful and positive difference to the lives of the animals around us. We strive to rescue, treat, rehabilitate, feed, and love the animals that need us the most.

The mission statement of HAS is to mitigate animal suffering through humane ABC, rescue, treatment and rehabilitation. To spread awareness about animal rights through education in schools. To empower humans by providing them with a platform to contribute to the cause in their own unique way. Our vision is of a compassionate society where exploitation and abuse of animals is a thing of the past, and a future where all animals can claim their place on this Earth.

Partnerships, memberships, awards and other recognitions

HAS has partnered with a number of organisations, some of whom are mentioned below, and we have also won the occasional award or acknowledgment for our work for the animals of Coimbatore and beyond.

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GuideStar India
GuideStar India is India’s largest and most reliable NGO information repository with a fully searchable database containing information about more than 10,000 Indian NGOs. More than 1,400 of these, including HAS, have undergone due diligence, forming India's largest pool of certified NGOs. An NGO that is certified by GuideStar demonstrates its commitment to being a transparent and accountable organisation.

Animal Welfare Board of India
HAS was recognised by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) in 2008 with recognition number TN175/08. AWBI is a statutory advisory body for the Government of India's Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying. AWBI oversees animal welfare organisations by granting recognition to them if they meet its guidelines. The organisation must submit paperwork, agree to nominate a representative for AWBI's executive committee, and submit to regular inspections. After meeting these requirements and an inspection, the organisation is considered for grant of recognition.

Humane Society International
HAS has been a partner of Humane Society International (HSI) since 2013. HSI works around the globe to promote the human-animal bond, rescue and protect dogs and cats, improve farm animal welfare, protect wildlife, promote animal-free testing and research, and to respond to natural disasters and confront cruelty to animals in all of its forms. HSI cooperates with policymakers on international treaties and free trade agreements to conduct briefings and to help draft legislation, regulations, policy statements and resolutions affecting animals. HSI supports the efforts of governments, industries and NGOs to promote the protection of animals through trade capacity building projects in developing countries and international campaigns to reduce suffering caused by exploitation of marine mammals, factory farming, the fur trade, trophy hunting, and animal fighting and cruelty.

Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations
HAS has been a member of the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) since 2010. FIAPO was registered under the Indian Trust Act 1882, and is a collective of animal protection organisations in India that help, represent, connect, and inform, animal protection organisations and activists across India. FIAPO also undertakes campaigns for purposes that are uncatered for, and carry out research on rights for animals. FIAPO promotes five basic freedoms, specifically for animals and generally for all living beings: 1) Freedom from hunger and thirst by providing access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour. 2) Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate shelter and resting area. 3) Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment. 4) Freedom to express normal behaviour by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind. 5) Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.

Nari Shakti Puraskar 2018 award for Mini Vasudevan
Mini Vasudevan, founder and managing trustee of HAS, received the Nari Shakti Puraskar 2018 award as a passionate animal activist who, through her work with HAS, is responsible for having improved and saved the lives of countless animals through the undertaking of ABC and ARV programs, treatment, rehabilitation and rehoming of rescued animals, by holding frequent adoption camps, and by conducting humane education programs to educate children and adults about animal welfare and environmental sustainability with the purpose of sensitising them on being kind and compassionate to all species.

Nondi, the HAS mascot

We would like to introduce to you our shelter mascot, Nondi, who is in the top-photo in a typical Nondi pose, and just below in more relaxed state. His is a story of adversities, hope, survival and winning against all odds. For many years, Nondi was the first face to greet anyone who came to the ABC and Rescue Centre.

Nondi was badly hurt when he was brought into the centre in 2008 with three broken limbs. He was in quite a hopeless state, and needed immediate treatment. Weeks of intensive care eventually helped this little fighter get back on his feet, although with a severe limp. This adorable gait became his signature, which shouted out his will to survive! During the period of treatment, he bonded very well with our staff and vets. But with even fully healthy dogs not getting adopted, we realized that the chances of him finding a home a was quite slim. That, combined with his comfort within the unit and with the staff, made him a permanent resident at the ABC and Rescue Centre.

