Animal Relief during Tsunami

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Update on the Tsunami relief work

With the help of Mr. G. Dhanapalan, Secretary of the Nagaipattinam SPCA, the fodder and grass distribution to the cattle in the relief camps and elsewhere was carried on as required till the end of February. If found necessary, fodder and grass will be arranged for whenever required. The Animal Husbandry Department has been providing this free of cost – it costs us about Rs.1,700 for the labour to form the hay and grass into bundles and for the tractor/lorry hire charges for a day.

The dogs picked up following the tsunami have been retained in our shelters. They are not kept in kennels, but run around freely in open. We are over-crowded, but this is inevitable. Three of the animals which had litters in the month of January are doing well – the first batch of pups have been rehomed when they were six to seven weeks old.

An additional cattery to hold about 30 kittens and a few adults is almost complete at our Guindy center. A few improvements at the center are also being made to facilitate cleaning and we are planning to put up a waste water treatment plant so that much of the water can be re-used for the kennel cleaning. At present, we are purchasing water in tankers to make up for the shortfall since we do not get enough supply from our wells.

WSPA have committed funds for a two-year project for a mobile clinic service in and around Nagaipattinam. An Animal Birth Control – Anti Rabies programme (ABC-AR) is being planned with this and we hope to inaugurate this by April 15 – Tamil New Years Day. We are hoping to set up a similar programme at Cuddalore.

Dr. Vishnu Sneller of the Centre for Disease Control in the US has also promised help by way of volunteers etc for Nagapattinam’s ABC programme.

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Olive Ridley turtle rescued and rehabilitated

On Friday February 25, we received a call from the Police Control Room that a “large tortoise” was in the area of the Marina swimming pool on the beach. Our ambulance rushed to the spot and picked up an olive ridley with some head injuries. After treatment at our Guindy center, this was taken by us to the Forest Department’s Zoo at Vandalur. The Zoo checked its injuries and, after treatment, asked us to release it back in the sea since they could not keep it.

On Saturday, along with a person from the Forest Department, the olive ridley was taken to the sea at Marina. Accompanied by the Police, the turtle was taken in a catamaran and gently released in the sea a few hundred feet from the shore.

On Sunday Feb 27, we received a call from the Forest Department asking for our ambulance to rescue a turtle which was sigted near the light house at Santhome. We picked up the animal and found it was the same olive ridley.

We brought her back to our shelter at Guindy and Dr. Priya Govind rushed over. She felt that the turtle was not in any danger but asked us to keep her in a large tank for observation. The tank was filled with sea water and Ms. Ridley stayed with us till Tuesday. Mr. Romulus Whitaker – the snake man – visited her and felt we should release her back as soon as possible. After Priya Govind concurred, the turtle was taken in our ambulance. The help of the Coast Guard was requested and they readily agreed to take her into the sea and release her. On Tuesday afternoon, the olive ridley was taken to the Chennai Port in our ambulance, loaded onto a large trolley and taken on board Coast Guard Vessel 069. The vessel was taken about three kilometers into the sea and the turtle released with Dr. Priya Govind watching. After being satisfied that the olive ridley was safe, the vessel returned.

Sri Lanka Dog Programme

Several vets from India who volunteered their services to go to Sri Lanka to help the Sri Lanka People Animal Coalition led by Robert Blumberg visited Sri Lanka for two weeks each in January and February. The funds for this were made available by Animal People and costs were kept to a minimum thabks to the help of Jet Airways who gave us three tickets free of charge and Sahara Airways who gave a 50% concession for tsunami relief volunteers.

Sherry Grant of HIS was in charge of the operations at Arugum Bay and at the relief camps far south of Colombo. With the help of dog catchers from Yudisthra Street Dog Foundation, Bali and vets and vet nurses from India, Thailand, Bali, the USA and other countries, hundreds of dogs have been sterilized and over 12,000 dogs have been vaccinated against rabies in less than two months. Unfounded fears of a rabies outbreak following the tsunami led to moves to slaughter these dogs and it was only the timely efforts of the Coalition and HIS and other groups that stopped it by undertaking this massive exercise.

The vets from India benefited greatly from this, too. Since same-day spay and release was being done, the vets were able to see for themselves that this could indeed be done provided necessary care was taken to maintain aseptic conditions during the operations and care taken to suture the incisions properly.

Vets from the Blue Cross, Vishaka SPCA, CUPA and Animal Aid Unlimited participated.

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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!

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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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