Circle of Animal Lovers (Regd.)

Press Release
Before a Live Audience, Delhi Mid Day, Monday - February 19, 2007.
C.A.L., National Herald, New Delhi, Monday - February 19, 2007.
Delhi not same anymore, says Kavita, THE AGE Tuesday - February 13, 2007.
Creature Companions, Issue Jan-Feb 2007, Hats off to CAL, A Home for Homeless Animals.
Celebrate Diwali, but don't shock stray animals. , Delhi, The Hindu, Thursday - October 19, 2006
Every dog has V-Day, National Herald, New Delhi, Tuesday - February 21, 2006.


HT, March, 2004

Dog, day afternoon and night

At 5.30am, the Capital is just waking up. But on the Press Enclave Road on Saket, there is a small batch of dogs alert, and awake, waiting for a familiar Tata Sumo that head their way every morning, through PVR Anupam and then on to the City forest. Sitting in the Sumo, Irani Mukherjee, founder Chairperson, Circle of Animal Lovers, and two helpers hand out food packets to the dogs.

Sitting in her Press enclave office, Irani rattles off the names of all the 35 dogs en route. She calls herself a road activist and believes in looking after all the dogs she knows on the road. Enlisting help from whoever she can find – jhuggi dwellers, early morning walkers.

“All the dogs I feed have been vaccinated and sterlised. I look after them and even one goes missing, I make sure I find it,” she says.

It was this love for animals that led to the beginning of Circle of Animal Lovers in1992. Starting with a small kennel in Masoodpur, home to about 25-30 dogs, the NGO has grown substantially.

Despite battling constant financial problems, she has managed to set up three animals homes cum hospitals in Neb Sarai with 25 rooms, an open terrace and balcony for the dogs. “I would like to have six veterinary surgeons on call but right now we have five,” she says.

Irani also has bought a 5110sq.metre piece of land in Sohna which is being used as a shelter for animals. Irani says that the first phase of construction of the hospital and shelter is complete.

Irani cuddles a puppy and two cats and says that most of the people call her the “kuttewali lady”.

It is a reputation she seems to enjoy but adds, “This is nothing. When I was teaching at Shyama Prasad Senior Secondary School in Lodi Estate, all my students knew I loved dogs. So before exams, the students would come to the staff room and say things like, “today I fed two dogs”. If they discovered that I was correcting the papers, they would write ‘I love dogs’ on top of the answer papers.”

Irani also has two strict rules when it comes to treating dogs. “I do not believe in putting them to sleep. If our parents are in pain, we do not put them to sleep. If our parents are in pain, we do not put them to sleep. So how can we put dogs to sleep? She asks.

Statesman, February, 2004


Did Saint Valentine ever say that love was only for humans? Well, even if he did members of Circle of Animal Lovers chose to ignore that. Based in South Delhi, the NGO toils for the well-being of stray and neglected animals, especially dogs. So last week, while lovers were busy gazing at each other on the commercially-driven festival, its workers organized an awareness and fund-raising programme in a popular shopping/cinema complex. And drew a crowd. They distributed roses, suggesting that these could be showered on pets too, and pamphlets promoting kindness to animals. The money raised from the sale of roses was meant for animal welfare activities. “The programme was merely symbolic to show that animals need equal care and love. It was just the first step in drawing people’s attention to nature and the importance of caring for it,” said Mrs. Irani Mukherjee, the founder president of the Circle of Animal Lovers.

The NGO has six veterinary hospitals dedicated to stray animals. It also runs a special canine sterlisation project under which people in and around Delhi can call for help. The organisation’s biggest animal shelter is spread over an area of two acres and caters to larger animals such as donkeys and stray cattle. “Spreading awareness is no rose-lined pathway,” says Mrs. Mukherjee. While making her rounds tending to stray animals, she has to endure intensive comments such as “If you love these stray dogs and like feeding them so much then why don’t you take them home with you.”

The Hindu, February 17th, 2004

Unique Valentine’s Day

NEW DELHI, FEB.16. Valentine’s Day was celebrated in a unique way here over the weekend by an exchange of greeting cards and resplendent roses among boys and girls. The younger generation, irrespective of sex, showed kindness towards animals- by distributing pamphlets in which kind words were written about animals.

As a mark of appreciation, Circle of Animal Lovers-an organisation that works for the betterment of animals-also distributed chocolates and roses. Apart from advocates of animal rights, lovers of animals also attended the event.

On the occasion, Irani Mukherjee, honorary and founder Chairperson of the Circle of Animal Lovers said: “Animals have the right to love and be loved. Actually they are the epitome of love.”

