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
Gilby after his eye infection had cleared
Gilby after his eye infection had cleared

It's already time for another project report from TOLFA, and we are excited to tell you about what we have been doing with your donation. With about 500 animals under our care every day your support is so important and helps us achieve some amazing recoveries. Here are just two incredible stories.

Gilby

When Gilby was rescued from nearby Ajmer he had tumours all over his body and had developed a painful eye infection as well. Luckily, we were called to take him in and we immediately began treatment on the tumours and his infected eye. This photo was taken just 10 days after he was admitted and shows that his eye infection has all cleared up and most of his tumours are now reduced or gone entirely, which is a great result! Gilby will stay with us for a while longer to make sure all the tumours have gone and to build up his general body condition. He can then be sterilised and vaccinated and go back to his territory and doggy family.

Stella

Sweet girl Stella was rescued in the middle of the night with the most terrible head wound. Nearly the whole of her head was swollen with the maggots that were buried inside. Despite the pain she must have been in, she was still happy to greet people with a wagging tail. The wound was probably caused by an over-zealous mate during the breeding season and subsequently became infected and then infested with maggots. After all the maggots were removed and the wound thoroughly cleaned Stella was given pain relief and antibiotics. After only three weeks she was ready for sterilization and rabies vaccination and after six weeks she was ready to go home. In the photo she is just before release with TOLFA staff member Golu. Being sterilised means that she will no longer be hounded by an ardent male dog and therefore unlikely to get involved in any further fighting.

Rachel wins Vet Nurse of the Year

We're thrilled to let you know that Rachel won Vet Nurse of the Year at the recent Ceva Animal Welfare Awards. Rachel is a British veterinary nurse who spent eight years travelling the world and volunteering at animal sanctuaries and rescue centres before setting up TOLFA in the state of Rajasthan, India in 2005. It is great to receive such recognition for our charity that is doing so much great work for animals in need. Congratulations Rachel! 

Upcoming Microproject on GlobalGiving

Please keep your eyes peeled for a new microproject to be launched soon! The road outside TOLFA is becoming a main highway and that means there is a lot more traffic passing by. We need to redevelop the entrance of TOLFA to keep our shelter dogs safe from the busy road and provide greater security for our hospital. Our microproject to Keep Our Dogs Safe will be launched in conjunction with GlobalGiving's upcoming Paws & Claws Fund Matching Day for animal charities on 22nd May. On this day donations of up to $500 will be matched by 30% making your gift go even further. Watch out for further information.

 

Thank you for your continued support!



Stella's terrible maggot wound healed in 6 weeks
Stella's terrible maggot wound healed in 6 weeks
TOLFA's Rachel Wright - Vet Nurse of the Year!
TOLFA's Rachel Wright - Vet Nurse of the Year!
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Rescuer Ramesh - we rescued 6,392 animals in 2018
Rescuer Ramesh - we rescued 6,392 animals in 2018

Welcome to your first TOLFA Project Report of 2019!

Our 2018 statistics are in, and you won't believe the number of animals you have helped by supporting TOLFA last year!

The rescue team did an amazing job and responded to nearly 10,000 calls on our animal emergency hotline, admiting a total of  6,392 animals to the hospital for treatment!

broken down by species that includes:

  • 4,766 dogs & puppies
  • 208 cats
  • 1,332 cows
  • 19 goats
  • 8 horses & donkeys
  • 59 other - birds, pigs etc

Without your support we would not have been able to do so much for the suffering animals of Rajasthan, so THANK YOU for your support.

If you would like to find out more about TOLFA's work please do check our our website - www.tolfa.org.uk

 

You helped lovely mum Aksha and her little pup Petal..

Aksha had an injured hind leg from a road traffic accident. Fortunately it was not broken, but she did need medical care and kennel rest. She certainly wouldn't have had much rest on the street with little Petal to look after, and life would have been very different if the TOLFA rescue team hadn't been there to pick them up.  Aksha is now healing well and much more mobile, through that doesn't stop her from being Petals' favourite pillow! Now both are happy and healthy and have a much brighter future ahead of them.

You also helped keep Thunder warm..

The Rajasthani winter can be very cold, but for a dog with mange it is especially cruel. Thunder is a very sweet dog, despite the discomfort of losing his hair and feeling constantly itchy due to the mange mites irritating his skin. He receieved the standard treatment for mange - weekly anti-mite injections, de-worming and extra vitamins & minerals. Luckily he had a bed and a roof over his head while he was recovering and he is very nearly healed and healthy again.

 

Thank you so much for helping Aksha, Petal, Thunder and so many more dogs and other street animals... Your donation really does make a difference!

We helped 4,766 dogs, and puppies like Pepper here
We helped 4,766 dogs, and puppies like Pepper here
Little Petal uses mum Aksha as a comfy bed
Little Petal uses mum Aksha as a comfy bed
Poor Thunder had horrid mange before TOLFA came
Poor Thunder had horrid mange before TOLFA came
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TOLFA staff are dedicated to rescuing animals
TOLFA staff are dedicated to rescuing animals

Hi!

It has been all hands on deck since our last report as the monsoon brought chaos to our beloved street dogs! 

During and after the annual monsoon rains, thousands of flies and insects lay their eggs into any tiny scratch or wound they can find on an animal. When the eggs hatch, the larvae start to eat the surrounding flesh. By the time some of these dogs reach TOLFA they have suffered severe injuries due to the maggots infested in their skin.

