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 caring for a puppy during Covid-19
TOLFA staff caring for a puppy during Covid-19

Hello Everyone,

 

We are now well into Monsoon Season, usually our worst time of year, but with the added pressures of the Covid-19 Pandemic and soaring cases in India, it is a more testing time than usual. Luckily, we have not suffered the severe flooding that hit our hospital last year. It may be hard work, but thanks to our incredible team we continue to help as many animals as we can.

Animals like Mannu, who was suffering from the worst case of mange we have ever seen in a cat. We were unsure quite how he would respond to the usual medication, but within a couple of weeks Mannu’s painful itching and redness subsided. It has taken a while for the fur to return, but it’s slowly coming back, and we can see the start of the tabby coat pattern coming through. His temperament has improved too, and he is becoming more interactive with our staff. When Mannu has healed completed we are sure we can find a caring home for him.

With an average of 50 calls per day about an animal in need, Mannu is just one of many of our rescue stories. All receive the same love, care, and support they need to recover and lead full lives again. Attached are photos of a few more animals we have helped recently.

We cannot do this without supporters like you, so Thank You for being there for us, as we are still here for the animals.

Mannu BEFORE with terrible mange
Mannu BEFORE with terrible mange
Mannu AFTER nearly transformed by treatment & love
Mannu AFTER nearly transformed by treatment & love
A cheeky cow enjoys a break from the monsoon rains
A cheeky cow enjoys a break from the monsoon rains
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Staff tend to TOLFA's patients under lockdown
Staff tend to TOLFA's patients under lockdown

Dear Friends,

It feels now like a vastly different world to when we sent our last Project Report. We hope that you, and your family, are all safe and well.

India has been under nationwide lockdown since 22nd March, and with only 4 hours’ notice given, it has been a challenge for TOLFA. Fortunately, our team are used to working together under challenging circumstances, and with last year’s flooding still fresh in the memory, we acted quickly. The first thing to do was to secure supplies of animal feed and medicines, so there were many phone calls to our suppliers and local supporters to stockpile as much as we could.

Next, we had to prepare our staff with extra safety precautions and cleaning protocols being brought in. All staff were provided with the relevant PPE and extras such as named water bottles, and we introduced new rules about how our teams work and congregate. We had already brought in a 'no visitors' rule, but lockdown means that there are no tourists in the area which has a substantial impact on our income from local donations.

As veterinary services are classed as Essential Work, TOLFA is still open and able to send our ambulances out to emergency call outs, and we still have over 400 animals at the hospital to care for every day. As the lockdown has closed local businesses, including restaurants and, in Ajmer, meat shops, we have seen an increase in dogs with bite wounds from fighting over the limited resources. The young, old, and vulnerable are most at risk.

To counter this problem, we have a team who go out specifically to feed street animals and ensure that they are staying well as they survive without the usual melee of people on the streets.

We are of course concerned about the longer term impact the coronavirus crisis will have on our organisation, so we have created a special appeal for help on GlobalGiving. We are grateful to have your support, which enables us to continue our work for the street animals of India.

 

Thank you

Treatments continue under new safety protocols
Treatments continue under new safety protocols
TOLFA street feeding programme helps dogs survive
TOLFA street feeding programme helps dogs survive
We are also taking green grass to feed the cows
We are also taking green grass to feed the cows

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Ginger kitten with hind leg wound
Ginger kitten with hind leg wound

Welcome to our first Project Report of 2020!

After the challenges of 2019 we want to make this year our best yet - and we have lots of plans to make that happen!

As well as the repair and improvement work going on at our animal hospital since the monsoon floods, we also have other building plans in the pipeline. Firstly, we want to build a Puppy Isolation Unit to keep infectious puppies away from the general population to limit the spread of disease. We also plan to create our Laboratory and equip it so that we can take x-rays and blood samples to improve our diagnoses and treatment plans. Finally, we want to improve our laundry area and install an industrial washing machine to deal with the large number of soiled blankets and bedding we need to wash and dry every day.

These things will all improve the running of our Rescue & Care Project and are made possible through your continued support.

I thought you'd like to meet a few of our patients who are currently under treatment here at TOLFA.

