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Some Commonly Asked Questions by first time visitors:
Q. How do I Join Blue Cross?
Instructions: Kindly print out the membership form and fill requested details. Send the completed form along with a cheque or DD for the chosen membership to our address.
All members receive regularE newsletters and the annual report once every year. Members have the satisfaction that they are part of a family of humanity who speak up to stop animal abuse. They are part of an effort to provide support for animals that cannot care for themselves- ensuring no animal needs to die helpless on the streets of our city!
Blue Cross Membership is a privilege. What members do not get is housing or kennel services. The shelter facilities are only meant for sick or injured stray-homeless animals. Leaving your pet here will expose it to diseases carried from the streets. However, we do run a community sponsored Veterinary hospital, which provides service to all animals, pets included.
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Q. How do I Reach Blue Cross?
Blue Cross of Hyderabad
403/9, Road No 35
Hyderabad – 500 033
Landmark : Blue Cross of Hyderabad is situated at the end of Road No 35 Jubilee Hills. Road No 35 is directly opposite to the Petrol bunk and AdityaJayrag building on road number 36 (that links to Hi-Tech City Main Road). When you turn onto road 35 you will see a sign at the end that says "Syala", Blue Cross shelter is behind Syala.
Tel: +91 40 3298 9858, 2354 4355, 2354 5523
Open 9am to 5pm all week.
Blue Cross is closed between 1Pm and 2.30 PM for lunch and staff meetings.
Day: 10 am to 1pm, closed on Mondays.
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Q. How Do I Make a Contribution?
Thank you for considering to supportBlue Cross animal welfare work. Please send your donation by cheque or DD in the name of ‘Blue Cross of Hyderabad’. Please enclose your name and address clearly so we can post you a receipt with 80G Tax exemption. We also need your passport number if you are not Indian or PAN number if you are an Indian citizen.
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Q. How do I Volunteer?
Please print out the following form, fill and post to us. You may choose to visit our shelter and interact with our Shelter Directors who can guide you.
A volunteer is required to be a member. Members have the satisfaction that they are part of a family of humanity who speak up to stop animal abuse. They are part of an effort to provide support for animals who cannot care for themselves- ensuring no animal needs to die helpless on the streets of our city!
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Q. How Do I Adopt a Pet?
Thank you for considering to adopt a pet from the Blue Cross animal shelter. At the out set let us remind you that we do not breed or sell pedigree animals. We have beautiful, healthy and clean Indian animals that are homeless.
To adopt a pet you need to be 18 years of age or have your parents with you when you visit our adoption center. For puppies and kittens ,we interview the care taker. For adult dogs you need to be a mature experienced animal lover, or the entire family must visit us. Please visit our shelter between 9AM and 1 PM, or 2.30 Pm to 5PM any day of the week, including Sundays.
You May Choose From
• Indian Puppies
• Indian Kittens or cats
• Full grown abandoned pets with some cross breed pedigree
• Full grown Indian dogs with good guarding abilities.
All services including adoption are sponsored by the community at Blue Cross. Hence if you feel like making a donation towards the vaccination someone sponsored for your pet, it will help extend this service to another homeless animal and save a life.
Q. I Want To Know More About Blue Cross?
A. You may see our home page or download our animal welfare information to understand more about us.
B. You may look at our picture gallery to see meet some of our shelter animals.
C. Please do visit our shelter to see our work in person. Visitor tours can be conducted on request from Monday through Saturday from 3PM to 5PM. We close at 5 PM to the public.
Details of the membership and volunteers can be obtained from our website www.bluecrosshyd.in
Q. How Do I Organize A School Talk At My School?
Please email the request or contact our education officers for organizing a talk on 040-32989858, 23545523. Our Education team Ms.Pravalika and Mr.Ajay give talks regularly for school children. Mrs.Amala does not accept invitations to school day functions, but will be delighted to visit and give an engaging talk on animal welfare for classes 5 to 10 at your school during working hours.
