Stray puppies on the streets of India

International Impacts with Strong Partnerships

We are able to help more animals in India and around the globe


FOUR PAWS has been working with the Blue Cross of India (BCI) for 10 years. Thanks to our partnership, we're able to rescue around 17,000 animals a year in India, which is more than 46 animals a day!

Founded in 1959, BCI is one of the oldest and one of the most influential animal welfare organizations in India. In 2010, BCI and FOUR PAWS joined forces to protect, care for, and rescue thousands of animals in India and in Southeast Asia. 

2,550 dogs and cats were adopted in 2019

FOUR PAWS has provided

  • Shelter facilities for rescued animals, including dogs, cats, cattle, goats, horses, donkeys, monkeys, birds, and more. Shelters are located in Guindy (Chennai), Kunnam Village (Kanchipuram District), and Thodukadu Village (Thiruvallur District).
  • Round the clock rescue and ambulance service for sick/injured stray animals and animals in distress. Also on a daily basis, a professionally trained team rescues injured pets, strays, snakes, and cattle, which can become trapped in wells (resulting in technical rescues).
  • Animal Birth Control (ABC) programs, which are similar to FOUR PAWS’ Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) programs. On a yearly basis, approximately 9,000 - 10,000 dogs and cats are sterilized. There are ABC clinics in Chennai, Neyveli and in Puducherry for dogs and cats in neighboring areas, on government and private campuses, and in residential communities in addition to the Greater Chennai Corporation.
  • Clinic facilities for pet owners with low incomes that are operated year-round by qualified veterinarians.
  • Water bowl project, which is an annual initiative since 2013 that provides comfort to stray animals during the unforgiving temperatures in the summer. The lack of clean drinking water leads to dehydration and death for thousands of homeless animals in Chennai.
  • Other activities such as adoption drives, shelters for cattle, a rehabilitation center for former research animals, and humane education programs.
Stray puppy Jerry and his sibling

Mobile hospital comes to the rescue again

Jerry and his siblings live near a railway station in Chennai India. While they live on the street, they fortunately have kind people who take care and feed them. One of them noticed that Jerry was suddenly losing fur and was covered in ticks and fleas. As you know if you have been following this channel this is a case for our mobile hospital that we run in partnership with Blue Cross of India. This hospital-on-wheels means animals that are not seriously sick or injured can be treated in their territory, avoiding the trauma and stress of being relocated to a clinic for treatment. The animal ambulance team started Jerry on the treatment he needed to heal his skin problems and after a few repeat visits, Jerry regained his fur and has become a happy, handsome dog once more!

Animal ambulance to the rescue in Chennai

Animal ambulance to the rescue in Chennai

We proudly present to you the FOUR PAWS/Blue Cross of India animal ambulance! This "Hospital on Wheels" will help animals with a veterinarian providing ‘on-site’ treatment for sick and injured street animals. At the launch event, the ambulance was flagged off by Madras High Court Justice, Anita Sumanth, accompanied by BCI chairman, S Chinny Krishna.

Our stray animal care programme in the region was launched already last year together with our partner, Blue Cross of India (BCI) but got delayed due to COVID-19. Given these tricky times, we are so happy to see that ambulance rolling out now and helping animals!

Its help is much needed: BCI receives over 500 calls for animal care every day but can only rescue and treat around 30 a day, due to having to pick them up and transport them for treatment. A lot of the animals could be treated on the streets as the injuries are minor and since these street animals remain in the same area, repeat on-site treatment can be easily administered. Of course, animals that are seriously injured or critically ill, will be transported to hospital for continued treatment.

We hope that with the FOUR PAWS/Blue Cross of India ambulance we will have the capacity to help around 1,800 stray animals in Chennai.