When You See an Animal in Distress …

Posted on by Erika Goyal

If you need to report a situation involving an animal in immediate danger, please call our emergency number: (0) 98201 22602. If an animal is injured, please remain with the animal until help is secured.

If you have witnessed an illegal act of cruelty to an animal, please document all the relevant details and file a First Information Report with the police immediately. If you have witnessed an illegal act of cruelty to wildlife, please also contact a forest officer via your state’s forest department. Their contact details can usually be found easily on the internet. Animal protection laws can be found on the Ministry of Environment and Forests website (http://moef.nic.in/index.php) under “Rules and Regulations” as well as on the Animal Welfare Board of India website (awbi.in).

You might also need to contact a veterinarian or animal protection group close to where you live for urgent help. If you live in India, veterinarians can be found by using the search engine at Justdial.com, and government-employed veterinarians can be found by contacting your state’s animal husbandry department. Veterinarians experienced in working with wildlife can be found through your state’s forest department. Directories of animal protection groups throughout India can be found at the links listed below. Please note that PETA has not had the opportunity to work with every group listed and cannot guarantee quality of service, so please stay with the injured or wounded animal and make sure that the animal is properly treated and tended to or put out of his or her misery, not left to languish.

Never allow an animal to remain in danger. Please contact PETA any time you need further assistance.

You can find local animal protection groups or veterinarians through the following websites:

  • World Animal Net offers a directory of animal protection groups around the world.
  • We for Animals provides listings of veterinarians, veterinary hospitals, animal ambulances and animal welfare organisations in India.
  • People for Animals lists contact information for all its units across India.


A list of state-wise Honorary Animal Welfare Officers as recognised by the Animal Welfare Board of India can be found here.