Youth Organisation in Defence of Animals (YODA)

Youth Organisation in Defence of Animals (YODA)

is an NGO formed in Mumbai, India that works towards the benefit of animals. Till date we have taken on various activities such as rescuing, rehoming, sterilising , transporting, fostering, and medically treating animals amongst various other activities such as fundraising to gain funds that would be used to help us help the animals (not for any personal needs) . Rescuing animals includes us having to remove animals that have been abandoned, ill-treated, injured or neglected. We remove the animals from its current location if location is disturbing to the animal and transport them to a different location (shelter, kennel, foster home, permanent home) which would benefit the animals well being. We work towards rehoming the animals that have been rescued. We find a family who vow to look after the animal suitably and promise to give it the care it requires to lead a satisfying life. We further sterilise stray dogs and cats that roam the street at any one of the many shelters located in Mumbai in order to reduce the number of strays in the city. We transport animals from one location to another (street to new home) in our personal vehicles or via an animal transportation service. While searching for a home for the animal we foster the animal at our own homes or find a home who can keep them for a number of days until a suitable family is found for the animal who will keep him permanently. Fostering animals includes us having to pay for the animals medical, feeding and general caretaking needs during its stay in our home. We pay vets or animal shelters to medically treat unfit animals until they have recovered or have moved to their new home. To carry out all these activities successfully we need funds that we gain via donations or various fundraising events such as selling products like mugs, t-shirts, second hand pet goods, dog tags, etc.

YODA was founded by 5 vsionary animal enthusiasts and belongs to all the youth of India. YODA is not just an organization it is a lifestyle. Our members and well wishers, breathe the thoughts of animals on behalf of them and make sure each of them get the little comfort they deserve in their lives be it a nice home or a permanent break from cruelty. We started this organization with the hope that every family includes an animal member amongst them and our job is to facilitate that thought when one ponders the notion of adopting or simply just wanting to help an animal in need. We welcome all visitors to take a second and share our vision for the future of animals in this country and join hands in support and prayer for these derelict souls.

The best way you can help us is by ADOPTING a dog rather than buying one from a market.

Please look at our contact info, or the info on the left hand side to see how you can go about Adopting a dog and saving a life 🙂

Till date i do not understand how respectable animal lovers can walk into a place like crawford market and buy ill treated, abused dogs and other animals with such ease. what is wrong with us Indians?

Do we not have enough intellect to find ourselves a reputable breeder and gain a healthy puppy who can be a part of our family for years ahead or even better ADOPT a dog from a shelter and give him a good life!?

How can you feel satisfied by picking up a puppy from a disease infested cage and providing heartless breeders with their dirty overly increasing income?

Please stop this ridiculous behaviour and think before you act, say NO and boycott puppy mills! The best way you can help is – STOP BUYING ANIMALS FROM PET SHOPS! Rather ADOPT.. or even if you buy please research and locate a GOOD well educated and experienced breeder!!

Just because animals cant speak your language does not mean they dont have feelings like you do. They most definitely have even more!! so please please please please lets come together and provide ideas about how to stop this ever boosting puppy mill business all over india and actually take some action against it!! Please write about your thoughts and suggestions so we can actually do something about this!

1. What is a Puppy Mill?

-> Hundreds of thousands of dogs suffer in puppy mills in this country. The dogs are prisoners of greed. They are locked in small cages. They freeze in the winter and swelter in the summer. The dogs never get out of their prisons. They are bred over and over again until they die. The only way to free them from the misery of these horrid puppymills is to eliminate the demand for puppies by refusing to buy a puppy in a pet store and boycotting those pet stores that sell puppies. When people stop buying puppies in pet stores, the puppy mills will go out of business and the misery will end. The central & state governments do not enforce the laws to protect the dogs. The commercial breeders and brokers have huge well-funded lobbying efforts. Please join this fight to free the prisoners of greed. The only person who is going to make a difference for the dogs suffering in puppy mills is you. You, the people, can free them from their puppy mill prisons.

When you look at these puppies trapped in cages, you would feel sympathetic if you had a heart. However refrain from buying these puppies as you may do that one puppy a favour but what about the 1000s of other puppies that very same breeder will be motivated to breed becuse his puppies are being sold everyday like hot-cake?? Therefore, stop!! DO NOT BUY PUPPIES FROM PET SHOPS!! Breeders with spacious dog farms and healthy dogs are the only place from which you should buy a puppy; if not ADOPT A DOG from a shelter!

Ways to select a reputable breeder:

1) THE BREEDER SHOULD ASK MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR LIFESTYLE THAN YOU ASK ABOUT THE PUPPY! this shows that the breeder is concerned about where his puppy is going and whether he will be happy in his new family.

2) Always try and find a breeder who you can visit to check the atmosphere of his kennel. Always Always Always Always check the puppies parents and see their temprements and certifications. Check the dogs diets and their living conditions.

3) You may have to pay more but imagine the amount you will have to pay the vet if you get an ill puppy instead. Rather spend money on buying a guaranteed healthy dog.

4) Breeder should agree to give you a health guarantee! Always pay only half the money before you get the puppy if you have to and pay the rest after youve checked it with the vet.

5) The breeder should not have 100s of dogs running around. Quality comes before quantity should be their belief!

6) If a breeder says he has dogs of all shapes/sizes and breeds – be cautious! Rather buy from a breeder who specailises in a few breeds – this shows that he is well researched on those breeds.

7) KCI (Kennel club of india) papers and vaccinations are EXTREMELY IMPORTANT – however this is not the only proof of guarantee! a lot more has to be checked that just papers!

8) Always ask for pedigree papers of the puppy and the parents. If possible get the pedigree checked by a vet to confirm its quality. If your not picky about pedigree just adopt a dog from a shelter – there are many strays in need of real caring homes too!

9) when buying a puppy ALWAYS spend some time with the puppies parents to check on their temperament – your puppy will most likely grow up to behave like one of them! Some of the most gentle breeds are very often bred wrong in India – which then leads them to develop various temperamental issues like sever agression or shyness. Moreover you can check for heredity disorders such as HD

This shows that it is not an easy job to get yourself a new companion! Going to the market and picking one up is not going to help you or the puppies – rather you take your time, research on what breed best suits your household and then pick up the puppy. In this way you and the puppy will have a long and happy life together!

Open to suggestions!! Please suggest methods by which we can do something about the existing puppy mills and how we can help ill treated animals in india! Till then stop and inform others to stop buying from pet shops!

Contact Person Mobile Number Email
Pooja Sakpal 9870252558
Radhika 9867453333
Priyanshi 9920062193
Priya 9870122339
Akarsh 9820200531

One thought on “Youth Organisation in Defence of Animals (YODA)

  1. Hi.On 26th Feb.2012 YODA organised a Dog Walk at Marine Drive,Mumbai. It was a great show with a lovely message. I have many pic’s of Dogs along with their owners and Pic’s of ur show held at Marine Drive wish to share them all with you guys. I think the Pic’s may be useful for your website.please let me know how can i upload all the Pic’s on ur Site either on Facebook or generally. And i wish to be a part of YODA I am a Animal Lover and I like what you Guys do. Please let me know if i can join your Group and what is the Eligibility criteria.

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