In 2010, When homemaker Nidhi Ganguly came across an appeal by a well known NGO working for animals in Mumbai, WORLD FOR ALL, something stirred in her heart making her do the unimaginable. The appeal was for handraising of two kittens with genetic disorder. Their survival chances were almost nil. But Nidhi knew she could save them. She also knew there would be a uproar if she got the kittens home to foster. So she picked up the phone and called a broker asking if there was any room available on rent where she could raise two kittens.This is how Samovila Foundation was born.
Not only did the two kittens survive ( they lived healthy and happy till they were 2.5 yrs and 3 yrs), news spread around about this shelter in Marol who never sent back any cat/ kitten in need of medical help. Soon almost every feeder, every rescuer in Mumbai who knew about Nidhi started sending cats to her. With time it became necessary for Nidhi to take up jobs to run the place. She kept staff at the shelter while she started a PR firm. She also met like minded people who joined her in her task of managing the shelter. However, As the numbers of cats became unmanageable in the small room, the shelter shifted to Malavli, beyond Lonavala. The place was spacious with a huge compound. It was here that the shelter opened its doors to dogs in need.
Soon Samovila Foundation had many handicapped and special need furry kids living happily under one roof. There are/ have been paralysed, visually challenged, accident cases, cruelty inflicted and sexually abused dogs and cats who were loved at the Samovila Home.Today the Home is located in New Panvel near Dehrung village and houses 40 cats and 13 dogs - all healthy and happy. There is special emphasis on providing good wholesome and nutritious meals, best of medical treatment, exercise and lots of individual attention to the needs of each and every furry resident. The Foundation got recognised as a Trust in May 2018. All the Trustees are hands on with the functioning of the Home, taking personal interest in every matter. The efforts of the staff and the Trustees reflect in the happy and healthy faces of the resident babies and clean surroundings. Visitors have been impressed and the homepage on Facebook has been updated with good reviews by them.
However there is an urgent need to relocate to a bigger and spacious premises on a long lease now. The residents of the adjoining village have turned hostile and want the Home to move. They say that the barking of the dogs disturb them and regularly pelt stones causing damage to Samovila property. While the Trustee understands their objection but getting another premise for a shelter is not easy. Already the average monthly expenses run to 1.5 lakh per month and donations to the cause of animal welfare is miniscule ( yes!! though there may seem to be many animal lovers in the world). The Foundation is finding it very difficult to continue its operations let alone take in other animals in need.
Relocating to another premise with a long lease will mean lumpsum security deposit, three months rent in advance, ambulance expenses for safe transportation and expense to set up all the kennels, water tanks, shades etc in new location which we cannot put together on our own.
Samovila Foundation is hoping to raise INR 2 LAKHS via this platform with these additional expenses and have great expectations from compassionate animal lovers for help.
Please check out the Foundations Facebook page and decide for yourselves if this sincere effort to provide a life of dignity to handicapped and senior animals deserves your push of support!!
Lots of licks, wags , purrs and gratitude in advance from Team Samovila!!