Large Animal  Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre

“Some angels choose fur instead of wings”

Love makes the world go round!

CUPA’s Large Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Center (LARRC) is a sprawling 2 acres of open green space located in Kengeri, Bangalore. Inaugurated in January 2012, this center was started to provide refuge and safety to large working animals such as cows, buffaloes, donkeys, horses and ponies that are critically injured, mostly in road accidents. These animals are kept because they provide a source of income for the owner, be it in dairy units, transporting of goods, load-pulling and agriculture but are often ‘allowed’ to roam free in search of food. They are huge, strong animals with high nutritional needs which are largely unmet by owners, resulting in the animal’s health going downhill very early in life. Weak animals are of no economic value and are then mercilessly abandoned, left to fend for themselves when they needed intense care the most.

These are the animals that make their way to LARRC. Recovery in large animals is a slow and gradual process and rehabilitation is challenging. This means that many of our residents stay for several, several months, with LARRC providing for them unconditionally.

While large animal residents prefer to graze in tranquility for most of the day, it is LARRC’s very own pack of 20 Indie dogs that bring the centre to life! All together, LARRC is a perfect blend of peace, happiness, joy, delight and fun! This centre is a hot favourite with volunteers who come over to help with painting, cleaning, gardening, bathing, grooming and feeding.

Running this centre is a task as large as the animals themselves! In 2013 when the sole borewell in the area went dry, Deutsche Bank gifted LARRC a complete rainwater harvesting system that not only fully covers all our cleaning and drinking needs, surplus water has been irrigated and now the center flourishes with fresh feed and fodder that is grown inhouse. In an attempt to go completely green, Deutsche Bank assisted us again in installing a Biogas Unit to recycle manure, and in the pipeline is a Solar Lighting system to illuminate the premises between dusk and dawn.

Reaching Out to Working Animals 

Animals in urban settings that we often see pulling heavy loads are also denied basic nutrition and veterinary care. It may shock you to learn that these animals are ‘rented out’ to vendors and traders who ‘use and pay’ for the animals on a daily basis. Day after day, maximum is extracted from the animal by different hirers each time. CUPA reaches out to these animals by organizing Urban Healthcare camps at certain spots in the city where these animals are found. Overloaded carts are forcibly stopped and bills of the goods are checked to determine the weight. Any weight excess of permissible limits as stipulated by law is offloaded. Medicine for relief from pain, body aches and bruises are commonly administered and nutritional supplements are handed out to owners. They are advised on how to provide for their animals and made aware of governing animal protection laws.

LARRC has also led the way in terms of reaching out to needy animals – a majority of agrarian villages located outside Urban Bangalore have high populations of cattle animals but no access to veterinary care. A team from CUPA consisting of doctors, supervisors, coordinators and volunteers in conjunction with the Karnataka Animal Husbandry Department identify an economically challenged village and hold a healthcare camp for the animals, also providing awareness about their health needs to the owners. Liberal quantities of supplements and medicines are handed out. Anywhere between 400-1000 animals are treated at every camp, which are held as and when funding for the same comes in.

Reach us

Large Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation Center 
For treatment of injured and abandoned bovines and equines
32/1, Upadhayaya layout
Kengeri New Town
Ph: +91 080 22947317