Rescue Sick & Injured Street Animals in India

by Tree Of Life For Animals (TOLFA)
Rescue Sick & Injured Street Animals in India
Rescue Sick & Injured Street Animals in India
Rescue Sick & Injured Street Animals in India
Rescue Sick & Injured Street Animals in India
Rescue Sick & Injured Street Animals in India
Rescue Sick & Injured Street Animals in India
Rescue Sick & Injured Street Animals in India
Rescue Sick & Injured Street Animals in India
Rescue Sick & Injured Street Animals in India
Rescue Sick & Injured Street Animals in India
Rescue Sick & Injured Street Animals in India
Rescue Sick & Injured Street Animals in India
Rescue Sick & Injured Street Animals in India
Rescue Sick & Injured Street Animals in India
Rescue Sick & Injured Street Animals in India
Rescue Sick & Injured Street Animals in India
Rescue Sick & Injured Street Animals in India
Rescue Sick & Injured Street Animals in India
Rescue Sick & Injured Street Animals in India
Rescue Sick & Injured Street Animals in India
TOLFA staff treating a puppy at the hospital
TOLFA staff treating a puppy at the hospital

Your support of TOLFA’s Rescue & Care Project is really saving lives EVERY day!

For the months of January, February & March 2022 we have attended over 5,000 emergency rescue calls and have admitted 2,290 sick & injured animals to our hospital, with a further 2,595 being treated on the street by our mobile team. That means TOLFA is giving life-saving aid and veterinary care to over 50 new patients a day.

These are animals like Ella, who was suffering from an enormous tumour. What would have happened if we had not been there to take Ella to hospital and perform the surgery to remove the tumour? Animals like Ella suffer all the time on the street BUT your support means we can help them. Ella’s surgery was a success with no complications and we’re certain she felt better once the 3.5kg mass was no longer hanging from her chest and belly. Not only that but at TOLFA Ella was given a full health-check, sterilised to prevent the stresses of mating, pregnancy and puppies, as well as vaccinated against rabies.

You may have noticed we have a new project on GlobalGiving as we’re raising funds to buy a new Rescue Vehicle! This vehicle is a vital part of our rescue service and will enable us to reach all the animals we are called to help. We have increased street treatments as many minor ailments can be dealt with in situ which is less stressful for the animals and leaves space at our hospital for the most serious cases. With one vehicle now in use by the mobile team every day we need another for transporting animals to the hospital (as well as releasing them after!).

Please do take a look at this project page and share with your networks - https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rescue-vehicle-for-sick-and-injured-street-animals/.

 

Thank you so much for your ongoing support,

Ella after her life-saving operation
Ella after her life-saving operation
Ella with her tumour before the operation
Ella with her tumour before the operation
We're fundraising for a new Rescue Vehicle
We're fundraising for a new Rescue Vehicle

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One of our shelter dogs relaxing at TOLFA
One of our shelter dogs relaxing at TOLFA

We hope that you had a lovely Christmas and Festive Season?

We can’t believe that another year has come to an end, but here it is! We are excited for 2022 and hope that many of our plans that had to be put on hold will finally come to fruition. These include our plans to raise the remainder of our buildings that lie too low and are susceptible to flooding; completing our puppy isolation unit; and building and equipping our laboratory.

Our animal rescue work continues, whatever is going on elsewhere, and we have experienced some of our busiest ever times in the last half of 2021. In August, September, and October we admitted 1,612 sick and injured animals to our hospital as well as providing 2,171 treatments to animals on the street.

In 2022 we also want to improve our services by updating our ambulance vehicles to provide the best possible service to the animals in need. There is a lot to do and organise, but we are feeling positive for the future. As these photos show – the animals always lead the way and inspire us in our work. We are thankful that our supporters, like you, believe in our work and help us to achieve these amazing results for the animals who have no one else.

 

Thank you and best wishes for the New Year!

Large animal supervisor Roshan with our donkeys
Large animal supervisor Roshan with our donkeys
Simon, rescue dog recovered from a maggot wound
Simon, rescue dog recovered from a maggot wound
Nurturer Bunty with shelter dog Toofan
Nurturer Bunty with shelter dog Toofan
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Simpi, after amputation, now a TOLFA office cat
Simpi, after amputation, now a TOLFA office cat

The pandemic, climate change and lockdowns -  despite all the challenges we face, and there are many, there is always one thing that remains the same – the animals we help. We still get up to 50 calls every day about sick and injured animals that need veterinary care, and we are always there to give it. That is what your support means. It means that animals like Simpi, Albert and Edie have somewhere safe to go where caring people will help them to get better.

Simpi was rescued in a terrible state – his left foreleg was all but hanging off his body after an accident had left the wound open for maggots. At TOLFA he was given the pain relief needed, we cleaned him up and safely amputated his leg. The ‘after’ photo says it all as he now loves his role as an office cat with our admin staff.

