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About the NGO
Thane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Their motto Rescue-Rehab-Release puts into perspective the work they do – rescue animals from danger by attending all calls of distress in and around Thane, and then taking care of them until they are strong again.
The Thane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) believe no animal should be denied treatment based on species or pedigree. Dogs, cats, cattle, birds, monkeys, tortoises – whether they are strays or pets – all find solace in the Thane centre, a hospital with species-wise wards.
Ruhi, a stray dog from Ghatkopar, had the most invasive kind of cancerous tumour. But after a lengthy, traumatic surgery, she is back on her feet. Ganga, a calf, was admitted with a severely distended stomach thanks to being fed the wrong kind of food – immediate medical attention saved her life. Tiger, another roadside mongrel, fell from the terrace of a building while chasing a cat. His x-ray showed a horrific break in his left hind leg. But after surgery, he is recovering well.
It is no secret that thousands of dogs and cats have miserable lives on the streets. Now though, it is possible to draw attention to acts of cruelty towards animals through social media.
In one instance, several commuters contacted TSPCA regarding a monkey spotted at Thane station, with injuries around its face and chest. With more than 70% burns, the doctors had to administer emergency medical care. There are many instances of dogs being run over accidentally and depending on the seriousness of the injury, they are given blood and life-saving drugs to give them a chance to survive.
TSPCA strive to make the world a kinder place for animals. Through community outreach, they conduct awareness sessions where people are sensitised towards the pain animals feel and their inability to help themselves.
Founder Shakuntala Majumdar has made it her life’s work and was awarded the Naari Shakti Puraskar by the President of India for her efforts. But meeting the costs of the hospital facilities including salaries, animal food and the running of three animal ambulances is an ongoing challenge.
Since 2002, Thane SPCA have treated over 70,000 sick or injured animals. They count on support from animal lovers to continue. Volunteering and donations in kind are also welcome.