LITTLE MAMA, RESCUED FROM THE BANGALORE AIRPORT
There are two kinds of animal rescuers — the kind who see an animal in pain/trapped and spread the word about it on social media, and the second kind who go in person to save that animal. One such couple in Bangalore demonstrated that they would go to any length to save their community stray dog when she was trapped in an unforeseen situation.
DOG GOES MISSING
When the Covid-19 lockdown began, a husband and wife realised that the streeties in their locality were going hungry due to the lack of availability of food. Most restaurants were shut and humans couldn’t step out, so the dogs were going hungry. One fine day, a small black dog that the couple were feeding mysteriously disappeared! She was terrified of other dogs and because they attacked her during meal times, she ran away and no one knew where to find her.
After searching for days, the couple spotted her inside the Bangalore airport, where the dog had been hiding without eating even a single meal or drinking water. Her fear got the better of her, and she was refusing to step out. So they went to the Defence authorities to gain entry to this classified location, and the couple finally managed to bring the timid dog out.
FINDING HER WAY INTO VOSD
Rakesh Shukla, the founder of VOSD, has a soft corner for scared dogs and brave humans — since this story had both, he decided to admit the dog into the sanctuary to ensure her safety forever. Two weeks after the incident, ‘Little Mama’ walked into his home and his life. She was aptly name so, because she resembles one of our triple amputees Mama.
Despite a lot of hugging, kissing a cajoling, the new dog ran inside and hid, refusing to step out for the next couple of days. However, by the second day, Little Mama aka Airport was seen strutting about her papa’s room in the midst of many other dogs, including the 65-kg Pakistani Bully Mastiff Badi Shilpi. This proves that time, a safe space and trusting the right people can help any dog shed its fears. The small one even made friends with Rakhi, a blind Labrador who is twice her size and thrice her weight! It is adorable to watch the two black beauties cosy up and sleep next to each other.
WHY AIRPORT NEEDS YOUR HELP
While we have the space to create a safe haven for dogs like Airport, we are constantly in need of resources to ensure the dogs get the right care they need. 850+ mouths need to be fed wholesome meals twice a day and the dogs that are chronically ill or unwell require medication, apart from the material and money the hospital and sanctuary require to operate. So every contribution from you can go a long way in helping VOSD evolve into the ‘city of dogs’ with no home or hope.