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Help Rakesh take care of 850+ abandoned and injured dogs


Update : Thank you donors, for the overwhelming response. Here is a detailed update on the funds raised and the increase in goal amount - https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-vosd#updates-tab


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.

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18th December 2019
Dear Supporters,

Our journey with you all has been a path filled with joy and inspiration. Joy from the exceptional support we have received from you all and inspiration for continuing our work with the higher vigor and to reach better heights to support more and more helpless souls.

Throughout this journey, we have been posting updates about our hospital and sanctuary, the development and progress at each stage have been briefed to you all through our updates. This festive season we would like to share our next project.  A new start for a new year!

As mentioned in the previous update, VOSD has the plan to increase our capacity to 1400+ dogs from the current capacity of 900+ dogs. With the completion of the 10,000+ sq feet Hospital and 50+ high-quality kennels averaging 75-100 sq.feet which we could with your support, we're moving on to the VOSD Sanctuary expansion project. A few details had been mentioned in the previous update, we will share a detailed explanation of our plan and vision in this update.

Our plan is to double the land use and efficiency that will increase our capacity. 50% of the VOSD sanctuary area has non-standard construction with unplanned/poor land use. As a result one half of the sanctuary only houses 250 dogs. Changing the land use in that particular area will easily bring this capacity to 750+ dogs.

Reconstruction will happen over 33,600 sq feet where there are 28 plots, each 30 feet x 40 feet are laid out on either side. Of a 10 feet wide stone path, such that the outer perimeter of these 30x40 feet plots is the outside boundary of the 1.5 acre plot. Each plot has a cement and concrete ‘house’ measuring 10x15 feet with one door and 2 windows so dogs have a 4 side open area and indoor area. The layout factors in the 300 trees planted in this area, which we will not be cutting or pruning.

The expansion project would have 28 plots each with:
- 1 room measuring 150 sq feet of flooring + 150 sq feet or 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)
- Underground drainage for all plots
- Power connection for all rooms with light fittings
- A set of 2 gates for each plot
- 6 feet chain link fence on all sides but with 10 feet high cement wall on the external perimeter (~1000 running feet)
- Streetlights on steel masts at 200 feet along the path with 4 streetlights in each cluster
- Motorable road between the plots (~1000 feet)


Also, one more major part for which we would like to have your support would be for the operational expenses. We are trying to expand and are also trying to improve our infrastructure for serving the dogs. Currently, on a monthly basis, we are spending about close to ₹17.5 Lakhs per month for the food for the animals, salaries of the employees and helpers, maintenance of the infrastructure and assets, medical requirements for the animals, etc. The operational expenses are just going to increase exponentially with the number of animals increasing when we complete our expansion project.

We are indebted to everyone who has contributed towards our cause as donations and well wishes, this journey will continue further and we do expect the same support from everyone. Our intentions are to provide the best of facilities and care for our speechless companions. Please do continue supporting us with the same fervor and energy.

Regards,
Rakesh Shukla
Founder, VOSD 
Dear Supporters,

Our journey with you all has been a path filled with joy and inspiration. Joy from the exceptional support we have received from you all and inspiration for continuing our work with the higher vigor and to reach better heights to support more and more helpless souls.

Throughout this journey, we have been posting updates about our hospital and sanctuary, the development and progress at each stage have been briefed to you all through our updates. This festive season we would like to share our next project.  A new start for a new year!

As mentioned in the previous update, VOSD has the plan to increase our capacity to 1400+ dogs from the current capacity of 900+ dogs. With the completion of the 10,000+ sq feet Hospital and 50+ high-quality kennels averaging 75-100 sq.feet which we could with your support, we're moving on to the VOSD Sanctuary expansion project. A few details had been mentioned in the previous update, we will share a detailed explanation of our plan and vision in this update.

Our plan is to double the land use and efficiency that will increase our capacity. 50% of the VOSD sanctuary area has non-standard construction with unplanned/poor land use. As a result one half of the sanctuary only houses 250 dogs. Changing the land use in that particular area will easily bring this capacity to 750+ dogs.

Reconstruction will happen over 33,600 sq feet where there are 28 plots, each 30 feet x 40 feet are laid out on either side. Of a 10 feet wide stone path, such that the outer perimeter of these 30x40 feet plots is the outside boundary of the 1.5 acre plot. Each plot has a cement and concrete ‘house’ measuring 10x15 feet with one door and 2 windows so dogs have a 4 side open area and indoor area. The layout factors in the 300 trees planted in this area, which we will not be cutting or pruning.

