Help Rakesh take care of 850+ abandoned and injured dogs | Milaap
This is a supporting campaign. Contributions made to this campaign will go towards the main campaign.
This campaign has stopped and can no longer accept donations.

Help Rakesh take care of 850+ abandoned and injured dogs

48-year-old IT entrepreneur, Rakesh Shukla never had a dog growing up. “10 years ago I got my first dog and she’s the only dog that is not a rescue. I had to scramble to get the house prepared. And soon I found another pup that came running to me and I brought her to my office. Eventually I started bringing in dogs that I rescued from the streets to my office and soon I started working on a plan to create a place for them to stay,” says Rakesh.

Soon enough, Rakesh decided to bring any stray or abandoned dog home and has adopted an immense number of dogs. There were protests from his wife in the beginning so he made his office a home for all these dogs. As time went on and the number grew, he bought some land in Dodballapur, outside Bengaluru, where he built a farm to shelter all his dogs. He registered an NGO “Voice of Stray Dogs” (VOSD) to rescue and rehabilitate injured and abandoned dogs.

"We don’t refuse to admit any dog. However, there are guidelines on the kind of rescues we do. We don’t take pets or healthy street dogs. Otherwise, we take in almost every kind of dog that needs help. Diseased dogs, those hit by vehicles, having maggot wounds, and those with disabilities are sheltered and treated", says Rakesh. The farm space is made in a way that the dogs can run around and take a swim whenever they want. He has employed few staff members, who are trained in veterinary aid to look out for the dogs. Today he lives along with and looks after 850+ dogs who came from all across India. Rakesh works remotely from his farm over the internet to run his IT firm in Bangalore and co-ordinates remotely with his colleagues and clients. "As long as I am available over my phone and laptop, my company can run", says Rakesh. From food to medical attention for the sick ones, Rakesh spends almost 15 lakhs every month on VOSD, out of which most of it is paid from his own pocket. Despite financial challenges, Rakesh's resolve made him stand firm on his love for dogs and he never gave up.
Today VOSD is widely recognised as the world’s largest no-kill sanctuary for rescue for stray dogs.  At present there are 800+ stray animals with us including 800 dogs, 7 horses and 10 cows in Rakesh’s privately owned farm. 100% of the animals are kept unchained and in the case of cows and horses they are free grazing. 

Need for quality hospital:
Existing vet expertise is based in Bangalore and dogs have to be taken on an 150km/ 8hr round trip for all diagnosis and hospitalization. VOSD has a barebones medical facility that has 2 OPD’s, a basic surgery. This local facility was built 7 yrs ago when there were 10-20 dogs and there was no plan to expand. Now they have 850+ dogs - all with medical history. Current medical system is optimised for costs, but is (1) logistics intensive (2) creates unnecessary external dependence (3) & long wait times

The proposed VOSD Resident Hospital:
A one time investment of ₹ 50 lacs will dramatically improve healthcare for 850+ animals, increase treatment capacity by upto 200% & reduce monthly costs by ₹ 2 lacs.

Ensuring Local Vet Presence:
● PRESENT: Dogs have to be driven 150km roundtrip for all diagnostics and medical procedures which is easily 5-6hrs of driving and 2-hrs of waiting/inspection time. This is highly stressful for dogs and there is an everyday dependence on vehicles, drivers etc.
● PROPOSED upgrade will ensure residential vet presence locally most of the week
● BENEFITS improves quality and speed of care and will reduce 8-10 trips a month which means will reduce 80-100hrs of driving time for dogs, drivers and handlers. The direct cost impact will b reduction by Rs 75,000-80,000 
monthly in wages and fuel costs.