Nondi was an extremely friendly dog, often doing inspection rounds in the centre. He was even known for bringing back a few dogs that ran away! Nondi was affectionate to other animals, and to random people who came in to get their pets treated. His inspection rounds would carry on till late at night, when he would also take on the duty of a guard. This boy was obedient too. He knew to keep his nose off the food until he was given his bowl and he knew that the operation theatre was off-limits for him, even when there was no one around.

We've had different people working with us for different periods of time, and everyone who met Nondi would testify that it was a pleasure having him around. His semi-toothless grin warmed the hearts of both staff and the others who visited the ABC and Rescue Centre.

Nondi symbolises what HAS as an organisation stands for: to be able to rise up against all adversities. When many thought there was little chance for him to get back on his paws, Nondi fought a difficult battle to recover and show everyone that nothing is too hard for a fighter; and that even with a big disability, a dog can have a happy, content life. To members of HAS, he has been and will always be a special boy and we all agree that there is no one better to be the HAS mascot than this tough little survivor!

In February 2015, Nondi's health started failing. He was running high temperatures, and when blood tests returned with reduced kidney and liver functions, we knew that the time had come... Like all great souls, he left this world in peace without much suffering, and we were all happy for that. His body was laid to rest in the evening of 24 February. He was believed to have been 15 years old when he died.

Animal birth control (ABC) and anti-rabies drives (ARV)

HAS has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation, pursuant to which we undertake ABC programs to effectively control the stray dog population in the West Zone of the city. In addition, we systematically conduct anti-rabies vaccination (ARV) programs to make the city a safer place for humans and animals alike.

It is estimated that Coimbatore has 50,000 free roaming dogs who are struggling to exist on the streets. Without a comprehensive sterilisation program in place to slow down and eventually stop the indiscriminate breeding of these dogs, their numbers will continue to increase. This creates increased pressure upon the dogs in their day-to-day struggle to survive leading to increased fighting and diseases such as rabies.

ARV programs go hand-in-hand with the ABC programs in making India rabies-free. The data on prevalence of rabies among owned (pet) dogs in relation to the methods and procedures for stray dog control has been analysed in many studies. These studies show that, contrary to popular belief, the culling of healthy animals as a means of controlling rabies is unlikely to be unsuccessful. The studies prove beyond doubt that the occurrence of rabies in owned (pet) dogs steadily declines with adoption of ARV while the trend is irregular with culling. Therefore, ABC and ARV are the optimum procedures to control the stray dog population and reduce rabies infections. It is also the only humane method.

HAS's objective is to achieve a 70% sterilisation and rabies vaccination success rate within one breeding cycle. If this rate is accomplished, the results are immediate with a clear visual and measurable impact.

HAS conducts periodic ARV camps at different locations within Coimbatore where people can bring their pets to be vaccinated against rabies for free.

Method

One of the core missions of our organisation is to control the population of stray dogs in the city. We attempt to do this systematically as per the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) outlined in ABC Dog Rules 2001.

Our team of dog catchers go to a specified area, and each day capture 10-12 dogs. The dogs are humanely captured using butterfly nets, and are placed in our vehicle to be transported to our clinic. The same day, or at the latest the next day, each dog is sterilised and vaccinated against rabies. At the same time, we mark the dogs so that we know they have been sterilised. This is done by making a notch in the dog's ear. The dogs are then housed in our kennels until they have recovered sufficiently from their operation. This usually takes about three days. The dogs are then returned to where they were captured to be released. We keep comprehensive records to ensure that each dog goes back to the same place it was captured from. This ensures a stable population in the area.

At the ABC and Rescue Clinic in Seeranaickenpalayam we sterilise and vaccinate more than 100 dogs each month.

If there are street dogs in your locality that need to be sterilised, please give us a call and coordinate with us. A sterilised dog is easily identifiable by its notched ear, meaning the tip of its ear would have a small cut.

We also undertake sterilisations for stray and community cats.

Rescues

HAS is committed to rescuing and rehabilitating animals that are hurt or in distress. Our animal van goes to various sites to perform rescues, after which the animal is given the necessary medical check-up and treatment. Depending on the situation, we either release the animal back at the same location, or try to get it adopted post recovery.

Please note that rescues are NOT possible without public help and support. We are severely short staffed and financially constrained. Kindly understand our situation when you call for a rescue, and support us in order to help the animal in the best possible manner. This may include taking in the animal temporarily, tracking it till help arrives, bringing the animal to us rather than waiting for the van, donating a small amount for its treatment, and helping in the release/rehabilitation of the animal.

