Urgent Help Needed For 600 Birds & Animals That Are Suffering From Dehydration In Mumbai, India!

A kite which was dehydrated being nursed back to health. PAWS-Mumbai

As the temperature continues to rise in Mumbai, India, sadly so does the number of birds and animals suffering from dehydration. This combined with fewer bodies of water for them to drink from and not enough trees to shelter them, make the situation that much more critical.

According to The Bombay Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA), which is the largest animal hospital in Mumbai, a staggering 414 cases of bird dehydration cases had been reported between February 15th and March 31st.

Tragically, four birds have already died and the number of fatalities is expected to increase.

The organization also recorded another 177 cases of dehydration during the same time period which included 79 dogs, 53 cats, and other large animals.

In Mumbai, 70% of the bird population is made up of pigeons but there are also crows, kites, owls, koels, parrots and sea and wetland birds as noted by the NGO Plants and Animal Welfare Society (PAWS-Mumbai).

Imagine how many other birds and animals are suffering or dying that people don’t even know about.


“It is a matter of serious concern that even before April we have recorded 600 dehydration cases,” Lt Col Dr. JC Khanna, the chief executive officer in charge, BSPCA explained in the Hindustan Times. “This year we might have maximum heat-related mortalities for birds and animals.”

This Is Devastating But There Are Ways People Can Help!

Since so many birds are not getting access to food, water or shelter, Khanna explained that local citizens should plant creepers and bonsais on their balconies, as well as keep bowls of water out for them.

More ways to help the Bombay Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are available on its website. Donations to the BSPCA can be made HERE!

PAWS-Mumbai also lists ways people can help as well, whether it be volunteering or donating on its website.

Financial donations can also be made to PAWS, Mumbai by sending checks to the address below.

Plant & Animals Welfare Society – Mumbai
C/o. Sunish Subramanian Kunju
2, Shiv Shakti, Patkar Compound,
Gamdevi Road, Bhandup (West),
Mumbai – 400 078, Maharashtra

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