Animal Aid Unlimited is a life-changing place for animals in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. Recently I visited the sanctuary with Models of Compassion to see the wonderful work this organisation do.
Animal Aid rescues and treats the un-owned street animals of Udaipur who have been injured or become ill. Through their rescue, they inspire a community to protect and defend the lives of all animals by taking action and stopping to help an animal in need. Since 2002, Animal aid have provided a helpline for the community to get involved in rescuing and saving animals. They provide an emergency rescue team who responds to the reports of sick or wounded animals in need of help every day. Animal Aid is the life-line for thousands of animals who otherwise wouldn’t survive.
The mission of the organisation is to end abuse and to protect all animals and allow them to live in freedom. Animal Aid has treated over 40,000 animals to date including dogs, donkeys, cows, monkeys, pigs and birds. Approximately 10-15 animals are rescued per day from the streets. Some of these animals become part of a treat and release program and others that are unable to survive otherwise live out the rest of their lives at the centre. There are approx 400 dogs, cows, donkeys, birds and cats being cared for at the sanctuary at any given time. These animals are treated for fractures, wounds, spinal injuries, mange, and illnesses.
Upon arriving at the shelter, we were kindly welcomed and led through the the grounds. We were introduced to the animals and heard each of their stories upon request. A lot of the animals especially the sanctuary dogs thrive on special attention and time with volunteers, so cuddling and socialising is encouraged and volunteers are welcome to spend as long as they like with the animals.
This is one of the most well run animal sanctuaries that I have come across, the staff were passionate and caring and a special bond between the animals and volunteers was apparent. The animals were well kept with plenty of space and freedom to move around. Medical care was given to those that needed, and animals that are able to survive were returned to the place in which they were found after they had healed. Others, that could not survive would live a happy life at the sanctuary.
ANIMAL AID UNLIMITED
Location: Near TB Hospital in Badi village (8km from Udaipur)
Visitor info: Visitors are welcome any day of the week until 5pm. You can take a taxi-rickshaw to the location, it is well sign posted. If the gate is closed, wait a short time & someone will come and kindly welcome you inside the grounds. All volunteers are welcome! If you do sign up to volunteer officially the organisation offers a lot of help in anything you may need, including finding a place to stay. For more information about volunteering email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit Animal Aid’s website HERE for more information about this cause!