Blue Cross of India Provides
Humane education programme to develop kindness in kids and encourage adoption.
Rescue Centres for Dogs at Thodukaadu Village and Kunnam Village
Post Research Animal Rehabilitation Centre at Kunnam Village
Cattle shelter at Kunnam Village, Kancheepuram District
Emergency Ambulance Service for large and small animals, which are brought to the shelters for treatment.
Dr.Dog programme – to help developmentally challenged children.
Rescue centres for cattle that are transported for slaughter at Guindy, Chennai
Shelter facilities for rescued animals at Chennai, Kunnam Village & Thodukkadu
Animal Birth Control clinics at Chennai, Kunnam Village & Thodukkadu Village
Fully equipped surgical theaters where 1500 dogs are sterilized every month in Chennai city alone.
Clinic facilities for outpatients for 365 days a year; manned by qualified veterinary doctors.
Swami Tejomayananda becomes a life member
Swami Tejomayananda, popularly known to his devotees the world over as "Guruji," took over as the head of the Chinmaya Mission, upon Swami Chinmayananda's samadhi in 1993.
His skill as a teacher of Vedanta has won him worldwide respect, as have his warmth and humility.
Guruji has always been appreciative of the work of the late co-founders of the Blue Cross Of India, Captain Sundaram and his wife, Usha, both longtime devotees of Swami Chinmayananda. They, in turn, loved him, as Guruji often said, "as their own son."
By becoming a life member of the Blue Cross of India, Guruji has honoured their work.
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Impact of our work on welfare of humans
“Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.”
Three of our programmes have a direct impact on the welfare of people:
The ABC-AR programme for street dogs has virtually eliminated rabies in Chennai. Proposed by the Blue Cross as far back as 1966, it has been endorsed by WHO, OIE and, more recently by FAO under the One-Health concept.
The Chennai Corporation has not paid us over Rs1 crore due from 2014 - yet we continue the programme so that all the work we have done does not get wasted.
Dogs are caught, kept overnight, then operated (ovario-hysterectomy for females, castration for males) and kept five days post-op for recovery they are them released at the same place that they were picked up from. Dogs being territorial in nature, the influx of fresh dogs is prevented in these areas. Sterilised dogs are less aggressive. The majority of dog bites by street dogs is due to children venturing too close to puppies. All species are aggressively protective of their young.
The other two are the Dr Dog Programme - a pet therapy programme especially effective for children with autism. The other is our ambulance service where injured animals are removed from the streets where they cause accidents, especially to two-wheeler riders.
While the Chennai Corporation has a huge amount to be paid to us, some dating back to 2014-15, we continue to work using our own funds to ensure all our years of work to virtually eliminate rabies is not wasted.
Blue Cross of India was registered in 1964 with the following guiding principles:
- That it is moral obligation that all animals, whether domesticated or wild, be protected from cruelty on the part of the man
- That the claims and interests of science, sport, entertainment and the production of food do not exempt man from the obligation to eliminate cruelty and avoid suffering.
- That Humane Education is essential if the conditions of animals are to be improved.
Goals to be reached before 2020:
- Training centre for vets, para-vets, animal handlers and animal welfare workers
- Corpus Fund to ensure a guaranteed source of income to feed and look after the animals
- Professionalisation of the administration and monitoring of activities
Our Rescue Stories
On June 22, 2015, we received a call from a gentleman stating that a cat had fallen into a deep well. The Volunteer Mr. Vijay, college student and an animal rescuer extraordinaire rushed to the spot. The cat had fallen in a 60 feet blind well, the ground was very muddy and the walls were […]
On March 18, 2016, at around 07:00 am, we received a call from a man named Mr. Raja of Chromepet. He reported that a cat had fallen into a well and was almost drowning. The timing was almost perfect since one of our volunteers Mr. Daniel who was training with ropes at that moment (universe […]
During the floods in Chennai City, BCI volunteers headed by Mr Dawn Williams, Residential General Manager went to all the flood affected areas in a boat and rescued animals in big numbers. Also, three Doctors from Romaniya and two doctors from the United Kingdom helped us during the rescue.
From the blog
On the occasion of World Animal Day (WAD), October 4 each year, special programmes are held all over the world. While the reason behind WAD is to remind everyone to be kind to animals, we must be kind all the time. The Blue Cross of India has been observing WAD since 2009, among other things, […]
Volunteers train for animal handling, rope accession, descending, Rope Knots, Rope rigging animal First aid and animal welfare training programmes. The training is put into practice daily in rescuing different species of animals from wells and buildings. Training in animal laws and filing police cases are also imparted.
This Sunday was an ecstatic day for us at BCI. An adoption drive took place at Forum Vijaya Mall, Vadapalani, Chennai, and it was an extremely successful event! 20 puppies were adopted.
Jeanne Marchig Award in 2007
PETA’s Proggy Award in 2006
Lifetime Achievement Award 2005
Middle East Animal Welfare
Humane Society International Award in 2005
Prani Mitra Award in 1985
Queen Victoria Medal in 1964