If you’re a Dilliwallah or an animal-lover, it would be a crime not knowing what Friendicoes is.
Being the largest and the oldest animal shelter in Delhi, Friendicoes is home to over 500 dogs, cats, horses and elephants. You see a stray dog in pain, you call Friendicoes. Your pet needs help at an odd hour, you call Friendicoes. That is the legacy this much-loved shelter has.
What does it take to cover a debt of nearly 82 lakhs? The answer is simple – it’s the power of the crowd!
It all began on morning of 13th August, when Friendicoes – a 30 year old organization that was initially started as a kindness club by school students, posted on Facebook about their financial plight. Animal lovers and everyone else who has been associated with Friendicoes over the past three decades came all out to support them in every way possible.
A mere nine days later, a little past midnight of 24th August, the BitGiving campaign, Let’s save Friendicoes from shutting down went live. 30 lakhs in three days was something even we had not expected – the initial target of 20 lakhs (the bare minimum they needed to sustain) has been crossed, and the community pushed for the target to be raised to 40 lakhs, and then to 60 lakhs. This campaign saw the likes of Soha Ali Khan, Vir Das and Sonakshi Sinha tweeting about it, and making sure that Friendicoes did not shut down.