In the past we have rescued many dogs, cats, cows, horses, birds and squirrels. Call us at 9366127215 if you see any animal in distress.

All stories related to rescues can be found in the news section of the website under rescues.

The ABC and Rescue Centre

The ABC and Rescue Centre, set on 1.25 acres of land in Seeranaickenpalayam, is at the very heart of HAS, and as a busy hub for our team, it is a constant hive of activity. Reducing the numbers of unwanted litters in our wards (and throughout the city and country as a whole) is our single biggest priority, so when pets are brought for sterilisation, and our own, healthy residents, are able to undergo surgery, we take enormous pride in this, and know that we are actively reducing the levels of suffering endured by many dogs.

Of course, treatment of animals admitted after being involved in traffic accidents, and animals who have fallen sick, is another of our priorities, and we have taken a powerful oath to never let any animal suffer needlessly if we are in a position to humanely assist it.

The primary purpose of the veterinary hospital at the ABC and Rescue Centre is to care for the street animals of Coimbatore. However, HAS also provides outpatient service. For example, all animals that have been adopted from HAS are provided with life-long treatment, including obligatory sterilisation of animals that were adopted before they could reasonably be sterilised. Outpatient treatments are undertaken for 2 hours from 9:00 till 11:00 every day. We also undertake sterilisation of pet animals.

We currently have two permanent veterinary doctors, and two part-time consultant veterinary doctors.

The Sanctuary

Set in a 1.5 acres of land in Vazhukkupparai, the Sanctuary is a peaceful, calm environment for our permanent residents to live out their days, safely and happily. With a customized cattery, several spacious enclosures, a garden pond, a myriad of mango trees and plenty of shaded areas for our animals to rest in, it is the perfect place for our perfect (if a little motley!) selection of dogs and cats, not forgetting our feisty horse and laidback cow!

The ambulance

Procured as a result of a generous donation from the UK charity, Dogs Trust, our ambulance can be maneuvered through the busy city streets to reach animals in distress. The ambulance is also used in vaccination drives in and around the city of Coimbatore where it safely and hygienically carries equipment and anti-rabies vaccines along with several team members.

Adoption and fostering

There are millions of stray and homeless animals in India today. HAS does what is practically possible to control the number of stray and homeless animals in Coimbatore in a humane way, e.g. by adopting procedures such as ABC. But due to financial and infrastructural limitations, it is not possible for HAS to provide shelter for all the stray animals of Coimbatore. However, if each one of us were to adopt one stray/homeless animal, the numbers of those without shelter would become negligible. HAS volunteers trained in dog behaviour will guide the prospective adopters to make the correct choice, and advise the new adopters about dog care, diet, behaviour, vaccinations and grooming.

HAS advocates and promotes the adoption of animals rather than the buying and selling of animals. We conduct periodic adoption camps at central locations in the city, in which abandoned animals, rescue pups and kittens, and foster pups and kittens are put up for adoption. We also facilitate adoptions from the ABC and Rescue Centre in Seeranaickenpalayam and from the Sanctuary in Vazhukkuparai. Every year, we find happy homes and loving families for more than 300 pets. Our adoption and re-homing rates have been consistently high and we are very proud of our achievements on that front. Prospective adopters are interviewed by HAS counselors to ensure that the dog goes to a loving and responsible home. If found suitable, they are allowed to adopt the dog. The new adopters are then given vaccination certificates, leaflets on dog care and assurance that HAS is available for future assistance.

Outreach

Awareness is crucial. An unaware person is, at best, indifferent to animal suffering, at worst, actively contributing to animal suffering. Therefore, an essential part of HAS' duties is to conduct programs at various places in Coimbatore to raise awareness on animal welfare, animal rights, our duty as humans to protect animals, and what we can do to make Earth a better place for all species.

We conduct humane education programs in schools and colleges, but also to the general public, where we explain the principles of compassion and love towards animals. HAS also publishes and distributes regular newsletters to engage with the local population. We conduct at least 3-4 education and awareness camps every month.

