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For the Blue Cross Of India 2022 calendar, we have profiled twelve mammalian friends in very large, wall size format of 16 inch width x 25 inch height (unfolded). They are animals with whom we share this planet but are also in the growing list of critically endangered species that have been pushed to the brink of existence. Some of them, were here from long before humans evolved. Some, have walked the Earth, for millions of years, but they are facing a hard reality today - Can they survive the onslaught of mankind? Get your copy of the BCI Animal Calendar, and learn more about them and begin to appreciate the imbalance the ecosystem has been pushed to primarily due to humans, causing an acceleration in the extinction of many species never seen in millions of years. Scientists predict that more than 1 million species are on track for extinction in the coming decades. Each animal selected has been pencil sketched especially for the Blue Cross Of India. We have carefully profiled one species every month, and the calendar dates are curated to also highlight different animal-days celebrated around the world besides the key Indian holidays. It is limited in print - so get the Blue Cross Animal Calendar now, before we run out


Adopt a pet

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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Donate for a cause

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 +91-44-46274999 / +91-44-71819575. If the lines are busy, please send an email to request for rescue as well.

Rescue Request | Rescue Status Query | ABC/ARV Request (outside Chennai corp limits & pets)

Blue Cross of India is an NGO

Please note that the Blue Cross of India is an NGO run mainly by donations we receive. No animal - whether from the street or with an “owner” - brought to us for treatment is turned away whether you are willing to give a donation or not. However, please note that the Blue Cross is not a dumping ground for animals. Please do not abandon your pet which you no longer want. Not only
is it against the law, but he/she will also pine away in many cases. Young puppies and kittens need their mother’s milk for at least six weeks. Separated by well-meaning humans, not only are the chances of survival bleak, the mother left on the street also suffers since she is still lactating


If you truly care, spay or neuter the animals you care for so that unnecessary births are prevented

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

Log onto 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!

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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:

  • 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

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

Global Dog Campaign – Webinar

Please join Dr. Chinny Krishna for a free webinar on WellBeing International’s Global Dog Campaign hosted from Washington DC on Tuesday, November 30th, at 10:30 PM local India time. He will be talking about the history and present-day situation of homeless dog management in Chennai, India, and the Blue Cross of India’s partnership with the […]

When Dr. Chinny Krishna paved the way for sports to turn cruelty-free

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 […]

The birth of a young one always brings us so much joy!

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 […]

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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 (2019-20)

Animals in Shelter
Animal Birth Control 2019-20
Animals rescued 2019-20
Out Patients treated 2019-20

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