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December 28, 2012

HSI/India: 2012 Accomplishments and 2013 Plans

Humane Society International/India

  • We offer guidance for humane control of street dog populations. Cathrine Lowther

  • We're training vets and dog handlers. HSI

  • We've helped save thousands of turtle hatchlings. APOWA

  • His Holiness helped celebrate our official launch. HSI

  • HSI also campaigns for farm animal welfare in India. HSI

Thanks to your support, HSI/India is proud to have helped achieve the following victories for animals in 2012, with plans to continue our life-saving work in 2013:

Companion animals

  • Completed 11,000 spay/neuter/vaccinations in Cebu City, The Philippines.
  • Significantly decreased impounding and euthanasia of dogs, and increased adoptions, in Cebu City.
  • Achieved destruction of inhumane “tambucho” (gas chamber) for euthanizing dogs and replaced it with humane euthanasia in Cebu City. Several other islands have also abolished the cruel practice following the Cebu City example.
  • Cebu City reported a drop in the reported dog bite cases by 36 percent in 2012 in comparison to the same period in 2011.
  • Spay/neuter has been embraced by at least six other islands following the example of Cebu City.

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  • 90 veterinarians from across The Philippines were trained in advanced spay/neuter surgery protocols at our training center in Cebu City in collaboration with South Western University.
  • Jaipur Veterinary Training Center trained 38 vets from India, Bangladesh and Iraq.
  • Trained 18 paravets and 5 animal handlers
  • Signed an MOU with Vets beyond Borders (Australia) and Animal Welfare Board of India.


  • Helped safely release 7800 Olive Ridley hatchlings during a month-long eggs rescue and hatchery management wildlife program in Orissa (eastern coast of India).


  • Officially launched HSI/India at an event featuring His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Plans for 2013

  • Adding welfare mobile clinics to the Bhutan spay/neuter project.
  • Adding full-time community awareness and engagement to our spay/neuter program in Bhutan.
  • Expanding trainings across The Philippines.
  • Launching the Amer Elephant treatment mobile clinic in Jaipur.
  • Consolidating and expanding our Olive Ridley turtle rescue project in Orissa, India.
  • Assisting with oversight of implementation of a humane spay/neuter program in Mauritius, Bangladesh and elsewhere in Asia and Africa.
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