The Happy Tails of today is the extension of a private practice started by Dr. Umesh Karkare in 1986, in Mumbai.

Happy Tails started in 2010 when Dr. Karkare extended his practice to the current Khar clinic after 25 years at his original clinic, also in Khar,that was essentially a small garage in a residential building. It is today, India’s largest private veterinary practice, with two locations; one of which will eventually function as a full-service, 24×7 hospital. We are expanding across India.

The Govandi clinic started in 2013 primarily to serve as emergency centrewith the latest equipment necessary for your pet’s advanced treatment. We believe in serving you and your pet with passion and commitment to excellence. With expertise drawn from years of advanced training, our team of expert doctors tackles some of the toughest medical and surgical conditions. We use innovative procedures, combined with traditional, proven methods, high-tech equipment and the latest medicines and therapies to diagnose and treat your pet’s condition.

Our goal is simple; deliver a treatment plan that best meets your pet’s medical needs and your expectations. We are ready to provide the highest quality of care and attention for your pet.

As important as our medical expertise is, we believe that excellent care should combine state-of-the-art veterinary medicine with a focus on compassion and respect for your pet and family. Your pet is our family.


A philosophy of responsibility

Our mission is to protect, preserve, and safeguard animals from neglect and cruelty, primarily through veterinary health support and community-based educational programmes.

Many people are dismissive of or misunderstand animals; and, all too frequently, animals pay a high price for this misunderstanding. Just trying to get along in an increasingly human world is a daunting task for most animals.

Without animals, people would not have evolved and advanced as successfully we have. Dogs and horses, cats and birds, cattle and sheep, fish and snakes, to name a few, have served humans well over the millennia in a variety of ways and continue to do so to this very day. Unfortunately, modernization has led to divergent paths for animals and created very different and significantly less important roles for modern animals in many of our lives.


Happy Tails Foundation

Our foundation is for serving homeless and ownerless animals to improve their lives and treat them with dignity.

Our Aim, Mission & Vision

  • Work for the wellbeing of all animals including birds in our shelter, animal welfare and animal rights.
  • The Foundation will provide healthcare facilities along with shelter to ownerless, homeless animals.
  • All animals rescued and sheltered with the Happy Tails Foundation will receive complete wellness check and thereafter receive treatment as per their condition and illnesses. They will receive a complete diagnostic work up, medical and/or surgical treatment of their ailments during their stay in the shelter.
  • Conduct animal welfare studies including shelter behavior, stress and mental health of animals in shelter.
  • Provide teaching and research facilities for advanced care in veterinary and shelter medicine.
  • Provide a learning facility to Indian veterinarians with the latest technology, expert help, international assistance and university teaching staff’s support.
  • Support veterinary pharmaceutical and food companies in their non-invasive research for the benefit of animals within the international guidelines of animal welfare norms as well as animal rights.
  • Train veterinary nurses, technicians and support staff.

Why we do it

Animals are a cherished resource for all mankind. Many animals have social and emotional structures similar to us. Preserving, protecting and fostering animal welfare must be a core responsibility for all of us..

How can we help these animals?

Learning more about animals and sharing that information with others will help both people and animals together. We emphasizethe human-animal bond, and believe in promoting and demonstrating that positive human–animal interactions improve the physical, emotional and psychological lives of those we care and serve.