Gautam Barat, Co-founder & Treasurer, Friendicoes SECA.
Friendicoes SECA (Society for the Eradication of Cruelty to Animals) is a registered non-profit charity (Registration no. 10188 under the Societies Registration Act 1860). We are an Associate Society of RSPCA, UK and a Member Society of World Society for Protection of Animals, UK. We are recognized and affiliated to the Animal Welfare Board of India, Chennai, India which is our national apex body. We are now almost 28 years old (date of registration: 23 April, 1979) and have been working in the city of Delhi and its environs since then. We have a sanctuary for animals in Gurgaon, 45 Kms. away from Delhi, where we provide a home to all the rescued dogs, cats and other animals that cannot be released back.
We used to run a collaborative programme for equines (providing free medical treatment for the animal and running education projects for the owners so that they can look after their animal better) with Brooke Hospital for Animals, UK from 1999 to March 2006 untill their field of operations geographically moved away from our area of work, and we had to go our own separate ways. Friendicoes concentrates on the belt between Delhi and Agra and in and around the state of Haryana where working equines abound.
Friendicoes SECA began with tiny premises 17 sq ft in the heart of Delhi in a shopping complex, a bare shop with a curtain for its fourth wall, with no electricity or water. Within the first week of our starting a clinic cum shelter we had 27 dogs and 12 cats in residence, these being abandoned pets and hit and run animals rescued by us in a beaten down ancient fiat car belonging to the mother of our executive member Mrs.Geeta Seshamani. Undoubtedly we were catering to a deep community need, for people continued to come to us to help the stray animals on the street that did not have a place to be safe in.
Today we have four large rooms in a row, two operation theatres and we have covered a corridor with fly proof mesh and fiber glass so that we have kennels where over 150 dogs and cats are being currently accommodated, treated, cared for and then rehabilitated.
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