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MAITRI Animal Care programme

The kennel
  • MAITRI Animal Care Programme has been running a Shelter for stray dogs and rescued goats since 1994 .
  • The rescued animals are treated, vaccinated, and kept at the Centre. Some have been adopted by local families.
  • Since 2004 a kennel is provided as hospitalization ward for dogs.
  • A secure enclosure, which has been recently extended, is provided for the goats of the shelter.
  • In 2004 a clinic room has been set up and equipped at MAITRI headquarters for day veterinary clinics and surgery.
  • Since 2003 MAITRI has been running an ABC (animal birth control) programme with camps for the stray dogs of the province and routine clinic sterilizations held whenever veterinary surgeons, generally from abroad, are available.

Goats enclosure


  • Since 2005 MAITRI has been running a Veterinary Care programme that provides a veterinary clinic at its headquarters and mobile clinics in villages.
  • Since 2007 MAITRI has been managing a watering point for cattle and stray dogs built outside its campus.
  • Since 2004 MAITRI provides assistance to pets from the outside community.
  • Since 2005 MAITRI has been running a Veterinary Education programme on animal welfare and treatment targeting villagers and school children.


The pre-sterilization tent


MAITRI Animal Care programme : measurable outcomes and impact


  • At present MAITRI looks after 89 dogs, 32 goats, 2 rabbit, 6 fish, 1 horse.
  • MAITRI has to date provided basic veterinary care to 162 small animals through a trained veterinary nurse and occasional volunteer veterinary surgeons.
  • Privately owned animals are treated, but only street or stray animals have free medicines.
  • MAITRI has provided treatment and humane advice for 206 animals from the local community in its clinic.
  • MAITRI jeep for mobile clinics for working animals (horses, donkeys, cattle) doubles up as vehicles to collect animals for sterilization.
  • MAITRI mobile clinics have so far provided assistance to 866 cows/bullocks/ buffaloes, 119 goats, 3 horses, and 1 pig.



The clinic for outside pets
  • MAITRI has carried out the sterilization of 219 animals at its clinic: 209 dogs and 4 goats of MAITRI Shelter, 3 private pets, and 3 bullocks in the rural area.
  • MAITRI has carried out 5 Sterilization Camps for street dogs, during which 791 strays have been sterilized, vaccinated against rabies, and returned to their territories when healed.
  • MAITRI also provides basic veterinary care for internal parasites and skin diseases so as to remarkably increase the quality of life of the individual stray dogs in a very short time.

The rabbits


  • MAITRI sterilization programme follows strict ethical standards of medical and humane treatment of animals.
  • Since 2007 216 heads of cattle have utilized MAITRI’s watering point in the hot and dry season.
  • Through its field workers MAITRI has to date carried out veterinary education in 2,428 villages contacting 51,764 people, particularly local farmers.
  • Since 2003, 52 international voluntary veterinarians have staffed MAITRI veterinary programmes, mainly the ABC camps.


Care of community animals

MAITRI Animal Care programme....... the road ahead


  • MAITRI Shelter shall continue providing a home and basic food and care for dogs, goats, and other animals which have been brought to MAITRI for care.
  • MAITRI Shelter shall be extended to unproductive cattle and horses otherwise due to be slaughtered.
  • MAITRI Shelter for large animals shall be located in an additional stretch of land.
  • A veterinary assistant will be trained to provide basic veterinary care to large animals.
  • MAITRI Sterilisation programme will continue to reduce the population growth of stray dogs in the community through special camps and routine surgeries.


The animal jeep in front of the camp tents
  • MAITRI will continue providing basic veterinary care for internal parasites and skin diseases to the individual stray dogs brought to MAITRI’s care.
  • MAITRI will seek the full-time services of a skilled veterinary surgeon so as to provide better assistance to the animal population of the area.
  • MAITRI will demonstrate owners of working animals the correct way to fit a harness and will supply materials to repair them properly so as to quickly alleviate the suffering of animals.
  • MAITRI will continue teaching villagers and children to foster a love of animals with an appreciation for their sentient nature and capability of suffering.
  • MAITRI will train some members of the local community to perform basic veterinary care and education.
  • MAITRI will build more watering points for cattle and stray dogs in the countryside and shade and watering points for horses at taxi stands.
  • With your support more animals, who currently do not have access to any form of veterinary care, will have access to a fundamental right - the right to humane treatment and medical care.

The surgery tent

The watering point for the community cattle

Care of disabled animals

The animal graveyard


MAITRI Charitable Trust
PO Box 32 , Bodhgaya
Gaya District, Bihar 824 231

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