Frequently asked Questions

We can vaccinate them if they are within city limits. Contact Raahat shelter or TAL.
Our first-aid groups can treat wounds and skin problems on site. If the injury or illness is serious, call the TAL
Our organisation does not charge for any services. However, check with individual organisations regarding their policies.
You should request the Dehardun Municipal Corporation, preferably in writing, to pick up the dogs and hand them over to the nearest animal welfare organisation for sterilisation. State clearly that you want them returned to the same area afterwards. If you like, contact us and we will arrange for them to be picked up.
India has long been home to the Pariah Dog, one of the world’s oldest canine breeds. In slightly varied forms, the Pariah Dog has existed for over 14,000 years all over Asia and North Africa. Most rural families own at least one. As villages and rural areas turned into cities, these dogs became stray dogs. As explained earlier, they survive by eating garbage and are also kept as pets by slum-dwellers.
The stray dog population is regularly increased by callous owners who abandon their pets on the street. Many irresponsible pure-breed owners also allow their pets to mate with strays, producing a large population of mix-breeds or mongrels.
Since they would be entering the territory of other dogs, there would be a lot of fighting in the area in which they are released, and in the process more humans would get bitten. Their original territories would also be left vacant, so new dogs would enter… and the stray dog problem would go on forever.
No. Stray dog populations are created and sustained by garbage, not by handouts from kind-hearted people! In fact, people who feed dogs generally get them vaccinated and neutered as well, so the population would actually decrease where dogs are being fed. However, feeding should be done in a responsible manner so that it does not cause any disturbance to the public.
Archaeological studies indicate that wolves started living near human settlements so that they could eat the garbage thrown outside. Dogs evolved from these wolves, and have always been scavengers. Unlike humans, they do not view garbage with disgust.In fact, even a well-fed pedigreed dogwill often make trips to the dustbin when his owners aren’t looking. Of course, eating garbage has its risks, since once in a while a dog may eat something poisonous – but many strays lead long and healthy lives with no other source of food.
If you get to see an animal injured in a road accident or is very sick, you should find out from local shopkeepers and others if there is a veterinary physician (Vet) in the neighborhood. As a next step, organize an auto-rickshaw for smaller animals such as dogs, cats and a LCV truck for larger animals such as cows, donkeys and other large animals. After covering the eyes and the mouth of the animal with piece of cloth such as old towel, bed-sheet or even a gunny bag, transfer the animal into the vehicle, with the help of locals at the site. Once you have reached the Vet clinic, seek help from their assistants to take the animal into the clinic for treatment
When you see a dog being hit or stoned, be sure to inform the offender of the law and get him or her to stop. Should the abuse persist, register an FIR at the closest police station. It is illegal for anybody to round up stray dogs and abandon them in circumstances likely to cause their death from starvation and thirst. Therefore you should challenge this cruelty in court. When you see an animal knocked over by a vehicle, get the number of the vehicle. Check the animal for signs of life. If possible, move him or her to safety and administer life-saving first –aid. Call a vet or an animal welfare organization that has an ambulance.