Q. I Want to Report a Case of Animal Cruelty.
Action: Please give the complaint by telephone to our animal helpline or email the details of the cruelty, where and when it took place and try to gather any evidence to build a case. Your identity will be kept confidential. The Blue Cross action will be as follows:
1. A visit to the location and counseling of the persons involved.
2. A telephone call and a second visit after a month to confirm the cruelty has stopped.
3. If it has not stopped then we move authorities to confiscate the animal involved and give warning not to keep any animals in future. Evidence (like photographs, witnesses, Veterinary records etc) is required for this step.
Q. I Want to Report a Sick / Injured Animal. What are Your Working Hours?
Please do not use the email to report injured animals! Call the animal help lines and report it immediately.
Tel: 040 3298 9858, 2354 4355, 2354 5523. We work between 9am and 5 pm. After hours only emergencies are attended. You will be referred to the night rescue volunteers after 5pm. All calls will be verified as crank calls and reports are common and waste valuable fuel and time disrupting our services. In case a vehicle or volunteer is not available please send the animal in an auto to our shelter and we will reimburse the auto fare. Thank you for your support to rescue injured animals.
I Need Advice
Q. I Need Veterinary Advice for My pet.
Regarding Veterinary advice you need to visit our Veterinary Clinic during consulting hours and consult our veterinary Doctor. Such advice cannot be given over email until the animal has been examined physically. Blue Cross provides Veterinary care that is sponsored by the community. Our Veterinary Clinic is situated at the end of Rd.35 Jubilee Hills, behind Syala. We do not have extensive diagnostic facilities but provide timely vaccinations and emergency care. Clinic timings are : 10am to 1 pm, closed on Mondays.
Q. I Need Advice Regarding the Stray Animals Around My Home.
Thank you for your concern about animals. Stray dogs survive on our garbage. Remove the garbage and the dogs will migrate to where they get food. Killing stray dogs is not only illegal but also dangerous as new dogs enter to take the place of the old ones. The new dogs may be carrying Rabies into your area or cause other problems.
A sensible and effective solution is to start a community dog sterilizationprogramme in your area. Please conduct a meeting at your residential area and send GHMC a formal request to start an ABC programme. The programme involves:
1. Catching , Sterilization and Vaccination of the dogs against Rabies.
2. Adoption of the pups off the street
3. Monitoring the dogs for disease and revaccination.
4. Removal of dangerous or diseased dogs.
5. Awareness with the community on timely garbage disposal measures.
Thank you for supporting your community animals!!
Q. I Want to Report Stray Dogs or Killing of Stray Dogs, Poisoning Etc.
Advice: According to the Government of India Stray Animal Control Rules all killing and poisoning of stray dogs is illegal! Please collect evidence in the way of photographs and affidavits from witnesses and send us with details. We can take it up with the concerned authorities or even go to court.
Please read the material on stray animal control above and enroll your community into a joint humane effort to tackle the dogs.
Thank you for supporting your community animals!!
Q. I Can't Take Care of My Pet. I need to find it a home. Please advise!
Pets are their owner’s responsibility and the Blue Cross takes a very strong stand on this. Please ensure your pet is sterilized and vaccinated, and advertise sufficiently for it’s adoption in local newspapers, bulletins, and by posters at your local stores. Only in the worst case of not being able to find a home, the criteria for abandoning a pet at Blue Cross is as follows:
Please call the animal help line and request for the Shelter Director to counsel you.
Tel: 040 3298 9858, 2354 4355, 2354 5523 (9 am to 5 pm).
Q. I Need Advice Regarding Municipal Authorities.
a. Contacting Garbage Removal & Health Officer: Please contact the Health wing at MCH Office for details of the number and officer to approach in your area.
b. Contacting GHMC Dog Pound & Emergency Rabies control:
1. North Zone
2. South Zone
3. East Zone
4. Central Zone
5. West Zone
Q.I Wanted to Make a Donation to the Blue Cross of Hyderabad via the Company that I Work for. However, to Make such a Donation, I require a copy of your 80G certificate for tax purposes. Is there any way for you to send a copy of the Certificate across?
