Recognizing that the Divine does not just lie within our temples and our other holy places, but also in the Creation itself, Divine Shakti Foundation is dedicated to providing care and shelter to all of Mother Nature.
Plans are on to build gaushalas to provide proper veterinary care, shelter and food to the stray cows who currently roam the streets of India.
Nectar of Hope Programme
Through the Nectar of Hope Programme survivors of the Uttarakhand flooding will be given training in organic farming, a chance to restore hope to the affected families. They will be taught skills so that they may learn how to earn a living from their animals, such as how to producenatural medicine and improved milk.
They will also learn organic gardening techniques that will be accentuated by the fertilizer naturally provided by their cows. In such a way, family incomes can be earned and healthy food can be put on the table for growing children.
Saving Street Cows
As an added component of our work, relocation services are also being provided for ailing street cows who have no homes and desperately require veterinary care. For too long, these animals have been forced to graze on solid waste, ingesting plastic bags and toxic materials in their search for food. Under this program, they can be relocated from alleys, roadways and trash heaps to rich, green pastures.
The Perfect Solution
The cow is the perfect example of how economic progress can occur alongside ecological preservation. While stray cows are taken of the streets, they are protected and respected.
Their by-products, which would otherwise go to waste, can instead be used for organic farming and the production of ayurvedic medicine, for the upliftment of all.
Helping the Street Dogs of Rishikesh
It’s a problem seen throughout India: overly-skinny dogs, bones protruding, suffering from the plagues of fleas, mange, worms and wounds. In many areas these dogs are not welcome, often due to a fear of being bitten and rabies, so these dogs are yelled at, beaten, hit with stones and more. They rarely receive any medical treatment for the illnesses and injuries they face, and often face slow, painful deaths without so much as any food.
The dog population in Rishikesh continues to grow, yet there is not enough food and space to go around. Because there is not enough food, and because dogs are territorial creatures by nature, fights often ensue, leading to wounds which become infected and even death. This is complicated even more when breeding season comes, as males compete for females and fights increase. Female dogs are constantly becoming pregnant, delivering litter after litter of puppies. Most puppies born do not make it through their first year, and the continuous strain of pregnancy and motherhood greatly drains and shortens the lives of these dogs.
A new program is being started by the Divine Shakti Foundation to bring “ABC” (Animal Birth Control) or “family planning” options – spaying and neutering – to the dogs in the Rishikesh area, a service which until now has been wholly unavailable for the dogs here. In
addition to providing “family planning” procedures for these dogs, we will also be vaccinating all the dogs against rabies and treating the dogs for any other medical issues they come in with, whether that be mange, worms, or even broken bones.
- •Slows down the constant tragic cycle of birth and death of new litters
- • Greatly improves the health and longevity of all the dogs immediately by stabilizing the population of dogs in the Rishikesh area
- • This means there will be more space and more food available for each dog, and thus less fights which lead to infected wounds and even death.
- • Without the constant strain of breeding, pregnancy, and motherhood, female dogs will live easier, healthier lives.
- • The increased aggressiveness associated with breeding in male dogs – which leads to fights – will end.
- • Diseases which greatly affect stray dog populations, such as the sexually-transmitted Transmissible Venereal Tumor (TVT), will cease to be spread.
- • Eradicates the risk and spread of rabies through dogs.
8 December, 2015 – 30 January, 2016 – Rishikesh Animal Rescue Project
Service of All Living Beings not just Human Beings is the Service of God and Humanity: Says Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh)
The Rishikesh Animal Rescue Project is being carried out at ParmarthNiketan (Rishikesh), from 8 December-30 January, bringing together trained veterinarians from Russia, hosted and supported by the Divine Shakti Foundation (DSF) and coordinated by Animal Liberty organization based in Siberia, with involvement of volunteers from Parmarth and the local community.
27 January – 10 February, 2015: Rishikesh Animal Rescue Project
Trained and talented Veterinarians from Russia, coordinated by Animal Liberty organization based in Siberia, with volunteers from the community, organized an Animal Rescue Project in Rishikesh, hosted and supported by the Divine Shakti Foundation.
In addition to providing “family planning” procedures for these dogs, dogs were also vaccinated against rabies and treated for any other medical issues they came in with, whether that be mange, worms, or even broken bones. Most of the dogs of the Rishikesh area lack basic veterinary care.