The expansion project would have 28 plots each with:
- 1 room measuring 150 sq feet of flooring + 150 sq feet or 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)
- Underground drainage for all plots
- Power connection for all rooms with light fittings
- A set of 2 gates for each plot
- 6 feet chain link fence on all sides but with 10 feet high cement wall on the external perimeter (~1000 running feet)
- Streetlights on steel masts at 200 feet along the path with 4 streetlights in each cluster
- Motorable road between the plots (~1000 feet)


Also, one more major part for which we would like to have your support would be for the operational expenses. We are trying to expand and are also trying to improve our infrastructure for serving the dogs. Currently, on a monthly basis, we are spending about close to ₹17.5 Lakhs per month for the food for the animals, salaries of the employees and helpers, maintenance of the infrastructure and assets, medical requirements for the animals, etc. The operational expenses are just going to increase exponentially with the number of animals increasing when we complete our expansion project.

We are indebted to everyone who has contributed towards our cause as donations and well wishes, this journey will continue further and we do expect the same support from everyone. Our intentions are to provide the best of facilities and care for our speechless companions. Please do continue supporting us with the same fervor and energy.

Regards,
Rakesh Shukla
Founder, VOSD 
26th November 2019
Dear Supporters,

The support we have received from you all have inspired us to do more and have motivated us to work much harder to reach our goal of creating the best sanctuary we can for the animals we have. We are awed by the response we have got from all of you. A big shout out and heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported us by donating, sharing and wishes. Here is the update on how we have utilized the funds you have trusted us with all the details.

We have almost completed our hospital's construction. We have also build a residence for the veterinary doctors who would come down to treat the animals at VOSD.

Here is a video of showing the functional hospital :

https://youtu.be/-wC_ZclGLdA


https://youtu.be/eOSMUwpktoE


https://youtu.be/TH1hF1ZWGqo


https://youtu.be/TWo0RiPu9t0


https://youtu.be/7Qko8rz8gM4





The larger and the more aggressive dogs abandoned that find home at VOSD are now getting sparkling new kennels (which are more spacious) and a pool for swimming and hydrotherapy.

The VOSD Sanctuary Hospital upgrade project is almost complete - take a look at this new place where our largest dogs that need their privacy and independence will run and play! You can also see the pool coming up for them there.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=411043023154613

https://youtu.be/7zWRgkRQKvY




We have also got two new vehicles for transportation of the animals, a Tata Safari Storme and a Tata Winger. Here is the picture of one of them:

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=481285462467403




This new bus has everything removed - so it's one large flat bed for the babies. It can comfortably drive 8-10 dogs. Large enough for it to be a temporary room for 3-4 dogs to stay a night in case of emergency. It's got an AC for when the bus is running and fans for the night. Cameras fitted to watch the back.




VOSD just broke ground on the capacity to increase to 1400+ dogs. With the completion of the 10,000+ sq feet Hospital and 50+ high quality kennels averaging 75-100sq feet we're moving on the VOSD Sanctuary expansion project.

Essentially 10 large enclosures with non standard sizes and roofing are being demolished. They have poor utilisation and design and availability of sunlight etc. They are making way for 30 enclosures each of 30*40 feet (that is the size of a house) for a total of 36,000 sq feet (that's the size of a small housing colony). Of this 20,000+ sq feet is land not constructed on currently.

Each of these plots in it's center will have a standard large cemented floored and roofed room with space on all 4 sides for dogs to run. Each such enclosure will house 12-15 dogs giving us a capacity of 400-450 dogs in the new section alone.

Here is the final bill with GST for the hospital construction, veterinary residence and the new additional facility :





Here is a link which has all the bills enclosed :

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1JYRD2y6_Y85_HhaS5Ks4lL-LpX87FWwv?usp=sharing

Thank you all once again!
Dear Supporters,

The support we have received from you all have inspired us to do more and have motivated us to work much harder to reach our goal of creating the best sanctuary we can for the animals we have. We are awed by the response we have got from all of you. A big shout out and heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported us by donating, sharing and wishes. Here is the update on how we have utilized the funds you have trusted us with all the details.

We have almost completed our hospital's construction. We have also build a residence for the veterinary doctors who would come down to treat the animals at VOSD.

