Animal Rahat’s two sanctuaries serve as oases for rescued and retired animals—peaceful homes where they can live out their days in comfort and safety with the best care available.

The 10-acre sanctuary in Sangli includes a surgical facility, a kitchen, a classroom, sand beds, self-grooming posts, shade canopies, and plenty of room for the residents to rest or run and play together. There is even a pond that residents can splash and swim in to cool off in the hot weather or just for fun.

Close to 100 residents, including dogs, water buffaloes, cows, bullocks, horses, and camels, call the Sangli sanctuary home. They come from all sorts of situations—some endured hard labor in the sugar trade or were forced to perform in circuses, while others were rescued after being orphaned, being abandoned, or sustaining life-threatening injuries.

The Sangli sanctuary also hosts visits from local schoolchildren as well as workshops and demonstrations for animal owners and veterinarians on topics such as proper grooming techniques and methods for painlessly castrating bulls—reducing suffering for many, many animals in Maharashtra.

Animal Rahat staff members have been busy expanding a second sanctuary outside Delhi, where retired bullocks are enjoying the salt licks and self-grooming stations. The team is working every day to create the best possible environment for these animals—check out all the latest developments, become a part of the group of wonderful supporters who’ve helped make this happen, and subscribe to updates!