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Riding to their rescue

Thanks to him,the tongawallas in Delhi have stopped worrying about their horses.

Written by Rashmi Kulkarni |
August 8, 2010 11:20:00 pm

A hospital for animals provides free vaccination and medical help to horses,donkeys and mules

Thanks to him,the tongawallas in Delhi have stopped worrying about their horses. Dinesh Mohite is the managing veterinarian with the Brooks Hospital for Animals,which provides free vaccination and medical help to horses,donkeys and mules.

“We have mobile vans through which we provide medical help to horses,donkeys and mules used for carts,transportation,construction and in ceremonies like marriage. When we get a call,we first give instructions and advice and if the condition is serious,we go to the spot”,says Mohite. “We provide them annual TT vaccination. We maintain the animals’ records regularly,” adds Mohite who has been working with Brooks for almost four years now. “I was working with VINS bio products,where I helped in making a TT vaccine for animals. But I wanted to do more practical work,” he says.

Brooks Hospital was set up in India in 1999 by the parent organisation in UK. “We are associated with a number of NGOs working for animal welfare. We also provide them funds for their work related to animal welfare,” says Mohite.

Brooks also conducts awareness workshops for the owners of these animals. “These animals are mostly used in rural areas. Some times the owners beat their animals as they don’t understand their problems. We sensitise them through awareness programmes,films and documentaries so that they can be kind toward the animals”,says Mohite. “We also carry out seminars to inform the villagers to about various governmental schemes which can benefit their animals. We have created self-help groups which educate the villagers on insurance schemes and helps them in banking,” he says.

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