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AYESHA CHUNDRIGAR FOUNDATION (ACF) was founded in 2013 as non-profit organization based in Karachi, Pakistan and is registered under the The Societies Registration Act, 1860.

ACF was created with a vision to assist marginalised and forgotten communities, animals and humans alike, to be rescued and rehabilitated, to improve their quality of life, for everyone to to have a fair chance to live their lives with dignity and respect.

ACF’s first initiative was ACF Animal Rescue; the first-of-its-kind animal rescue in Pakistan, based in Karachi for injured and abused street animals like dogs, cats and kites, working animals such as donkeys, horses, camels and farm animals like goats and cows.

The common animal we see in Pakistan is the most vulnerable segment in our society, subject to extreme violence and abuse with absolutely nothing being done for their protection. Taking care of our animals is a fundamental step in creating a civilised society. And encourages compassion and kindness to all living beings.

We built the country’s first sanctuary to give animals some relief, started a rescue ambulance with an active helpline and social media where reporters report injured animals after which our rescue team rescues and takes them to our shelter in Malir Cantt for treatment and rehabilitation.

Till end-2019, ACF has rescued more than 5,000 animals. Our shelter at this time houses more than 500 animals including cats, dogs, kites, goats and donkeys who are fed the best available healthy food and provided medical treatment and safe living environment.

A second initiative by ACF, as undertaken in every country with a large street dog population, we also conduct a mass vaccination campaign against rabies as well as TNR (trap, neuter, release) to control the dog population.

This is the only humane way of managing this problem; poisoning the dogs slowly and painfully shuts down their organs, and the poison in turn also contaminates the soil thereby harming plants, kills butterflies, insects and birds that then ruins the environment and adds to the climate change crisis we are facing globally. Rat population also increases substantially without dogs and this is all creating an imbalance in nature, the aftermath of which we will experience in years to come. The culling method also does not control population growth.

Our mission is to also spread awareness, influence legislation and run kindness campaigns simultaneously to encourage empathy and minimise the growing violence rates in society. Usually, the cases we rescue have been severely abused from people cutting off tails and ears of dogs, throwing boiling water and acid on cats to gruesome hit and run cases to donkeys beaten mercilessly and dogs’ heads burst open due to being pelted by stones. Daily, at least 5-15 rescues as such come in.

We also hold equine medical camps, where our team goes out to different donkey/equine populated areas of Karachi and brick kilns near Islamabad to provide FREE medical treatment, food and water to the donkeys and to educate the owner on donkey behaviour and donkey handling. We also explain to the owners how treating their animals better will help them in the long run as a donkey is a donkey owner’s sole source of income. Such learning is carried out via social mobilization, capacity building and community awareness programmes alongside FREE medical treatment for the people/children in the neglected brick kilns.

Working animals and their owners are one of the largest and most neglected communities in the country and ACF is one of the few organizations working for their betterment. We are working closely with the Donkey Sanctuary in the UK in this regard and carried about the first national equine assessment across Pakistan.

In our workings and experience over time, ACF has developed a three dimensional model of working: helping people, animals and the environment together which is the only way to make a lasting impact. We won the WWF Green Innovation Challenge in 2018 for creating a humane donkey harness out of scraps of plastic and teach the donkey owners how to make them.

We also created an award-winning dog leash out of ghost net that inundates our oceans and kills marine animals. In this imitative, we engage and empower fishermen and women in impoverished fishing communities to extract ghost jet and braid it the way we have taught and then have our in-house team adorn the beautiful leashes that we sell locally and internationally.

Empathic education is something we emphasize on greatly; several private and public schools, special needs institutes and children recovering from drug addiction visit us. The sanctuary provides a very holistic, non-judgemental setting for both animals and children to heal from trauma. It is also the perfect platform for all children to learn true empathy and kindness.

Equal opportunities , diversity and inclusivity are imperative elements; we create job opportunities for people with special needs, the deaf, acid burn survivors, those recovering from addiction amongst others to motivate them in an all-inclusive, holistic environment to live a life of dignity and respect.

