When Animal Aid Unlimited, an animal hospital and shelter in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India, rescued street dog Toffee, he was barely recognizable. Covered in blood, matted fur, pus, and maggots, he was near collapse at a local marketplace where he was first spotted by a kind husband and wife duo, Satyajeet and Gauri.
Claire Abrams of Animal Aid Unlimited estimates that Toffee would have died within a day or two due to the severity of his condition had he not been rescued.
Thankfully, Satyajeet and Gauri spotted Toffee just in time and phoned Animal Aid Unlimited’s emergency helpline. While Satyajeet and Gauri waited for Animal Aid’s ambulance to arrive, they stayed with Toffee, following him on their motorbike as he struggled to wander about.
Once Toffee arrived at Animal Aid’s shelter, everyone was amazed by Toffee’s resilience and will to live.
“He was so happy to meet all of us, he just wouldn’t stop wagging his tail, and he hardly fussed during treatment either,” Abrams tells OGP.
Rescued on March 13, 2014, it has taken three weeks of love, care, baths, and injections for Toffee’s wound to fully heal and for his mange to subside.
“He is as good as new!” Abrams reports.
When Toffee is healthy again, he will be returned to his neighborhood where he can resume his life as a resident street dog and where local residents will again watch out for his well-being.
Check out Toffee’s amazing recovery from near-death in the video!
To help Animal Aid Unlimited continue on with their important rescue and rehabilitation work, consider making a donation. You can also keep up with the shelter’s activities through their website or Facebook.
A note of clarification from Animal Aid Unlimited:
Millions of unowned dogs live on the streets across India. They find food at the doorsteps of regular dog feeders, and food scraps found in the garbage. Most cities across India do not have a hospital or a shelter to rescue injured or ill street animals. Without the infrastructure to help, many people become passive when they see street animal suffering and even ignore it. Animal Aid’s mission in Udaipur is to turn apathy to compassion and passivity to action through the participation in rescue and recoveries like Toffee’s.
Rescuing more than 4,000 animals every year, Animal Aid runs one of the country’s busiest rescue helplines because over the last 12 years people in Udaipur have been sensitized to animal’s needs and they want to help. Healthy and healed animals are returned to their neighborhoods where members of the community are committed to calling Animal Aid again if they need help. The recovered animals are returned so that Animal Aid can keep going out, every single day, to promote kindness, compassion, and give a second chance to precious lives just like Toffees. More than 200 dogs, cows and donkeys who are not fit to live on the street live in Animal Aid’s permanent sanctuary.
Lead image source: Animal Aid Unlimited