Albert was nothing but a walking skeleton when we first collected him from the streets. Severely emaciated and suffering from mange he was a sorry site. You can see from the ‘after’ photo that he still has a way to go to re-grow his hair, but his condition has already improved considerably. Mange may take some time and attention to treat, but it is treatable, and we can make a huge difference to dogs like Albert.

Edie is an older dog who suffered a huge skin burn, either from an accident or from deliberate abuse, that left her with an open wound on one side of her body. No animal deserves to go through so much pain – if someone hadn’t called TOLFA for her what would have happened? Happily she received immediate care and treatment and has been given a new lease of life.

You have helped make all these, and so many more, incredible recoveries happen. This is what your support does every day at TOLFA.

 

Thank you.

Albert, after treatment has begun for his mange
Albert, after treatment has begun for his mange
Albert, being groomed by caring TOLFA staff
Albert, being groomed by caring TOLFA staff
Edie, in her kennel during treatment for her wound
Edie, in her kennel during treatment for her wound
Edie, with the wound now fully healed!
Edie, with the wound now fully healed!
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Our staff already affected by the Covid-19 crisis
Our staff already affected by the Covid-19 crisis

Dear Supporter,

Our work rescuing animals in India is never particularly easy and we have had many challenges before, but nothing really compares with the horrific situation occurring in India right now.

The country is in a panic as hospitals, doctors and families desperately try to find the medical supplies needed to keep people alive. We are continuing our rescue work which is classed as an ‘essential service’ and although we are doing all that we can to keep our staff safe, they are still putting themselves at risk for the animals.

Our concern now is in getting enough medical supplies and consumables needed for our animal hospital, as well as the prospect of having to care for our Indian staff who are also now being affected by Covid. If our staff get sick, then we'll struggle to care for the animals that rely on TOLFA for rescue and treatment.

Your support is vital in enabling us to continue our work and keep helping the animals that need us during this uncertain and bleak time for India.

We have also set up a separate project appeal on GlobalGiving to cover the Covid-related medical costs of our staff – 50 ordinary men and women who are like family to us and are dedicated to the care of the animals we serve.

For now we are taking one day at a time, making sure we have enough food and medicines for the animals at TOLFA and continuing to go to those that need rescue and emergency care.

Thank you for being here for us

One of many dogs with mange we treated recently
One of many dogs with mange we treated recently
Young dog with eye infection Before and After
Young dog with eye infection Before and After
Thank you for supporting our hardworking staff
Thank you for supporting our hardworking staff

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TOLFA Staff in masks with an amputee shelter dog
TOLFA Staff in masks with an amputee shelter dog

On behalf of all the staff and animals at TOLFA I would like to wish you a very Happy New Year!

2020 has been hard and challenging in many ways but we are looking ahead to 2021 and the animals that always need our help.

In the last quarter of 2020, our Rescue Team attended to 2,846 of the 2,850 emergency calls we received. A total of 1,420 animals were admitted to our hospital (1,043 being dogs) and 1,077 animals were given treatment on the street (946 being dogs).

These incredible rescue numbers are only possible through the support of people like yourself, who are keen to make a difference in the world and help the desperate number of animals that have to survive on the streets, like Jivin…

A member of the public noticed that street dog Jivin had a big wound on the back of his neck and called our rescue team - Jivin was so happy to see them that he happily jumped right into the ambulance with a waggy tail!

As soon as he arrived at the hospital the triage and treatment team got to work removing all the crawling maggots that had infested his wound and flushed the area with antiseptic solution. He was such a good boy throughout his stay with us and after a few weeks he healed up really nicely (although his ear is a lot smaller now, but he doesn't mind!).

Jivin also had deformed forelegs which is a result of rickets. He will have had this condition since he was a puppy and unfortunately there is no treatment we could give him for this as an adult. Rickets is most usually caused by Vitamin D or Phosphorus deficiency, although it can also happen when there is excess calcium in a puppy's diet (this is common in large breed dogs).

Rickets causes abnormal growth of the bone-plates so the typical 'bow legs' is often seen. We have seen many dogs with rickets, but we hope with improved education and animal diets the number of cases will reduce.

Lovely Jivin copes very well on his bowed legs, and so he was sterilised and vaccinated against rabies before being released back to his home territory where his friendly neighbours will keep an eye on him.

Each number has a story like Jivin's attached to it. We’re very grateful that you are part of our story - together we can continue to help more animals in 2021.

Warm regards,

Jivin, AFTER his treatment for a maggot wound
Jivin, AFTER his treatment for a maggot wound
Jiven with bow legs, BEFORE (maggot wound blurred)
Jiven with bow legs, BEFORE (maggot wound blurred)
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