Media

Like most animal welfare organisations, HAS has an elaborate news media and social media policy, because without such policies, it would be almost impossible to fulfil the objectives of the organisation, e.g. without media coverage of animal welfare issues in general and HAS in particular, it would be very difficult to attract volunteers, adopters, sponsors and donors. If you are a representative for a news media organisation, and you are covering animal welfare and related issues, you are welcome to contact us for more information. You may also download the HAS logo if needed for your story.

All news media related coverage of HAS from the inception in 2006 can be found in the news section of the website under HAS in the media.

Management team

Our experienced management team work on an entirely pro bono basis, enabling all gratefully received donations to be used for running the organisation, and ensuring that HAS can continue to function as the vital community service that it is today.

Dr. Mini Vasudevan

Founder and managing trustee

Mini Vasudevan is an engineer by profession who strongly believes that making a difference is as important as making a living. An ardent animal lover, she had a special connection to animals, right from a very young age. She was involved in animal welfare activities for several years, both in India and abroad, before co-founding HAS in 2006. She has been the managing trustee of the organisation since inception, and takes immense pride in the various activities HAS undertakes and in the difference the organisation has been able to make in the lives of countless animals.

Dr. Madhu Ganesh

Founder trustee

Madhu Ganesh is a mechanical engineer and professor by training and profession. As with many others, his interest in animals started with having pets, but, over time, evolved to encompass all animals, along with the natural world, when he learned about environmental and ecological issues, extinction of fauna and flora due to human intervention - intentional and unintentional. Madhu believes in doing what is possible within his reach, to help in the welfare of all animals, particularly those who are in need of assistance, and also engage in activities that will enable better interaction and association that will promote a symbiotic relationship of humans and other species.

S. Christopher Arvinth

Trustee

Christopher had always been fond of animals, whether they were house pets or animals on the street. He could never bear to see them suffer. His constant quest for opportunities to help animals in distress is what eventually led him to HAS in 2007, and he has been a trustee of the organisation since then. An entrepreneur at heart, Christoper strongly believes in giving back to society in whatever way possible. In addition to HAS, he is also involved in several community service initiatives through Rotary and Round Table. A business and finance graduate, he is the CEO and managing director of Stalwart Security Services India Ltd. which is a proud corporate sponsor of HAS.

Manav Mehta

Trustee

It all started in August 2007 when his friend gave Manav a mongrel. He named the dog Rocky. In early 2008 he heard about HAS, and attended the first volunteers meet at the shelter. Since then there has been no looking back. He got involved in the activities of HAS and became a Trustee of the organisation. He is passionate about social welfare involving the environment, humans and animals. His belief is when God has given me more than what I need, I should share it. He is in the distribution business for a living, but takes out time to participate in a lot of social activities. He is also passionate about reading and travelling, and has a love for art, crafts, antiques and classic cars.

Sylvia Chandel

Board member

Sylvia Chandel, one of our board members, has always rooted for the underdog. Born with a passionate sense of fairness, she bristles at the injustices animals suffer in all aspects of human life. She is a proud supporter of HAS, and throws her weight behind the team to make the world a better place for everyone, both animals and humans, as she believes in a win-win society with moral progression and kind interdependence. A corporate banker by profession, Sylvia is based in Dubai where she gets involved in local animal welfare, but doesn’t let geographical distance get in the way of her active engagement with HAS. Her dream is to take HAS to new heights for the well-being of the four-legged. And she is determined to do that.

Mona Kumar

Board member

Mona Kumar is part of the governing board of HAS, and has had a strong affection for animals for as long as she can remember. Over time, this love for animals led her to get involved sporadically in rescues, feed and care for strays, and she adopted more than a few. Becoming part of HAS gave her the opportunity to stay more committed and involved in animal welfare on a regular basis. Mona is into business research professionally, and is based out of Hyderabad. Her home town remains Coimbatore, so she visits regularly. Mona believes the joy animals bring to one’s life is unparalleled, and that we should tirelessly endeavour to help as many animals as we can, in any way we can, with the limited resources available to us.

