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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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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
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 
Rs.17,279,521 raised

Goal: Rs.25,000,000

Beneficiary: VOSD info_outline

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Anonymous donated Rs.1,000
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Vinod donated Rs.1,000
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Karthik donated Rs.3,000

Thanks for doing this

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Viswanath donated Rs.500
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Ronald donated £20

You are my hero. Thank you for doing this. The dogs need you man, good luck in all you do. I will donate whenever,i can afford it.

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Anonymous donated Rs.500