Blue Cross of India
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|Motto||Animals—It's their world too|
|Type||Animal Welfare Organization|
|Headquarters||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Official language||Tamil, English|
The Blue Cross of India is an organization that aims to alleviate the suffering of animals in India. It was established in 1959 by Captain Sundaram, in Chennai (then Madras). The society was formally registered in 1964 under the Societies Registration Act. It is now one of the country's largest animal welfare organisations. It runs several animal welfare programs including animal rights awareness.
The non-medical division of the organisation is looked after by volunteers. The organisation has received several national and international awards.
On July 27, 1994, thirty years after the organisation's founding, it received a gift of 4 acres (16,000 m2) of land and a donation of ₹ 2,500,000.
The Blue Cross of India was established in 1959 by Captain Sundaram, who was a member of the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) in the 1960s and again in the 1980s. Initially started as a small group, it grew to become one of the country's largest animal welfare organizations, running active animal welfare, animal rights and humane education programmes. It was registered as a society under the Societies Registration Act in 1964. The AWBI granted recognition in 1966.
The Blue Cross is affiliated to the RSPCA and WSPA. The administration and non-medical activities of the organisation are almost entirely looked after by voluntary members in order to ensure that all monies received by the society are used primarily for animal welfare activities.
The registered office is in Chennai, located at Eldams Road in Alwarpet, along with other outreach sites—such as hospitals, shelters, ambulance services and animal birth control (ABC) centers—in the city. The main hospital and shelter facilities with ABC centres are located at Guindy and Kunnam in Kanchipuram district. It also has ABC centers in St. Thomas Mount Cantonment, Lloyds Road, at Toducadu in Thiruvallur district.
- Medical waste disposal
- ABC - Animal Birth Control
- Mobile Dispensary
- Work with Other NGOs
- Ambulance Services
- Other Blue Cross Org.
On 14 January 2013, the Blue Cross of India, along with a student's group known as 'spaaak' opened an aviary clinic at the Chennai centre to treat ailing birds. This is the city's first aviary clinic. The clinic was started with an investment of 800,000 collected by means of donations.
In 1963, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals awarded Sundaram the Queen Victoria Medal. In 1964, Sundaram was awarded the Madras SPCA's silver medal and in 1991, the Watumall Foundation of Hawaii bestowed their award for his animal welfare activities. The Mylapore Academy and many others honoured him. The Government of India conferred their Prani Mitra award on him in 1997.
- "Chennai gets first aviary clinic". The Deccan Chronicle (Chennai: The Deccan Chronicle). 14 January 2013. Retrieved 18 Jan 2013.