Care for street dogs India

13 years ago I left my job as Head Veterinary Nurse in an animal hospital in the UK to move to India to work with street dogs. Little realising how these wonderful, brave dogs would change my life.

I visited a small fishing village in the south of India; “ Mamallapuram” and was shocked to see so many thin, mangy, uncared for dogs wandering around looking for food and shelter.

The female dogs were producing litter after litter of puppies, and none of them were vaccinated.

As a Veterinary nurse I always carry a “ doggy “ first aid kit; so I spent a lot of time giving basic treatment to help to as many as I could. I soon realised that they needed someone to love and care for them around the clock.


I decided to make my home here, and started the CARE project for Street dogs.

Community based

Animal welfare

Rabies protection

Education- for local residents, pet owners and villagers.

One of the first things I started was an ABC program (Animal Birth Control) with the help of the animal charity, Blue Cross India in Chennai. This was to help manage the population of street dogs and prevent the spread of diseases.

I spend a lot of time befriending the stray dogs; feeding them,  treating their mange, and vaccinating them against Rabies, Distemper/Parvo Virus so that they will be fully fit for their operations, and can live healthy lives on the streets of Mamallapuram.

The Blue Cross send one of their ambulances and dog catchers to assist me  in catching the dogs, and take them back to the Blue Cross Hospital in Chennai for their operations. The dogs are kept for about 1 week to recover, and then released back in the same place they are caught. This helps me keep an eye on them and their recovery progress on a daily basis.

So far, I have arranged and funded the operations of over 500 dogs; and vaccinated many hundreds more against rabies over the last 12 years.

India has more cases of Rabies than any other country in the world, and over half of cases seen are children under the age of 15!

Of course, we don’t just treat street dogs! Over the years we have seen many kittens, cats, monkeys and birds which have also received our care.  Here is a picture of Gizmo after being attacked by dogs:

And here he is after treatment, left with partial paralysis of the face, but that doesn't slow him down:
Each year the street dogs are given vaccination boosters, skin and worm treatments and regular check-ups, which all help to keep the dogs healthy.

In cases of accidents or emergency medical issues, the dogs are taken for treatment to the animal hospital in Chennai. Here is Honey being taken for X Rays and treatment after being involved in a road accident:


I need your help to continue this vitally important work, funds are running low and I am no longer in a position to finance this myself-having sold my home and all my possessions over 10 years ago.

As there is no Vet in the town, my work also involves taking ill or injured animal by animal ambulance to the Blue Cross for treatment.

Money raised will also be used to provide safe, secure accommodation for hospitalised patients until they are well enough to be released.  

JUST £15 will pay for a dog to have the ABC operation, and be vaccinated against Rabies and Distemper/Parvo virus.

JUST £15 will pay for a street dog to be vaccinated, wormed and treated for mange.

JUST £15 will pay for a bag of food, or a collapsible recovery cage. 

Nadu was dumped outside my house in this condition:

About 2 months later, here he is after lots of TLC:


You can follow the street dog’s progress on my facebook  page, where you will find lots more photos and interesting stories about some of the animals we have treated. 

Thank you for reading.


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Elaine Philpott 
Coventry, West Midlands, United Kingdom
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