Animal Rahat (Relief) is an organization that is making a tremendous difference in the lives of thousands of working animals and their owners in poverty-stricken regions of India. We are working hard to give these gentle, intelligent animals a proper retirement and new “forever home,” but we need YOUR help.
We recently purchased 10 acres outside Sangli, Maharashtra, for the creation of a new retirement sanctuary that will allow us to care for up to 50 working animals so that they can enjoy their remaining years free from work and pain. The grounds will also feature an education center with a schoolroom and veterinary clinic to help change attitudes in the local community toward working animals so that they’re not viewed as disposable objects.
Please sponsor an animal, construction needs, or operating expenses—and watch our sanctuary grow to its full potential!
Abused bullocks like Nandi—whom Animal Rahat rescued from a village where he was bound, beaten, and nearly killed for eating crops (the only food available to him)—need your help. In India, bullocks are forced to carry overloaded carts for long distances and often work long, grueling days in sugarcane mills. Many are frequently beaten and denied adequate food, water, and rest.
Your gift today will help long-abused working animals like Nandi receive the attention and care that they need when they retire to our sanctuary.
Your gift today will help long-abused working animals like Gopal receive the care and medical attention that they need and let them retire to our new sanctuary.
Neglected horses like Akshay—whom Animal Rahat rescued during an investigation of India’s cruel horse-carriage trade—need your help. Many horses in India are forced to pull heavy carriages in busy traffic for their whole lives—until they collapse. They’re often denied food, water, and even basic care, leading to constant exhaustion and painful medical conditions like malformed hooves.
Your gift today will help long-abused animals like Akshay receive the attention and care that they need when they retire to our new sanctuary.
Cruelly neglected camels like Tracy—whom Animal Rahat rescued from a circus—need your help. Camels in India are often forced to “dance” and give rides for human entertainment. Without proper care, they can become lame, infested with parasites, and dehydrated to the point of losing their hump.
Your gift today will help long-abused working animals like Tracy receive the attention and care that they need when they retire to our new sanctuary.
Homeless “street dogs” like Rosy—whom Animal Rahat rescued from a drainage gutter—need your help. In India, many homeless dogs roam the streets in search of much-needed food, water, and shelter. Without human intervention, they and their puppies face starvation, illness, and injury from passing vehicles.
Your gift today will help “street dogs” like Rosy receive the attention and care that they need at our new sanctuary.
When you sponsor one of six new cattle sheds at Animal Rahat’s sanctuary, you’ll help provide rescued bullocks with a cozy bed and ensure that they have ample protection from the elements.
This classroom will allow for educational programs about compassionate treatment of working animals, including:
Thanks to a generous donation from Seth Govindjee Madhowjee Charitable Trust, the Educational Center is now funded and construction is underway. We need YOUR help to make the rest of the sanctuary a reality. Use our Donation Calculator to see how different levels of giving can make a difference for animals.
Whether the medical team is treating yoke gall (a common ailment of working bullocks) on a newly arrived bullock, spaying or neutering a dog, or administering other lifesaving veterinary care, it needs a dedicated building. And to create such a building, Animal Rahat needs dedicated sponsors!
In addition to helping support the care of retired animals, there are many sponsorship opportunities that will address vital infrastructure needs at the new sanctuary. Nameable infrastructure includes two “Roads to Freedom” as well as sections of fencing, trees and bushes that must be planted to provide animals with needed shade, and more.
Working animals in India often toil in misery in extreme heat—without being offered water. The animals at Animal Rahat’s new sanctuary will always have access to clean water, but first a proper well must be drilled to reach the water table. Give the animals a drink by sponsoring the bore well and you might have your name attached to this project!
Thanks to our founding supporters, the bore well is fully funded. Now we need your help to make this new sanctuary the best it can be. Use our Donation Calculator to see how different levels of giving can make a difference for animals.
Once a bore well reaches water for the sanctuary’s thirsty animals, pipes must be laid to transport the water around the sanctuary to reach the animals and the medical, animal-care, and educational buildings. Sponsor the pipeline project and you could have your name attached to this vital water delivery system.
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