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Friends of Fowl: Muslim Brothers Set Up the World’s Largest Bird Clinic in Delhi

Nadeem Shahzad and Mohammad Saud have shown remarkable dedication in establishing Wildlife Rescue in the national capital.

Mohammad Alamullah | Clarion India

NEW DELHI – In the heart of the bustling national capital and amidst the chaos of urban life lies a healing place for our feathered friends.

Driven by compassion, two brothers – Nadeem Shahzad and Mohammad Saud – have dedicated their lives to the welfare of injured birds. Their journey, marked by perseverance and unwavering determination, has culminated in the establishment of Wildlife Rescue, a beacon of hope for the birds in need.

The seeds of their noble mission were sown in their youth: a chance encounter with an injured bird ensnared in a kite string (manjha). It served as a catalyst for their lifelong commitment to avian welfare. As they witnessed the harrowing plight of the bird, tangled and helpless, it ignited a spark in the brothers, propelling them towards a path of compassion and empathy.

“We were teenagers when we stumbled upon that injured bird,” Nadeem nostalgically recalls. “It was a pivotal moment for us, witnessing firsthand the devastating consequences of flying kites on birds.”

Undeterred by the challenges that lay ahead, Nadeem and Saud embarked on a journey fraught with obstacles, their resolve unshaken by initial setbacks. Their quest for medical assistance for the injured bird was met with resistance, as hospital authorities refused to treat the creature, citing its status as a carnivore.

“We knocked on the doors of several veterinary clinics, only to be turned away,” Nadeem recounts. “But that rejection only fuelled our determination to create a haven for injured birds.”

With unwavering resolve, the brothers set out to establish a sanctuary for avian creatures, a place where injured and disabled birds could find refuge and care. Thus, Wildlife Rescue was born, a testament to their unwavering commitment to avian welfare.

For nearly a decade, Nadeem and Saud bore the financial burden of avian care. They found solace in the unwavering support of their family, particularly their mother, a staunch advocate for social causes.

“Our parents instilled in us a sense of compassion for all living beings,” Nadeem reflects. “Their unwavering support buoyed us during the darkest of times.”

In 2010, Wildlife Rescue was officially registered, marking a significant milestone in their journey towards avian welfare. Public donations soon followed, breathing new life into their mission and enabling them to expand their operations.

With each passing year, Nadeem and Saud’s expertise in avian care has grown exponentially. Their relentless pursuit of knowledge and innovation has led to an 80% success rate in treating injured birds.

“We are constantly researching and refining our techniques to ensure the best possible care for our feathered friends,” Nadeem explains. “Our goal is not just to treat injuries but to provide a haven for birds to recover and thrive.”

Today, Wildlife Rescue stands as a beacon of hope for injured birds across the national capital. As Nadeem and Saud continue their noble mission, their legacy of avian welfare serves as a reminder of the profound impact that individuals can have on the world around them.

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