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Infocus: People for Animals, Pune

The Pune Unit of People for Animals (PFA) was started in 2005. Since its inception it has focused on Law Enforcement for protection of animals, animal Rescues and rehabilitation.

The unit currently runs and manages several animal care shelters in Pune and Panchagani.

PFA took over the Pimpri Chinchwad Dog Pound in June 2012 and since then has reformed the place completely. Till date it has conducted 6,000 Animal Birth Control operations on street dogs in the most professional manner. PFA Pune was given 5 acres of land in Mapoli by a generous donor where an animal care center is now in place. Animals that cannot be rehabilitated are sent here for life time care.

PFA Pune also runs the Janice Smith Animal Care Center in Panchagani. The shelter is named after the Irish lady who ran her bungalow as the only animal care center in the region. The shelter has been refurbished and is now being developed into a regional animal care center. It plays a crucial role in helping sick and injured animals in the region covering Wai, Mahabaleshwar and Panchagani.

Animal Care Center, Pune: This is a new center that is currently under development at the Handewadi Near Pisoli. The Center is merely 10 kilometers from city center and has already handled some very talked about cases.

PFA Pune also takes up enforcement of animal laws and lifestyle change through its strategic units:

VOICES : Vegetarians’ Organization for Inter-religious Co-operation for Environment and Spirituality is a unit headed by Murtuza Bootwala which dedicatedly works towards promotion of vegetarianism and veganism.

ALERT : Animal Law Enforcement and Rescue Team :  Is a dedicated unit that work on enforcement of animal welfare laws in India. While most of the cases are around Maharashtra, the unit does handle cases from around the country.

For pictures and more information on how they work, visit their website here: http://www.pfapune.org/