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1986 - L to R: Mrs. Usha Sundaram, Dr. Nanditha Krishna,
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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


Blue Cross Guindy Centre

Blue Cross Avenue
Velachery Road
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 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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Seven healthy Indian puppies including the one in this picture have been rescued and are looking for loving homes. Pls call the rescuer directly in the below numbers

9940152959 or 8220876215
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If Your Dog or Cat Ever Does This, Go To the Vet IMMEDIATELY!

What Exactly is “Head-Pressing”?

The term “head pressing” is actually pretty descriptive—the affected pet stands close to a wall or other hard surface (furniture, the corner, etc) and literally presses the top of her head against it. It almost always signifies significant illness.

What are the illness/diseases that can cause this behaviour?

Many diseases can have head pressing as a clinical sign, but most often we associate it with hepatic encephalopathy, a condition that occurs in pets with liver disease. The liver is meant to remove toxins from the blood stream. When it doesn’t function properly, ammonia and other toxins build up and create this neurologic syndrome of head pressing.

Many breeds are predisposed to liver shunts, a condition in which blood bypasses the liver. Head pressing is a common clinical sign in these pups because of the hepatic encephalopathy that occurs secondary to the liver shunt.

Other conditions that can cause head pressing are:

Hydrocephalus (water on the brain)
Tumours in the brain
Strokes or vascular accidents in the brain
Head trauma.
Inflammatory and infectious types of meningitis and encephalitis
Any kind of trauma to the head or brain can potentially cause head pressing.
Are these disease and illness hereditary?

Some diseases, like liver shunts and hydrocephalus ARE hereditary. Pets with these conditions should not be bred. The other causes mentioned are not hereditary.

Any other symptoms people should look for?

Depending on the underlying cause for head pressing, other symptoms will likely be apparent. In the case of the most common presentation (hepatic encephalopathy), owners will likely see signs of liver disease including:

Jaundice (yellowing of the whites of the eyes and gums)
Weight loss
Increased urination
Increased water intake
Mental dullness (particularly after a meal)
Are there any Preventions?

Not specifically. Many of the conditions that lead to head pressing are just luck of the draw. By keeping your pet healthy, up to date on vaccines, and on appropriate external and internal parasite control, you can avoid some of the infectious causes of encephalitis, however.

What is the prognosis of an animal that displays this behaviour? Does waiting to seek treatment make a difference?

Prognosis largely depends on the underlying cause. There are treatments for many of the conditions that lead to head pressing, and often pets can make a full recovery.

For most veterinary illnesses, the sooner treatment is sought, the better.

Any other information readers need to know?

You should not be concerned if your pet rubs his or her head against you for affection or attention. This kind of head butting is completely different from head pressing, which is an obvious effort to press the head into firm stationary objects.
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A complicated case and a fearful crowd led to the negligence of innocent cattle.

Our volunteers from Blue Cross never stop at anything! This was one of the most challenging cases we have faced in a while. Gaining ownership of cattle, be it temporary or permanent requires a lot of procedures. This case in particular had a lot complications as the cattle ignored by the owners involved a police case due to a series of unfortunate events.

Our volunteers found 5 cows which had been starving for 5 days. The neighbours and village members were reluctant to enter the premises and help the cattle as the feared for their own lives due to the complications involved. They could hear the cows screaming in agony for help!

Our volunteers were accompanied by the local Sub Inspector to visit the location. The cows were carefully loaded in the trucks and we ensured that their travel was comfortable. They are currently at at the Velachery Shelter under recovery!

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Quench the thirst of animals this summer

It's summer & Blue Cross of India have kick started their annual water bowl project and have been distributing bowls across Chennai city. All u can do is get a couple of them and place clean drinking water for the poor animals on the streets.

If u would like to, drop in a mail to bciwaterbowl@gmail.com
or call / text to
9840136341 / 044-22354959
with ur address, contact details and number of bowls.

You can also pick up the bowls from the shelter at Velachery.

**There will be a delivery charge of Rs 50 per bowl**

--Your LIKES, COMMENTS & SHARES will help Blue Cross of India to reach more animal lovers and spread information of animal welfare and rights.

Thank you animal lovers! 😃
Thank you for your support!

#waterbowl #chennai #bluecross
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What do we do when someone reaches out to help us when we are scared? We walk away further.

This rescue is based on that. A kitten had found herself stuck in the rain water harvest pipe of a building. This was a four storeys off the ground. We had to ensure that the scared kitten did not keep moving away from us, down the pipe where the rescue would have gotten more difficult.

This section of the pipe was L-shaped. We cut the pipe and sent in a hose through the horizontal section to make her come closer towards us. Once she was at the junction where she could be vertically carried, we removed her safely!

Watch this video for more!

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This little boxer cross boy came to us a week back with his front left paw crushed . He is recovering rapidly but desperately needs a home as he needs personal attention. He will recover to be a perfectly ok 3 legged doggie. He is right now in the Blue Cross of India shelter . Please call on 9789096602 to take him home . ... See MoreSee Less

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Figuratively, the billionth rescue from a well. We have a lot more to go!

The rescuer Mr. Vivek is an active volunteer with CARE Bangalore. His native is Chennai and volunteers with Blue Cross of India, he is trained in tactical rescue. Nothing stops his passion for animals.

Watch the rescue below. Share this video and like our page for more.
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