Diagnostics to be locally available: 
● PRESENT: Currently even basic diagnostics such as blood samples are packed in ice packs and sent to Bangalore or the dog has to be transported. Sometimes this can cause wait times for upto a week because each trip is a 8hr trip with a single vial of blood. At at average 20-30 tests are carried out each month.
● PROPOSED: Blood-diagnostics will be local so tests can be run locally and immediately on any suspicion of symptoms. These will be shared with the vets in Bangalore and treatment started immediately.
● BENEFITS: By improving turn around by 2 days per test we gain a total of 60 days of faster prognosis, Rs 75-100,000 in diagnosis and transport costs per month

Your support will ensure that VOSD can provide the best quality care for these 850+ dogs and give them a chance to lead a happy life.

Proforma Invoice for the construction
Proforma Invoice for the construction
Proforma Invoice for Vehicle
Proforma Invoice for Vehicle
Proforma Invoice for the construction
Proforma Invoice for the construction
Proforma Invoice for Vehicle
Proforma Invoice for Vehicle
Ask for an update
21st April 2020
Dear supporters, 

Thank you for your support!

We are struggling to provide water for stray dogs, as we are facing a crisis for water at VOSD.  Last year the monsoon failed and we ran dry and had to buy water for a few months. We received concentrated rainfall in Sept-Oct after the monsoon season. Clearly it was not enough to recharge our surface and underground water. This year we have run dry a month earlier than last year. Water usage has increased as the number of dogs has increased. This is a water emergency for VOSD. Even if the monsoon is in time the rains are 4 months away till we have any sort of recharge above and below ground. We really need your help so we can provide sufficient water to the voiceless here at VOSD, for this same reason we have created a new campaign to concentrate on the water scarcity bit alone, please donate and keep supporting by donating in the link below:

https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-water-for-vosd

Thank you for your support, Keep supporting!
Dear supporters, 

Thank you for your support!

We are struggling to provide water for stray dogs, as we are facing a crisis for water at VOSD.  Last year the monsoon failed and we ran dry and had to buy water for a few months. We received concentrated rainfall in Sept-Oct after the monsoon season. Clearly it was not enough to recharge our surface and underground water. This year we have run dry a month earlier than last year. Water usage has increased as the number of dogs has increased. This is a water emergency for VOSD. Even if the monsoon is in time the rains are 4 months away till we have any sort of recharge above and below ground. We really need your help so we can provide sufficient water to the voiceless here at VOSD, for this same reason we have created a new campaign to concentrate on the water scarcity bit alone, please donate and keep supporting by donating in the link below:

https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-water-for-vosd

Thank you for your support, Keep supporting!
13th March 2020
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for supporting the projects VoSD hospital and sanctuary through our campaign in Milaap.

We are grateful to each and every one of you who donated, shared, liked and supported us in every way possible to help raise funds for the VOSD Hospital and VOSD Expansion project since last year on the Milaap platform.

Here is a special message from Rakesh Shukla, Founder VOSD.



https://youtu.be/U3dmXRalCuM

With the completion of the 10,000+ sq feet VOSD Hospital and 50+ high-quality kennels averaging 75-100 sq.feet which we could with your support, we started the VOSD Sanctuary expansion project for constructing houses for our babies on 28 plots measuring 150 sq feet of flooring + 150 sq feet of roofing with 10’ high concrete brick walls, plastered and painted with washable distemper & with 2 windows, 1 door (total 4200 sq feet of roofed area). 14 plots have been completed so far as you have seen in previous updates. Our plan is to double the land use and efficiency that will increase our capacity from ~900 dogs to ~ 1400 dogs.

Our heartfelt thanks to the entire Milaap team for their constant support and encouragement for this long campaign. We couldn't have done this without you! Your support has helped us give one of the best facilities to our voiceless friends. The response we recieved has inspired us to strive more for our shelter.

Here is an invoice which shows our expenses for the expansion project.




Thank you all again.
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for supporting the projects VoSD hospital and sanctuary through our campaign in Milaap.

We are grateful to each and every one of you who donated, shared, liked and supported us in every way possible to help raise funds for the VOSD Hospital and VOSD Expansion project since last year on the Milaap platform.

