Bhumi Jeevdaya Samvardhan Trust, a Vashi-based animal welfare organisation has started its own free ambulance services for dogs, cats, birds and reptiles. The injured animals are first taken to the trust’s clinic in Sector 26 where they are treated, and after, to a private veterinarian if need be
The ambulance in question is a repurposed Maruti Suzuki Eeco and the organisation is hoping to add more ambulances and open more clinics in Navi Mumbai. Over the two years it has been operating, Bhumi Jeevdaya Samvardhan Trust has treated over 4,000 animals and rehabilitated over 200 reptiles and cattle.
“We started this service last week and we no longer have to depend on external help. In some cases, the animals are unable to get help due to lack of transport facilities. Hopefully, now that will not be the case,” said Sagar Savla, a trustee.
While the trust is only the second after IDA (In Defense of Animals) to have its own ambulance for the rescue and treatment of animals—and only operates between Panvel and Airoli—it’s still a big step in the treatment and care of abandoned and injured animals in the city.
Words: Neville Bhandara