Animal Care and Help
For general questions about animal care please post in Friends of Peepal Farm.
Want to find like minded individuals? Join our location based Whatsapp groups!
I found an injured animal, what do I do? Take them to a vet right away!
If you are in the Dharamshala area you can call our rescue line: +91 99994 29144 (if unable to reach, leave a WhatsApp message)
If you cannot take them to a veterinarian you can:
- Post pictures in our Vets Who Care group
- Post pictures and location in Indian Animal Forum
- Ask for advice in Friends of Peepal Farm
- Ask for advice in our location-based Humans Helping Animals WhatsApp groups
You can learn some basic first aid and start treating animals on your own. If there are maggots you need to remove as many as possible and use D-Mag or Maggacite. This will kill them all. Then you need to clean inside the wound and cover it up.
What can I feed to animals? Click here to learn more about feeding dogs, cats, or cows.
How do I start helping animals? Click here to learn some ways you can help!
I want to start something like Peepal Farm, where do I begin? Peepal Farm is a large project, involving many people, over several years! The best place to start is where we did - volunteering at other animal rescues, government clinics, or private practices to learn important skills and how the organization operates.
It is best if you visit or volunteer at multiple organizations so that you will be exposed to more techniques and idea. From there you can apply what you have learned to start rescuing one or two animals. Now that you have volunteered you should have good resources if you need any help.
Watch this video where Robin discusses the basics.
What about funding?
Stray dogs scare me (or a friend). How do I deal with them? Most stray dogs are friendly, and will ignore people who ignore them. If one is walking past you non-aggressively (not barking or growling at you), don't react. Just keep walking! Don't stare at them, since many dogs find it threatening. If a stray dog is acting aggressively (barking or growling while staring at you), the first thing to do is FREEZE! Do not run away, as this can provoke them. Stand tall, and slowly put something between you and the stray dog (for example a car, a tree, or even a bag). Then try to put some distance between you. Do not stare into their eyes!
How do I find a home for an animal? Visit our adoption FAQ for more information on finding homes.
How do I adopt an animal? You can:
- Visit our adoption page
- Adopt from a local organization. Visit Indian Animal Forum to ask about adoptions near you.
- Adopt a Desi near your home!
How can I transport an animal like you do with some of yours? We use the service Pet Fly for help arranging the transportation for all of our adoptions outside of driving distance. They do all of the arrangements with the airlines.
What are the rights of animals in India? Find out here!
What are my rights in regards to helping animals? Find out here!
What if I see someone breaking one of the animal rights laws? You will have to file an FIR. You should get in contact with the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations.
If you have any further questions please contact us.