Our Founders 104 Birthday
April 22, 2020 is the 104th birth anniversary of Capt V. Sundaram, the founder of the Blue Cross of India.
While always full of compassion and reverence for all life, the sight of two tiny puppies on the verge of getting drowned and which were rescued by him in December 1959 led to the formation of a group which we registered in 1964 as the Blue Cross of India. It is today, arguably, the most active animal welfare group in the country and the first in the world to propose that only an aggressive spay/neuter and return programme will address the street dog population issue
We know that our founder's spirit will be looking down with happiness to see the work of the Blue Cross of India today.
Given COVID 2019 and the safety of our staff/public at large and animals, it has been decided with immediate effect to:
A ) Temporarily suspend Out Patient Services except for very critical cases.
B ) Temporarily suspend any visitors from coming to the shelter
C) Temporarily suspend ABC program
D) Our rescue and ambulance services will continue and so will special operations
Blue Cross of India Provides
Humane education programmes to instill kindness towards animals and encourage adoption
Rescue centres for dogs in Thodukaadu and Kunnam, Kancheepuram dist.
Post-research animal rehabilitation centre in Kunnam, Kancheepuram dist.
Cattle shelter in Kunnam, Kancheepuram dist.
Emergency ambulance service for large and small animals
Dr. Dog programme to help developmentally challenged children
Rehabilitation centre in Guindy for cattle that are rescued from slaughterhouses
Shelter facilities for certain animals in Guindy, Thodukaadu and Kunnam
Animal Birth Control (ABC) clinics in Guindy, Thodukaadu and Kunnam
Fully equipped surgical theatres in Guindy, where 1,500 dogs are operated on annually
Clinic for outpatients 365 days a year, manned by qualified veterinary doctors
As promised, here is our 'Click to Rescue' initiative to make contacting us easier. This helpline is only to report / request rescue for unwell and injured animals. While sending us a message, kindly include your name, contact number, photo of the animal and its current location. To use this facility, click on the link given below or send a WhatsApp message to 9962998886. Please don't call this number.
Click to rescue: https://wa.me/919962998886
Note: For other information, please call our landline
Log onto amazon.in and Gift A Smile to Blue Cross of India's rescued animals. Select and pay for a product from our wish list and sit back and relax while Amazon delivers it directly to us. Simply put, this initiative combines the convenience of online shopping and the joy of giving!
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.”
At Blue Cross of India, we firmly believe in striking a balance between the welfare of animals and humans. We thus have three dedicated programmes to directly impact and benefit people:
ABC-AR programme - Stray dogs from across the city are identified, brought to Animal Birth Control (ABC) centres, operated on — ovario-hysterectomy for females, castration for males — and kept five days post-op for recovery. They are then vaccinated and released where they are picked up from. This initiative has virtually eliminated rabies among stray dogs in Chennai. First proposed by Blue Cross of India in 1966, it has since been endorsed by World Health Organization (WHO), OIE World Organisation for Animal Health, and more recently by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations 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.
Dr Dog programme - An animal assisted therapy programme that is especially effective for children with autism and other developmental challenges.
Ambulance services - Injured or unwell animals are transported from the streets for free medical treatment. 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:
- It is moral obligation that all animals, whether domesticated or wild, be protected from cruelty by human beings
- Claims and interests of science, sport, entertainment and the food production do not exempt human beings from their obligation to eliminate animal cruelty and suffering
- 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
- Professionalization 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
Venus Williams with a vegan tennis racquet and ball It is a lesser-known fact that one of the world’s first fully vegan tennis racquets was made right here in Chennai. An aluminium alloy frame with synthetic strings, the AI 1000 was the first to have a vinyl rexine (artificial leather cloth) handle cover, unlike all […]
While many calves are lucky and grow up under their mother’s care, some orphans are raised by our animal handlers with the same love and tenderness. It is important that both the mother and baby receive round-the-clock care, nourishment and shelter for the first few months, which Blue Cross of India strives to provide. We […]
BLUE CROSS OF INDIA IS NOT A DUMP YARD! And we cannot stress this enough. * Last night, an auto driver literally threw this mom and her newborn babies into the horse riding school adjacent our Guindy campus and drove away. This morning, a driver who had brought 2 young kids to the school, spotted […]
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