Making a Difference

08 Jun 2012 | by | Posted in: Wag Wiki

 It’s easy to find pet lovers but very hard to find anyone having a heart open to all animals in need. Ms. Irani Mukherjee is such a wonderful personality who is splashing her tender love by nursing and caring for animals, especially neglected ones on the road. She is an animal welfare activist who is fighting for animals' right to live with dignity.

To bestow her love and care for the diseased animals, she founded an organization named 'Circle of Animal Lovers' (CAL) in 1992. Since then, the organization has been dedicated towards providing a voice to all the animals that have been abandoned and victims of cruelty and negligence.

CAL was registered in 1993 under the Societies Registration Act-1860 as a non-governmental, non-profitable and non-political animal welfare organization. The society is recognized by Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), Chennai. Apart from this, CAL is affiliated to the Royal Society of Prevention of Cruelty to the Animals (RSPCA), London, UK, and is also the member of World Society for the Protection of Animal Lovers (WSPA), London. CAL has also been registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) and U/s 80G of the Income Tax Act.

The works through CAL are controlled by three animal hospitals in Delhi, and a rehabilitation shelter in the Sohna district near Gurgaon (Haryana). The three animal hospitals-cumshelters are located in three different plots at Neb Sarai, Delhi. They offer modern digonostic facilities like well equipped pathology laboratory, X-Ray facilities, operation theatre, intensive care unit and a fully equipped mobile van. The hospitals are spacious enough that exudes a climate of solitude for the animals to recuperate upon. The mobile van is used for pick-up and treating injured as well as abandoned dogs. Through this mode of treatment, the animals are picked up and brought for treatment at hospitals where they get excellent treatment and are monitored till they recuperate.


The CAL at Sohna in Haryana has been functioning for seven years to provide shelter to the abandoned animals like cows, donkeys, dogs and cats. The center cares for more than a hundred animals of the local villagers. The staff of CAL Haryana functions 14 hours a day and in case of emergency they attend and function round the clock. The staff also includes four competent veterinarians skilled to stabilize, treat and operate on distressed, injured  and sick animals.The primary function of CAL is animal welfare and right to live. But the main activity is Animal Birth Control (ABC) and Anti Rabies Vaccination (ARV) programmes, targeting specifically the free roaming dog population of New Delhi. In ABC programmes, street dogs are captured, surgically neutered, vaccinated against rabies and are released in the same area where they were caught. They not only provide assistance to injured or sick animals on  streets but also provide free medical treatment to economically disadvantaged people. CAL has also joined hands with Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and is proactively engaged in sterilizing stray dogs of Delhi and its surrounding area. On an average, CAL is able to sterilize 250-300 dogs per month and 3000-3600 dogs per year. CAL also organizes vaccination camps every week on any day with its veterinarian moving through van to different locations, and vaccinating the dogs of the locality.

CAL even provides food packets to the stray dogs of Delhi, Saket area every morning. The society incurs a huge expense in feeding the hundreds of dogs housed in the shelters of Delhi and Haryana, by providing them three meals a day. The dogs' dishes include meat, rice and milk whereas the cats are fed fish. The cattle and donkeys are fed with raw vegetables, concentrates and fodder.

CAL also conducts awareness campaigns to educat the masses on the humane and ethical approach to stray and abandoned animals. Through its genuine and sincere efforts, CAL has been recognized and appreciated by the people as well as Government of India. People from abroad also entrust their faith on CAL, commending its work through hundreds of letters every month. CAL is working on the mission “to help the helpless” and pledges to dedicate all the effort through its heart and soul, for the welfare of animals.


smita joshi
I would like to post an important news that Irani Mukherji of Circle of Animal Lovers had done a defamation case against one of the persons whose dog had suffered and died while being supposedly sterilised by Circle of Animal Lovers in 2006. Ajay Thomas had lost a dog brutally at Circle of Animal Lovers and after having tried to bring some justice for the dog, had put a grievance in a letter to the editor in the Hindu airing his concern. Irani and Circle of Animal Lovers had done a dafamation case against Ajay. On Oct 24, 2013, after 7 long years of legal battle, won on behalf of Ajay's dog and thousands of other dogs that have been butchered in the name of sterilisation without anesthesia and without care, the court upheld Ajay's right to freedom of speech and has dismissed the suit with a cost of Rs.3000 to be deposited by Circle of Animal Lovers in the Prime Minister's Relief Fund. The court in its judgement stated that punishing someone for airing their grievance in a letter-to-the-editor, frustrates the very purpose of having such a column in the newspaper. The court was unable to understand what defamation had happened.

By: smita joshi | 05 Nov 2013

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