Animal Rahat Sanctuary

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Help Bring Relief to Working Animals in India

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!

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Help Bullocks Live the Life They Deserve

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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.

Please sponsor a bullock at Animal Rahat’s new sanctuary today!

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Help Donkeys Live the Life They Deserve

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Tired, injured, and abandoned donkeys like little Gopal—whom Animal Rahat rescued as he scavenged along a busy street—need our help. In India, donkeys are often forced to haul back-breaking loads of bricks or gravel, with little or no padding between the loads and their skin. When the exhausted animals get sick or hurt, they are still forced to work or are discarded by the roadside, where they starve or are hit by passing vehicles.

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.

Please sponsor a donkey at Animal Rahat’s new sanctuary today!

$10 $40 $80 $480 $2400

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Help Horses Live the Life They Deserve

akshay-horse-animal-rahatNeglected 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.

Please sponsor a horse at Animal Rahat’s new sanctuary today!

$10 $40 $80 $480 $2400

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Help Camels Live the Life They Deserve

waheed-animal-rahat-camel©Aneesh Sankarankutty
Cruelly neglected camels like Waheed—whom Animal Rahat rescued from a street peddler—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 Waheed receive the attention and care that they need when they retire to our new sanctuary.

Please sponsor a camel at Animal Rahat’s new sanctuary today!

$10 $40 $80 $480 $2400

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Help Dogs Live the Life They Deserve

rosy-ingrid-newkirk-animal-rahat-india-dogHomeless “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.

Please sponsor a dog at Animal Rahat’s new sanctuary today!

$10 $40 $80 $480 $2400

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Help Provide Bullocks with Shelter

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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.

Please sponsor a cattle shed to provide bullocks with shelter from the elements and a cozy bed at Animal Rahat’s new sanctuary!

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Help Build an Educational Center – FULLY FUNDED!

peta-india-compassionate-citizen-program-classroom-animal-rahatThis 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.

Help Working Animals Receive Veterinary Care

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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!

Please sponsor our veterinary exam room to provide animals at Animal Rahat’s new sanctuary with the modern veterinary care that they need to stay healthy.

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Support Vital Infrastructure Needs

bullocks-animal-rahat-shade-treesIn 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.

Please support these important parts of our sanctuary below.

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Provide Water for the Animals – FULLY FUNDED!

bullock-drinks-water-bore-wellWorking 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.

Help Distribute Water to the Animals

camel-drinking-water-animal-rahat-water-pipelineOnce 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.

Please sponsor the critical water pipeline construction project, which will distribute essential drinking water to all the animals at Animal Rahat’s new sanctuary.

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Having trouble deciding who or what to sponsor? Support Animal Rahat's operations! The calculator below will tell you some ways that your gift can help animals at the sanctuary.

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Some of our generous recent donors:

  • Tomoko Wakabayashi donated $15 to support Animal Rahat's work Kanagawa, Kanagawaken 1 day ago
  • SUSAN TUCKER donated $25 to support Animal Rahat's work , **Please Select** 1 day ago
  • Mary Beth Brown sponsored a camel's retirement for $80 Saint Louis, MO 6 days ago
  • Lisa sponsored a bullock's retirement for $40 Hempstead, NY 1 week ago
  • Linda Watson donated $10 to support Animal Rahat's work London, 1 week ago

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