Here is a video of showing the functional hospital :

https://youtu.be/-wC_ZclGLdA


https://youtu.be/eOSMUwpktoE


https://youtu.be/TH1hF1ZWGqo


https://youtu.be/TWo0RiPu9t0


https://youtu.be/7Qko8rz8gM4





The larger and the more aggressive dogs abandoned that find home at VOSD are now getting sparkling new kennels (which are more spacious) and a pool for swimming and hydrotherapy.

The VOSD Sanctuary Hospital upgrade project is almost complete - take a look at this new place where our largest dogs that need their privacy and independence will run and play! You can also see the pool coming up for them there.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=411043023154613

https://youtu.be/7zWRgkRQKvY




We have also got two new vehicles for transportation of the animals, a Tata Safari Storme and a Tata Winger. Here is the picture of one of them:

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=481285462467403




This new bus has everything removed - so it's one large flat bed for the babies. It can comfortably drive 8-10 dogs. Large enough for it to be a temporary room for 3-4 dogs to stay a night in case of emergency. It's got an AC for when the bus is running and fans for the night. Cameras fitted to watch the back.




VOSD just broke ground on the capacity to increase to 1400+ dogs. With the completion of the 10,000+ sq feet Hospital and 50+ high quality kennels averaging 75-100sq feet we're moving on the VOSD Sanctuary expansion project.

Essentially 10 large enclosures with non standard sizes and roofing are being demolished. They have poor utilisation and design and availability of sunlight etc. They are making way for 30 enclosures each of 30*40 feet (that is the size of a house) for a total of 36,000 sq feet (that's the size of a small housing colony). Of this 20,000+ sq feet is land not constructed on currently.

Each of these plots in it's center will have a standard large cemented floored and roofed room with space on all 4 sides for dogs to run. Each such enclosure will house 12-15 dogs giving us a capacity of 400-450 dogs in the new section alone.

Here is the final bill with GST for the hospital construction, veterinary residence and the new additional facility :





Here is a link which has all the bills enclosed :

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1JYRD2y6_Y85_HhaS5Ks4lL-LpX87FWwv?usp=sharing

Thank you all once again!
9th October 2019
Dear Supporters,

Thank you all for the tremendous support you have given us, your fast response helped us achieve our goal in short time span. You guys are awesome!

We are posting a quick update here since we are getting a lot of requests asking for an update. Currently, we are working on multiple construction activities in our sanctuary.

Our facility had temporary electric poles which was running through out the facility to provide lights. The wires used to be hanging freely from pole to pole. Due to the rains, the lines are falling and creating a havoc and is becoming a concern for the safety of the animals as well. We are constructing underground electric lines and creating permanent poles for the same. Here are a few photos for the same:



These were the temporary set up and below is the work undergoing for underground power lines:



We have almost finished construction work of the kennels, guest room and the hospital. The guest house is for the volunteers/veterinary doctors who is visiting and staying in the sanctuary. Here is a video showing the work ad buildings:



Here's also a quick look at the work happening at what used to be the enclosure for labs, which had 4500 sq ft was our largest. This is now being converted to a place for the most maladjustment dogs where they can roam free and with their own pool to swim in.



We will be posting a detailed update with the expenditures and other details very soon.

Thank you all once again!

Regards,
Rakesh Shukla
Founder, VOSD
Dear Supporters,

Thank you all for the tremendous support you have given us, your fast response helped us achieve our goal in short time span. You guys are awesome!

We are posting a quick update here since we are getting a lot of requests asking for an update. Currently, we are working on multiple construction activities in our sanctuary.

Our facility had temporary electric poles which was running through out the facility to provide lights. The wires used to be hanging freely from pole to pole. Due to the rains, the lines are falling and creating a havoc and is becoming a concern for the safety of the animals as well. We are constructing underground electric lines and creating permanent poles for the same. Here are a few photos for the same:



These were the temporary set up and below is the work undergoing for underground power lines:



We have almost finished construction work of the kennels, guest room and the hospital. The guest house is for the volunteers/veterinary doctors who is visiting and staying in the sanctuary. Here is a video showing the work ad buildings:



Here's also a quick look at the work happening at what used to be the enclosure for labs, which had 4500 sq ft was our largest. This is now being converted to a place for the most maladjustment dogs where they can roam free and with their own pool to swim in.



We will be posting a detailed update with the expenditures and other details very soon.

Thank you all once again!

Regards,
Rakesh Shukla
Founder, VOSD
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