Dr.Raja,Leslie, & Vishwa...Warriors of the Heart.
Hoping this finds each of you in excellent circumstances…May we all, all of us, without exception be blessed with insights that deepen compassionate understanding. May we, too, be gentler with and more supportive to each other.
The activity in the clinic seems to have leveled off for the hot season, which is now coming to a close…But it’s still way up there and keeping our three vets and veterinarian nurse very, very busy…Don’t have the final May stats, yet…But we had between 600 and 800 visits to our clinic…Also, Pandi and Vishwa went out on over 100 emergency rescues…
- Vishwa rescued a week old baby peacock that had lost her mother…A monk in a local temple adopted her…And the sweetie’s life will now unfold in this really nice small temple, with the monk caring for her.
- We got a call 11:30pm about two baby kittens that were crying on the road. They were starving. Frightened. And not understanding where their mom was…Sugana-“mom” is caring for them at night. They sleep with her…and have to be fed every two or three hours around the clock. They’re doing well…and it looks like they’re going to make it…When they’re a little older and strong enough, Purnima will take them and find good homes.
- About 9pm, got a call about a weak dog on the road…Vishwa went out. He was starving, and had a bad skin condition—no hair, thick crusty scabs.…He’s about 8 years old…We have him in the Shelter, and he’s happy and doing well.
- Vishwa chanced upon an 18 inch chameleon on the road while on his two wheeler…Took him to the forest and released him in an area with a lot of trees and foliage…(Enjoy your life, Little One.)
- Late call. At least late for a cobra rescue—It was dark. About 7:30pm…Vishwa went out with a villager…He was trapped in an empty tank (8’ in diameter…and 8’ deep)…He was about 5 feet long. They went down on a ladder…Released him in a nearby woods. (I sometimes really worry about my guys…They take a lot of risks.)
A few cute older tales:
- The Liontail Macque Monkey: We got him near Shanti Internet. He was pretty big. And very, very strong. He had significant leg injuries and we had to sedate him to get him to the Shelter…When Dr. Raja finished working on him in the clinic, he told Vishwa to carry him over to a cage…When Vishwa picked him up, though, it turned out he was not fully sedated and they, the two of them, started crashing around the clinic, wrestling, until Vishwa finally prevailed and got him into the cage…Two days later when he was released back into his territory I asked Vishwa to get some good photos of the release…But he got none…He said he was so strong that his first step out of the cage was thirteen feet!!!
- The Eagle: We’ve only had three eagles in the Shelter. This is about the first…He was found unconscious in a water tank, and was in a state of cold shock when he was brought in. He only stayed three days. On the first I asked how he was doing, and was told he wasn’t eating…”What are you feeding him?”…”Rice? Are you crazy. Meat. Raw meat!”…He was very approachable the first day…On the second day his “eagleness” was returning, and the Staff only approached his cage cautiously…On the third it was intensely clear he wanted FREEDOM!...Dr. Raja and two of the Staff took his cage into the woods to release him. I asked them to take photos of his release. Once the gate was open he shot out so fast, the first photo they got was him in the distance.
This last month I wrote the Chairman of our bank (the largest in India) for her intercession on the timely processing of wire transfers. In the letter I wrote a short blurb to give her a sense of the specialness and importance of our work…I really liked the way it came out…
Don't know if you're animal lover….But our Work really is important and this does affect us. We have a hospital, clinic, 24/7 hour rescue service, and an effective adoption program. We are a no-kill shelter that gives hospice care to dying creatures....Our clinic has 800 visits each month, and we have had 34,000 since our opening in 2007. Our hospital has given 99,000 treatments since opening. We go out 100 km. to find good homes for our rescued puppies, and have placed over 800 in homes since opening. We have gone out on 3,300 rescues...And we treat any creature in need. Since opening we have treated over 3,000 animals other than dogs--cats, cows, horses, goats, eagles, peacocks, squirrels, monkeys, birds, and many others...All services to homeless and wild animals are free. Services to all people unable to pay are free. To those able to pay, there are modest charges to cover the cost of the medicine--however, no animal is refused treatment if its owner does not pay...And, we have one of the best surgeons within 150 km. The Gov't Veterinary Hospital that treats large animals brings all their complicated operations to him. And the Forest Dept. brings all their serious cases. We are supported by private donations. Om Namah Shivaya.
Have once more chosen a selection of photos that will give you a whiff of the Heart in our beloved Shelter…Our core practice is Demonstratice love: Hugging. Touching. Stroking. Reassuring. Kissing.
Please…Keep your support coming…We need all the help we can get.
Just got word that Global Giving will match one month's donation for all new recurring donors between Monday,June 17 and Friday,July 1 Eastern Standard Time...To qualify the donation must stay in force for four payments...Om Namah Shivaya.
With love and thanks...And wishes for everything, good,
Just love this shot of PureHeart Sekar.
His Heart really is Pure.
I also like this shot of Dr.Heera.What a blessing.
I'm proud to be a streetdog.
Before-This gal is dangerously bloated with fluid.
After-Thank God. Now for some food, sweetie.
Now that's what I call a kiss!
They say I'll be fine.
This ones for you catlovers...Om Namah Shivaya.
Mooji and Leslie a few years back.