For animals in need, we're only a call away.
In global rabies hotspots, places like India, free-roaming animals are everywhere – dogs, cats, cows and even horses. As mammals, they're all vulnerable to the rabies virus, and possible transmitters to humans. But it's not only rabies that threatens them, but life as a stray. Surviving on the city streets or in village lanes means they must dodge traffic, scavenge for food and live alongside people, not all of which are kind to animals.
As we're always on the move – vaccinating dogs, surveying areas and educating children – we're often in the ideal position to help these animals when they're in need. Our local teams are not only skilled in handling animals, but know the areas like the back of their hand, and where stray animals can receive veterinary attention, night or day. Local people and groups know this too, and will contact our 24/7 hotline if they come across an animal who is trapped, injured or even abandoned. Animals just like these.
This is something we see far too often: animals with their heads stuck in plastic containers.
Bottles or jars on the roadside filled with food scraps or residue look like an easy snack to a hungry stray dog. That is, until they can't get their head back out. The container makes it impossible for the dog to eat or even drink and resulting in death from dehydration in a matter of days. Not only that, but without being able to see where they are going, they can wonder onto busy roads and highways posing a serious risk to motorists as they search for water. But luckily for this dog, our animal handlers were notified, and they were able to free him before it was too late.
Another hazard for India's free-roaming animals: large, deep wells, gutters and drainage pits, many of which are left uncovered. It's common for unsuspecting animals to fall in and become trapped at the bottom. With no food and only muddy water, it’s a death sentence for any animal.
This dog was spotted by local villagers down a well. It had been there for three days, unable to escape. And due to how deep the well was, the villagers were unable to reach him.
Once our team were called, they wasted no time in responding. One of our brave and sure-footed animal handlers climbed into the well and used a net on a long metal role to carefully catch the dog and pull him back up to safety.
But for puppies, it's tar that has proved a problem time and time again.
When trying to find a warm place to sleep, young dogs often find themselves in sheds and garages where they stumble across open or spilled containers of hot and sticky substances. Unknowingly, they get it all over themselves, sometimes causing burns to their skin, and when it hardens, they become stuck.
This is exactly what happened to this puppy.
It was found calling out for help. Only it's head from was free from the sticky substance. The rest of its body was covered, making difficult and painful to move a muscle. Our team scooped up the puppy and took it to the closest veterinary clinic, where they immediately started treating the puppy for shock and dehydration, before beginning the hours-long process of freeing its tiny body.
With oil and dish soap, they gentled massaged and washed the puppy, slowly removing the tar. The puppy remained in the clinic overnight, receiving several baths, intravenous fluids and plenty of food, to get it back on its feet. But when the morning arrived, the puppy was unrecognisable - it was a was bright, playful and had a great appetite!
The team put the call out for someone within the community to either foster or adopt the puppy. Sure enough, within a few hours, a kind gentleman came forward and offered the puppy a loving home. Not only that, but he generously covered the puppy's treatment costs at the local clinic.
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