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  • Registered Office: 1 Eldams Road, Chennai 600 018, India
  • Guindy – Hospital, shelters, ambulance services and ABC center at 72 Velachery Road, Guindy, Chennai 600 032
  • Lloyds Road ABC center – Lloyds Colony, Chennai 600 005
  • St. Thomas Mount Cantonment – ABC center
  • Kunnam center in Kanchipuram District – Hospital, shelters and ABC centre
  • Toducadu – ABC center for Thiruvellore District

Guindy

Blue Cross Guindy Centre

Blue Cross Avenue
Velachery Road
Guindy
Chennai 600 032
Phone: +91 44 2235 49 59 / 2230 0666 / 2230 0655

Hospital, shelters for large and small animals, aviary, ambulance services, ABC-AR programme, library.

 

March 1999

 

Mrs. USHA SUNDARAM, co-founder of the Blue Cross, and her family members have donated a Cattery to the Blue Cross shelters at Guindy. Covering 600 sq. feet, the Cattery is built around trees for the cats to play on and has a covered shelter for them.

 

An important event in 1997 year was the inauguration of the Captain Sundaram Animal Centre by Lt. General A. K. Chatterjee, Chairman, Animal Welfare Board of India, on November 30th., Situated at Guindy, the new centre has provision to house 200 large animals and 200 dogs, besides a cat shelter and a large aviary. The Konica Adoption Centre for puppies and kittens, donated by Mr. J. P. Acharya of Nippon Enterprises South, was also inaugurated the same day.

 

This hospital treats over 20,000 outpatients per year and shelters over 800 animals at any time. Since January 15, 1998, all the animal birth control (ABC) operations for street dogs of Chennai have been carried out here.

 

The Blue Cross thanks all those who have contributed for this Centre, especially the RSPCA, England, Brooke Hospital for Animals, U.K., St. Andrews Fund for the Welfare of Animals, Scotland; M/s. Sugal and Damani Charitable Trust, Madras; Animal Welfare Board of India, and Mr. Venkatachalam, Managing Director of Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Mrs. And Mr. Ravindar and many others.

 

September 1994

 

July 27, 1994 was a very special day for the Blue Cross. Almost exactly 30 years after its founding, it received a fabulous gift of four acres of land and a donation of RS. 25 lakhs to its corpus. The fixed deposit receipt and the Government Order for the allotment of the land at Velachery were handed over to Capt. V. Sundaram, Founder and Mr. C. R. Pattabhi Raman, Chairman of the Blue Cross at a meeting at the CM’s office at Fort St. George.

 

It is difficult to describe such a wonderful gesture by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Dr. J. Jayalalitha. Few people have the time or the inclination to think of the voiceless and voteless. Her action will greatly enhance our efforts to help animals in distress and to increase the capacity of our shelters and hospitals.

 

All of us at the Blue Cross assure the Chief Minister and the Government of Tamil Nadu that we shall redouble our efforts and expand our operations as fast as possible, especially in the field of ABC.

 

Registered Office

1 Eldams Road
Chennai - 600 018
Phone: +91 44 434 17 78

 

Sriperumbudur

Sriperumbudur CenterMr. Sujit L Joseph has generously donated 3.66 acres of land at Kunnam village near Sriperumbudur. This shelter has the unique distinction of being the first post research primate rehabilitation center in India. Monkeys rescued from laboratories are housed here, nursed back to health, and neutered. Later, they will be released into special forest reserves ear marked by the govt. for such animals. Horses from the King Institute which were not fit but were being used for making antivenom serum are also relishing their new found freedom at our shelter.

 

Around 150 cattle are here at any given time and a stove plus a couple of lights are energised through our bio gas plant .Over 100 adult dogs complete the kunnam family at the moment.

 

A Clinic with a full time veterinary doctor is proving to be a great asset to the neighboring villages. Plans to add a cat shelter are also in the offing.

 

Lloyds Road. Royapettah

The Corporation of Chennai has given us space in its Lloyds road depot, for a period of three years for conducting more ABC operations. Apart from the 8 large rooms built by the corpn, Blue Cross has added 6 more rooms, solely for the purpose of carrying out sterilisations of street dogs .Two rooms have been converted into a full fledged surgery theater and an office and the remaining rooms are used for post operative care. The Lloyds road center successfully operates over 250 dogs every month.

 

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Animals can suffer like humans do, so it is speciesism to experiment on them while we refrain from experimenting on humans. All suffering is undesirable, whether it be in humans or animals. Discriminating against animals because they do not have the cognitive ability, language, or moral judgment that humans do is no more justifiable than discriminating against human beings with severe mental impairments. As English philosopher Jeremy Bentham wrote in the 1700s, "The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?"

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Animal tests do not reliably predict results in human beings. 94% of drugs that pass animal tests fail in human clinical trials. According to neurologist Aysha Akhtar, MD, MPH, over 100 stroke drugs that were effective when tested on animals have failed in humans, and over 85 HIV vaccines failed in humans after working well in non-human primates. A 2013 study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) found that nearly 150 clinical trials of treatments to reduce inflammation in critically ill patients have been undertaken, and all of them failed, despite being successful in animal tests. A 2013 study in Archives of Toxicology stated that "The low predictivity of animal experiments in research areas allowing direct comparisons of mouse versus human data puts strong doubt on the usefulness of animal data as key technology to predict human safety."

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Drugs that pass animal tests are not necessarily safe. The 1950s sleeping pill thalidomide, which caused 10,000 babies to be born with severe deformities, was tested on animals prior to its commercial release. Animal tests on the arthritis drug Vioxx showed that it had a protective effect on the hearts of mice, yet the drug went on to cause more than 27,000 heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths before being pulled from the market.

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Animals are very different from human beings and therefore make poor test subjects. The anatomic, metabolic, and cellular differences between animals and people make animals poor models for human beings. Paul Furlong, Professor of Clinical Neuroimaging at Aston University (UK), states that "it's very hard to create an animal model that even equates closely to what we're trying to achieve in the human." Thomas Hartung, Professor of evidence-based toxicology at Johns Hopkins University, argues for alternatives to animal testing because "we are not 70 kg rats."

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Stop Animal testing!
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Alternative testing methods now exist that can replace the need for animals. In vitro (in glass) testing, such as studying cell cultures in a petri dish, can produce more relevant results than animal testing because human cells can be used. Microdosing, the administering of doses too small to cause adverse reactions, can be used in human volunteers, whose blood is then analyzed. Artificial human skin, such as the commercially available products EpiDerm and ThinCert, is made from sheets of human skin cells grown in test tubes or plastic wells and can produce more useful results than testing chemicals on animal skin. Microfluidic chips ("organs on a chip"), which are lined with human cells and recreate the functions of human organs, are in advanced stages of development. Computer models, such as virtual reconstructions of human molecular structures, can predict the toxicity of substances without invasive experiments on animals.

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