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There are millions of stray and homeless animals in India. Blue Cross of India follows a humane and practical solution to control the population through Animal Birth Control (ABC) surgery. However, due to financial and infrastructural constraints, it is impossible for us to provide shelter and care for all these animals. If every individual were to adopt one stray/homeless animal, the number of those on the streets will become negligible.
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Thousands of unwell and injured strays and abandoned pets turn to us for help every year. You can play a crucial role in changing these animals’ lives forever by supporting our mission to provide them with the best care. Every donation can go a long way in putting an end to animal abuse as well. Big or small, it is the thought that counts, so please find options listed in the below link to support us.

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Trained experts in animal rescue and relief and our ambulances are on duty during the day for all emergencies. If you find an animal in distress, please call the landlines (Chennai only) on +91-44-22354959 / +91-44-22300666 / +91-44-22300655. If the lines are busy, please send a WhatsApp message to our emergency helpline +919962998886. You can send us an email to request for rescue as well.

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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

Click to Rescue

Click to Rescue

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.

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Note: For other information, please call our landline

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Impact of our work on welfare of humans

Bradley Miller:
“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 has significantly contributed to Wild Avian Management, Animal Experimentation Rules, Banning of Dissection, Animals in Films, Performing Animals, Animal Experimentation, Export of monkeys for research, Export of Frogs Leg, etc., Read More


Our projects consists of Medical waste disposal, Shelters, Rehoming, Adoptathon, ABC – Animal Birth Control, Hospitals, Mobile Dispensary, Work with Other NGOs, Ambulance Services, etc., Read More

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When you donate Rs.25000/- or more to the Blue Cross, besides the satisfaction you have helped animals, you will also be designated a Life Associate Member of the Blue Cross. Download Form

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Blue Cross of India was registered in 1964 with the following guiding principles:

  • That it is moral obligation that all animals, whether domesticated or wild, be protected from cruelty on the part of the man
  • That the claims and interests of science, sport, entertainment and the production of food do not exempt man from the obligation to eliminate cruelty and avoid suffering.
  • That 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
  • Professionalisation of the administration and monitoring of activities

Our Rescue Stories

Grumpy, moody and very aggressive cat rescued

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 […]

Blue Cross of India animal rescue

Today was a good day!

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 […]

Blue Cross of India Animal rescue during Chennai floods

Special Rescue during the floods

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.

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From the blog

World Animal Day

On the occasion of World Animal Day (WAD), October 4 each year, special programmes are held all over the world. While the reason behind WAD is to remind everyone to be kind to animals, we must be kind all the time. The Blue Cross of India has been observing WAD since 2009, among other things, […]

Volunteers training

Volunteers train for animal handling, rope accession, descending, Rope Knots, Rope rigging animal First aid and animal welfare training programmes. The training is put into practice daily in rescuing different species of animals from wells and buildings. Training in animal laws and filing police cases are also imparted.

Special Adoption Drive at Forum Vijaya Mall

This Sunday was an ecstatic day for us at BCI. An adoption drive took place at Forum Vijaya Mall, Vadapalani, Chennai, and it was an extremely successful event! 20 puppies were adopted.

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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

The Cat Rescue
You may have seem posts of redundant rescues. It may seem like they're all the same, but they are not! 
Rescues of animals stuck in wells!!
Daniel goes inside a well to rescue a cat. The well is quite large in diameter. So he must find a way to catch the cat without wasting too much time. 
Watch how he efficiently catches the cat and sends it up. The cat was brought back to the shelter for treatment. He is now under recovery. 
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The numbers (2017-18)

Animals in Shelter
Animal Birth Control 2017 - 18
Animals rescued 2017 - 18
Out Patients treated 2017 - 18

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