Here is a special message from Rakesh Shukla, Founder VOSD.



https://youtu.be/U3dmXRalCuM

With the completion of the 10,000+ sq feet VOSD Hospital and 50+ high-quality kennels averaging 75-100 sq.feet which we could with your support, we started the VOSD Sanctuary expansion project for constructing houses for our babies on 28 plots measuring 150 sq feet of flooring + 150 sq feet of roofing with 10’ high concrete brick walls, plastered and painted with washable distemper & with 2 windows, 1 door (total 4200 sq feet of roofed area). 14 plots have been completed so far as you have seen in previous updates. Our plan is to double the land use and efficiency that will increase our capacity from ~900 dogs to ~ 1400 dogs.

Our heartfelt thanks to the entire Milaap team for their constant support and encouragement for this long campaign. We couldn't have done this without you! Your support has helped us give one of the best facilities to our voiceless friends. The response we recieved has inspired us to strive more for our shelter.

Here is an invoice which shows our expenses for the expansion project.




Thank you all again.
18th February 2020
Dear Supporters,

Thank you all for the wonderful support and love you all have showered on us and our sanctuary. Your response has been off a great help to our dogs and other animals! Our 10,000+ sq feet  hospital is fully equipped for surgeries with recovery area and we have ambulances for helping out the voiceless souls in need. All these have been possible with your support.

Coming to the current situation, as planned and informed prior, we started with the VOSD Sanctuary Expansion Project to increase our capacity to 1400+ dogs and provide better service to the animals. 28 new enclosures are being built over a 33,600 SQ feet area with water, drainage, powerlines all underground. The reconstruction process has started and we are half way through the process.

You can go through this video to see some parts of the work:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUnvlhsXWAk&feature=youtu.be


The expansion project has currently slowed down since we are in need of more funds. The project is half way through and we have to complete it in order to reach our vision. We will be sharing videos and pictures once we are through with the project. This is our humble request to you all to support us once again. Our dream is to create the best of facility for our friends in the sanctuary. One share from your end can help us reach out to more donors who can support us. Please do help us to reach our goal, with all of your support we can definitely do wonders like we did till now.

All of us here at VOSD are sending you our heartfelt gratitude and love.

Thanks and Regards,
Rakesh Shukla
Founder, VOSD
Dear Supporters,

Thank you all for the wonderful support and love you all have showered on us and our sanctuary. Your response has been off a great help to our dogs and other animals! Our 10,000+ sq feet  hospital is fully equipped for surgeries with recovery area and we have ambulances for helping out the voiceless souls in need. All these have been possible with your support.

Coming to the current situation, as planned and informed prior, we started with the VOSD Sanctuary Expansion Project to increase our capacity to 1400+ dogs and provide better service to the animals. 28 new enclosures are being built over a 33,600 SQ feet area with water, drainage, powerlines all underground. The reconstruction process has started and we are half way through the process.

You can go through this video to see some parts of the work:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUnvlhsXWAk&feature=youtu.be


The expansion project has currently slowed down since we are in need of more funds. The project is half way through and we have to complete it in order to reach our vision. We will be sharing videos and pictures once we are through with the project. This is our humble request to you all to support us once again. Our dream is to create the best of facility for our friends in the sanctuary. One share from your end can help us reach out to more donors who can support us. Please do help us to reach our goal, with all of your support we can definitely do wonders like we did till now.

All of us here at VOSD are sending you our heartfelt gratitude and love.

Thanks and Regards,
Rakesh Shukla
Founder, VOSD
Content Disclaimer: The information and opinions, expressed in this fundraiser page are those of the campaign organiser or users, and not Milaap.
If such claims are found to be not true, Milaap, in its sole discretion, has the right to stop the fundraiser, and refund donations to respective donors.
Rs.6,000 raised

Goal: Rs.30,000

Beneficiary: VOSD info_outline

Supporters (2)

KM
Kousalya donated Rs.1,000

Thanks for the care

A
Anonymous donated Rs.5,000

For the love of Dogs ! God bless you Rakesh!