India: Visakhapatnum: Rescued cow and newborn baby safe and sound!

When 54 rescued cows first arrived at the VSPCA, they drank liters and liters of water before even touching their food.  They are now recovering from malnutrition, dehydration, and wounds.


They were rescued from a lorry transporting them illegally to slaughter.


On August 5,  at Marikavalasa village, near Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, workers from the VSPCA (Visakha Society for the Protection and Care of Animals) Shelter encountered the lorry filled with cows, just four miles from the shelter. They had spotted some of the heads of the cows at the very top. The cows were in deplorable condition.


The driver fled, and, with the assistance of the police, VSPCA shelter managers B. Sarada and Raj, were able to rescue all the cows, taking them to the VSPCA shelter.


Happily, one of the cows, who was about to give birth, now has a healthy, adorable, newborn calf.  Mother and baby are both doing fine, and will be able to live out their lives at the shelter.


The VSPCA shelter cares for 1500 animals, including many rescued cattle, with the cows and bulls living separately.  Every animal is valued and well-cared for.  VSPCA’s ABC (spay-neuter) programs have also helped tens of thousands of community dogs in Visakhapatnam and surrounding areas.


To visit the Facebook page of VSPCA, click here.


To visit the  VSPCA website, click here.


To visit the website of Help Animals India, which supports many Indian animal welfare groups, click here.


 Photo: Courtesy of VSPCA

India: Chennai: Puppy’s mom helps with rescue

Mom licks her rescued puppy

Midway through the morning, a man called Blue Cross about a puppy he said had fallen into a well.


Rushing to the scene, Dawn Williams, Resident Manager of Blue Cross, along with volunteers Mr. Mohit and Mr. Sushant, arrived at the field, to find that the caller didn’t seem to be there, and there was no way to reach the well to rescue the puppy.


The well was in the middle of a paddy field, but security guards wouldn’t allow them to go through the fence. Finally, a helpful by-stander, Mr. Nagaraj, took them aside and led them to a short cut to get into the paddy fields.  There they found, not one well, but four wells, about 500 meters (1500 feet) apart from each other.  Which one had the puppy fallen into?


Out of nowhere, a dog came up to them, whining, then running around their feet in circles. The dog, who was the mother dog, led Dawn and the volunteers straight to the right well, about one kilometer (.62 miles) from the road.  Peering over the edge, they could see the puppy down below.


With Mr. Mohit and Mr. Sushant holding ropes, Dawn bravely went down into the well to rescue the puppy, bringing her safely out.

Puppies with their new people


Both puppies have now found very happy homes. Ms. Janani Kamakshi adopted the puppy who fell into the well, and Ms. Revathi adopted the sibling.

The mother dog was rescued too and will be spayed as soon as her health is a bit better.


Blue Cross’s ABC-AR (spay/neuter, anti-rabies) program has been helping community dogs in Chennai for over sixty years, preventing the birth of many thousands of puppies that would have been homeless, and finding homes for rescued puppies.  Blue Cross helps animals of many species, including cows, cats, pigeons, and pigs.

To visit the website of Blue Cross, click here.

To visit their Facebook page, click here.

Photos: Courtesy of Blue Cross



Egypt: Mazloom’s amazing journey


By ESMA, Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals (Reblogged from ESMA’s newsletter.)

In November 2011, a dog we later named Mazloom was found on the streets of Cairo with grave injuries to both back legs.  We thought we had seen it all, but this was one of the worst cases we treated, and no one could even imagine what might have happened to him.  Mazloom underwent a double amputation and a long recovery at the ESMA shelter.

Some called for him to be euthanized but we knew from our experience that he had a good chance for a healthy and fulfilling life with the right adopters.  A long time supporter of ESMA, Tanya Mahrous of Atlanta, Georgia, and her family saw him on our facebook page and decided to open their home to Mazloom as foster parents in spring 2012.

They created his own Facebook page that was constantly updated with photos and videos showing his amazing progress and personality. He caught the eye of Catherine MacDonald of Miami, Florida, and Mazloom recently settled into a happy life with his new family.  Mazloom has a better life than we ever dreamed was possible.

For a dose of happiness, watch these beautiful videos of Mazloom:

To read more good news about how ESMA is helping Egyptian animals, click here.

To visit ESMA’s website, click here.

 Photo: Courtesy of ESMA

India: Maharashtra: Dr Ajay, the leopard vet

Dr. Ajay, Veterinarian at the Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre

Wildlife SOS writes:

“Dr. Ajay has been our veterinarian at the Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre since 2009.  At this facility we give long-term care to leopards that cannot be returned to the wild and also give medical care to leopards that will eventually go back to their wild homes.  In this interview, you will get a peek at what it is like for him to work as a vet who specializes in helping wild leopards. To read the full interview with Dr. Ajay, click here!

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Photo: Courtesy of Wildlife SOS

INDIA: Chamki of Varanasi

Varanasi (formerly written in English as Benares) is one of the holiest cities in India.  The river Ganges passes through Varanasi, and pilgrims come from all over India to bathe in the waters.  Abha Singh, who started the animal welfare organization Aashray for Animals is working hard to make sure that the animals in Varanasi are not forgotten; after all they are sacred too.

She writes, “Besides running the ABC-AR (spay/neuter) program for dogs, we rescue puppies, dogs, monkeys, donkeys, and a lot of calves, cows, and bulls, many hit by speeding vehicles.”

“Here is Chamki with me. While driving down to my school, I saw a doe-eyed pup injured by the roadside. I reversed the car to get a closer look, and brought her to my home.

“The vet diagnosed the gangrene that was spreading fast. Following surgery, she needed constant care and medication. It took her three months to begin leading a normal life.  By that time my husband and I had fallen in love with her. She is part of my family now and hops around all over the house.”

To visit the website of Aashray for Animals, click here. (You may find some of the photos disturbing.)

Help Animals India provides support to Aashray for Animals and to many other animal welfare organizations in India.  To visit their website, click here.

Photo: Courtesy of Aashray / Abha Singh and Chamki

India: A helping hand

Help Animals India offers much needed support to Indian animal welfare groups in Bangalore, Vishakapatnam, Vanarsi, and a number of other cities and regions in India.


These groups care for community dogs and cats, offering ABC (spay/neuter) programs and rescue for animals in distress. They also extend help to cows, bulls, horses, tortoises, monkeys, and others.


To find out more about Help Animals India or to donate, click here.


Photo: © Chrisp543/ / An Indian street dog sleeping by a doorway

India: Udaipur: Just ten exciting days old

Stampella and her mom

By Animal Aid Unlimited

Just 10 exciting days old, this baby girl donkey was named Stampella by our recent volunteer Deborah from Italy. Stampella’s mom was rescued weeks earlier after her foreleg had been crushed in an accident and was beyond repair. Amputating the crushed limb was her only chance. We didn’t know if she would be able to stand and walk after the amputation as amputations in equines are almost never performed, they are euthanised, but because of her small size and obvious will to survive, we took the chance and she has done remarkably well. She’s slow, but steady. She can stand up easily and with a few hops makes her way around wherever she wants to go. Mother and baby are naturally inseparable and Mom is tending to her wonderfully.

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Photos: Courtesy of Animal Aid Unlimited

Stampella making volunteers and visitors happy.