There are several Gaushalas across the country that have been providing shelter to a large number of animals. It is a tedious task to run cow shelters, especially a sustainable one. Many owners fall short in understanding and running an optimal cow shelter due to lack of awareness and means. This is where HCF provides Gaushala consultancy, on a need-base manner, to implement competent guidelines and run the shelter better, thus improving the welfare of the animals.
Utmost care regarding the food, lodging and health treatment of the cows is to be observed. It is strenuously advised that the cows, bulls, calves and sick cows are kept in separate stalls, and the scrub bulls are castrated by a certified vet. All the animals must be given equal importance, as far as the upkeep, feeding and everyday care is concerned.
The products made from cow dung and cow urine have several purposes and benefits. For instance, cow dung can be used in bio gas plant; the slurry can be sold to farmers to use as manure in agriculture and other gardening practices. Cow urine can be used in phenyl production and pest-repellent products, while dung log can be used for cremation which would also save trees. Uplas for cooking in a mud chulha and performing Havans, dung bricks for mud huts, incense sticks, even tiles and paper, can be made of cow dung. HCF helps create more than 20 products, exclusively made from panchgavya like Nasal Ghee Drops, Body Scrub, Shampoo, Chyawanprash and Dhoop Sticks among others.
HCF also encourages gaushalas to conduct events and workshops every year, with speakers from across the country and around the world, to spread awareness about the benefits from cows for human health, agriculture and organic agriculture. Poetry events, essay competitions, paintings and recitation programs are also encouraged at varied platforms like schools and colleges to raise awareness .
Following are the objectives and functions of a Gaushala:
1. Rescue and Treatment Activities
2. Fodder Production and Grassland Development Activities
3. Research Activities
4. Extension Activities
HCF supports varied non-profit cow shelters in need-based capacities to provide vital resources (material and monetary) that help serve the animals better. Genuine Gaushalas are regularly identified those discouraging the sale of milk, controlling cattle population etc and are supported according to the need of the hour.
a. HCF has coordinated and facilitated with a reputed corporate to donate an ambulance to the Dhyan Foundation, to help provide better medical services for animal welfare.
b. With the encouragement of HCF, a reputed organization generously contributed to Gokuldham Gauseva Mahatirth, a cow hospital in Jhajjar. The Foundation also regularly receives funds to purchase medicines and other medicinal essentials.
c. Many Gaushalas in Vrindavan are supported by HCF in several proportions, often by providing essential medicines and food to the cattle, and helping them run the shelters in times of insufficient funds.
d. Several well-established flour mills owners have also been connected to the nearest Gaushalas that regularly receive 10/20 bags of bran, offering immense support to the respective shelters. The mills’ owners make a solemn contribution to the Gaushalas and help improve the living condition of the cows.
As important as it is to enhance the study on cow health and milk production, it also takes just a few small acts on our side to take care of these animals. There are several programs hosted by HCF to make people aware of the various ways to take care of stranded cows and other animals and birds. Marked days, like the Earth Day, Environment Day, Gopashtami, Janamashtami, Animal Welfare Week etc, are especially important to the organisation and the cause, where birds and animals play a major role in maintaining the balance of nature whilst being an integral part of it. At various platforms, awareness is passionately imparted on how easy steps like putting out bowls of water outside homes, on balconies and terraces, for birds to quench their thirst especially during hot summer days, are some of the actions that go a long way. Waste management is also advocated to community members where they are urged to keep the fruit and vegetable peels separate, which can be directly fed to the cows.
After thorough research and understanding, HCF devised a constructive solution to safeguarding the cattle in villages, creating employment opportunities for the village members, and mainly, uplifting the quality of life of the beneficiaries (animals and humans) by implementing a sustainable model. The plan focusses on setting up a Gaushala in every village that is taken care of by the respective Panchayat, and following are some of the productive, practical and progressive ways that positively impact each village:
The cow and bull dung can be used for biogas, compost, pesticide, as a natural and cost-free component, and remove artificial contents to incorporate organic agriculture. The dung is also used in a productive way at the shelter, instead of dirtying the village, thus aligning with the Swachh Bharat campaign.
Employ the youth of the village to work at the Gaushala, create Panchgavya products (HCF trains team across the country), and market the organic products on various platforms.
The bullocks can be put to good use for daily work, where they can be lent, at nominal charges, to carry materials at distances, in and around the village.
HCF has recently kick-started a new initiative called the Animal Petting Farm in the Delhi/NCR area that serves as a natural hub for the animals, as well as for the people who are passionate about the environment and animal welfare. This endeavour helps in removing the line segregating the farm, working and food animals from pet animals. Many events like pool parties with farm animals and pets etc are in the pipeline that shall help build a stronger animal-loving community. The exciting experience at the Farm would give an opportunity to many people to spend quality time with the animals in the heart of nature. The funds raised at such curated events shall help strengthen the cause, and the actions, undertaken by HCF. The cows, as well as the goats, hens and dogs at the Farm, will have a sanctuary to call home where they can roam freely and have healthy meals, along with the bonus of having animal-loving visitors ever-so-often.