• Lady was rescued from a wilderness area near TOLFA with a broken leg.
  • Teja cares for a sick calf
  • "The Tree of Life" - providing shelter & love to downtrodden dogs that need to recuperate
  • Villagers queue with their animals to receive medical treatment from our Rural Animal Health mobile team.
  • TOLFA staff respond to a call of a cow in need in Ajmer
  • TOLFA works with local school children to increase awareness of animal issues
  • Children from a local special needs school visit TOLFA
  • Sunil poses alongside Yang, one of the many dogs who have lifelong sanctuary at TOLFA

Who We Are

Founded in 2005, TOLFA is a charity with animal welfare and people’s empowerment at its heart.  We currently operate an animal hospital and related educational and support programmes in Rajasthan, Northern India. Since 2005 TOLFA has provided medical care, vaccinations, veterinary treatment and spay/neuter services to more than 148,000 animals.

Our Vision

TOLFA’s vision is that by 2030, the Rajasthan region will be rabies free and that every sick or injured ownerless animal or animal belonging to a low-income owner will have access to the veterinary treatment and compassionate care they deserve.

Our Mission

TOLFA’s mission is to provide vital and preventative healthcare to India’s ownerless animals and animal’s belonging to low income owners and educate communities in their welfare and value.



TOLFA founder Rachel Wright receiving the 2012 CEVA Welfare Nurse of the Year Award

TOLFA has provided compassionate care to thousands of animals

Since TOLFA’s inception in 2005, two acres of arid agricultural land has been transformed into a thriving veterinary hospital, shelter and sanctuary to the thousands of animals that it handles every year. It is a place that combines veterinary knowledge with love, compassion, healing and hope to every animal in need of its assistance.

TOLFA and its services are highly valued by the community and not only is it an oasis in the desert for animals but also to many local people as well. There have been numerous challenges and hurdles along the way but we have learn’t and grown from them and we always strive to do our best in often difficult conditions.

Click to see a list of all the animals we serve
Animals we serve as part of our rescue project:
Dogs, cats, cows, donkey, peacocks, birds

Animals we serve for owners or rural villagers:
Dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, cows, goats, buffalo, chipmunks, ducks, peacocks

Animals we serve on behalf of the Forest Department.
Nilgai (local type of deer), monkeys, birds of prey, birds, desert hares

PLEASE NOTE: We do not admit any wildlife without Forestry Department permission.

Among our achievements:

  • Our dedicated animal ambulance has provided rescue for more than 25,000 sick and injured ownerless animals.
  • We are HUMANELY reducing the un-owned dog population by having spay / neutered more than 20,000 dogs.
  • We have helped to save animal and human lives by having vaccinated over 25,000 ownerless dogs against rabies and teaching more than 4,000 children about rabies prevention.
  • We have become a valued member of our village community by providing free veterinary treatment to more than 50,000 rural working animals.
  • We have taught over 4,000 children about rabies awareness and animal welfare.
  • EVERY animal that comes to TOLFA regardless of species, size or temperament has been treated with love and compassion.
  • We provide permanent employment to 32 local people from marginalised societies.
  • Our founder Rachel Wright has been awarded the CEVA Welfare Veterinary Nurse of the Year award for the tireless work that TOLFA does.

All these animals have found shelter and compassion under the branches of the Tree of Life. Please help it grow into a giant forest. Donate Today.

Staff & Board

TOLFA India Staff

We are incredibly lucky to have such a dedicated group of staff working at TOLFA. Without them, and their commitment to the aims and ethos of TOLFA, we couldn’t reach and help as many animals as we do. Below are portraits of our staff in the order in which they began working at TOLFA.

Sitaram I
Sitaram II
staff - vishnu
Dr. Aaftaab
# Ravi # Ajay # Kishore
Brett-Cole-TOLFA-portraits-coming-soon Dhanraj #

TOLFA UK Trustee Board

The TOLFA UK Trustee Board are passionate and relentless in their goal to support the hospital, for it to grow and help more animals in need every year.

James LowmanManaging Trustee

Terri CostainTreasurer

Kerry WilkinsSecretary

Paulette Hamilton

Naomi Steward


Clara NowakExecutive Director

TOLFA India Board

We are blessed to have found so many local people who feel strongly about the continuance, growth and success of TOLFA.

Kamlesh Khatri – Managing Trustee
Dhairya SoniSecretary
Surendra Singh Shekhawat
Rakesh Jain
Amar Singh Rathore

Our Facilities

Building the Tree of Life

Since the first foundations were laid in 2005 we have, through the kindness and generosity of our supporters continued to grow into the shelter, hospital, sanctuary and place of healing that we are today. Click on the map below to find out more about our facilities and the timeline of TOLFA.

Interactive Map of our Facilities

Click above to see an interactive map of TOLFA’s facilities. It will open in a new tab/window.



TOLFA is located on Kharekhari Rd. in between Pushkar and Ajmer in Rajasthan, India. From Pushkar start near the Brahma temple and follow Kharekhari Rd (kuh-ray-kuh-ree) 7km to Kharekhari village, then continue (don’t make any turns) for 2km more and you’ll see TOLFA on the right. From Ajmer take Foy Sagar Rd. 8km from Ana Sagar and look for TOLFA on the left. Our facilities are easily recognized from the main road.

Bird’s Eye View


Location in India


TOLFA Main Entrance

You can’t miss us!

photo by Brett Cole (www.brettcolephotography.com)