27 January, 2015: Rishikesh Animal Rescue Project

The Rishikesh Animal Rescue Project is running for three weeks at Parmarth, bringing together trained and talented veterinarians from Russia, hosted and supported by the Divine Shakti Foundation (DSF), Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh) and coordinated by Animal Liberty organization based in Siberia, with involvement of volunteers from the community.

The goal of the project is to bring “ABC” (Animal Birth Control) or “family planning” options – spaying and neutering – to the dogs in the Rishikesh area, a service which until now has been wholly unavailable for the dogs here. In addition to providing “family planning” procedures for these dogs, we will also be vaccinating all the dogs against rabies and treating the dogs for any other medical issues they come in with, whether that be mange, worms, or even broken bones. Most of the dogs of this area lack basic veterinary care.

The DSF family warmly welcomes veterinarians Nastya Batueva and Alexsandr Tareev to the team and offers their deepest gratitude to Dr. Ivan Donetc, Dr. Marina Bortcova, Dr. Ekaterina Polyakova for their selfless service. We also extend a very special thanks to Ms. Sofie Oshochenko, who is also the divine shakti behind and coordinator of this initiative, bringing much needed “ABC” (Animal Birth Control) or “family planning” options – spaying and neutering – to the dogs in the Rishikesh area.

The project started from the 27th January and will continue until February 10th in the Parmarth Niketan Ashram, a special portion of the beautiful ashram premises has been offered generously to bring the dogs in and also set up for surgeries and treatment as well as recovery. DSF volunteers have facilitated the necessary permissions and cooperation with the local authorities and municipality. Dogs can be brought for sterilization or treatment here from 10 am to 5 pm. As well as kind donations of blankets, Detol (antiseptic), rubber gloves, sponges, clean rags, and/or monetary contributions for vet supplies is greatly appreciated and necessary to keep this project going.