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Where the stray stay

entertainment Updated: May 16, 2011 03:19 IST

Tucked between skyscrapers and futuristic office complexes in the city are small organisations with a big cause — they offer stray animals a ray of hope in the searing heat.

Welfare group People For Animals (PFA) is running three animal shelters along the Gurgaon- Sadhrana border — a hospital-cum-shelter called Hanuman Vatika, a shelter for monkeys, and another one for pigs. The units rescue, treat and house stray animals and pets, and these services are available round the clock.

“I am working voluntarily here, and I feel very comfortable with animals. They feel like friends. I feel as if I am working for my family,” says Amit Chaudhary, president, Gurgaon chapter.

At the Friendicoes Animal Shelter, there is a staff of 20 ready to take care of any injured animal. “If anybody comes across any hit-and-run case, we are just a phone call away,” says Gautam Barat, co-founder of the group. It’s not just treatment. These places also offer the option of animal adoption.

Jean and Bob’s donkey sanctuary in Sushant Lok takes care of injured and unwell donkeys. They also have an ambulance which which makes rounds of Gurgaon throughout the day.

Just a buzz away

Sadhrana Hospital
: Village Sadhrana, Sultanpur, near the Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary.
Tel: 0124-2276502, 9818838628
Friendicoes Animal Shelter, Where: Gari Harsaru, Gopalpur, Gurgaon
Tel: 9811324649
Jean and Bob’s ambulance for donkeys: 9810164214