• CHAL USA ABC AR Program
  • CHAL USA ABC AR Program
  • CHAL USA ABC AR Program
  • CHAL USA ABC AR Program

OUR WORK

Main activities of CHAL-USA

CONTROLLING RABIES

In the metropolitan city of Chennai, there has not been a single reported case of rabies among humans for several years now.

This is thanks to the untiring efforts of the Chennai-based Blue Cross of India, a 50-year-old animal welfare organization, which launched the ABC-AR (Animal Birth Control-Anti Rabies vaccination) program more than four decades ago.

The organization rounds up stray dogs, which are then taken to its shelters and spayed or neutered. They are then vaccinated against rabies and released into the very neighborhood from where they were picked up.

By reducing the capacity of street dogs to overpopulate, the overall likelihood of negative encounters between humans and stray dogs is reduced.

Research has shown that the health of a dog living in a community of sterilized dogs is buffered.

As the dogs cease to be perceived as a health threat, there will be little or no need for local governments to engage in the kinds of horrific wholesale slaughter of dogs by the catch-and-kill procedure that had been in practice until a couple of decades ago in some metropolitan cities of India.

Today, a number of other animal welfare organizations in India are engaged in the ABC-AR program. More are needed to check the spread of the dreadful disease among India’s street dogs, estimated to be between 8 and 20 million.

CHAL USA’s mission is to support proven programs enhancing the welfare of street dogs, as well as the human communities in which they live in villages, towns and cities in South Asia.

SUCCESS STORY

Our first and counting

In early 2014, CHAL made its first grant raised through donations from generous supporters.

The money was given to Blue Cross of India, which is collaborating with ‘Mission Rabies’ to cover the cost of catching, sterlizing and vaccinating approximately 1000 street dogs.

In September 2013, Mission Rabies launched with a massive campaign, powered by veterinarians and volunteers from 14 countries, to achieve over 60,000 dog vaccinations in just 28 days across 12 locations in India. They now aim to vaccinate 2 million dogs over the next three years in key rabies-affected areas, as well as train an army of over 200 Indian veterinarians in sustainable, humane dog population and rabies control.

Blue Cross of India in Chennai has been in the forefront of the ABC-AR program, found to be an effective means of checking the spread of rabies.

Through their efforts, the city of Chennai has been declared rabies-free and has remained a poster child for other cities to emulate.

Ilona Otter is the clinical director of the Worldwide Veterinary Service International Training Center.

She periodically trains veterinarians working in animal welfare organizations in India on the best practices for the ABC-AR program, including the responsible use of antibiotics and release time.

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At work in India

  • Blue Cross of India at Pondicherry
  • Blue Cross of India at Pondicherry
  • Blue Cross of India at Pondicherry

BCI, Chennai at Pondicherry

July 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Our second project was also driven by an urgent call to action. The authorities in the union territory of Pondicherry have proposed an improbable and [...]

  • FIAPO Rabies-Free Kerala
  • FIAPO Rabies-Free Kerala
  • FIAPO Rabies-Free Kerala
  • FIAPO Rabies-Free Kerala
  • FIAPO Rabies-Free Kerala

FIAPO

July 10th, 2017|0 Comments

We are excited to announce the launch of an ABC-AR project funded by CHAL in May 2017 and our support of another ABC-AR project that [...]

  • Grantee: Save Our Strays
  • Grantee: Save Our Strays
  • Grantee: Save Our Strays

Save Our Strays

October 19th, 2016|0 Comments

CHAL’s $1,000 grant helped us hold vaccination camps in six slums of Mumbai, where there are high concentrations of street dogs, generally viewed unfavorably by [...]

  • Grantee: CUPA Bangalore
  • Grantee: CUPA Bangalore
  • Grantee: CUPA Bangalore
  • Grantee: CUPA Bangalore
  • Grantee: CUPA Bangalore

Compassion Unlimited Plus Action

October 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Since the beginning of 2016, the CUPA Trauma & Rescue Centre, whose primary work is to pick up injured animals and house them until they [...]

MEET THE TEAM

CHAL-USA was founded by three animal lovers who came together for a common cause.

Viji Sundaram, Patricia Leslie and Radha Savaram saw the opportunity to mobilize funds from donors in the United States who want to hep make a difference in regions where stray dogs are often deemed a menace and animal rights organizations are fighting the odds to eliminate rabies and help scientifically reduce their numbers without subjecting them to inhumane culling.

VIJI Sundaram
VIJI SundaramPresident
A San Francisco-based veteran journalist and eleven-time award-winning investigative reporter.
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RADHA Savaram
RADHA SavaramVice-President, Acting Treasurer
A software professional in California with a long-time animal association.
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SHOBHA Hiatt
SHOBHA HiattDevelopment
A fundraising/ marketing professional with over two decades of non-profit experience.
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ASHA DuMonthier
ASHA DuMonthierSecretary
Oakland-based researcher and advocate for social justice.
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Viji Sundaram President CHAL USA

Viji Sundaram

PRESIDENT

Viji Sundaram is a San Francisco-based journalist.

She has an MS in Journalism from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Stella Maris College in Chennai, India. A veteran journalist, she is currently the health editor with New America Media, a web-based news service for the ethnic media in the United States. Over the years, she has won eleven journalism awards, the majority of them for investigative reporting.

Sundaram is also the co-founder of Narika, a San Francisco Bay Area-based helpline for South Asian victims of domestic violence.

Radha Savaram Vice-President CHAL USA

Radha Savaram

VICE-PRESIDENT, ACTING TREASURER

Radha Savaram is a software professional in Southern California.

She attended graduate school at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Savaram grew up in a household full of cats and dogs in Chennai, India. She spent her summer vacations at her ancestral family farm in a village in southern India, where she observed at close quarters the interdependent, yet harmonious and respectful relationship between the farmer and his livestock. Later, she volunteered with animal welfare organizations.

At home, she indulges her pet cat, Kobe, and helps him with his blog.

Shobha Hiatt Development CHAL USA

Shobha Hiatt

DEVELOPMENT

Shobha Hiatt is a fundraising/ marketing professional and has worked with Bay Area nonprofits for over two decades. She is a co-founder of Narika, a helpline for abused South Asian women and was its executive director for several years.

Hiatt has served on the Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women and is a member of the Development Executives Round table. She believes in the humane and compassionate treatment of all animals.

ASHA DuMonthier

SECRETARY

Asha DuMonthier is an Oakland-based researcher and advocate for social justice. Asha currently serves as the Research & Policy Associate at the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) where she provides strategic research, data analysis, and policy development to EBASE campaigns. Asha holds a B.A. in Economics with a double major in Women and Gender Studies.

She is excited to contribute to CHAL-USA’s important work building healthy communities in India.