|What We Do - Mobile Equine Welfare Unit
Blue Cross conducts regular camps for working equines and camels that belong to economically challenged families at Hyderabad. Over 45 working equines visit our camps at GhasMandi, old city, and 168 camels get treatment from time to time at various places.
The programme extends timely veterinary care, hoof and saddle care, and better understanding of animal management practices, thereby benefitting the animals and their owner communities.
You may help these animals by donating to sponsor a camp, or sponsor a retired / old aged working animal at our shelter.
The Year 2009-2010
Equine Welfare in Hyderabad City
Our mobile Veterinary Ambulance along with our Vet and Community Veterinary Workers made daily visits to ensure Veterinary treatment for working equines. Their efforts focused this year on sustainable Equine Welfare in Kurnool district after seeing the excellent impact in Hyderabad city. The working equines of the city are doing much better after 5 years of sustained owner training and veterinary support from our team. We have provided Veterinary care, shade shelters and water troughs, farrier training and awareness training for the animal owners. Now, besides providing weekly visits and emergency support the team finds time to concentrate on other locations with working equine populations. The reassuring change has been that these city owners value our visits and are even willing to buy medicines for their equines. The city halts are at Ghas Mandi (Grass Market), Old City Chudibazar and Begum Bazar. Slightly further halts are at Aleru and Choutuppal. And further still is Yadagirigutta, which is a temple town, visited once every month. The owners have unions and MOU's with Blue Cross in place.
Equines Working At Brick Kilns
There are 14 brick kilns surrounding the city. Donkeys and ponies continue to work to transport bricks from the kiln to the loading areas. The work starts before dawn and continues nonstop till midday. Pack sores and wounds from the rubbing of the brick load were a common sight. Our team visits to provide these donkeys and ponies veterinary care and to educate and encourage the animal handlers. Our efforts have resulted in drastic reduction of wounds, cruelties and disease. As a result the condition of these animals is good despite the gruelling work and heat. Fourteen such brick kilns are at Ravirala, Kongara, Solakpalli, Relaguda, Yelamguda, Madaram and Kodkanchi. All kiln owners constructed shade shelters for the animals and provided water troughs with some help through a donation from Mr. Derek Allpass.
Equine Welfare in Kurnool District:
Last year our Equine Welfare programme shifted to Kurnool District. Three mandals were selected i.e. Owk, Orvakal and Kurnool. The Equine Owners here belong to the poorest of the poor and their animals are the bread winners for the family.
The Equine Welfare team members Dr. Yadav (Veterinary Officer), Md. Wahid (Community Facilitator), Prem Kumar (Driver & Paravet) and Anjaiah (Paravet) attended training at Delhi and were full of renewed enthusiasm. Three members were added to the team: Mahmood Basha , Raffel and Heera Singh who work as community veterinary workers at Kurnool. The team monitor, Amala, had been on field visits with them and found that the work was progressing well, introducing concepts of animal welfare to the animal owners and helping them understand this.
Achievements in the Last Year: We were able to provide treatment to very needy animals in interior areas. Until now animal owners have never had availability of Veterinary treatment for their equines. Before BCH/Brooke’s intervention, animal owners were practicing cruel and ignorant methods of treatment, like firing and brutal ways of forcing sick animals to work when sick. Now, with our support they have been educated to stop such cruel practices and have turned towards allopathic medicines for good results.
In October, flood relief measures were also provided to the animals in this district as most of the poor owners lost their homes in the flood.
Besides this 21 Animal Welfare Committees were formed among the animal owners to help them in times of need and difficulty with their equines.
The total number of Equine owners - 490, No. of Equines - 1130
Areas Covered District Wise:
Below is a brief summary of work executed at Kurnool:
Quality Veterinary treatment for Working Equines
42 Regular treatment camps were held for working equines. 60 Vaccination camps were conducted where 1012 equines were vaccinated for Tetanus Toxide & ARV. 61 Emergency cases were given treatment by our Vet including cases of tetanus, accidents, colic, poisoning, abuse, beating and dog bites. 1057 working animals were treated by our Vet & VACM for Saddle wounds, in appetence, lameness, skin, hoof and eye problems, firing wounds. At times and places where the team could not attend the case, 21 owners were referred to take their animals to Government Hospitals. For this, efforts were made to network and refer cases to 6 Govt. Hospitals in Kurnool, 3 in Hyderabad and 5 in Sagroli. Treatment like this has become a powerful tool for sustainable equine welfare.
The main problems faced by the animals working in these villages are Colic, branding and firing by quacks, overloading and sores due to this, dehydration due to poor management, poor shoeing and Tetanus. The owners do not have the practice of vaccinating the animals and are accustomed to use quacks to chase the evil (disease) away. Over the past year our efforts have been to visit these remote areas, interact with the owners who are suspicious of NGO's; convince them to vaccinate their animals and follow better animal management to reduce the suffering. Our team works round the clock on their visits, spending time to encourage and educate all stake holders in animal management including the family members, the cart maker, the Farrier, the shoe maker, quacks and others. They conduct the monthly camps at Government Veterinary Hospital with the intention of creating a link between the animal owner and the Veterinary Doctors of the region.
Intensive Equine Care Camps in Other Areas
Intensive Camps are conducted twice every year in Sagroli, Nanded, Atkali, Kundalawadi and Naigaon. Local NGO's like Dharma Donkey Sanctuary, Sagroli and SPCA Nanded are two dedicated organizations that work with us to organize and conduct the camps.
Equine Population Covered
Hyderabad: 400 equines
Sagroli: 2250 equines
Kurnool: In four blocks – 1800 equines
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