We have done all this with a small team over the last 6 years and run solely on donations. And have seen a country-wide movement of kindness and animal tights begin in Pakistan. We desperately need help to support and expand our activities, from the sanctuary where the demand is growing daily to home more abused animals to the kindness campaign that can curb the abuse from happening in the first place.

Supporting our cause is working at the roots of a much bigger problem that has been overlooked in Pakistan; the lack of empathy and the drive towards violence as the answer. We believe in treating the cause of the problem rather than the symptoms.

Yes! 

Address: Suite # C3, 3rd floor, Plot # 59C, Tauheed Commercial, 24th street, phase 5, DHA, Pakistan

+92 21 38887196

Timings: 9am to 5pm

Address 1: 

Suite # C3, 3rd floor, Plot # 59C, Tauheed Commercial, 24th street, phase 5, DHA, Pakistan

+92 21 38887196

The office is open from 9am-5pm. 

Address 2: Please message us for address of shelter.

You can send donations directly to our account:

Ayesha Chundrigar Foundation

Account number: 10360081006600012

Swift Code: BAHLPKKA

Iban number: Pk33BAHL1036008100660001

Bank Al Habib, Kh-e-Hafiz Branch, Karachi

 

For international donations, we use the I-care Foundation and Go Fund Me. Please email us for details or click on the tab on the homepage.

Please send us the date and amount deposited via Facebook Inbox or Instagram inbox or on donate@acfanimalrescue.org. We will verify and get back to you right away with a receipt.

Can I decide where I want you to use my donation?

Our animal rescue number:

 
 
 

Yes, along with your donation, you can make a request as to where you want us to use your funds. 

Here are the options:

  1. For animals: Food, bedding, medicines, cages, staff salaries, maintenance of the shelter, additional expenses such as fuel consumption etc. 
  2. Our rescue service 
  3. Donkey camps around the city.
  4. TNR/Rabies Vaccination for community pets 

5.. Project Empathy

6.. The Humane Harness Project

7..The Kid Hero Project 

8..Any other campaign or programme we might be working on at that time.

0334-566-5000

0312-260-2143

We are currently only functional in Karachi

FAQS for the Animal Shelter

Currently, our shelter is only based in Karachi. We aim to set up stations in all other cities in the near future. In the meantime, we do have a volunteer network in different parts of the country, hence, we can help you coordinate and collaborate rescues

ACF runs an animal shelter in Karachi. We collect funds and feed, medically treat and provide water to all the animals on a daily basis. We have our own van, rescue team, hotline number, and very active social media where we get requests for rescues nonstop for injured and abused animals across the city that we rescue. Currently, we rescue roughly 200 animals per month and post details of all rescues on our social media. 

 

The sanctuary acts as a shelter, orphanage, special needs home, old age home and hospital/ER for animals. 

 

We also set up donkey camps across the city on a fortnightly basis to provide free medical treatment, food and water to these beasts of burden that are treated atrociously.

 

We also have a TNR/rabies vaccination programme in place where our team of vets aims to neuter and vaccinate a certain number of healthy animals daily. 

 

We invite children and different schools to visit and volunteer. We have a very active volunteer programme.

The shelter is not a suitable environment for animals accustomed to living in a home as a pet and they often do not survive at the shelter. Pets include any and all animals that have had close human interaction, and a stable home.

We use to it to buy food and medicines, blankets, toys etc on a monthly basis for the shelter animals. We also use it towards our donkey camps and fuel and upkeep of our van. The money also goes towards our employees’ salaries and towards the general upkeep and maintenance of the shelter. We use the funds for all our various projects.

The shelter is not a suitable environment for animals accustomed to living in a home as a pet and they often do not survive at the shelter. Pets include any animal you are attached to. If your pet has accidentally come to the shelter, please come and pick it up immediately. We do not take responsibility for it if it is missing or has got adopted and you want it back.

