5 problems faced by stray animals in India

The stray population in India haven’t had it very easy off late. Last year alone, the news highlighted disturbing incidents where dogs were burned alive and flung off building terraces, among others. Cruelty towards the stray population in India, is only increasing with each passing day. But it isn’t just the inhumane acts of cruelty by a few that is the problem. A much greater problem lies in the turning away of the rest of us who won’t speak out on their behalf – not just with regards to animal cruelty, but the helpless living conditions of the stray animals and birds in nooks and corners of our country. The good work of animal activists and enthusiasts is not enough to look after the entire stray population. We all need to actively participate in overcoming certain problems faced by animals, for they are an important part of our community.

 

Human recklessness and animal cruelty

Animal cruelty is one of the biggest problems faced by the Indian stray population. The number of animal cruelty incidents brought to the limelight last year, especially in case of stray dogs, speaks volumes of the indifference in our attitudes towards the urban stray. The humble actions of a few animal rights groups won’t save animals. There needs to be a shift in the mindset of people, where we are all inclusive and welcoming of the stray population, and look out for them as part of our community, rather than a menace.

 

Buying over adopting

Everyone loves the idea of having a little pet in the house. Many of us believe ourselves to be animal lovers too. Yet, the number of homes that buy pets from breeders rather than adopt from the streets, is much higher, and that is a major threat to animals. When you adopt, you not only spend a lot less money, but you also save a life. So adopt, don’t buy!

 

Scavenge for food

Occasionally you’ll see a passer by who stops to drop a few biscuits for a stray dog, but that’s about the effort we take to save animals. They have to helplessly search through garbage bins for food remains that will feed them for days. We complain about strays spreading diseases, but we need to understand that we too, are part of the problem faced by strays. We leave our garbage unattended, and ignore the helpless hungry creatures. A solution to this is a simple feeding program for a few dogs in your area. Even if conducted only once a week, it will save animals.

 

No shelter for the stray

The only home for the urban stray animals is the shade of a tree, and the bottom of a car. Situations are worsened by the season changes through the year. In the monsoons, they are drenched, and often tend to catch diseases, and in the summer, the sun rays burn their skin. There are several animal shelters in India, but there are still so many animals looking for shelter. If you cannot provide a shelter for them yourself, you can always lead them to an animal shelter where they will be well taken care of.

 

Death due to dehydration

The summer temperatures in India are a major threat to animals. This summer, several animal enthusiasts are participating in the #PledgeABowl initiative, wherein they put out bowls of water for the stray animals and birds, so that they can get by in these burning summer months. The aim for the #PledgeABowl campaign is to reduce the number of deaths due to dehydration between March and June.

 

You too, can be a part of this mission to provide water to stray animals and birds. If funds are the only thing stopping you from taking up this initiative, we urge you to raise money for it by starting a crowdfunding campaign on Impact Guru. All you have to do is tell the world about this issue you are trying to resolve, and ask them to donate towards your campaign, and share it on social media. It is a great way to make a difference to the lives of our furry friends who can’t speak for themselves.

 

So #PledgeABowl today!

Treatments for Cancer

In India, an estimated 8.8 lakh cancer related deaths are expected by 2020. These numbers are terrifying, and therefore it is important for us to learn about the little things in our everyday life that can be possible causes of cancer. However, for a cancer patient, the most tricky part is to recognize the symptoms of the disease and take immediate steps to prevent it from spreading to other parts of the body.  

 

Read more: How did Guru manage to fight Leukemia, cancer of the blood?

 

Cancer is treated differently at different stages, depending on the type of cancer affecting our body, such as  – lung cancer treatment, blood cancer treatment, breast cancer treatment, stomach cancer treatment, etc. There are some commonly practiced treatments, as well as new alternative cancer treatments. That said, the cost for each type of cancer treatment is quite high, adding significant financial burden to the patient and the family. Therefore it is important for patients and families to understand the health, as well as financial implication before taking a decision on the treatment.

 

Chemotherapy

More commonly known as ‘chemo’, it is the use of drugs to treat or kill cancer cells that have already spread in a person’s body. While radiation and surgery can affect cancerous cells only in a certain part, chemo medication has its effects on the entire body. It is often used as palliative treatment, when cancer is in its advanced stages, with the goal to reduce pain or improve the patient’s quality of life.

