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“When educating the minds of our youth,

we must not forget to educate their hearts.”- Dalai Lama

We never miss an opportunity to impart education or to spread awareness about what people can do to help a street animal and learn to peacefully coexist with animals in their living environment. We conduct school, college, corporate and community programs on request.

Schools and Colleges

We conduct age-appropriate sessions called "Let's Peacefully Co-exist in our Urban Ecosystem" for both schoolchildren and college students. These sessions cover street animals and urban wildlife (insects, reptiles and birds), and are tailored to what an individual child or teenager perceives at that age group, what they can do to help, and how they can protect themselves.

These sessions are generally conducted either at the school/college premises, online virtually or at the RESQ Centre, for which the educational institution combines the education session with a field trip to the RESQ Centre and Hospital. This is greatly beneficial, as the children not only listen to the session but also get to meet and interact with animals, making their learning experience all the more meaningful and complete. Pretty often, schools organise several types of fundraising or collection activities for RESQ animals after the session and field trips so that the children can conduct these drives with a sense of purpose and conviction.

Corporates

We conduct similar programs for Corporates, during which attendees are made aware about coexisting with animals in their respective ecosystems, what initiatives are being undertaken by RESQ, what can they do to help reduce the conflict, how to deal with an animal emergency, why it is important to help animals, how to protect themselves in case they are scared of animals, what to do if they get bitten, and common myths are busted at these sessions. Corporates often come in groups to volunteer for a few hours, a day, or a weekend at the RESQ Centre as part of their Corporate Social Activities. They also help by organising several types of fundraising or collection activities for RESQ animals.

Community Programs

Wildlife Community Programs

Wildlife

Our team conducts several activities involving community education in urban, peri-urban and rural areas focusing on human-wildlife conflict-related subjects. Programs in rural areas range from 'Safety about living around leopards in human-dominated landscapes' or 'Snake Bite Prevention and First-aid Protocol'. We use the sessions to sensitise the local community about the importance of preserving and protecting the grasslands and in turn the wildlife that thrives in their landscape. They are encouraged to alert authorities of hunting and trafficking activities and enthusiastic individuals from the local community are provided basic training on rescue and first aid of wildlife.

In urban communities, residential societies, especially the ones located on the fringes of the city, are made aware of the wildlife that lives around them. Common conflict scenarios (owls nesting, illegal captivity of wildlife as pets, civets, monkeys, snakes entering residential or commercial premises) are highlighted in these sessions. We share information about basic identification of wildlife, what to do and more importantly, what not to do as well as how and who to report such incidences to. Being aware and empowered with information about wildlife and how to act often results in reducing the fear among individuals who would have otherwise reacted in a manner causing unfavourable outcomes for the animals.

Street Animals Community Programs

Domestic / Street Animals

We conduct education and awareness sessions with independent community groups or societies focusing on how we can come together to help reduce the human-animal conflict in their immediate environment. Quite often, members of residential communities are spread between animal lovers and people who dislike animals. We use this opportunity to bridge the gap between them and find effective solutions to the problems of both parties.

Animal lovers, often 'community animal feeders' are educated on responsible animal feeding, vaccination, and animal birth control topics. Members are also educated on how to control the garbage in their areas and are spoken to about the benefits of having a few, yet neutered and vaccinated animals as community dogs. We also use these opportunities to bust common misconceptions about street animals. These sessions are conducted to promote harmony between community members to ensure the well-being and safety of animals, children, and adult community members alike. Most importantly, the community is also educated on "What to do in case someone gets bitten by a dog." Often, these programs are combined with an Anti-Rabies Vaccination Drive around the building or society.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have currently halted group visits to the RESQ Centre.
If you would like to organise a session for your community, please reach out to team@resqct.org.