Being an advocate – Bringing change through good

1. I want to get the puppies outside my house adopted, what can I do?

Simply put, street dogs are meant to belong on the streets and we should only try to get them adopted if we can see it through. Leaving animals at a shelter will almost never get them adopted. However, if you are
There are many ways to get street puppies adopted. Some of them are listed below:

• One can contact local animal protection groups. Their contact number is often listed on their websites/facebook page. Or one cansimply refer to the yellow pages of their area.
• Nationalfacebook groups like “Indian Animal Forum” and “World for all” help bring animal lovers on the same page. One can try and post their query there.
• Manyorganisations have their local offices in most Indian cities. They can be contacted for the purpose of rescue or adoption.
• Websites like Dogsindia.com (http://www.dogsindia.com/) can also be looked into.
• Municipal Corporation of the area can also be contacted or written to for adoption issues.

2. What animal welfare/protection organisations can I work with locally and nationally?

There are many animal organisations situated across India. Depending on your geographical location, you could choose to work with some of them. Here is a list of some of them:
All Creatures Great and Small, New Delhi
Street Relief and Animal Welfare (STRAW), New Delhi
Vishnu Charitable Trust, Gurgaon
Noida SPCA, Noida
JBF (India) Trust, Guwahati
Sanctified Terra for Rueful Animals Society (STRAY), Kolkata
Blue Cross of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
People for Animals, Hyderabad and Secunderabad, Hyderabad
Institute of Jeevakarunyam and Research, Vijayawada -
Society for Animal Welfare, Khammam
Compassion Unlimited Plus Action, Bangalore
Animal Rescue Kerala (ARK), Trivandrum
SHARAN, Auroville
Blue Cross of India, Chennai
Karuna International, Chennai
Gujrat SPCA, Vadodara
Help in Suffering, Jaipur
RAKSHA, Jaipur
Animal Aid Unlimited Trust, Udaipur

for a detailed list of organisations one can work with, please visit Our Members

Other organisations that one can work with include:-

I. Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisation- Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) is a collective of animal protection organisations in India. They represent and advocate for NGOs and activists in the Indian animal protection sector; and also independently conduct research about and advocate for the rights of animals.(www.fiapo.org/)

II. Animal Welfare Board of India- The Animal Welfare Board of India is a statutory advisory body on Animal Welfare Laws and promotes animal welfare in the country. It was established in 1962 under Section 4 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 (No. 59 of 1960). From ensuring that animal welfare laws in the country are diligently followed, to providing grants to Animal Welfare Organizations and advising the Government of India on animal welfare issues, the Board has been the face of the animal welfare movement in the country for the last 50 years.( www.awbi.org/)

3. Is it a good idea to start a shelter?

Animal shelters serve an important function in any society. They are needed to care for the innumerable street animals that are hurt, injured or otherwise in need of help. It becomes imperative to note here that the purpose of a shelter is to house an injured animal and not a healthy one. For example, a healthy street pup does not belong in a shelter.
Thus, the motivations behind starting a shelter should be clear. Furthermore, running an animal shelter is both, difficult and resource intensive. Thus, one should consider one’s capacity and resources before starting a shelter.

4. How can I start my own animal protection organisation?

The best way to form an animal welfare organisation is to connect with like-minded people and begin work on a common issue. You could start your own voluntary organisation, so as to begin good work on serious issues without encountering the hassle of paperwork.

For any more assistance you may need regarding this, please contact FIAPO.
You could also visit the website of Animal welfare Board of India, which activelyencourages the formation and establishment of animal shelters by providing them with financial help. For more information, one can refer to the link below.

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5. What are some of the costs to consider before starting my own organisation?

Some of the costs to be considered before starting an organisation are as follows:

• Space required to open an office for the organisation
• An organisation needs people to work for it and these people need to be paid salaries and other overheads
• Bills such as electricity, water, wifi and other sort of necessary payments that need to be made.

These are basic costs that must be considered while starting an organisation.

