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Rs 20 lakh ambulance for city animals

Stray dogs, household pets, birds, even errant monkeys in Mumbai have reason to rejoice.

mumbai Updated: May 31, 2012 16:32 IST
Sneha Mahale
Sneha Mahale
Hindustan Times

Stray dogs, household pets, birds, even errant monkeys in Mumbai have reason to rejoice. Animals Matter To Me (AMTM), a group of like-minded people, will soon launch an ambulance service to help in the treatment of animals in the city.

The ambulance van and its state-of-the-art equipments, costing around Rs 20 lakh, will be on the streets by the end of June. However, the organisation already gets an average of 100 to 150 calls a day for rescues, adoptions and vaccination.

“We always wanted an ambulance where all possible treatment can be provided on-board instead of having to carry every animal to a shelter. Also, this vehicle will be equipped with state-of-the-art sterilisation equipment, besides X-ray scanners and other facilities, so you don’t have to visit a vet every time. Even surgeries can be done in the van,” says Ganesh Nayak of AMTM.

The ambulance will offer its services at a minimal cost, which is necessary to sustain the cost of on-board treatment. Nayak also says that Tata Motors donated the vehicle while Omung Kumar Bhandula from Blue Lotus Productions, a design studio, conceptualised its unique design.

Here’s how the service will operate:
Upon receiving a distress call, the information will be scanned by the organisation and sent to a volunteer, vet or an ambulance depending on the caller’s need. Nayak says, “We will have a dedicated doctor on board along with students from veterinary colleges to assist.”

Apart from the ambulance service, AMTM also provides a door-to-door veterinary service and an animal grooming service at minimal costs. A pick-up and drop facility for animals that need to visit a vet is also provided.

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First Published: May 31, 2012 14:05 IST