I found Kiran on Instagram in January this year. I was initially taken in by just how cute she is, then reading her story broke my heart. I was determined to bring her home to me for us to have a fabulous life together. The amazing folks at Paws For A Cause: NCR (Delhi) are looking after her now.
Kiran started her life on the busy streets of Delhi, figuring out a way to survive each day. One day the course of her life changed when she was raped by a rickshaw puller. Yes you read that right. His “reason” was that he was fed up with her sleeping on his rickshaw at night, parked by the edge of the road. So this was her punishment. Humanity reached another low that day. Her rescuer found her in bad shape and sought medical attention, the examination confirmed she had indeed suffered sexual assault.
It came to light that this wasn’t an isolated incident, the perpetrator had done this to other dogs and had been beaten up by members of the public several times. Considering the sad state of animal rights and welfare in India, he is still out and about though. There was no way Kiran could go back to living on the streets, she could be attacked again. She was taken in by a kind boarding owner after being rescued, Paws For A Cause were looking for a permanent home for her since August 2020 with no luck until I reached out. What I hadn’t anticipated though were the many rules and challenges that would get in the way of bringing her to me in London.
I’ve since learned that the United Kingdom has very stringent rules regarding animal travel, including Kiran needing microchipping, a titre test and there needing to be a gap of three months between the titre test and her travel to London, and boarding and training to prepare her for the journey. The United Kingdom does not allow dogs to travel as accompanied baggage on the flight (which would help to cut costs), she will have to travel as manifest cargo. When you add Covid-19 and its associated risks and restrictions, the costs rise further.
Here’s the breakdown of the costs involved:
Vaccinations and microchipping: INR 6,800
Titre test: INR 23,000
Travel crate: INR 8,500
Training: INR 19,800
Boarding stay before her flight: INR 9,000
While some of this has been paid for through money I saved for Kiran, as well as the generosity of others who love her, I need your help with the last leg of her journey from India to the UK. We are raising INR 150000 (approx GBP 1500) to help Kiran come into her cozy home here in London, never to live on the streets again.
Kiran is vaccinated, spayed, trained and ready for the next chapter in her life. Will you be her fairy god pa(w)rent and help with her happily ever after?