The Bai Sakarbai Dinshaw Petit Hospital for Animals was founded by the Hon'ble Sir Dinshaw Manokjee Petit, K J.P. in A.D. 1883. This estate in Parel, admeasuring 40,514 square yards, with the Bungalow and Out houses standing in the premises, was purchased by the Founder at a cost of Rs.45,000. However, including expenses and an additional grant, it actually cost him Rs.51,000. The Estate was given by him as a gift to the B.S.P.C.A.
The three hospital sheds and Servant's Quarters, Godown, Office Rooms, Pharmacy were constructed by the Society from funds mainly contributed by Native Grain, Seeds and Cotton Merchants and Mill-owners in the pre-Independence days. The hospital is maintained by the Society mainly from funds received from the native merchants.
His Excellency the Right Hon'ble, The Earl of Dufferin, K.Pi G.M.S.I.E; G.E.B; E.C.M.G; F.R.S; D.E.L; L.L.D; Viceroy and Governor General of India opened the Institution on the Wednesday, the 10th December 1884.
His Excellency the Right Hon'ble Sir James Fergusson, Bart; K.E.M.G. C.I.E. Governor of Bombay Being Patron, The Hon'ble Lyttelton Holyoake Bayley, Judge of H.M's High Court of Judicature, Bombay, President and Mr. Kavasji Mervanji Shroff, J.P. were the Secretary and Treasurer of the Society.
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The Royal Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (UK) was founded on 16th June 1824 by the Rev Arthur Broome, Richard Martin and a few others humanitarians. At that time,the concept of animal welfare was ridiculed upon, brutality being commonplace. The only law for the protection of animals was Martin's Act passed in 1822. Though the first of its kind in the world, it only applied to horses and cattle. In 1835, Queen Victoria became a patron of the RSPCA and animals entering the society's portals have been mothered since. As news of this humanitarian work spread, country after country founded their respective SPCAs, all patterned on the RSPCA. Hence the BSPCA came into being and has continued its work towards animal welfare ever since.