SURRENDER A RETIRED SERVICE DOG/PATRIOTDOG
retired service dogs are welcome at VOSD
Who are ‘PatriotDogs’?
Retired service dogs, or PatriotDogs as we call them, are the thousands of dogs that serve our country in the Indian military, paramilitary, police, and special forces.
PatriotDogs are trained in various specialties like explosive detection, tracking down insurgents or terrorists, and mounting massive search-and-rescues. From the tender age of just two months, they serve our country through the prime of their lives — usually until around 8 years. It’s a sad fact that until 2015, they were euthanised at the end of their service till the Supreme Court put an end to the practice. VOSD has a purpose-built facility at the VOSD Dog Sanctuary for these dogs to ensure they have a safe, happy, and healthy old age.
VOSD takes in patriot dogs at no cost, and we give them the life they deserve.
#PatriotDogs Campaign by VOSD
#PatriotDogs from Kerala, Karnataka, Railway Police, and the military are already in VOSD’s care at the VOSD Sanctuary and Hospital. The VOSD Dog Sanctuary is unique because it has hundreds of rescued dogs from all over the country and has full medical and other facilities in its 3.5-acre campus.
In 2017 we started a #PatriotDogs campaign which found great support from the top cricketers, leading stars from Hindi and Kannada cinema and TV, and other well-known celebrities who came forward to encourage their fans to support VOSD to bring in many more Patriot Dogs.
Through social media, dog-loving stars such as Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, Rahul Dravid, Venkatesh Prasad, Nana Patekar, Boman Irani, Soha Ali Khan, Ashwini Ponnappa, Prasad Bidapa, Sanjjanaa Galrani, Kitu Gidwani, Divya Seth Shah, and Nitin Sahrawat asked their fans and followers to contribute to the #PatriotDogs campaign VOSD. The campaign was also endorsed by leading football team, Bengaluru FC, and media giant, Reliance Entertainment.
CELEBRITY PATRONS SPEAK FOR #PATRIOTDOGS
- Virat Kohli, Indian cricket captain, said, “Help VOSD bring home 100 #PatriotDogs! They spend their lives serving us, it’s time to do something for them.”
- Boman Irani, actor, said, “I’ve always been a dog lover, and I think this cause is extremely important. These #PatriotDogs serve our country all their lives, and deserve a happy retirement.”
- Chris Gayle, batting legend, said, “They deserve to retire happily. Help VOSD make it happen.”
- Prasad Bidapa, fashion guru, said, “Rakesh Shukla is the definitive voice of stray and rescued dogs in this country! It is not possible to imagine the scope of his more than noble endeavour without visiting the facility that he has created at VOSD. It is beyond imagination to see a refuge for 750 dogs function so beautifully and efficiently.”
- Soha Ali Khan, actor, said, “#patriotdogs deserve the best at retirement and VOSD Dog Sanctuary is a one of kind place”
- Ashwini Ponnappa, badminton ace, said, “#PatriotDogs don’t enlist in the military, paramilitary and police but they spend their whole lives serving our country. It’s really time we did something good for them in return. VOSD has over 750 rescued dogs and many retired #PatriotDogs. Please donate to this cause.”
- Bengaluru FC, India’s champion football club and partner of VOSD, said, “BFC Cares stands with VOSD who will shelter 100 more #PatriotDogs who have served with the country’s armed forces. Join us in this cause, donate and contribute.”
- Hitesh Acharya, VP in a financial services MNC, said, “Like humans, dogs too need infrastructure to support them in their old age. This campaign is aimed at doing just that in a very compassionate manner.“
- Sanjeev Nambudiri, co-founder of a private consultancy based in Pune, said, “All of us have high regard for the people who sacrifice so much for us in the services or in the police forces but somehow most of us have never considered that the same regard should also extend to the dogs who serve.”
- Aadya Avinash, 21, student at the University of Manchester, said, “Most people think animal rescuing in Bangalore is just saving strays and don’t know there’s so many other layers and levels to animal welfare. A campaign of this magnitude is, therefore, exactly what we needed for a cause like this.”
- Anil George, Vice President in an IT MNC in Bangalore, said, “I’ve witnessed first hand how the dogs employed in the defense and paramilitary forces serve and protect. Having seen how the animals are taken care of at the VOSD Sanctuary, I feel these retired service dogs will feel right at home there.”
The #PatriotDogs campaign in the media
The Indian Express (Bengaluru, Chennai):
Surrender a Patriot Dog to VOSD
To admit a retired service dog at VOSD, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow the process mentioned below. VOSD does not charge any surrender fees for retired service dogs. We want to ensure these valiant dogs get love and care in their old age after serving the nation throughout their lives.
- If we are persuaded that the circumstance warrants our intervention, and that you’re responsible for the dog and have shared accurate and verifiable information, we will accept any dog, without passing judgment on you.
- This policy is entirely on VOSD’s discretion and can be discontinued, withdrawn or modified at any time without notice.
- The decision of accepting or not accepting a dog rests solely with VOSD.
- Please note there is NO SURRENDER FEE for Patriot Dogs
Do understand that it’s better to find a home for the dog before bringing him to us (as we are a new environment however safe!)
SURRENDER PROCESS EXPLAINED
- For patriot dogs, we require proof of the dog’s years of service. This may be in the form of video and/or photographic evidence.
- Once you get approval to surrender a dog to VOSD, you need to send us the vaccination and medical certificates as mentioned on the surrender link that will be shared with you.
(1) A vet certificate on the dog’s age
(2) Dog’s present condition
(3) Diagnosis and prescription of medicines, if any
(4) A photograph of the dog
(5) We will receive the dog from you on verification that the dog is tick and flea free (since the dog will come to a boarding/halfway home first)
(6) DLHPPi + Rabies shot documents.
- Our team will connect you with our boarding partner in Bangalore to drop the dog. You will have to bear the transport cost as we do not provide transportation.
- VOSD will pay the boarding fees till we pick up the dog from the boarding center.
- After we pick up the dog from the boarding partner center, our team will send you an update when the dog reaches VOSD. That is the only update we share about surrendered dogs before we close the surrender ticket.
- We do not allow visits for surrendered dogs nor do we provide any individual updates about the surrendered dog. This is our standard surrender policy.
- If you do not agree with our surrender policy, kindly do not approach us to surrender the dog.
- Please note that we don’t admit non-vaccinated dogs to VOSD.
NOTE: If you choose to surrender a Patriot Dog to the VOSD Sanctuary and Hospital, please remember that this is still as per the terms of the VOSD Standard Operating Procedure on visitation, which means no individual updates are provided for surrendered dogs and visits are not allowed.