Indraprastha, The Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Delhi, June 7th, 2004.


Mrs. Irani Mukherjee, founder Chairperson of Circle of Animal Lovers addressing the joint meeting on 3rd June, 2004 said:

1. What is animal welfare? Animal welfare is not a separate issue. It is welfare in general. When we talk about welfare we cannot compartmentalise the word welfare. It is related with human welfare and welfare in general. We are related in a system of nature. We cannot lose the link between environment, animal and human. It is a chain and interrelated affair. So we cannot think animal welfare as a separate and special issue. To me the special thing in animal welfare is leave them free without much interference. They should have the right to live as interdependent as a tree or human. The right to live and freedom is the key to animal welfare.

2. What is the difference between animal welfare and human welfare? Whether animal or human whenever they need help, help needs to be extended. Normally weaker needs more attention. We the human, the most privileged of the creature of God, can express our need. Our family, friends and society take care when we express. But though animal is a social creature they can neither express their pain and sorrow to fellow beings nor their fellow beings can arrange any help. If a calf is injured the cow sits near the calf whereas known or unknown if a human being express the need to help, the help will reach to him from any source. Animals are mute and silent. They suffer silently. On the other hand we cry, express and shout. That is why we being superior should extend our helping hand to the creatures less privileged.

3. Animal welfare is closely related with religion- We all know that all Gods and Goddess keep one animal. Gods are closely associated with animals. We should follow the path keeping close association with less privileged creature, big or small. If we crush or hit an animal on the road and after that go to the temple and offer flowers definitely we are not looking at religion in proper perspective. Any moral, any religion does not allow us to maintain double standards. In practical life we do cruelty and think God will be pleased only with flowers. Our true religion is to maintain healthy and compassionate relationship with all life forms.

4. Why should one spend for animals when lot of people live below poverty line? It is true that lot of people in India die of hunger and lot of work needs to be done in this area. But the word compassion or help do not tackle this vast problematic area. It is a national issue and we should go to the root cause of poverty. Here is quite an imbalance in the society. On one side we see death and starvation while on the other side we see luxurious living of the rich. But that does not mean the rich should not live up to their standards. If we really want to touch this topic of poverty line then nation wide movement needs to be done to educate the poor to control the population of a healthy living.
Government is giving enough support to this sector. But still the bottom line is not touched for the population control. Though it is not my area but still I am forced to talk on this quite often as I spend a lot on animals. Human poverty can be removed even by self-effort. They have God given gifts to work, express and think whereas animals are purely mute. So we cannot neglect animals just because people are dying of hunger. We are doing sterlisation of dogs. That means population control should be done in the poverty stricken area. Y submission is you should not look down on our four legged neighbours.

5. Difference between animals and human- Difference between animal and human is only expression and spine system. By nature they are handicapped to be self-sufficient. They cannot earn. They cannot help their own community whereas human beings literate or illiterate, rich or poor can express their needs.

6. What is the benefit of stray dogs? Dogs are better companions than human beings. Their understanding level is very high. They are sincere, good playmates to children, companion to anybody and psychological help to old and sick. I have enough evidence where the sick people have got psychological help and care. In today’s small unit families companion animal is very much required for psychological stability and safety from the point of modern day society. Not only dogs all the animals silently offer their services and sometimes may be more than our children. So any animal near us should be treated as a part of our society.

7. Circle of Animal Lovers- As the name suggests that we want to enlarge our circle. We need more members, more animal activist and more animal lovers from small circles to bigger circles. We need more likeminded people to join us. We want to make our circle bigger. Hence I ask the help of honorable Rotarians.

8. Finanaces: Circle of Animal Lovers till today arranges its funds from family, friends and public. The government is not giving any maintenance. We are on our barefoot to arrange 3.5 lakhs per month as 32 people are working here on salary and 2000 animals are looked after daily. The aim of the organisation is yet to be fulfilled. Aim of the organisation is yet to create a better world for all animals and ameliorate their living condition. Circle of Animal Lovers is doing its best but has constraints of funds and space. The present set up of 4 establishments is started with personal funds. We have not got any land donation. We struggle and take different sorts of fund raising schemes to get the monthly requirement of funds. We are not very steady in our cash flow. Our daily schedule is 4 ambulances running in and around city and 5 doctors attend 5 centers. Our ambulance picks up hit and run cases from city and around. We treat and then leave them on the same spot. At present we put lot of stress on stray dog birth control to reduce the population. Controlling the population is the key word to help them. We are picking up the animal, sterlising it and giving free antirabies vaccination and leaving it on the road again. Other than the doctors and the drivers there are technicians, helpers and dog catchers. We have to treat and attend nearly 2000 animals, which cost a large amount of money.

