All this started with just one old abandoned soul whose sad photo was posted on Facebook. Happily, he turned out to be much younger than we thought he was. Joe is a little Spitz, with a big personality. After Joe, we found it more and more difficult to ignore dogs in such distress.
As a result, our initial attempt at caring for just that one abandoned pet in early 2015 has now reached around one hundred and ten. About half of them are Indian or crossbreeds.
We have moved several times as the number of dogs in our care has grown. At present, we have two adjoining houses, both with lawns for the dogs to play in.
Our ratio of dog to staff member caring for them is 1:10. The staff all live within the building and sleep with the dogs each is responsible for. Much as one does with a pet. Their salaries add up to a considerable amount.
Then there are the utility bills. Given the kind of work we do, taking in mostly ill and or old dogs, our vet bills are massive.
We have cancer patients, dogs with kidney or liver failure, accident victims, dogs that have been neglected so badly that their immune system has collapsed, and many other acute or chronic health issues. Depression is a problem we see often, and need to manage. Many of the elderly dogs have age-related issues and need to be on support medications and supplements.
All of them are cared for as well as pets are.