Shelter News - November 2014



PUJABAI  2 beforeThis little girl is still paralysed hereShe was just a little girl when we got her. A month and a half old. She’d been hit by an autorickshaw. Back broken. Unable to move the back part of her body. Otherwise she was in good health. So either she’d been close to her mother or someone had been feeding her.

Dr.Raja gave her a steroid injection in the spine as an anti-inflammatory, neurobion (for nutrition) and anti-biotic injections intra-muscularly. Kept her in Intensive Care for the first two days. Then moved her onto a cushion in the clinic where she’d be near a lot of the action and snuggling puppies.

The spinal injections stopped after three days. Then gentle, gentle massages. A lot of love. Chants playing. And blessing of blessings, after three weeks she started standing and moving a little. She was steadily improving…..

But…Then she got pneumonia. And respiratory infections are very serious in puppies. We moved her to the operating theatre, which is warmer and more protected than the other rooms. Vishwa put two puppies in with her, and had Ramesh give her a lot of loving and holding for the first four days….Slowly. Slowly. She got beyond it. Death was an ever present possibility. After a month Dr.Raja thought she was stabilized enough to be put on the veranda with the other dogs and puppies. She doesn’t have an outstanding favorite but especially likes Vishwa, Supervisor Raja, and Ramesh. But she doesn’t particularly care for Leslie.







 As you can see in the final video…She’s now just one of the guys. Loving. Playful. A little mischievous. Anyone seeing her would never guess her history.







 Dear, dear Pujabai. How good you make us feel. Vishwa will find a loving home for you, and you’ll have a happy life.

May all Beings benefit.


MIRA 2On the road to recovery.Mani found Mira lying on the side of the road near the Shelter. The poor baby was only four years old. She was post-distemper. Twitching. Unable to open her mouth. Starving. And near death. She was an “owner dog” who had probably been abandoned. Lying there. Alone. Having lost everything. Weak. Not understanding. Frightened.

Dr.Raja started giving her i.v.’s with neurobion for nutrition, a liver booster and antiibiotics. Vishwa had the staff giving her a lot of loving. And on the second day by attaching a thin rubber tube to an i.v. syringe that he could push into her mouth he was able to start getting a little milk on her tongue in increasing amounts which she swallowed.

At the beginning, she was put in a large retaining cage that didn’t have a lot of direct sunlight, and only one other post-distemper dog there. But neither of them could walk and they were both almost “mutedly conscious”. On the fourth day Leslie went in. Spent time lying with each of them. Holding. Kissing. Softly saying mantras. And telling them he loved them. Their energy picked up so we decided they should be moved into the clinic on cushions. Where there was a lot of light. And puppies to snuggle them and lie close.

On the second day in the clinic Mira started standing (she had been lying on her side and not moving around). Her twitching decreased in intensity. And Vishwa very, very gently was massaging her frozen jaws. She began to open them a little. Started drinking a few ounces of milk from a bowl. And was able to take little bits of food.

Also on the second day, she got her first bath and Vishwa gave her a haircut. She looked a zillion percent better. And it was as though vanity precipitated a change in her personality, and she started to move in a totally different manner.

Now this sweet girl moves around with the others. Is affectionate.

But she is so fierce around food and milk if any of the other guys get near her bowl, that we feed her in the closet with the door closed. (Watch the video where she takes control of three bowls).







So good to have you back dear Mira. Welcome to Life.

May all beings benefit!


LEELA2 yesBroken spiritLeslie was riding down one of the sidestreets in the main part of town. About 11pm. He saw her slinking along the wall. Frightened. Looking not much larger than a rat. Hair filthy. Matted down. Tried to get her with food. But she didn’t respond. Seemed to respond to nothing. Almost dead, inside. Followed her for a half hour but couldn’t catch her. Called Vishwa who got there about midnight. They followed her for another half hour. Finally, Vishwa had to run her down. She was yelping and frightened.

Put her in one of the cubicles in Intensive Care. She was frightened. Of everything. She faced the wall. Stayed in a corner trying to be invisible. Gave her a lot of special attention. Pure Heart Ramesh at night. Pure Heart Supervisor Raja during the day. She started relaxing. A little. Decided to give her a bath and put her on the veranda to be with the other puppies and dogs. Unfortunately the first photo we have is after the bath. Unbelievable what she looked like before…She started doing pretty well on the veranda. But with the strong support of Pure Hearts Sekar and Raja. At the very beginning she took to hiding under the phone stand. Staying close to the wall. Or in the clinic under the stand where Dr.Raja keeps his notes.

Now it’s so uplifting to behold. She’s very happy with Staff, and dogs. But prefers Staff. In particular Raja. Yes. Especially Raja. She adores him. And…He loves her back. Calls her his daughter.

What a joy to have you here.

LEELA3 yesWelcome to the world, dear Leela!







 With love, from All of Us.

Well rescue

Well rescueIt's a long way down!Uma, our President/Trustee, called this in. This creature had been trapped in the well for 1 ½ days. And had been howling in his helplessness and increasing desperation.

Vishwa wasn’t available. So Doctor Raja, Pandi, and Kanagaraj went out on the call. The poor creature had given up by the time they got there, and was no longer howling.

Pandi and Kanagaraj descended on the rope you see hanging down the side. They never say anything. But I am always aware of the danger of them falling. And the possibility of getting killed or seriously hurt.

As you can see they tied his mouth and legs for the journey up in the metal saucer. Dr.Raja had them stay behind. Right below him. Just in case he fell they’d have a good chance of catching him.

As you can see in the video he seemed very surrendered. That is until Pandi untied his legs and was putting him down. Then all hell broke loose. If he’d gotten away they would have had to track him and run him down even if it took all day. Because he would have suffered deeply with a tied mouth.

That’s why we showed the last video. It’s really uneventful. Except it shows him going happily away with his MOUTH UNTIED.

Blessings... Blessings... Blessings... O’ dear Soul... May you have a full and joyful life... Om Namah Shivaya.

Shelter Statistics

as of 03/2022
Rescues 8,094
Dogs Sterilized 8,687
Anti-Rabies Injections 20,309
Clinic Visits 78,559
In-Patient Treatments 214,595
Non-Dogs Treated 9,058
Animal Adoptions 1,447