Team HAS

Team HAS is the group of people who are working full-time for HAS. The team comprises senior, resident and consulatant veterinary doctors, a program manager, an administrative associate, a communications coordinator, a humane education officer, a centre manager, patient welfare officers, veterinary assistants, animal handlers and our Sanctuary caretakers. Having worked hard to nurture a sense of camaraderie among the entire team, we endeavour to work cohesively and in the best interests of all animals, not only the ones at the ABC and Rescue Centre and at the Sanctuary, but also the animals on the streets of Coimbatore. Our team is passionate about their work and wholly dedicated to the cause, meaning that when a patient is admitted, they receive the very best treatment that we can possibly give, and for as long as they need us and the treatment we can provide.

Dr. Abhilash Sreedharan

Senior veterinarian at the ABC and Rescue Centre

Loving animals from an early age, meant that a career as a veterinary surgeon was inevitable, and the only way that he could find a true sense of purpose through his work. Thus, Dr Abhilash has followed his dreams and devoted his entire career to following veterinary pursuits. He completed post-graduate studies in veterinary surgery and radiology in October 2019 and has undergone several training courses and participated in multiple extracurricular educational classes to build a wealth of knowledge in his chosen field of interest. He also worked at various pet clinics in and around Chennai as a consultant surgeon and travelled overseas to work in a pet clinic in Mauritius. As the senior vet at our ABC and Rescue Centre, Dr Abhilash now applies his skills and passion to helping some of the most vulnerable animals and pets in his hometown. With compassion and welfare at the forefront of his mind, he is thorough but sensitive in his work, and since joining us in May 2020, he has helped us improve some of our clinical procedures and guided us through many difficult circumstances.

Dr. Venkatesh Korampalli

Resident veterinarian at the ABC and Rescue Centre

Having joined our team in March of 2020, Dr. Venkatesh Korampalli came to us having completed his B.V.Sc & A.H at Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University, and with several veterinary clinical trainings under his belt. As one of our resident veterinarian duo, he provides diagnoses for new admissions, and carries out treatments and follow-up procedures to ensure that all rescues receive the best care possible. Should one of our sanctuary animals fall sick or become injured, he will also provide the necessary diagnoses and treatment for them. As communication is vital to this role, he also provides us with detailed daily reports regarding all in-patient and permanent animals. With his unwavering positive attitude and contagious passion for everything he does, he is a valued member of our close-knit team.

Dr. Abhilash Goud Surakaram

Resident veterinarian at the ABC and Rescue Centre

Dr. Abhilash Goud Surakaram makes up the other half of our resident veterinarian pair and has also been with our team since March of 2020. Having graduated from Narsimha Rao Telangana Veterinary University, he came to us full of enthusiasm at the prospect of helping treat and care for vulnerable street animals, and continues with his passionate desire to further his current skill-set and keep his knowledge up to date. He dedicates every minute at our ABC and Rescue Centre to the care and treatment of our resident animals, and at the end of every busy day, still finds the energy to smile. He also helps maintain our records and registers. With his amicable approach to what is often a stressful and exhausting job, and tireless efforts to find solutions to every problem faced by us, he is truly an inspiration to all.

Dr. T. R. Jayakrishnan

Consultant veterinarian at the ABC and Rescue Centre

Our consultant vet, Dr. Jayakrishnan, is a stalwart and a luminary. At a relatively young age he has packed an exemplary 20 years of experience in various areas of animal welfare: wildlife rescues, disaster management, expert consultant on rehabilitation and conservation, rabies control, animal advocacy, shelter and gaushala management. The list goes on. In Nepal, he has represented the Indian Government on sloth bear rehabilitation and repatriation. In Agra, during one of the worst flooding disasters, he successfully rescued 77 bears in less than 10 hours. In Mathura, he worked with elephants for their rehabilitation, and in Pune he put his efforts for leopard conservation. He wears many hats: welfare officer of AWBI, nominee of CPCSEA for Institutional Animal Ethics Committee, wildlife veterinary consultant for Madurai Forest Division, executive director for Madurai Blue Cross and executive committee member for Madurai SPCA. HAS is fortunate to gain from his rich experience and is proud to learn all aspects of animal welfare from his skillful knowledge and expert guidance.