6. How can I raise funds for my organisation?

While there are many effective ways to fund raise, the first place one can start with is friends and family. People known to us are more likely to believe in our work and credibility. A good push from your own circle can also act as a motivator to others to do the same.
However, if one wishes to venture outward, there are many interesting and innovative ways to fundraise such as :-

• Crowd funding- This technique involves raising money from the personal funds of people. Everybody feels for the animals. Pitch the cause behind your organisation and raise funds. Some good crowd funding ventures include Indiegogo, Ignite Intent, National Crowd funding Association (NCFA), BitGiving, etc.
• Angel Investing- Certain big businessmen look for investing their money instart-ups. Other than money, one may receive contacts and suggestions/advices of great value from such people.
• Bank financing- Banks like axis banks feel the need to participate in the well being of the society and hence they finance various NGOs too.
• Corporate Financing- Corporate businesses also finance various NGOs as a part of the Corporate Social Responsibility scheme. For example, Tata Chemicals Ltd and Gail India Ltd are proud donors of the Wildlife Trust of India.
• Hold a sale with donated items- Ask people to donate their not-in-use products and put it on sale.
• Social financing- Your cause can also raise funds at social dinner, parties and get-togethers. One may even hold dinner parties to further the cause.
• Tele-facing- This is an innovative technique which was started in India and is now practiced all over the globe. It is a telephone call/home visit hybrid. It comprises of discussing the prospects of the deal on phone, arranging a meeting and quickly asking the representative to draw out a prospect for donation.
• Door to door fundraising- This involves calling at people’s home to get in more donations.

7. How do I get others/volunteers/like-minded people to work along with me?

There are various ways to involve like-minded people in one’s cause. One of the most effective methods of meeting liked minded people is to conduct outreach at crowded places which have a high footfall. Gathering people to conduct outreach with you could also be an effective method to meet likeminded people. Other ways one can get volunteers include:-

• Visit other animal protection organisations and talk to the people involved to get ideas.
• Spread awareness about the cause on social platforms, like social media, get-togethers, etc.
• Post ads of vacancies on websites like Lets intern, Make intern, etc.
• Visit college/school to talk about the cause and to engage interested students with the cause.
• Visit events organised by other animal protection organisations to meet the right crowd.

8. Do all NGOs need to be registered?How do I register my NGO?

To begin with, all NGOs or organisations do not need to be registered. One can start a voluntary organisation and contribute to society without getting involved in the nittygritties of paperwork.

If however, one is keen to register, non-profit / public charitable organisations can be registered as trusts, societies, or a private limited non-profit company, under section-25 companies.
Trusts- If one needs to register as a trust then, there has to be property involved, especially in terms of land and building. The application for registration should be made to the official having jurisdiction over the region in which the trust is sought to be registered.
Societies- Societies are registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, which is a federal act. The following societies can be registered under this act: charitable societies, military orphan funds, or societies established at the several presidencies of India, societies established for the promotion of science and literature.

9. Are there any workshops or trainings for being an animal advocate?

From time to time, various animal advocate trainings and workshops are held at different centres. FIAPO recognises the need of the hour to equip animal welfare activist with a thorough understanding of animal welfare, law, capacity building and training through various training programs. AWBI also conducts various workshops. Both can be contacted for the same.
One can also look at online open course websites such as Coursera for material on animal behaviour and welfare.

10. How do I get AWBI membership?

The Animal Welfare Board of India is a statutory advisory body on Animal Welfare Laws and promotes animal welfare in the country. . All the related information and the application form is in the link below: – http://www.awbi.org/awbi-pdf/Recogform.pdf
One could also opt for FIAPO membership, or join one of our local ventures in Jaipur, Pune or Trivandrum for support and capacity building workshops. Please write to mail@fiapo.org for more details.

11. How do I utilize the tools of social media to further my cause?

Social media can be referred to as a social interaction among people, in which they create, share or exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks. This tool comes very handy while marketing and promotion of the organisation. Some methods to use social media include:-

• A website/blog can be created to facilitate open communication between various activists and the general audience.
• Starting a page on facebook, twitter, following people, and continuously posting on these pages to increase audience and awareness.
• Social media campaigns can be run to make people aware of the plight of animals. There have been tweets and facebook posts about an elephant named Bijlee who was over-worked and abused and this issue got contributions from all over the country in whatever way possible. Online campaigns like these can be run.
• Online petitions can be broadcasted and signed using social media.