Not a day goes by when city-based animal welfare organisations do not receive calls on injured or an unwell animals needing attention. However,on most occasions,the required help doesnt reach on time due to poor coordination. In such cases,if people are equipped with basic on-site rescue and first aid skills,the animal can be saved.
To address these issues,Pune Federation of Animal Protection Organisation (FAPO) is organising a first-ever workshop in the city that will educate people on animal rescue and first aid.
The workshop will be conducted on May 19 by Welfare of Stray Dogs (WSD),which is a Mumbai-based non-profit trust engaged in eradicating rabies and control of street-dog population in Mumbai through humane and scientific ways.
The participants will be educated on various aspects related to on-site rescue and first aid such as medicines that can be administered,understanding animal behaviour and treating maggot wounds, says Prashanth Acharya,campaign co-ordinator and a member of Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO),a national-level federation.
FAPO,which is a collective of organisations and individuals working for animal welfare,comes under FIAPO. While Pune FAPO was launched in the city on April 6 this year,the country has a local FAPO federations in Jaipur and Kerala as well. There are six organisations and 25 animal activists that are associated with Pune FAPO,which includes Blue Cross Society,Jeev Raksha,People for Animals (PFA),Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA),Pune Animal Lovers (PAL) and Animal Friends.
The workshop is free,and will be conducted from 9 am to 1.30 pm at PMCs Indradhanush Environmental Education Centre,near Mhatre Bridge and will see the participation of 50 animal lovers from the city.
Acharya said the event will also brief interested participants on setting up a helpline for animal rescue,managing the volunteers,ensuring quick response and follow up activity after rescue.
Stressing the need of such a workshop,Jasmin Jagada,one of the coordinators of Pune FAPO and a member of Blue Cross Society said,It will empower animal activists to treat stray animals on the street itself. When they are treated in their own environment,they recuperate faster. It will also reduce the burden of overcrowded animal shelters and hospitals that cater to such animals. At hospitals and shelters,the chances of catching infections and other diseases from other animals,is higher.