 

Radiation

Radiation is that one word which is most commonly associated with cancer treatment. It uses high-energy x-rays, gamma rays, beams, or protons to damage or destroy cancer cells, and prevent them from multiplying or spreading to other parts of the body. Radiation comes with some side effects, because the rays may also affect other cells in our body. Side effects include fatigue, nausea, hair loss, skin problems, appetite loss, etc.

 

Targeted therapy

Targeted therapy is a relatively new technique that uses drugs to attack only cancer affected cells. It is similar to radiation, but has different side-effects because it is more specific in it’s target.

 

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy uses one’s own body and immune system to fight cancer. Certain proteins are given to patients, to stimulate their immune system to work harder in order to fight the cancerous cells. In most cases, it is used in a combination with another treatment.

 

Surgery

Usually when cancer is found in only one part of a person’s body, it can be removed with one or more surgeries by cutting out the cancerous part, and preventing it from growing and spreading. This technique won’t be efficient if a person has cancer spread in other parts of the body, therefore it might have to be done in combination with another treatment.

 

These cancer treatments as well as the alternative cancer treatments have their positives and negatives, which your doctor can explain best. But the real problem arises when a person already affected by the disease can’t access proper cancer cure and treatments due to financial constraints. Each of these cancer treatments have a draining effect on the financial position of the sufferer.

 

Regardless of mediclaims, insurances, or medical loans, majority of the Indian population affected by the disease is not in a position of afford even basic treatment for cancer, such as chemotherapy and radiation, let alone surgeries – which would completely deplete a person’s financial savings, even if they have been saving for years. In these situations, people need to look at available alternative cancer treatment or different ways to raise funds for cancer cure, such as crowdfunding, to help them pay for treatment.

 

By starting a crowdfunding campaign, a patient can mobilize people who are compassionate to help, and request them to donate towards a treatment fund. So if you, or anyone you know has cancer, don’t let them fight alone.

 

Help save a life!

 

5 reasons why no NGO can afford to miss Impact Guru’s Tax Saving Challenge 2017

 

All of us would agree to the fact that giving should preferably be selfless, but it is always a bonus to have an incentive attached with it. And in this season of tax file ups, what better incentive than a tax exemption in lieu of every good and meaningful deed done!

Attention! Exemptions upto 100% under section 80 (G).

Impact Guru- India’s largest crowdfunding platform – has launched a 3-month bumper tax-saving challenge to give nonprofits that are fundraising for a cause, an absolutely priceless opportunity to tap into as many donors as possible.

And here are 5 reasons why you can’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity-  

 1. Be recognized for your efforts

 

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Recognition is always important for an organization that is working hard to serve the society. But only an organization which tends to all the legal terms and conditions can take advantage of tax benefits and exemptions under Section 80 (G) – which means donors will have to responsibly choose the cause and the NGO they wish to donate to. Come onboard with us – and become an instant hit with a large base of donors across the nation when crowdfunding.

 

2. Leverage existing social media outreach:

 

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Participate in our tax-saving challenge and reach out to maximum no. of potential donors by leveraging our already existing pan-national social media reach on all leading mediums from Facebook to Linkedin. So, it’s time to use this to your advantage while fundraising for a cause.

 

  1. Win rewards while doing ‘good’

 

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The format of our challenge with attractive rewards weaved in, gives you, as a non-profit that perfect ‘boost’ to work harder and put in that ‘extra’ effort to go out and put your endeavor in the ‘public’ spotlight. Isn’t it the best way to motivate your hard-working team?

4. Create that stable source of funds:

 

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Once you come on board with us through the Impact Guru’s NGO tax saving challenge, with our guidance you will have access to the best tips and tools that can help you promote your initiative and reach out to potential donors. This exercise will not only help you in understanding the thought process of your donors while crowdfunding for your nonprofit but, also give you a chance to transform them into your loyal donors.

 

 5. A loyal friend by your side:

 

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This tax-saving challenge also gives you the golden chance to gain an unbiased ally and partner in the form of Impact Guru – a crowdfunding partner who can be your best friend, guide and a pillar of strength to always fall back upon for advice and support that really works.

 

So what are you waiting for?

 

Join our challenge today at https://ngotaxchallenge.impactguru.com/ and become a part of something truly unique and historic.