Friendicoes started in 1979, with a group of school children led by an enterprising animal lover, Anuradha Mody. They would collect stray and injured animals and reach them to a shelter in Model Town, in north Delhi, run by Crystal Rogers, a British nurse and ambulance driver who had moved to India in 1958. Then in 1980, the government allotted Friendicoes a room under the Defence Colony flyover. It was a tiny place with a curtain for a fourth wall and no electricity or water. Then more volunteers joined.
Today, Friendicoes has about 2,000 animals in its care at any given time, says Geeta Seshamani, who has been involved with the organisation almost since its inception. Apart from the hospice and OPD that operates out of the flyover quarters, it runs two hospitals in Ghazipur and a permanent shelter in Gurgaon, which houses about 1,200 animals. It gets dozens of distress calls every day. “It’s an accepted rule that we have to pick up every animal they call us for,” says Seshamani. “Friendicoes could get 30-40 dogs in one day.”
It does about 1,000 sterilization a month, its clients including the army cantonment and Jawaharlal Nehru University, apart from various municipal corporations. In 1983, it started a mobile equine clinic, ranging from Bharatpur in Rajasthan to Sohna in Haryana. Volunteers travel to rural areas dispensing blankets, medicine and food for the animals.
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