The worst thing is that many of the maggot wounds are located around the head and neck so that the dog can't lick them clean. It causes great pain and distress to the dog and they may run from their own territories to escape the crawling sensation. They can then come into conflict with other dogs, get confused by unfamiliar surroundings and get hit in traffic accidents.

It is a very trying time for us as we are inundated with dogs, and other animals, with terrible wounds. BUT, with your support we helped hundreds of dogs that would otherwise have been left to suffer. Thank You.

The photos show beautiful Devon who was admitted with a maggot wound on the head. It took several weeks of daily care and attention but it is now all healed up. In the last photo he is with our staff member Lakhan, ready to release Devon, who has also been sterilised and rabies-vaccinated during his stay.

Since January this year we have admitted over 3,700 dogs and puppies for treatment, and this is all possible due of the generosity of our supporters.

In the run up to to Christmas we are selling TOLFA 2019 Calendars and other gift items through our eBay for Charity store - please do have a look and get some Christmas shopping ticked off your list - www.tolfa.org.uk/ebay

 

Thank you so much for your support, and a Merry Chritsmas from everyone at TOLFA

Devon on admission with a maggot wound on the head
Devon on admission with a maggot wound on the head
Devon, after, with the wound completely healed
Devon, after, with the wound completely healed
Devon, with staff Lakhan, ready to be released
Devon, with staff Lakhan, ready to be released
TOLFA 2019 Calendar featuring our rescue animals
TOLFA 2019 Calendar featuring our rescue animals

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Dear Supporter,


We are very grateful for your support of our project to rescue sick and injured street animals in India.

In May and June this year alone, we have rescued 737 animals. That number includes 523 dogs and puppies, 33 cats and an amazing 163 cows! There are many thousands of cows free-roaming on India’s streets. You may have seen them on TV shows such as The Real Marigold Hotel. Many of the cows have owners that let them out during the day to forage – but unfortunately, they end up eating rubbish including plastic waste that has a terrible effect on their health and can prove fatal.


Many more are neglected or turned loose when they are no longer producing milk, and so lose their usefulness. These cows are at risk from plastic consumption, road traffic accidents and abuse from humans.


The sorriest lot of all are the ‘orphaned’ calves – forced out so that their mother’s milk can be kept for human consumption. These little calves, some only days old, are most at risk on the busy streets. It is particularly common with male calves, who have no use in production. They end up becoming big roaming bulls that can cause problems in the human communities in which they wander, looking for food. While the crisis for India’s cows grows, and there is no official solution forthcoming, it comes to TOLFA to help those that are in need. Rescuing a cow is rarely an easy task, especially if they are recumbent (unable to stand) but our team are specialists and will never leave an animal to suffer alone.


Our large cattle shade at TOLFA recently flooded due to the monsoon, but it’s good news for our cows – they have moved to a pasture field just up the road. We are still able to provide daily treatments and care, with the youngest calves getting extra special support and bottle feeding from our nurturing team.


We often feature the dogs and cats we help, but the cows are just as important, and they make up a large number of the animals we help. By supporting us you are helping them as well – Thank You!


Best Wishes,



Clara Nowak

Executive Director



Photos:


Fig 1: Many free-roaming cows are at risk of road traffic accidents


Fig 2: Cows end up eating plastic which get stuck in their stomachs


Fig 3: The new pasture land for TOLFA’s cows during the monsoon


Fig 4: Abandoned calves are cared for by our nurturing team


Fig 5: Calves being cared for at TOLFA after being turned out from their mothers


Fig 6: Mother cows and calves share a special bond, here in nearby Pushkar



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Suraksha the camel
Suraksha the camel

I'm so pleased to bring you another report from our Rescue & Care Project. This project helps so many animals every day - from kittens to camels - and everything inbetween.

I visited TOLFA in April and saw again the wonderful work that is going on and the great team that are caring for these animals.

We have a baby camel called Suraksha living with our donkeys at the moment. Poor Suraksha is suffering from a severe skin condition and was found wandering on the road outside our gates - obviously abandoned by his uncaring owner. We took him in and are giving him the medical teatment he needs and the care and shelter he deserves. He has now found his life-long sanctuary under the branches of our Tree of Life.

There are also two tiny kittens that had been rejected by their mother. With eyes barely open they were brought to TOLFA where they are now being hand-fed with round the clock care. The TOLFA office often has the odd cardboard box contaning tiny pups or kittens that our staff can keep on eye on while working. We should be able to find homes for these kittens when they are older.

We also have a lot of older puppies looking for local homes - many of them are the survivors of a recent hepatitis epidemic, Fidget is a particulary lively little pup who would make a great companion for someone.

Every day there can be anything between 20 and 40 new patients admitted at TOLFA, they all need individual attention and care and that is where our staff really go above and beyond - like Jacky who patiently helps disabled dogs to feed properly.

Your donations keep us helping so many animals in desparate need - thank you for your wonderful support!

Little kittens cared for at TOLFA
Little kittens cared for at TOLFA
Clara with Fidget the recovered hepatitis puppy
Clara with Fidget the recovered hepatitis puppy
Jacky feeding disabled dogs
Jacky feeding disabled dogs
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Location: Stroud - United Kingdom
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Clara Nowak
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