9. How Rotary club can help us? We are looking forward to get enthusiastic members to enlarge our circle. We need a CEO for our organisation who can share some of our responsibilities with me. To be very specific, we need:

A little space, may be the size of a room in a good locality for our patient treatment.

A small plot of land to start bird hospital since there is no bird hospital in South Delhi. Perhaps at present we are the only one treating birds.

People who can help us to maintain our Go Sadan in Haryana.

Financial assistance either in the form of donation or to help us to organize fund raising events.

I conclude by saying I am really thankful to Rotary Club for giving me a chance to speak. I would like to request Honorable club members to give me more chance to talk about my mission. I need your help to carry on the charitable work. Any sort of help would assist us to carry our work.

Indraprastha, May31st, 2004.


Mrs. Irani Mukherjee, holding M.A. (Eng.), B.T., MED, DDE qualifications and a teacher by profession is the founder chairperson of Circle of Animal Lovers which is a registered body recognised by the Animal Welfare Board of India. The Circle of Animal Lovers is a charitable, non-governmental, non-political organisation working to ameliorate the condition of the stray animals of all kinds. They have three hospitals, two animal houses and four vehicles running as ambulances. They don’t get any maintenance from Govt. The Society runs on self-efforts. 32 people, all salaried employees, are with this organisation. The Society was started by Mrs. Mukherjee in 1992, who believes in peaceful
coexistence of all living beings to keep natural balance and harmony. Compassion cannot be rationed is her theory. Irani Mukherjee has sacrificed, even motherhood, for the sake of those who cannot speak. It was her childhood passion and emotion which is now transformed into action. She started her career by profession as a teacher.

Times of India, March, 2004.


New Delhi: If you love dogs, then form a club in your neighbourhood. This is the mantra that MCD is keeping in mind while enlisting dog lovers and resident’s welfare associations to form clubs that will take care of their neighbourhood dogs and feed tehm regularly,” municipal commissioner Rakesh Mehta said.

Lat year, Mehta had set up Stray Canine Birh Control Society that includes seven NGOs like Snajy Gandhi Animal Care Center, Friendicoes-seca, Circle of Anial Lovers and Animal India Trust. The NGOs have been able to sterlise and immunize 11,400 stray dogs since April,2003.

On Tuesday, these organisations were donated animal ambulances to helpcatch stray animals. “The capital cost is borne by the MCD but the operational costs like drivers, fuel costs will be paid by the NGOs,” Mehta said.

Stray dogs are an urban menace in all emerging cities. According to estimates, there are approximately 1.5 lakh stay dogs in the city and about six NGOs to catch them. “We require about 25 organisations to work in this field,” an MCD official said. There are about 30,000 - 34,000dog-bite cases in a year and over 200 rabies cases annually.

The corporation has also asked NGOs to make an areawise action plan to sterlise stray dogs.

Hindustan Times, March, 2004


When you step out for office, a bite from street dog is the last thing you would want. The truth is, nearly 25,000 people in the capital get bitten every year, but reprieve from the harassing menace looks unlikely in the foreseeable future.

The Urban government’s Animal Birth Control Rules (Dogs) states that dogs picked up and sterlised should be released on the very street from where they had been captured. The rules were notified after the Delhi High Court held the abn on killing of stray dogs by the municipality.

But many feel despite the sterlisation programme, breeding among stray dogs continues unabated.

General secretary of the resident’s welfare association of Hauz Khas Enclave’s K and P Block, Priti Nigam, said she had got 25 dogs in the area sterlised in the past two months.

“We had started the sterlisation programme in association with the NGO Cirlce of Animal Lovers. But now we have run out of funds (it takes Rs3000 to sterlise a dog)

HT, February 2003.


There are two lakh stray dogs on the streets of Delhi. And the only way to control their population, according to Irani Mukherjee, founder chairperson of the Circle of Animal Lovers, is to sterlise them. “Many dg lovers in the Capital think that after sterlisation dogs lose their mental balance, but it is just a myth. Dogs lead perfectly normal life after getting sterlised. They just don’t get into the act of breeding, which is the only way of controlling their population without being cruel to them,” says Mukherjee, who is based in Saket and works with a team of three surgeons who operate the dogs.