Dr. M. Sugumaran

Consultant veterinarian at the ABC and Rescue Centre

Our Consultant Vet, Dr. M. Sugumaran, a post graduate in animal management from Germany, also has a diploma in general management from the prestigious Institute for Rural Management (Anand) under his belt. His passion for animal welfare made him leave the security of a government job to care for community dogs, cats, donkeys and cattle as a full-time veterinarian. He has expertise in large scale sterilisation programs, and has conducted over 3000 successful surgeries so far. His sound judgment has helped HAS in many complicated diagnostic and surgical cases. He introduced improved ABC surgery techniques in 1996 that facilitate Catch, Sterilize, Vaccinate and Release (CSVR) which are now being practiced widely by many NGOs. Like his many graduate protégés, HAS continues to be guided by him in performing ABC surgeries and other animal welfare activities.

Alphonse Xavier A.

Program manager

Alphonse Xavier has been with HAS as our program manager since April 2015. An enthusiastic and energetic person, he is well appreciated by one and all. He manages the accounts and meticulously supervises all activities of HAS on a day-to-day basis. In addition to supporting the HAS management in planning future activities, he also responds to the several enquiries that come our way every day. A computer science graduate, he has also completed an MBA degree.

Blossom F.

Administrative associate

Having adopted two adorable pooches from our shelter, Blossom seemed like the obvious choice to fill the position of administrative associate, and she has since lived up to our expectations in every way. With her calm nature and ability to communicate effectively with people from all walks of life, she helps man our busy phone lines, assists with adoption queries, and is always ready to help out with any task that needs attention.

Vivek Paul

Communications coordinator

Vivek Paul has been with HAS as our communications coordinator since May 2017. He must have been loving kids since he was a teacher before joining us, but it appears that he loves animals just as much! A true animal magnet, he is always seen in their company, whether it is at the ABC and Rescue Centre or the Sanctuary. The bond seems mutual as the animals too respond in equal measure, and are often seen vying for his attention. Vivek is an excellent team player and has seamlessly integrated with the HAS community. He demonstrates great passion for his work, and in addition to his job responsibilities, he always makes himself available for any emergencies, even at short notice.

Heena Acharya

Humane education officer

Heena Acharya joined our team as the humane education officer from April 2017. Her experience as a school teacher helped her fine-tune her skills, which comes in very useful when spreading awareness to the public, where her word reaches out to everyone effectively. She conducts humane educational programs at schools, where we reach out to kids and spread awareness, which is one of the most effective ways of bringing a positive change. She loves kids, and they love her back, creating an aura of fun. The sessions between Heena and the school kids are very interactive, where kids are at the edge of their seats, waiting eagerly to witness something new. She improvises as she goes along, and incorporates new aspects in every session, which makes the sessions interesting as well as entertaining.

D. Siva Kumar

Manager of the ABC and Rescue Centre

Siva Kumar works as the manager of the ABC and Rescue Centre, and is a great asset to our organisation. He has been with us since 2008, and has been instrumental for many positive developments at HAS. He has excellent organizational capabilities and always takes great pride in his work. He manages the staff, and also coordinates rescues, vaccination drives and adoption events. He also ensures that the shelter protocols are followed and the premises are kept neat and tidy.

Pratik S.

Patient welfare officer

Pratik S. began working for HAS in August 2017 as our patient welfare officer, and his responsibilities include monitoring the welfare of every animal under our care, maintaining diet plans for dogs with special dietary requirements, and assisting with rescues and vaccine drives wherever necessary. There are also occasions when he will assist the vets in preparing animals for surgery, or help to maintain their physical care after surgery. Having previously worked at a shelter in a variety of roles, and being involved in rescuing animals in a voluntary capacity from a young age, Pratik has an extensive wealth of experience. To add to this, he has also completed his HAWO training, and his love and respect for animals is clearly visible in everything he does. Continually seeking to improve the quality of life of every animal at HAS, Pratik will go to great lengths to make sure that animals get regular exercise, positive human interaction and nutritious food, and his compassionate energy is truly contagious.

R. Balakrishnan

Veterinary assistant

Balakrishnan has been with us since 2011. He is one of our veterinary assistants, who also doubles up as an ambulance driver when required. He has helped in getting many adult dogs adopted, and today all the canines he found homes for are happy with their families. He periodically visits these homes and personally ensures the welfare of the dogs he has re-homed. He has assisted in many important surgeries, and is known to make even highly hostile dogs friendly. He has also been a part of many rescue operations, and is familiar with every nook and corner of the city.

