Friends of IACC

This is a volunteer community project to fix, maintain and improve the "Integrated Animal Care Center, Auroville" so it can continue to care for stray dogs and other animals.

About us

Who are we
At the time of writing this article the community consists of Lorraine, an Auroville resident from California who stays on the property, two long term volunteers - Joellen Anderson and Robin Singh from Tucson, Arizona who have started the Friends of IACC project and are currently living in a thatch hut at the center, and Alessandra, a traveler from Italy currently visiting Auroville and volunteering here in the mornings.

If you are interested in knowing how we got involved, you can read our blog post about it at

A brief history of IACC Auroville
Integrated Animal Care Center (IACC) was founded in 2005 by Rita, Njal, and Lorraine with a 5 point program of sterilization, anti-rabies vaccination, medical care, adoption of unwanted puppies and education outreach. It is housed on 6.000 sqm open field on Auroville land.

The problem
Now IACC functions as a dog shelter which is home to between 30 to 40 dogs of all shapes, sizes and colors as well as one cat.  There is no clinic, no adoption program, no education outreach, and no sterilization program. Over the last few years it has fallen into a state of disarray, apparently due to insufficient and mismanaged funding, damage from hurricanes, as well as lack of volunteers and staff. The grounds and clinic have not been maintained and the dogs' health is suffering.

It provides dogs a sanctuary, regular food, and some medical attention. However skin diseases are rampant and fleas and ticks are thriving. There is no structured process for feeding, composting, dishwashing, cleaning, or medical attention. The food for the dogs comes from kitchen leftovers and table scraps from the eatery at Auroville visitor center in the morning and from Solar kitchen, the community dining place of Auroville, in the evening.

There is simply too much to do for the one full time staff person present on grounds. Read more about it  in our blog post about the issues we noticed at

The solution
Friends of Integrated Animal Care Center is a volunteer run community project that aims to bring the dog shelter to good running condition. To begin with, we want the living situation of dogs to improve, to build the center's capacity to take in more animals, start a sterilization drive, an adoption program, a working clinic and a resident volunteer program.  Read more about out approach in our blog post at

Philosopshy & Vision
We believe in meaningful living, doing things with good intention, conscious consumption and trying to minimize our impact on the eco system. Above all, we believing in doing no harm. So we tend to prefer local materials, natural remedies, sustainable practices, alternative technologies, manual tools and vegan diet. Of course this is not a regimen for all who want to join this project.

We want IACC to be a volunteer driven community dedicated to animal welfare guided by common principles and practices. We want it to be a shelter able to bring in any dog in need. In the future we intend to control the stray dog population in the area to reduce their suffering.


  1. Dear animal vriends,

    Thank you for caring voor the street animals!! Deep respect !!! you may be able to get some help from this English organisation.

    Erna van der Ploeg


    1. Thank you Erna! We do our best to help every animal we can! We will look into WVS, thanks for your suggestion. Are you an animal advocate as well?


  2. Good luck to you and all the animals you care for. I'm glad to have learnt about you through Care2 and will love to volunteer sometime in the future. Right now I care for a 10 year old cranky bunny, and I can't leave her!

    1. We would LOVE to have you volunteer! If you are in Auroville we can connect you with the folks there (they can always use extra hands). If you are in Delhi we could always use help with our upcoming sterilization project! Stay in touch if you find yourself in India!


  3. Thumbs up for people like you who take care of these poor animals in a difficult situation. I got deep respect and admiration for you and I do hope some organisation will sponsor your good work.

    The Netherlands

    1. Thanks so much! We wish there were more people working for animals in the world :) But for now those of us who are have to band together and do our best!


  4. has many animalwelfare adresses in Delhi. Worth a try??

    1. We will check it out! Thanks!!!


  5. You'll are doing a great job. All wishes of good health and success go out from my end to you. I am a animal lover too and try my best to help them at my end.
    I wish a day comes when I have to see no dogs on the road suffer :)
    Thankyou very much for all your effort

  6. Hi Joellen,

    I was looking around for places that I could volunteer at in Auroville, and was hoping to find something to do with animals. It was just great reading about the work you'll are doing, and i would love to help out in any way i can. I am willing to come down to Auroville and spend a few weeks there. Are you'll still looking for people to help? I live in Bangalore and could come down to Auroville at your convenience to meet up with you, see the centre and the work involved and take things further, if it's all ok with you.

    Here's hoping for the best!



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