PFA-Goa was founded in 1996. It was formally registered as an NGO under the Societies Regristration Act, 1860 in Goa with Registration Number 27/Goa/99. PFA has the distinction of being the first animal welfare organisation to be registered in the State of Goa.
To date, PFA has constructed three animal shelters in Goa – the first, in Panaji in year 1999 (this shelter was taken over by the Corporation of the City of Panaji in 2002); the second, in Curti-Khandepar village, Ponda taluka in 2000 (this shelter was constructed on land leased to PFA by the government of Goa) and the third in Vasco in year 2002 (this shelter operates as the Mormugao Municipal Council animal shelter).
PFA employs two full-time veterinary doctors, two veterinary assistants, three administrative staff and 12 workers at both its shelters. Their work is supervised by the trustees, whose work is entirely voluntary and brings with it the necessary dedication that a project of this magnitude requires. The Mormugao shelter is administered by Mrs. Sarita Bhatia and the Ponda shelter by Mrs. Sarita Parab.
ABC progamme: PFA began a programme for sterilisation of stray dogs in Panaji in 1999, pursuant to directions from the High Court which was hearing a PIL to stop the shooting of stray dogs in Goa. Shooting of stray dogs was evenually banned by the High Court. PFA’s present areas of operation are in the Mormugao and Ponda talukas. PFA sterilises on average 200 dogs per month at both its animal shelters and has covered around 35,000 stray dogs under the ABC programme in the past over one decade.
Anti-Rabies Vaccination Drives: To make Goa free from rabies PFA launched in January 2005 an intensive door-to-door Anti-Rabies Vaccination (ARV) programme for household/pet dogs in Mormugao and Ponda talukas, on request from the village panchayats, and municipalities. Every area that has been covered is revisited the following year for re-vaccination of the animals. Seven village panchayats are covered in Mormugao taluka under this programme.
Adoptions: PFA encourages people to adopt puppies or kittens that have been abandoned. It also tries to persuade residential colonies to adopt strays a colony pets so that the dogs become familiar with persons from that area, and have a safe place to stay.
Rescue and Emergency Relief: PFA attends to emergency cases of animals injured in accidents on roads, animals fallen in wells or inadvertently trapped and requiring medical attention. A large number distress calls from the rural areas about snakes found in residences. PFA staff are trained in snake handling and attend to all such calls, most of which are usually at night.
Cattle Welfare: Injured cattle are also cared for by both the shelters. Mormugao shelter provides emergency medical treatment to injured cattle on site and long term treatment to injured homeless cattle at the cattle pound at the shelter. The cattle shelter was constructed free of cost by some of PFAs members. Ponda shelter does not have much space for treatment of cattle so injured cattle are provided medical treatment on site only. Severely injured cattle are transported to gaushalas at Ponda or Valpoi.
PFA also initiated a programme to re-home abandoned cattle found in the municipal areas with people in rural areas who are already having some cattle. An undertaking was taken from them that the cattle will not be sold off and in case of illness or death PFA would be informed.
Education Programmes: PFA conducts education awareness programmes in schools, colleges and other public institutions on request. A slide show accompanies the interactive talk.
Court Cases: PFA filed two Public Interest Litigations in the Bombay High Court at Goa to stop cruelties on animals. The first was to stop bullfights, the second (along with another AWO), to stop the shooting of stray dogs. Both cases were successfully concluded. The High Court banned bull-fights and this judgement was upheld by the Supreme court. In the stray dogs case, the High court banned the shooting of stray dogs and directed implementation of the ABC programme. The matter is presently before the Apex court in appeal. As a result of the PIL, the Goa State Advisory Board for Animal Welfare was set up in Goa.
In 2000, PFA-Goa was conferred the Jeev Daya Puraskar by the Animal Welfare Board of India.