S. Siva Kumar

Veterinary assistant

Siva Kumar comes with several years of experience as a veterinary assistant. He has been with us since 2008, and hardly misses a day of work. He is available round the clock, and has even attended rescue calls at midnight. He has a good knowledge about treatments through practice and years of experience. He has a special way of caring for orphaned and abandoned animals, and uses this experience to teach basics to foster parents and those taking up veterinary assistant courses at HAS.

Iswarya A. C.

Patient Welfare Coordinator

Iswarya completed her Bachelor of Commerce with Computer Application, and promptly decided that she would prefer to work in the field of animal welfare! After attending several vegan outreach events, a FIAPO (Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations) workshop, and volunteering with our organisation, she decided that she could only achieve true job satisfaction, if she could spend her time working to help animals in need. Fortunately for us, with a vacant position needing to be filled, Ishu was able to apply for the role of Patient Welfare Coordinator at our ABC clinic and rescue centre, and we were excited to have such a young and enthusiastic person on board. With her deep empathy for the suffering of animals, and positive approach to everything she does, Ishu quickly became a valued member of our team, and neither she nor us, have looked back since she joined us in March 2020.

Jeeva P.

Animal handler

With a lifelong passion for animals, Jeeva ditched a more lucrative alternate career to join us as an animal handler at our busy ABC and Rescue Centre. Hard working and diligent, he devotes his days to helping care for our patients and attending rescues when required. With his calm persona and patience, he enjoys working with troubled dogs and gets immense satisfaction when he has helped them overcome their fears.

V. Vincent

Animal handler

Vincent has been with us since 2007 and is one of our longest serving staff. Always the first one to arrive and start work, he has done several rescues under difficult circumstances. He ensures that each rescue activity is a well-planned, and that everything goes according to his plan. We proudly refer to him as our rescue specialist, and he always has interesting stories to narrate about his myriad of experiences. He also plays an active role in our ABC operations, vaccination drives and adoption events.

D. Yuvaraj

Animal handler

Yuvaraj joined our team in December 2017 as an animal handler, and shares a unique bond with the rescued animals. He quietly and efficiently cares for them, and tends to their daily needs, along with assisting in rescue operations and vaccination drives, and by helping to prepare animals for surgery. As cleanliness is paramount in a shelter environment, Yuvaraj also helps with the cleaning and general maintenance of the shelter on a day to day basis. His job can be very demanding, especially when resident numbers are high. However, he takes great pride in his work; not finishing a task until he is fully satisfied.

R. Vasantha Mani

Caretaker at the ABC and Rescue Centre

Vasantha Mani joined our team in February 2018, and has already made herself an important addition to the team. Punctual, hardworking and always cheerful, her attitude towards the tough work that is involved with running a shelter sets a great example to others. With meticulous standards of cleanliness and hygiene, Vasantha Mani can be relied upon to ensure that all areas of the ABC and Rescue Centre are spotless, and along with her co-workers, she scrubs, washes, polishes and sweeps until all her tasks are complete. In addition to keeping things clean, she also tends to the needs of our youngest and most vulnerable residents. She makes sure that they have clean cages, nutritious food and fresh water, and reports back to the veterinarians if she spots that an animal may be sick and in need of treatment. In fact, there isn’t much that Vasantha Mani does not do!

H. J. Srikanth

Sanctuary manager

Qualified and experienced blogger and freelance writer, Srikanth, soon realised that his dreams of working with some of India’s most vulnerable animals, were not being fulfilled with what he was doing every day. So, he decided that without any experience in the field of animal welfare, his best chance of gaining some, would be through volunteering. Devoting his time to the care of animals was like a dream come true. Fortunately, Srikanth was offered the role of supervisor at the Elephant Care, Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre (WRRC), and thoroughly enjoyed the responsibilities it entailed, not to mention the opportunity to work closely with some of India’s most iconic and endearing mammals. Still blogging at this point, Srikanth wrote several articles for notable publications about his experiences, and through this, came to know about an opportunity we had for him at the sanctuary. So, upon leaving his former role, he made his way to us and has been our Sanctuary manager since February 2020.

