Helping Organisation for People, Environment & Animal Trust was registered on August 1, 2001, vide Registration No. 9549/IV – 799 at Ranchi (Jharkhand) as a non-profit organisation – to work for the protection of the environment and animals, to control the increasing population of street dogs, to end their suffering and to help the local communities by reducing poverty through farm animals’ welfare programes.
Since we started, our priority was to reduce the number of dogs by sterilisation and to help the sick and injured. Since we started this vital work in October 2007 we Sterilized (operated) and Vaccinated more than 20000 dogs and bitches until December 2012. Now that we are getting support from other groups we have increased the number of Spay/ Neuter cases to 10000 a year. Year 2013-2014, we are planning to achieve the 10000 Mark.
Initially, It took us Six years to mobilise the resources and convince the State Government that Animal Birth Control (ABC) Program is as important as Population control in the world. If we would not have taken this initiative, we do not know how many more years we could have waited to help the animals and people of Ranchi.
We are actively engaged in Street dog population control and anti rabies vaccination program in Ranchi City. Our concept and idea is based on minimum resources and a fund raising strategy. We used to catch the dogs in man pulled rickshaw now we have Two Vehicles converted into Ambulance . Earlier Government didn’t had any Animal Shelter hence we approached community members/ leaders/ association to request them for providing space to run the ABC program in their area. Now we have Two Camps provided by Ranchi Municipal Corporation. We catch and release the dogs in the same area. We notch the tip of the ear to identify the operated dogs and bitches. The diseased dogs are euthanised (humanely killed) to prevent spreading of the disease or rabies among healthy dogs. There is a rescue efforts for the sick and injured animals in the city.
We are now grown up, we have Fifteen full time and two part time paid staff and about Ten active unpaid volunteers. We now Build-up HOPE Rescue and Rehabilitation Shelter for Animals at Khunti – 35 Kmtrs from Ranchi. This Non-profit is run by all volunteers.
- Mr. Jawaharlal Srivastava is a retired (IFS) Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) for Jharkhand. He has developed much better forest areas for wildlife in Jharkhand. He has taken up lot of inhouse project to improve the conditions and provide better facilities for animals and people occupying forest. He is the Chairman of the organisation.
- Mr Praveen Ohal, The inspiration and founder of HOPE & Animal Trust is an honorary Secretary. He has done Graduation in Geology and studied Environmental Science. At the age of 24 he was on a mission on FOOT for almost two years – 11 countries in South East Asia to spread the message of conservation of the natural resources and being compassionate towards all animals. He is a writer of the book, ‘Asia on Foot’, a travelogue on his adventure and experiences. His skills involve fundraising and Management. He is with vast experience in working with various Non-profit groups in UK and USA.
- Mrs Sushama Singh, one of the founder members of the organisation is a Compassionate Animal lover and now an honorary Treasurer. She is good with children, she is an asset to this organisation for our PR related activities.
- Mr Anand Sinha, one of the founder members of this Non-profit, he has worked in USA for several years. After his coming to India, he has taken up several projects to raise funds for the Organisation. He has organised big events to promote the organisation and helped us get Mass Sterilization Project at Ranchi in association with Animal Welfare Board of India and Ranchi Municipal Corporation. He is Joint Secretary of the Organisation.
- Mr Niraj Kumar Bhagat is a Development Professional, works for Government of Jharkhand and gives his free time as and when required.
- Mr Vijay Massey, Mrs Sushma Singh, Mrs Bhawana Kapoor and Mrs Sweta Roy are amongst other members of the Organisation
- Dr Alpana Mehta is a hardcore animal lover, she is free lance journalist and a teacher by profession. She occasionally writes articles on Animal issues and supporting our work since 2011. Her interest of doing more got her involved in the HOPE’s Board in 2013.
- We have Capt. Amit Basu, Mrs Rita Prasad, Mr Sajal Chakraborty, Mrs Pushpa Mandal and many others supporting our work
- Dr Ajoy Kumar,a veterinarian serving us since 2009. He has performed over Twenty Thousand Surgeries for the organisation.