BELLA, THE ABANDONED SENIOR PUG
Abandoning an old pet is exactly like abandoning a parent. They are at their most vulnerable as they grow older and cannot cope with health issues as well as they might have once. It is cruel to let them suffer alone, but we often see pet parents dumping their senior dogs on the street.
Bella, a 10-12 year old pug, was perhaps a breeder reject or an abandoned pet dog. She was found in Bangalore with vaginal prolapse, severe dental problems and corneal injury to both her eyes. Her rescuers were determined to get her the care she needed, but her treatment was prolonged. Some of the best hospitals in the city helped her regained her health and she was ready to be in a home. Since she did not get along with the rescuer’s pets, she was put up for adoption but no one willing to take home a senior pug.
SHE MEETS HER PAPA
Bella was surrendered to VOSD in April 2020, and settled in like it was always her home! The rotund old mama is fondly known as Kuttush Tintin by Rakesh Shukla, our founder, and she doesn’t leave his side even for a minute. Whether in the gym or in his quarters, she fights off all the other dogs to plonk herself next to papa. The second the ‘squad’ know it’s bed time, nearly 12 dogs including Bella are waiting to pounce on his mattress and jostle for who gets the most space. Her favourite place is by his pillow at night — even her stinky chicken breath doesn’t deter him from cuddling her.
Diya, another pug at the sanctuary, follows Bella all around the place like a faithful shadow. And added to the mix is yet another pug named Telephone, who was abandoned outside VOSD during the Covid-19 lockdown. Each of these dogs has suffered trauma in some form or the other, but we are all about making them feel at home and like family.
HELPING DOGS AT VOSD
It doesn’t take a lot to help a dog heal. Even a simple contribution from your side can help ensure the lifelong safety and comfort of kids like Bella. Our facility is the world’s largest no-kill dog sanctuary with a world-class residential hospital that has helped 8,000+ such critically injured or abandoned dogs, administered over 250,000 treatments and has 850+ permanent resident dogs. Your kindness can help sponsor their nutrition, maintenance and onsite medical care.