Citizens for Animals (CFA) is a USA based not-for-profit public charity established in 2017 to promote the welfare of animals in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. The charity was established under the Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3), which means it has federal tax exemption. Consequently, donations will be used exclusively for the purposes they are donated. The objective of CFA is to raise funds for specific animal welfare projects run by the Humane Animal Society (HAS), a registered Indian charitable trust. Examples of projects that would be considered are humane animal birth control programs, anti-rabies programs, vaccinations, adoption camps, and animal awareness education of school children and pet owners.
CFA's beneficiary, HAS, was established in 2006 by a group of people who believe that, in addition to hands-on intervention, the power of compassion, love and kindness will make a meaningful, positive difference to animals. In addition to the objectives mentioned above, HAS is responsible for emergency treatment of injured animals and their rehabilitation. All HAS projects are carried out in Coimbatore where HAS is operating two facilities for the benefit of animals: a clinic for animals in immediate need of care or emergency treatment, and a sanctuary for animals that have finished their treatment. A cornerstone of HAS's approach to improving the welfare of animals is to spread awareness on animal rights through education in schools, and to empower humans by providing a platform where they may, in their own unique way, contribute to protecting animals.
CFA was born out of the desire of a handful of compassionate citizens to help and fund HAS, whom they have been connected with since the inception in 2006. Realising that animal protection activities in India are very poorly funded, we felt there was a need to create a strong foundation to carry on the critical work that HAS undertakes. The members of the Board of Directors work pro-bono, and ensure that every donated dollar is used entirely for the welfare of animals.
Tina is the President of CFA, and is responsible for the overall management of CFA.
I have been vegan for many years, and have dedicated much of my life to animal rights activism and to improving the welfare of individual animals. After managing a shelter for many years in Phoenix, Arizona, I decided to employ my skills in a country where the number of needy animals are many, but shelters are few and far between. I moved to India and lived there for a year. During that year I helped write and put in place protocols for running a shelter, cultivated a volunteer team to spay, foster and release street dogs, and taught animal advocacy, rabies awareness, and animal body language workshops to educate adults and children alike. I organized vegan out-reach, and helped create and organize anti-cruelty horse drives to create awareness about the overloaded pack animals. The time I spent volunteering at the local gaushalas was especially dear to me.
As Secretary and Treasurer of CFA, Ling-Tien is responsible for the day-to-day operations of CFA, and she is the person you are likely to be corresponding with if you contact CFA.
I have worked with a non-profit volunteer run Chinese language school in the suburbs of Chicago for 8 years, and I’ve been the principal for the last two years. As the head of a non-profit organization, I understand the importance of team work, community support, and the inspiration and impact we can give to new generations. That’s why I am so proud to be part of CFA and HAS. Our love for animals and our support for each other does make a difference.
Aishwarya is a member of the CFA Board of Directors.
I am a a clinical trial coordinator at Merck Pharmaceuticals. I am residing in Philadelphia, PA. I am very passionate about the well-being of animals that live in the human sphere, and about the protection of wildlife. I have two furballs at home, Lucy the dog and Jax the cat, whom I consider my kids. Throughout my life I have assisted in local animal shelters as well as humane societies, and I am very excited to be part of CFA. I joined CFA in 2017 with the hope that I, with my love and passion for animals, along with my knowledge and experience, will be able make a direct contribution to helping animals, but also to be able to empower others to care for animals in the best way possible.
Preethi is a member of the CFA Board of Directors.
I was born and brought up in Coimbatore, India. Currently, I work as a project manager at Gilead Sciences in California. As an animal lover, once I became aware of the cruelty in the animal agriculture industry, I went vegan in 2015. I am a strong advocate for animal rights, pet adoption, veganism and a low-waste, eco-friendly lifestyle. Supporting the life-saving work of the HAS is an important part of my life as there are still many street animals in my hometown of Coimbatore who are dependent on HAS. I do this through my work in CFA, through donations, and by organizing fundraising campaigns for the shelter.
CFA aim for complete organizational transparency, and to ensure that the generous contributions from our donors are used where they are needed the most, i.e. in the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of abandoned and injured animals, as well as the sponsorship of the animals permanently housed at the HAS Sanctuary. HAS supports more than 70 permanent animals at the Sanctuary, many of them victims of road traffic accidents and some differently abled due to genetic conditions or pre-birth accidents. The daily upkeep and maintenance requires USD 50 per animal per month. CFA's target is to raise USD 4000 per month through donations to create happy lives, free from suffering.
Donations are also used to help develop material for education and outreach, which are crucial if, eventually, all sentient being are to be treated with dignity and respect.
Administrative costs incurred for running Citizens for Animals is less than 5% of the total donations received.
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CFA supports check payments, wire transfers and direct deposits. Checks should be made payable to Citizens for Animals, and mailed to 2118 Plum Grove Rd, #181PMB, Rolling Meadows, Illinois, 60484, USA. For more information or questions about wire transfers and direct deposits, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are travelling to India, we highly recommend that, if possible, you spend some time volunteering at HAS in Coimbatore. HAS is always seeking volunteer veterinarians, vet nurses, and vet students to work with their permanent vets and animal care staff. The main jobs are to sterilize and provide treatment for street dogs. As a volunteer at HAS, you will have opportunities to learn different approaches to veterinary medicine, and help treat illnesses and injuries that are uncommon in developed countries. You will also be able to ride in HAS’s animal ambulance with staff who catch and release street dogs and respond to emergency rescue calls. Approximately 12-20 surgeries are done per day (including spay and neuter).
Volunteers without veterinary qualifications or experience are also welcome to volunteer at HAS. HAS is always in need of people who are good at DIY (fixing and/or creating), and people who are able to care for animals intuitively.
HAS welcomes volunteers for any amount of time. You can read more about the volunteering experience on the HAS website, and if you are interested in volunteering, you can contact HAS at email@example.com.