Dog Rescue: Your Questions Answered
What steps should you take on encountering an injured or abandoned dog?
If you come across an injured or abandoned stray dog, take the following steps:
Try to secure the dog with help of anyone who is experienced in handling injured or abandoned stray dog
If you can’t find such people, call the nearest NGO or Vet clinic for assistance. Also, post on social media dog rescue groups of your city on Facebook or Insta pages and seek immediate help.
Once secure, take the dog to the nearest vet for treatment and checkup. Do not try to feed water or food to an injured dog. You will end us causing more harm. Just keep the dog warm and clean till a vet is able to check the dog and give you further advice for care.
How do stray dogs adapt to the new environment at VOSD?
Once rescued, stray dogs are introduced to our premises, we give them all the time they need to adapt by:
- Each dog goes through a medical checkup and behaviour assessment based on the same dog is assigned a particular kennel area.All dogs are given time to get used to the new smells and environment around them.
- Letting them decompress at their own pace, and not rushing a connection
- Helping them get into a particular routine for play, food, and sleep
- Exercising patience, understanding their anxiousness and letting them retreat to their safe space in case they still aren’t yet fully comfortable around us
- Each set of dogs in the sanctuary has dedicated caregivers responsible for their health and happiness. These caregivers are trained to notice medical and behavioural issues so those can be addressed at the right time.
How much time will it take for the rescued dogs to adapt to surroundings?
Typically it takes a few days for the dog to get used to the new sounds, smell in the new area. Once they are comfortable you will start noticing that they eat better, seem more relaxed and sleep better. Any dog who seems restless is given additional care and time to ensure they settle well into the VOSD environment.
How is VOSD different from other animal shelters?
VOSD is not a dog shelter, we are a dog sanctuary. The dogs that we rescue stay with us for life and we provide them with a forever home. We are also a no-kill rescue, we do not euthanize dogs, and accept even the most severe cases of injured, abused dogs. We run one of the world’s largest dog rescue premises in Bangalore and have a dedicated work staff, grounds, facilities and infrastructure to take care of our rescue dogs. We also provide grants to individuals and NGO who strive to make the world a better place for dogs.