There are an estimated 30 million free-roaming dogs on India's streets. There are also cows, cats, donkeys and other animals that live on the streets with noone to care for them when they become sick or injured. TOLFA animal hospital and shelter provides essential veterinary care and compassion for these animals through our Rescue Project. In 2019 we admitted 6,000 animals to our hospital and treated another 2,500 on the streets. We have 2 rescue vehicles responding to emergency calls every day.
India is home to about 30 million stray dogs, which equals 1 stray dog per 42 people in the country. Not only is there a significant need to reduce the dog population, many of the dogs are victims of disease and injury. With little interest from the country's government veterinary centres in un-owned animals it falls to dedicated NGO's to provide assistance and care to street animals in need. There are also many cows and other animals free-roaming on the streets without owners to care for them
TOLFA's Rescue & Care Project provides free emergency and rescue services to street animals. We have 2 rescue vehicles that cover a 35km area around the hospital. We receive up to 35 calls a day from members of the public concerned about an animal that needs our help. Our rescue team either provides on-the-spot treatment or transports the animal to our hospital for further assessment and treatment. When there they are cared for until they recover and are well enough to be released.
In 2018 we rescued 6,392 animals and by 2020 this increased to 9,495. As our reputation for providing quality veterinary care has grown so we receive more and more calls for help from the public. Since we began in 2005 we have seen an increase in compassion in the local community with more people caring for the street animals and being concerned for their welfare. Street animals are a part of daily life in India and we are there to keep them healthy and safe, as well as the local communities.