The procedure is that you first make the donation and then the receipt is issued with the 80G tax exemption.
Commonly Asked Questions
Q. How does BCH get funding?
We raise funds through fund raising efforts, sponsorships and individual donations from the community. All our services are sponsored and ensure Rabies and disease free streets for safe communities. Some of our work extends help to animals belonging to communities below poverty line. Last year the government funded 20 percent of our annual budget, for work done and the rest was raised by us. Your contribution in whatever denomination is very welcome and will help reduce sickness, cruelty and unwanted stray animals on the streets of our city.
Q. What does Blue Cross shelter do and why does the shelter look so over crowded?
Ans: Every month our ambulances rescue over a thousand animals from road accidents and disease on the street. Blue Cross shelter accommodates these animas , over 900 or so of various species. We have cattle, horses, donkeys, rabbits, some injured wildlife like monkeys and birds, and plenty of cats and dogs. We sterilize 800 dogs every month to reduce the number of stray animals.
Due to the large number of road accidents, unwanted animals, pups and kittens, we are over crowded with disabled animals and desperately need to prevent more from coming in. We also have an office, a clinic that is clean and tidy and a training hall. 99% of the time we are over worked and over crowded, under staffed and costs are raising, yet we manage to do what we do. At any given time we have 800 – 900 animals on the premises, which makes us over crowded.
In the west one only sees pet dogs and cats at a shelter. These animals do not behave like our stray dogs and cattle who want to constantly escape by biting or pushing down their gates and fences, hence our shelter constantly needs repairs and maintenance. The sheer numbers of animals we are inundated with are daunting. So yes, if we are over crowded, you can help by keeping healthy animals away from the shelter and help find homes for homeless puppies and kittens. However, our shelter provides the timely help for those animals in need. You may like to make a donation to support us.
Q."Does the shelter had enough of space / resources for entire twin cities' needy animals?"
An animal Shelter is really the last place one should bring an animal. Considering the number of homeless animals, no amount of space is ever enough. So only if the animal is sick or injured and needs to stay for recovery, should it actually come to a shelter. And once recovered it should move out faster than it came in. This is better for the animal, and provides space for another animal to get help. All our efforts are directed at empowering the animal so it is able to move into a new life of it's own - either sterilized and vaccinated in it's community or into a caring home or released back into the wild.
Please ensure all animals are vaccinated before bringing them to an animal shelter.
Q. Can we drop off a few cute puppies/ kittens we found on the road at BCH shelter?
If you really care about the puppies / kittens, keep them at home and find homes for them. BCH at any given time has over 250 puppies waiting for homes, under treatment or infected with disease. The shelter is not a conducive place for healthy animals, especially too young to vaccinate. A better plan is to bring the puppies on Sundays for an adoption drive and take them back home again. Hundreds of puppies die unprotected at shelters worldwide- please don't add to this number. But if you have no other option,vaccinate them first before you bring them in.
Q. How can I help BCH help animals?
For a start you can join as a member and get friends and family to join as members too. Adopting a desi/ native homeless animal is another huge way you can help us help animals, and if that is not possible then sponsor the feeding of an animal at our shelter. For your information we have enclosed an animal welfare handbook and first aid for animals guide. Please go through both issues for more answers. You can organize an animal welfare talk for a group in your community, educational institute or office to get more people informed and involved. You can make a donation monthly or annually, join the Golden fund as a donor.
Optional: To learn more about helping animals subscribe to Animal Citizen, the official magazine of the animal welfare movement published by Animal Welfare Board of India, and to Compassionate Citizen, published by Beauty Without Cruelty, Pune.
Q. Need to Contact the Organisation?
You may call and visit the Blue Cross after speaking to the Shelter Director. You may send us an email with your query by email.
Landmark: Blue Cross of Hyderabad is situated at the end of Road No 35 Jubilee Hills,Road No 35 is directly opposite to the Petrol bunk and AdityaJayrag building on road number 36 (that links to Hi-Tech City Main Road). When you turn onto road 35 you will see a sign at the end that says "Syala", Blue Cross shelter is behind Syala.
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