V. Perumal

Caretaker at the Sanctuary

Perumal is our sanctuary caretaker and has seamlessly integrated with our team ever since starting work with us in May 2018. Taking the responsibility of his role very seriously, Perumal’s entire day centres around the needs of the 3 and 4-legged residents at the Sanctuary, and every animal is meticulously cared for. Aside from feeding and interacting with the animals, he also keeps the Sanctuary grounds clean and tidy, and can often be seen weeding and digging. In his spare time, Perumal enjoys helping to socialise new residents and leash train them too, helping to prepare them for the prospect of adoption. The animals who may never get adopted, and will remain in our care for the rest of their life, are guaranteed to be safe and loved while under Perumal’s watchful eye.

P. Saraswathi

Caretaker at the Sanctuary

Saraswathi began working for HAS in May 2018 and is Perumal’s better-half. Helping Perumal with the daily activities at the Sanctuary, Saraswathi never rests on her laurels, and is always busy. Helping to prepare the meals for the animals, watering the trees, gardening and checking on the welfare of the animals, are just a few of her daily tasks. Along with Perumal, they make a dynamic, compassionate and hard-working duo.

Annual and financial reports

When HAS started operations in 2006, we struggled to raise enough money to carry out the various activities necessary to effectively alleviate animal suffering in the part of Coimbatore we are responsible for. The lack of funds seems to be perennial as we, to this day, are living under severe economic restrictions that negatively impact the scope and scale of our activities.

HAS relies on donations from generous individuals and funding by Coimbatore Corporation (the local municipality). Coimbatore Corporation funding is in itself insufficient to even cover the cost of the programs that HAS has been trusted by Coimbatore Corporation to carry out. For instance, funding for ABC programs is limited to INR 445 per dog. However, the actual cost for performing an ABC surgery, providing adequate post-operative care for an ABC surgery patient, and administering a rabies vaccination before the patient is released, is approximately INR 1200.

The consequence of a deficit of INR 755 for each dog that is sterilised is that the ABC and ARV programs are not as efficient as they could be. It is clear that in order to lower the number of street animals, and to lower the incidences of rabies, funding has to be sufficient. The only time we were able to successfully perform a mass ARV drive was in 2013 where we raised money through 4 rotaries to vaccinate 4000 dogs in the city. The program was so effective that there was not a single incidence of rabies in dogs for almost 3 years. If we were able to do this annually, it would not only prevent rabies among street dogs, it would also create wide-spread awareness among the public about the disease, and it would encourage prompt vaccination of the pet animals that owners keep unvaccinated only because of a lack of awareness.

In addition to the underfunding of our core duties of ABC and AVR, the increasing number of accidents on the streets, as well as senseless and rampant abandonment of pets, has meant that our rescue efforts and expenses have sky-rocketed. Unfortunately, law enforcement against animal abuse and cruelty is extremely poor, and these offenses are rarely punished. This poses an ever-increasing burden on rescue organisations like HAS who provide assistance to the injured and abandoned animals until they have been rehabilitated appropriately. The HAS Sanctuary is home to more than 50 permanent animals whose sponsorship is vital for their continued care and welfare. The maintenance cost for each animal is approximately INR 3000 per month.

Sources of income for HAS can be categorised as follows:

1) Partial (38%) reimbursement by Coimbatore Corporation for spaying/neutering of stray dogs.

2) Donations by trustees and board bembers: approximately 30% of total expenditure.

3) Donations by individuals and corporates: approximately 55% of total expenditure.

4) Excess of expenditure over income (a yearly shortfall of 15%) is met by founder trustees that is accounted as loans to HAS. This has reached unsustainable proportions and is becoming increasingly difficult to meet.

Running HAS costs approximately INR 7 Lakh (USD 10,000) per month split between the expenses listed in the table below.

Table 1. Major expenses (monthly) in detail

Purpose Amount (INR) Amount (USD)
Maintenance 40,000 500
Vehicle and fuel 100,000 1,500
Animal food expenses* 140,000 2,000
Medicine** 210,000 3,000
Animal care*** 210,000 3,000
Total 700,000 10,000

* The daily expense for food for all the animals in our care is INR 2500 (USD 40).
** The daily expense for medicine is INR 5000 (USD 80).
*** The monthly expense per animal in our care is: cat INR 1500 (USD 25), dog INR 3000 (USD 50), cow/pony INR 5000 (USD 80).

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