This ginger kitten is about three months old and was admitted with a nasty wound on his back leg. He is receiving meds and pain relief as well as daily dressings to the wound. He’s a very friendly and sweet chap and we hope that he will be adopted when he is fully better.

Mary is a delicate and skittish older puppy who spent a long time in our quarantine kennels fighting hepatitis. She also had a wound to her front paw which has left her with a slight deformity. Recovered from the hepatitis she is now spending time in our puppy yard to socialise and play. She is very sweet and we’re sure she will be rehomed as soon as she is ready.

This older male dog was brought into the hospital after being hit by a car in Ajmer. He is spending time in our ‘L’ kennels which are for dogs that need that bit of extra special care. His badly injured back leg has been amputated and he’s getting used to life as a ‘three-wheeler’. Today he is just enjoying spending some time in the warm sunshine (it gets very cold at night during the winter here).

These are just some of the animals that your donation has helped. Thank you, and let’s save more lives in 2020!

Mary is enjoying her freedom after quarantine
Mary is enjoying her freedom after quarantine
This elder amputee is soaking up the sunshine
This elder amputee is soaking up the sunshine

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Our street treatment team in action with onlookers
Our street treatment team in action with onlookers

TOLFA has been heavily hit by the monsoon this year - the heaviest monsoon in the area for 60 years!

The weather conditions heavily impacted on our work as flooding in Ajmer made some major roads impassable so our rescue vehicle could not get through. The rains also caused flooding and damage to parts of our hospital meaning that we had to evacuate and close one kennel block, move animals from the cattle shade and were unable to use our main operating theatre for a number of days.

The monsoon is over now, and we are starting to dry out, but because of the damage and need to make repairs we are currently only admitting the most urgent cases to the hospital. Our rescue teams are still out and about every day giving vital street treatments to animals in need.

These street treatments have been met with great support from the local community as people can see the amazing work we do to help the animals, often on their own doorsteps! Your support makes this possible and ensures that we are able to help the animals that really need it most.

The little brown and white puppy, pictured here with our trainee staff member Gaffar, was admitted as he had three fractured legs and needed lots of extra special care. One of his front legs subsequently required amputation but we're happy to say that he has now found a wonderful family who have adopted him!

 

Thank you for your continued support of our Rescue & Care Project which is saving so many lives!

The team ready to go out for the day's rescue work
The team ready to go out for the day's rescue work
Gaffar with the puppy that has now been adopted
Gaffar with the puppy that has now been adopted
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Shishpal carrying blankets across the floodwater
Shishpal carrying blankets across the floodwater

Dear Friend,

Thank you for supporting TOLFA, and welcome to our latest Project Report.

Every year we experience our busiest time during the monsoon - the heavy rains make everyday tasks much more of a challenge, and we typically see a large increase in the number of animal rescues we are called to. Many of the animals are suffering from horrendous maggot wounds - caused when the flies that breed furiously at this time of year, bury their eggs in any small wound they can find. 

This year is our most challenging yet as we experienced particularly heavy rains at the start of July that caused several parts of our hospital to flood and our septic tanks to overflow. We needed to evacuate one of our kennels blocks of 40+ dogs and shut down our operating theatre as it was contaminated with dirty floodwater. Our staff worked around the clock to make repairs, clean soiled blankets and care for the animals that were effected.

Unfortunately, this was just the start of the two-month monsoon season, so we are now taking precautions to protect the hospital from further floods by creating rainwater tanks and fitting pipes to channel of the runoff from roofs etc.

Your support is very important to us and we continue to attend rescue calls and do everything we can to help the street animals that also have to deal with the severity of the monsoon.

If you would like to show your support you can purchase one of our exclusive t-shirts HERE - they are only available online until 17th August!

 Your donations enable us to keep rescuing animals - despite the monsoon floods!

 

Thank you

Staff drying an evacuated dog in his new kennel
Staff drying an evacuated dog in his new kennel
Getting very wet and muddy after the heavy rains
Getting very wet and muddy after the heavy rains
TOLFA t-shirts in a range of colours and styles
TOLFA t-shirts in a range of colours and styles

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Tree Of Life For Animals (TOLFA)

Location: Stroud - United Kingdom
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