FOUR PAWS has been working with the Blue Cross of India (BCI) for 10 years. Thanks to our partnership, we're able to rescue around 17,000 animals a year in India, which is more than 46 animals a day!
Founded in 1959, BCI is one of the oldest and one of the most influential animal welfare organizations in India. In 2010, BCI and FOUR PAWS joined forces to protect, care for, and rescue thousands of animals in India and in Southeast Asia.
2,550 dogs and cats were adopted in 2019
- Shelter facilities for rescued animals, including dogs, cats, cattle, goats, horses, donkeys, monkeys, birds, and more. Shelters are located in Guindy (Chennai), Kunnam Village (Kanchipuram District), and Thodukadu Village (Thiruvallur District).
- Round the clock rescue and ambulance service for sick/injured stray animals and animals in distress. Also on a daily basis, a professionally trained team rescues injured pets, strays, snakes, and cattle, which can become trapped in wells (resulting in technical rescues).
- Animal Birth Control (ABC) programs, which are similar to FOUR PAWS’ Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) programs. On a yearly basis, approximately 9,000 - 10,000 dogs and cats are sterilized. There are ABC clinics in Chennai, Neyveli and in Puducherry for dogs and cats in neighboring areas, on government and private campuses, and in residential communities in addition to the Greater Chennai Corporation.
- Clinic facilities for pet owners with low incomes that are operated year-round by qualified veterinarians.
- Water bowl project, which is an annual initiative since 2013 that provides comfort to stray animals during the unforgiving temperatures in the summer. The lack of clean drinking water leads to dehydration and death for thousands of homeless animals in Chennai.
- Other activities such as adoption drives, shelters for cattle, a rehabilitation center for former research animals, and humane education programs.