"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated", Mahatma Gandhi
THE ANIMAL WELFARE BOARD OF INDIA WHO OVERSEE ALL THE ANIMAL SHELTERS IN THE COUNTRY SAID,IN A PUBLIC LETTER,"In the short span of time they have been in existence,they have established themselves as one of the very best animal sanctuaries, veterinary clinics,rescue shelters and hospices in the Nation."
THE VERY CORE OF OUR WORK IS DEMONSTRATIVE LOVE-HUGGING,STROKING,REASSURING,KISSING.
We have both clinic and in-hosp care...and 24/7 emergency rescue...A Staff of 28, plus three full-time veterinary doctors, all qualified surgeons...And we will treat any animal in need-big,small,domestic,homeless,wild.
The dogs and puppies are not kept in cages,but run free and are happy. They have a life. They have choices.
Some animal lovers experiencing our beloved Shelter for the first time get teary because they didn't know a place such as ours existed.
That's the intro folks...except to say, Our beloved Shelter is a place OF LOVE...OF PEACE...OF LIFE...and,above all,a place OF HEART.
SHELTER STATISTICS FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2017
Non-dogs Treated...................822 (213 cows/calves, 300 goats/lambs/sheep, 128 birds, 99 cats, 41 monkeys, 8 rabbits, 2 squirrels, 4 pigs, 2 peacocks, 5 parrots, 4 horses, 12 deer, 1 owl, 2 ducks, 1 cameleon.)
This is the story of an extraordinary rescue‚Ä¶an entire village of abandoned, starving animals‚Äî56 goats, 19 cows/calves/bulls, 4 bullocks, 2 sheep, and 4 pigs. The rescue was put together top to bottom by our beloved Vishwa. I truly don‚Äôt know how he was able to do it. Truly. (This is one of those times I call him The Martian.)
The background: A political figure 75 km from here was killed by six men. The men were all related and lived in the same village. Their families fled for their lives, leaving all their animals in the care of the remaining villagers. Sympathizers of the political figure burned all their houses, and under threat of death, prevented the remaining villagers from caring for the animals. We found out five days after the murder. By this time, the animals were starving.
The rescue was one of the largest I‚Äôve heard of a shelter being involved in. These weren‚Äôt animals being turned over to us; they were creatures that we went out to rescue. It was a dangerous operation, fraught with the possibility of extreme violence.
A Government Order was issued for the police to impound the abandoned animals, with the Shelter to do the rescue and caring. Six policemen and several government officials went in with us.
Vishwa did not hear of this until my 7pm phone call. I told him what was unfolding, and that time was of the essence. He said he‚Äôd be ready to move by 8am in the morning. I was almost unbelieving. I said, ‚ÄúBabe, are you sure?‚Äù...‚ÄùNo problem, Sir.‚Äù
Unbelievably, early morning, Vishwa was set to move with:
‚Ä¢Four very large lorries with drivers, and a medium sized one with three large cages for the pigs.
‚Ä¢Six carefully selected men to catch and load.
‚Ä¢A very good cowshed in Tiru for the cows, calves, bulls, and bullocks. Five experienced
caretakers (three for day, two for night) - and a good food supply
‚Ä¢A semi-grassy, shaded area 25 kms outside of Tiru for the goats and sheep. An additional five caretakers for 24 hour care. Nutrition primarily from grazing,
supplemented by oil cakes and fresh grass.
‚Ä¢The four pigs were taken into the Shelter.
‚Ä¢Additionally, he had arranged for food and water to be given to the starving creatures when we first got there. And food and water to be given late night at the places where
they were going to be cared for.
It took four hours of intense effort to gather, feed, and load, but it went off perfectly. I was humbled by how intensely and fearlessly the Staff moved for four continuous hours. There were many, many moments where they could have been badly hurt, especially in the loading of the cows, bulls, and bullocks. Most of the rescues did not get on the lorries willingly. They had to be pushed and lifted. Let me tell you, the rescue was fraught with unbelievable effort, requiring almost superhuman strength. And it was dangerous. Thank God there were no major injuries. And thank God for Vishwa.
On the trip back, Vishwa called ahead to make sure ample water and food was available for the precious creatures. It was dark and around midnight by the time all the animals were all settled in.
This was all arranged by our young hero between the 7pm phone call and 8am the following morning.
Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu 606603