Appalled by the insensitivity towards animals prevalent here, People for Animal Welfare Services (PAWS), a city-based NGO, has taken the initiative to spread awareness about the need to take proper care of animals, especially the sick and injured ones, in the city.
“It is an irony that Kerala is known God's Own Country,” says Preethi Sreevalsan, founder of the PAWS. “Had it been really so, our animals would have been treated with a lot more love and care.”
PAWS is a group of like minded people based in Thrissur who work collectively for animal welfare.
“It was my dream to build a safe haven for sick, injured and helpless animals,” says Ms. Preethi.
While almost every call about an injured or abandoned animal landed at her desk, Ms. Preethi felt the need for sufficient space, more time and caring for animals on a regular basis, from more than just an individual. And this is how PAWS Thrissur, the first of its kind in the city came in to being.
PAWS picks up sick and injured animals lying anywhere in the city and offers medical treatment. “After their recovery, we try to rehabilitate them by appealing to like-minded people to take them as pets.”
She has conducted over 35 animal rescues that included dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, bull calves, birds and snakes over the past many years on her individual capacity. The PAWS has done over 40 rescues in the past few months.
The Canine Club of Thrissur, impressed with the work done by PAWS, has donated an ambulance. “Now, we can rush animals which need immediate treatment to the hospital,” said Ms. Preethi.
“We are extremely grateful to the president of the Canine Club T. Chandran, and secretary Augustine, who was generous enough to spare a thought for our stray, injured and abandoned animals,” she said.
Understanding that compassion for animals needs to be instilled in children from a young age, PAWS has been conducting awareness programmes.