This team looks for animals in distress

They patrol the streets looking alert and attentive, but neither do they wear khaki nor do they appear rigid like policemen on duty.

Indeed, this patrolling squad looks for strays in distress, offers them first aid and rescues them from their wretched condition. It also creates awareness on giving first aid to dogs and cats, besides busting the myths about diseases spreading from the animals.

Founded by animal welfare officer Ritika Goel, the Bangalore Patrolling Squad offers help and information to hundreds of city residents who like to help the stray animals, but lack adequate skills to do so.

“We teach them basic first aid skills needed to handle an injured animal, thereby enabling our animal-friendly citizens to rescue the street dogs and cats,” Ritika said.

The squad has trained nearly 100 members to save animals hit in accidents or are sick. They speak to residents in the neighbourhood to ensure the animals in their community are protected. They hold frequent workshops to train people in handling community animals, a better term than stray.

An expert veterinarian is roped in to offer eight different levels of training from the basic first aid to difficult rescue missions. The workshops also enlighten participants on laws related to animals and the rights afforded by the Constitution, empowering them to help animals subjected to cruelties.

So far, the squad has trained 75 people. “The workshops we hold are not just theoretical,” Ritika explained. “We hold practical sessions, where trainees are taught to handle community dogs and how to muzzle them.”

Those attending the workshops return with heartwarming stories on how they felt while rescuing dogs from different situations and the exhilaration they felt when the fact of saving a life finally dawned on them.

Ritika has also founded Bangalore Opts to Adopt, an initiative to facilitate fostering indi dogs and cats. The effort has so far helped 300 dogs and cats to find loving homes. So far, 10 adoption drives have been conducted under the initiative.

They patrol the streets looking alert and attentive, but neither do they wear khaki nor do they appear rigid like policemen on duty.

Indeed, this patrolling squad looks for strays in distress, offers them first aid and rescues them from their wretched condition. It also creates awareness on giving first aid to dogs and cats, besides busting the myths about diseases spreading from the animals.

Founded by animal welfare officer Ritika Goel, the Bangalore Patrolling Squad offers help and information to hundreds of city residents who like to help the stray animals, but lack adequate skills to do so.

“We teach them basic first aid skills needed to handle an injured animal, thereby enabling our animal-friendly citizens to rescue the street dogs and cats,” Ritika said.

The squad has trained nearly 100 members to save animals hit in accidents or are sick. They speak to residents in the neighbourhood to ensure the animals in their community are protected. They hold frequent workshops to train people in handling community animals, a better term than ‘stray’.

An expert veterinarian is roped in to offer eight different levels of training from the basic first aid to difficult rescue missions. The workshops also enlighten participants on laws related to animals and the rights afforded by the Constitution, empowering them to help animals subjected to cruelties.

So far, the squad has trained 75 people. “The workshops we hold are not just theoretical,” Ritika explained. “We hold practical sessions, where trainees are taught to handle community dogs and how to muzzle them.”

Those attending the workshops return with heartwarming stories on how they felt while rescuing dogs from different situations and the exhilaration they felt when the fact of saving a life finally dawned on them.

Ritika has also founded Bangalore Opts to Adopt, an initiative to facilitate fostering indi dogs and cats. The effort has so far helped 300 dogs and cats to find loving homes. So far, 10 adoption drives have been conducted under the initiative.

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