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Captain Sundaram
Founder of the Blue Cross of India

It all started one rainy day in 1959 when Captain Sundaram couldn't just walk away from the two pups struggling to stay afloat in the flooded roads of T Nagar. He took them home and that gesture marked the beginning of Blue Cross, the animal shelter in his house which at one stage had 60 cats, dogs, goats, bandicoots and also a pair of baby mongooses!


Captain Sundaram, born on April 22nd, 1916,had always wanted to care for animals. In his own words, "God had given me so much that I thought I ought to do something in return. There are so many charitable institutions for human beings, but so few for animals. "With full-fledged support from his family (his wife Usha and the children built the first few kennels with their own hands), he was soon rescuing and sheltering animals in his T Nagar residence till 1968,when Blue Cross was shifted to its own premises at Adyar.


founder1Captain Sundaram started his career as a pilot, and was an instructor at the Madras Flying Club.  After training in England he returned to India and trained British and American pilots during the war before joining Tata Airlines in 1945.During his tenure as the Mysore Maharaja's pilot with his wife Usha as his co-pilot, he had the privilege of flying Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabhai Patel from 1945 to 1951.He enjoyed an accident-free flying record in his 35 yrs as a pilot. He and Usha set a world record for flying a De Havilland Dove from London to Madras in 27hrs.This record for piston-engined aircraft remains unbroken till today.


It was a well-known fact amongst the pilots that Captain Sundaram would keep circling around till the stray animals were cleared off the runway. He once saw a magnificent cobra in his path as he was taxiing for takeoff and rather than run over it, he hopped across, whizzed just a few cms. above its hood and continued on his way. This incident made headlines the next day! 


As a staunch crusader against cruelty to animals, he has been instrumental in stopping several animal sacrifices, including a horse sacrifice in Colombo in Jan 1986 and one in Harihar in May 1986. He also organised many seminars against vivisection, cruel and crude methods of killing animals and has strived to spread awareness on animal welfare. He was a member of the Executive committee of the Animal Welfare Board of India till the end of 1987.


In recognition of his tireless efforts in championing the cause of animals, he won the Queen Victoria Medal from the RSPCA in 1964, the Watamull Foundation Award from the USA in 1987, Silver medals from the Madras SPCA and the Mylapore Academy, a Distinguished Service Award from the Rotary club of South Madras and was posthumously awarded the Prani Mitra Award recently by Shri Krishan Kant, Vice President of India.


Captain Sundaram insisted on free treatment for all animals so that none of them would be denied medication due to lack of money. He dipped into his own reserves during the early days of running the shelter, using his car as the first ambulance by fixing a cage on top and always rushed to the rescue of injured animals, even in the middle of the night or at the other end of the city. It is only apt that Blue Cross today stands as the largest animal shelter in India, as well as Asia, symbolising the love and care that he showed towards these voiceless animals.


With his passing away on the 31st of May 1997, his four-legged friends suffer an irreparable loss of a true lover and saviour of animals. But the legacy of love and compassion towards animals that Captain Sundaram left behind will go on forever.

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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
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.

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