Gurgaon-based Umeed has rescued hundreds of disabled animals

23rd Aug 2017
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Umeed is a rehabilitation centre dedicated to helping animals in distress.

Today, in Gurgaon there is a place for disabled and dependent animals who cannot be rehomed or rehabilitated as they are old, paralysed, or have chronic illnesses.

Doctors often suggest that severely injured dogs and cats should be put to sleep. However, Umeed, an animal welfare NGO in Gurgaon, feels otherwise. It is strictly against not giving a second chance to distressed animals as it believes that animals do have the willpower in them to strive, survive, and live.

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Umeed for Animals Foundation is a charitable trust that was founded in April, 2015 by Nikhil Mahesh and Juhi Bhattacharya along with their seasoned team of animal rescue officers — Meenakshi, Minty, Roohneet, Kanika and Raman— to help distressed, abused and neglected animals in Delhi-NCR.

Umeed began with a mission to provide timely help and care to rescued animals so that they get a second chance at life where they are loved, cared for and provided with all amenities for a healthy life.

“We aim to create a 24/7 state-of-the-art veterinary facility for rescued animals who have been victims of cruelty or neglect. We promote the rehabilitation as well as the adoption of cats, dogs and large animals both Indian and pedigrees,” says Nikhil Mahesh.


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Tending to the rescued

“Nothing warms our heart more than seeing our kids get loving homes. We promote adoptions regularly on our social media channels. We conduct mandatory house checks and counselling before and after the adoption to ensure the safety of both the animal and the family. Our entire operation is based on the adoption of rescued animals and the rehoming or rehabilitation of treated animals back in their territory after they recover from trauma,” says Juhi.

Umeed has a dedicated team of adoption coordinators who work on end-to-end adoptions: right from lead generation to settling the animal at its new home and even thereafter for updates and consultations.

In addition, there is a ‘virtual parent’ programme where people or families who cannot take an animal home can sponsor it monthly— they get to virtually adopt it while Umeed takes care of it at the farm.

They are given all updates about the well-being of the animal through regular emails and can spend time with it at Umeed any day during the visiting hours.

Umeed has successfully rehomed more than 60 dogs and cats into beautiful families in India and abroad and has undertaken over 350 rescue operations so far.

It has undertaken sterilization programmes for all rescued as well as community animals: it has neutered close to 60 percent of the rescue animals and the team is pursuing the programme until completion.

Umeed is actively raising funds to construct a special area for disabled and dependent animals who cannot be rehomed as they are old, ailing, or paralysed.

“We usually do pickups and rescues in coordination with other animal welfare NGOs or in our personal vehicles. We are trying to extend our network and raise funds to appoint a full-time rescue van and driver so that we can take in more animals for recovery,” says Roohneet Kaur, one of the animal rescue officers.

Umeed won the Best Animal Welfare NGO in 2016 Award at India's largest Pet Carnival —PetFed 2016.

Funding and finances

In order to build a special area for the recovery and therapy of rescue animals, Umeed is raising funds through crowdfunding.

“One of the biggest challenges Umeed has faced since the beginning is the lack consistent inflow of donations and funds. The team is currently setting up a special care unit for physically challenged animals, and plans to procure an ambulance. The special area will have advanced therapy facilities for paralysed and dependent animals. Our vision is to establish harmony among human beings and animals in general for a peaceful coexistence,” says Roohneet.


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