“Usually a female dog takes about nine days to heal after the operation, while a male might take about seven. We pick these dogs from different areas in Delhi and neighbouring cities, sterlise them, take good care of them during the healing days and then drop them back in their respective areas,” informs Mukherjee, who ensures that about 11 dogs are sterlised each day. The sterlised dogs are marked on one of their ears with a small cut which identifies them as ‘already-sterlised’, in case Mukherjee’s unit of men chance upon them in future.

When her unit of men go to various localities to pick up the dogs they come across two kinds of people. “Ninety percent of the neighbourhood asks us to take the dogs away and never get them back, while the remaining 10 percent, who are dog lovers, tell us not to take the dogs away. But we want to spread an awareness among all these people about our mission and objectives,” says Mukherjee. For this purpose, she organised a ‘Peace Walk’ at Nehru Park this past Sunday morning, where MCD Commissioner Rakesh Mehta was also present.

“Because we are right now covering Chanakyapuri and nearby areas, we thought it would be a great idea to organise a public awareness meet like this where we could tell the neighbouring residents of our programme,” says Muherjee. The Peace Walk was heavily attended by the residents who stay close to Nehru Park as well as many students.

But Mukherjee is upset about the fact that few people come forward to support her with financial help. “The government provides us with some funds and there are a set of dog lovers who help us from time to time. But there is still not
enough financial support,” she laments. Mukhrjee also runs a 24-hour service where people could just call up to inform her of any distressed animal in their locality, following which the animal would be picked from the spot, treated and taken care of by her team of workers.

- If you want to extend financial help to Circle of Animal Lovers or inform them of any distressed animal in your locality, dial:
26531419, 26511569.

Times of India, February 2003


New Delhi: If a stray dog starts following you, don’t get scared. According to Irani Mukherjee of the Circle of Animal Lovers, the dog is just trying to catch your attention and won’t bite you. And since people don’t know this aspect of canine psychology, they start attacking the dog with stones or sticks.

To spread awareness on such issues that often cause grievous injuries to animals, Mukherjee said her group would organise a “walking and talking” session every month, in which walkers in parks would be educated about a dog’s psychology.

“Just like humans adopt dogs, the canines also want to adopt people. So they do things to catch our attention that are misconstrued as intimidating and we react violently,” she said.

In the walk-talk meets, walkers will also be told that they can contact the circle of Animal Lovers if they spot an injured dog. The organisation primarily sterlises dogs, vaccinates them and runs animal hospitals. “Whenever we receive complain of stay dog population rising from a colony, we pick up the dogs for sterlisation. Later on they are released in the same colony,” she said.

On an average, we sterlise eight to 10 dogs every day,” she said.

HT, April 2003.


Punya Prava Rath

Every room in Irani Mukherjee’s house in Ekta Apartments, Saket speaks of her love for animals. Wounded and all ill dogs lie calmly on the guest room sofas. Files of her project Circle of Aniaml Lovers are stewn around mukherjee’s bedroom. A tragic incident made her vow to love and care for animals.

“My mother was murdered for property when I was 11. Her six pet dogs refused to let anyone touch her body. That very day I vowed to protect animals against cruelty,” says Irani.

A year later her father too died of shock. Soon she shifted her base from Kolkata to Delhi.

“Here I got involved in activist role. However, I didn’t know what to do with the stray animals that I rescued”, she says. The need for a place to help injured dogs and to start sterlising stray dos gave birth to the organisation. That was in
1993. Today with three vehicles, three animal hospitals-cum sheleters at Neb sarai and a staff of 29, Irani is trying to give stray animals a decent life.

The money she inherited from hr parents as spent on the upkeep of facilities for the animals. “I had to sell two houses in Kokata to keep my vow,” she says. According to Irani government aid is not enough to run the center. “The monthly
expenditure runs into Rs.3lakh. The government comes to about Rs.50,000. I have to take care of the remaining amount, says Irani.

She does it by organising charity shows or sometimes has to sell T-shirts to meet the center’s requirements.

Circle of Animal Lovers is a registered Non-Government charitable animal welfare organization. We are affiliated to the Animal Welfare Board of India, Madras, India (under the Ministry Environment and Forests - a Government of India Organization). We are also registered under Society Registeration Act 1860, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) London, U.K. and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) London U.K.

Circle of Animal Lovers is a registered Non-Government charitable animal welfare organization. We are affiliated to the Animal Welfare Board of India, Madras, India (under the Ministry Environment and Forests - a Government of India Organization). We are also registered under Society Registeration Act 1860, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) London, U.K. and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) London U.K.

We invite you - as a "human being" to be a part of our organization, and help us to help the helpless. We are committed to the cause.


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