No. We recommend not sending pets to the shelter essentially because we are a charity for street animals and it is not our responsibility to look after someone’s pet just because they do not want it anymore. Furthermore, pets do not survive due to weak immunity and do not adjust well to shelter living. We recommend you start looking in advance for a suitable forever home and transition your pet slowly to its new home to avoid your pet undergoing depression.

No. We recommend not sending pets to the shelter essentially because we are a charity for street animals and it is not our responsibility to look after someone’s pet just because they do not want it anymore. Furthermore, pets do not survive due to weak immunity and do not adjust well to shelter living. We recommend you start looking in advance for a suitable forever home and transition your pet slowly to its new home to avoid your pet undergoing depression.

Please message us for details via Facebook or Instagram inbox or email us at hr@acfanimalrescue.org. Tetanus and Rabies vaccinations are imperative as per our Health and Safety Regulations.

For adoption, please let our management know which animal you are keen on adopting via info@acfanimalrescue.org or Facebook or Instagram inbox. We require you to fill a form, give a copy of your NIC and our team will sometimes check on the pet bi-weekly and will ask for updates via Facebook/Instagram or email. Please visit the shelter to choose your pet. We recommend a couple of visits at least to for you to bond with the animal of your choice.

How does the sponsoring an animal works?

How and where do I report an injured animal?

My pet is injured or sick, can you help?

You fear that people might kill a healthy stray in your area, and you want ACF to relocate the animal to its shelter.

I want to make donation in cash, can I do that?

I want to visit your shelter, how and when do I do that?

I want to attend one of your Donkey Camps, how do I do that?

Are donations exempt from Income Tax?

What does the future hold for ACF?

Where are the donation boxes placed?

By sponsoring a pet, you can have your very own pet living at the shelter! All you have to do is monetarily care for their wellbeing, food and medical treatment monthly and we will send you pictures and details every month. If you are serious about sponsorship, please message us via inbox for further details.

Donkey = Rs. 10,000  |Cat = Rs. 3,500 | Dog= Rs 5000

The best way to get in touch is via the ACF number listed on the Facebook/Instagram homepage. And send us a message in the ACF Facebook/Instagram inbox.

If your pet is sick or injured, you should not wait for our reply. Please immediately take your animal to a nearby veterinary clinic.

Our first priority is to respond to emergency cases, such as injured or handicapped animals. However, if you do find a healthy stray in danger, do leave us a message via Facebook/instagram inbox and we will deal with each case accordingly. We usually relocate aggressive healthy strays that are about to be poisoned or killed, neuter and vaccinate them. We request monetary support in this regard if possible.

I want to make donation in cash, can I do that?

I want to visit your shelter, how and when do I do that?

I want to attend one of your Donkey Camps, how do I do that?

Are donations exempt from Income Tax?

What does the future hold for ACF?

Where are the donation boxes placed?

 

Preferably, the money must be put directly into the ACF account for transparency purposes. If donations are made in cash, best to drop by our office after informing us via email or ACF inbox so we can send you a receipt. Either way, we will give you a receipt.

Please message us via Facebook/Instagram inbox for details.

I want to attend one of your Donkey Camps, how do I do that?

Are donations exempt from Income Tax?

What does the future hold for ACF?

Where are the donation boxes placed?

 

Please visit the shelter and fill out a volunteer form. Please coordinate with our management team at the sanctuary.

Yes they are. ACF is a registered Non Profit Organisation and all donations are exempt from Income Tax. Donors can claim Tax Credit on donations made to ACF.

We aim to expand our animal rescue efforts and animal outreach programmes across Karachi and Pakistan on a grander scale. We aim to employ people from ignored, neglected sections of society in order to give them a better life. We continue to actively work on implementing animal protection in society and attempt to create more educational programmes that people/children can actively partake in.

The animal welfare movement is growing exponentially since we began spreading this message 7 years ago and we are working towards solidifying those foundational roots and initiating positive change for all types of animals overall.

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