Frequently Asked Questions
What does Animal Care Trust do?
The core mission of Animal Care Trust is to serve our community animals (that is homeless, street animals) and birds in these ways:
- Rescue and treat sick and injured community animals and birds
- Provide Animal Birth Control (ABC) and Anti-Rabies Vaccinations to community animals
- Conduct humane education programmes about community animal welfare
Where are you located?
We are located at the address below:
"Vatsalya " Animal Care Trust, Water tank near Shakti Nagar, Mangalore, Dakshina Knnda, Karnataka 575016
How can I contact you?
Please visit our Contact Us
page to get in touch with us
Can I visit your shelter? What are your visiting hours?
Yes you can visit our shelter.
Our visiting hours are as follows:
I have found abandoned puppies/kittens. Can I bring them to your shelter?
Safety of the puppies/kittens is our first priority thus we follow strict guidelines and do not allow abandoned puppies/kittens to be brought to the shelter. Our shelter houses sick and injured animals and hence there is a high chance of healthy puppies/kittens contracting infection and disease. We encourage communities to take care of abandoned puppies and kittens where they were found, by providing them with food and water. We provide help with sterilizing the mother dog (if she is a community/stray dog) so unwanted litter can be avoided in the future. Please register a complaint
with us by providing the mother dog's picture and location.
A dog/cat has given birth to puppies/kittens in my house/near my house. Can you take them?
The safest place for puppies/kittens is with their mothers. If you don't see the mom, there's a couple different ways to tell if mom is around. If the puppies/kittens are clean and quiet, the mother is most likely coming back. However, if they are dirty and crying, the mother may not return. At that point, please contact us
to discuss what can be done.
I am going on a vacation. Can you take care of my pet while I am gone?
We do not provide boarding facility.
I am relocating from Mangalore and cannot take my pet with me. Can you adopt him?
We do not accept pets. Pets are not disposable so if you are relocating please plan on relocating your pet along with you. In extreme cases if this is surely not possible then rehoming is your best option. We recommend you reach out to your friends and family who can adopt your pet or put out an ad on social media.
I have lost my pet. Can you help me find him?
The only way we can help you is by sharing the message on social media. You will have to share with us a recent picture of your lost pet with identifying information and a contact number. You can share this information by contacting us via social media.
I found someone's pet. Can you take him?
You can share this information with us by contacting us on social media. After verification we decide what can be best done for the lost pet.
There is an animal hurt here. How can you help?
We provide treatment to all community animals and birds when injured. If you come across an injured animal/bird you can get it to our shelter. If it is a large animal that requires assistance, then please contact us
There is a rabid dog in my area. Can you take him?
There is an unsterilized dog in my area. Can you sterilize him?
There is a snake here. Can you help?
Animal Care Trust does not rescue wild animals and birds. However we can refer you to others with regards to snake rescues. Please contact us
to get a referral.
Do you help stray animals near my area?
We attend to rescues within 25kms radius of the shelter. During emergencies like an accident we have also extended help to far of places only when the caller/reporter has volunteered to get the animal to the shelter or meet us half way.
There is a leopard/tiger/other wild animal in my area attacking my dog. What do I do?
To report about wild animals please contact the nearest Forest Department.
How can I help?
You can help us in various ways:
- We accept both monetary and material donations. Please visit our Donation page to contribute
- We house a number of residents at our shelter. You can help sponsor one of them by providing for their upkeep. Please visit our Sponsor page to learn more about sponsoring a pet
- We are always looking for volunteers to help us with various activities. Please visit our volunteer page to know more about volunteering with us and how to become a volunteer
- You can foster one or more rescued animals. Please visit our Foster page to learn about fostering and how you can join our foster network
- Lastly, you can help by adopting a rescued animal by giving him or her a forever home and a family. Please visit our Adoption page to learn more
How can I donate money?
Please visit our Donation
page to learn more and contribute
Can I donate non-monetary items?
Yes you can always donate pet food, medicated shampoos, newspapers and old clothes. We also recommend you contact us and enquire for our immediate needs.
Are my cash donations tax deductible?
All donations are exempted under section 80 G of the Income Tax Act.
Contributions can be received under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976 - Reg No.094630201
How do I sponsor an animal?
Please visit our Sponsor
page to learn more about sponsoring a pet
How do I foster an animal?
Please visit our Foster
page to learn more about joining our foster network
How do I adopt an animal?
Please visit our Adoption
page to learn more about adopting a rescued animal
How do I become a volunteer?
Please visit our Volunteer
page to learn more about becoming a volunteer
ANIMAL BIRTH CONTROL
What is Sterilization surgery?
The most widely used techniques for surgical sterilization of pets involve removal of the gonads (gonadectomy). Terminology and procedures differ between the two sexes. In males, each testis with attached epididymis is removed in a procedure commonly referred to as "neutering" or castration. In females, the uterus is removed in concert with both ovaries in a procedure called "spaying" or ovariohysterectomy.
Why do you sterilize stray dogs and cats?
There are no shortcut solutions to control stray dog/cat population. Surgical sterilization has been the cornerstone of efforts to curb stray dog/cat overpopulation. The only scientific and legal way is effective sterilization. The Animal Birth Control (ABC) module is also approved by our Supreme Court.
How do I identify if a stray dog or cat has been sterilized?
All stray dogs/cats that have been sterilized will have a notch on their ear. It looks like a ‘V’ shape cut on the end of an ear.
Do you sterilize pet dogs and cats?
No, we do not sterilize pet dogs/cats. We recommend you consult your regular veterinary doctor for this procedure.