While the social distancing guidelines in place during the COVID-19 outbreak have impacted us all, the lack of social interaction has had an even greater impact on the senior citizens in our communities. Animal Welfare Organization in India has created a program to feeds stray animals during the lockdown and uses Zoom to create heart-warming animal experiences for senior citizens, youths, and kids in an effort to fight the negative effects of social isolation.
Amid the COVID-19 crisis and lockdown, stray animals in and around the cities of India are going hungry. Mass awareness and empathy are the need of the hour to provide minimum food to the animals. But yes some volunteers and animal welfare organizations are doing their bit. The Odisha Wing of People for Animals is feeding the stray animals. They are trying to provide food and fodder to many animals on a daily basis amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. They also advised people to stay safe and feed animals whenever and wherever possible.
Affected By Lockdown on Voiceless Friends
NGOs and individuals across the country are helping stray animals who have been affected by food shortage arising out of the COVID-19 nationwide lockdown.
• The number of COVID-19 infections in India has shot up to over 14,400, with over 486 deaths, according to World meter. The government has declared an extension of the nationwide lockdown till May 31st in an attempt to curb the coronavirus outbreak.
• The pandemic has been keeping people indoors and public places empty. Restaurants, bars, party halls, and other small eateries are all closed, with minimum functioning for food delivery. With the scale of the outbreak increasing by the day, many NGOs are coming forward to help people in distress.
• Many stray animals are roaming in the cities in search of food, fodder, and water. NGOs that work to better the lives of animals are now acicoes tively doing their bit. With covered faces and sanitised hands, these organisations are feeding the strays with crowd funded initiatives and donations, and with the help of selfless volunteers.
Individuals & organisations that are working tirelessly to help animals in COVID
People for Animals (PFA)
Speak for Animals
Swachhta ATM’s or Swachhta Garbage Café
Stray Relief and Animals Welfare (STRAW)
Circle of Animal Lovers
National Parks Contribution
Coronavirus: Quarantine facilities open at Corbett, Rajaji National Park to protect animals from COVID-19. After a tigress in the US fell prey to the novel coronavirus, the National Tiger Conservation Authority in India has ensured the setting up of isolation wards in India’s tiger reserves.
Amid the coronavirus scare, quarantine wards have been set up for animals at the Corbett and Rajaji National Parks in order to protect the wildlife from the deadly virus.
These isolation wards, which have been set up within the National Tiger Conservation Authority guidelines, are positioned at Kalagarh and Bijrani ranges of Uttarakhand’s Corbett National Park.
In addition to this, to ensure the protection of tigers, elephants, and sniffer dog squads, 40 video-mode cameras and 450 still-mode cameras have been installed at the peripheries of the Corbett Tiger Reserve.
The patrolling staff has also been specifically briefed to keep a close eye on the animals of the reserve, in case they develop any symptoms, which can point toward them having contracted COVID-19.
The staff at the reserve has been asked to stay put at the posts, and are provided with essentials, so as to prevent the off-chance where the animals may be put at risk by possibly infected caretakers.
The Jim Corbett National Park is home to 250 tigers and 1,100 elephants.
NGOs working for Animal Welfare
• Sanjay Gandhi Animal Care Centre (SGACC)
• Peta India.
• Visakha Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (VSPCA)
• Wildlife Trust of India (WTI)
• Animal Rahat
• Furry Flyers
• Delhi Society for Prevention of Cruelty in Animals (SPCA)
• Plant & Animal Welfare Society-Mumbai (PAWS-Mumbai)
• Animals Helplines in Delhi and NCR
• Wildlife SOS
• Help in Suffering
• Vet Helpline India
Why did you choose to offer Pets Together’s experiences on Zoom?
• Zoom is accessible; everyone can use it at some level. And more importantly, it’s easy for me to manage these programs.
• If there’s ever an issue, I can troubleshoot for the care facilities on the other end who may not have used Zoom before.
• I can talk them through it on whatever device they are using. While some video conferencing solutions are less reliable than others, we haven’t had even one minute of trouble using Zoom.
How does the interaction work?
The host holds the meeting on a laptop so they can control the video feeds; when something interesting happens with one of our pet participants, the host can cut directly to that feed to direct everyone’s attention to it.
Our attendees usually connect on a tablet, phone, or laptop, but the care facility can also set up a camera and monitor in the Activity Center so everyone can watch and interact with us at the same time.
To learn more about Pets Together and to schedule an online visit with their pet participants. To learn more about using Zoom for your organization, schedule a customized demo with a Zoom product specialist today with us.