- A puppy lying on the side of road with broken paw, unable to get up.
- A lactating female dog dead on a highway and her few weeks old pup are lying in a garbage dump.
Such posts are an everyday occurrence on Facebook pages dedicated to animal rescue in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.
Since the mid 2017, myself along with my brother have been rescuing , vaccinating, feeding street dogs and also burying the dead ones. We do all the rescues on a two wheeler and have been spending the entire expense from our own pockets and occasionally with the donation from the reporter of the case that we attend to.
We ourselves have four rescued street dogs at home. We also feed and take care of all the medicinal expenses of other eight dogs in our locality. One among those eight is 'Sundari', the mother of all, who was already in heat and subsequently got pregnant during the period we moved into this locality. Apparently, the neighbors tell that she has had five litters till now in her life span of 3-3.5 years. Her cold eyes and scars on the face ,speak of the pain she goes through every time she is in her heat and pregnancy. Recently, she lost 8 of her 10 pups to rains and vehicle run over. Her new litter is a month old now.We have promised her a happy dogs life and will get her spayed when she stops lactating. We have also vaccinated the other puppies from her previous litter and feed them too.
We manage the expenses that go into feeding and getting these dogs the medical attention they require from our pockets but getting them sterilized is a different story altogether. We don't have the money required to fund the sterilization. There are two 10-11 month old male pups from Sundari's older litter and two 4-5 month old female pups from her previous litter who we have planned to sterilize. Sundari and her two daughters will be getting spayed after a month and for now, the male pups need to be neutered to prevent any crossing between these males and females in the near future.
The hospital where we plan to neuter them has the following charges for the surgery and boarding which is cheapest among all.
- Males - (Surgery + 2 day boarding) = ₹1500 /-
- Females - (Surgery + 2 day boarding) = 2000 /-
Boarding - ₹ 300/day.
Transport - ₹ 100/dog.
Male and female dogs will be boarded an additional 3 days and 6 days respectively or till they recover.
- Male = ₹ 1500 + ₹ 900 + ₹ 100 = 2500
- Female = ₹ 2000+ ₹ 1800 + ₹ 100 = 3900.
Three dogs among them require vaccination which will cost ₹ 1000 per dog..
Total funds required
- 2 males + 3 females + vaccination = 2*2500 + 3*3900 + 3*1000
Grand total = ₹ 20,000/-
Please go to the following link (https://www.facebook.com/drmujahid.imran) and see for yourselves the cases that we have attended to. Your donations will surely better the lives of the above mentioned dogs. Help us help Sundari and her puppies and we shall implement this plan of humane sterilization in other neighborhoods too in the future.