In the last few years, many like-minded individuals all across the Northeast have started small-scale animal rescues that are working towards helping strays. One group formed to help strays in Sikkim, The Gaurdians, is getting a lot of attention for their dedication towards the cause. We talk to the team about what they have achieved so far and their plans for the future.
How did The Guardians start?
The Guardians, Sikkim, started with a creation of Watsapp group joined by liked-minded individuals aimed at helping stray animals in distress. We started the rescues with the pocket money we collected (we still do as we lack financial aids).
What is the kind of work you do, and how many animals have you helped get adopted so far?
Although our primary goal is to help stray animals in distress, we also motivate people to adopt, and so far, we have managed 20+ adoptions.
Do you have vets on board who can help with injured animals?
Yes, we do have one vet in our group but due to increase in the number of cases, we are privileged to receive help from SARAH (a State Government Initiative for animal welfare)
You have official merchandise, do you use the money from the sales to help the initiative?
The official merchandise you can see online on our Facebook page is our first ever, and yes, we will be using all of the money from the initiative to fund expenses made during rescues (mostly medical expenses and taxi fare)
Do you encourage volunteers? How can one become a volunteer?
Encouraging people to include into our Guardian family is our secondary objective. We believe everyone can be a volunteer and the most interesting thing is that you don’t even have to be a pet lover.
Everyone can help by spreading awareness regarding importance of compassion for animals. People can also extend financial and technical support during rescues. Recently, a volunteer even donated land for the cause.
Can animals lovers from outside Sikkim contribute to your initiative and how?
Absolutely! You can help spread the word, and buy our Merchandise. You can also share your experiences with us via our dedicated FB page.
How many strays have you rescued so far?
As a result of the phenomenal work by our members, we have rescued 120+ stray dogs and 10+ stray cats.
We are getting registered as an NGO very soon. We also want to establish a shelter home for which the land is ready. We hope to conduct awareness camp at schools and hold events to generate funds.
As told to Meeta Borah