Animal Charities in India


If you've been inspired by Paul O'Grady's new series, For the Love of Dogs - India, here are a list of charities working to help animals in India with links to their websites.

Frendicoes SECA - this charity had an amazing start. Back in  the 1970’s, some school children started a kindness club for distressed stray animals.  It was a small set up with 2 rooms and a few animals - and it's grown into Frendicoes SECA, registered as a charity in 1979.  FInd out how they are getting on now! 

International Animal Rescue are working in Goa to reduce the suffering of the stray dog population.  They have implemented a sterilisation programme which has dramatically reduced the number of stray dogs (and cats), leading to happier, healthier woofs.  Their rescue team in Indonesia in Java also undertake dog sterilisation and vaccination programmes in local villages.

Help Animals India is a USA non-profit 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to supporting efficient and effective animal protection organizations in India and Nepal.

Humane Society International works to change people’s perceptions about Indian street dogs through animal birth control projects, veterinary training, dog census studies and community awareness, plus education.

TOLFA (Tree of Life for Animals) is a busy animal hospital and rescue centre in Rajasthan, Northern India.  It works to eradicate rabies, rescue and treat injured animals, to sterilise street dogs and more.

Goa Dog Trust aims to rid Goa and India of all unnecessary suffering endured by countless beach dogs and cats. Its priority is to sterilize all dogs, and meantime, they feed the dogs in the monsoon when food is scarce and medicates them for worms and skin problems.  Once a week, they collect stray dogs and take them to International Animal Rescue who sterilize them for free.  They also help in emergencies where animals have been wounded or abandoned.

Animal Aid Unlimited - Animal Aid is a vital rescue centre, hospital and sanctuary for injured and ill street animals in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. We rescue thousands of hurt and sick animals each year and provide sanctuary to those who need life-long care

World Veterinary Service - As well as providing veterinary treatment, WVS also provides practical surgical training to Northern Indian vets and local charity workers, promoting best practice techniques in animal welfare. 

World Veterinary Service India was established in 2010 to improve animal health and welfare through veterinary skills development, inspiration and advice. It is now known as a centre of excellence in providing high-quality surgical training courses for veterinarians. WVS India team has also conducted regular street clinics for working equines, especially donkeys, in Southern India

POD Volunteer  has an animal rescue team in India which rescues, treats and rehabilitates animals including dogs, cows and donkeys in Udaipur.  The projects provides veterinary treatment and cares for animals who would otherwise be left to fend for themselves on the streets, and it works to education the local community about animal welfare.

The Asswin Project finances a healthy programme for needy animals in and around the outskirts of New Delhi.  It rescues and provides medical treatment to injured and sick working donkeys and horses, street dogs and other needy animals.  

Mission Rabies has one aim:  to eliminate rabies.  Every year, millions of healthy dogs are killed because of a fear of this disease.  4 years on from its founding, and it’s working in 5 different countries, getting to the heart of rabies-stricken districts and combating this disease with the combination of vaccination, education, technology, research and lots of hard work

Goa Animal Welfare Trust.  Programmes include weekly Anti-Rabies Camps, Puppy Adoption Camps, a daily Walk-in Clinic at our Centre, weekly Community visits by our Mobile Veterinary Clinic and a Schools Education Programme. It’s been involved in the government-sponsored Animal Birth Control (ABC).

The Brooke works with equine owning communities, local non-governmental organizations and international institutions to make sustainable improvements to the welfare ofworking horses, donkeys and mules owned by poor communities

More reading – Be inspired

How volunteering for an Indian street dog charity changed my life

Mumbai Memoirs: Slums & Street-Dogs