None-the-less, we took "T" the vet to at least try to save her. By the looks of her, we feared there were other illnesses affecting her weight and low energy. But after some vaccinations, de-worming, a few good meals, and some love and attention, "T" came back to life. We found that only thing afflicting her was being undernourished. Thankfully, she had no diseases. She became a different dog in just a few short days showing us a very gentle and sweet side. Some days she preferred sitting on our laps to getting food. She just really wanted love and affection.
One day, after feeding her, it was clear she had developed great trust in us. She ran over to the side of a gutter and turned to look back at us as if to follow her. Once we got to the gutter, "T" showed us (very proudly) her 4 babies. "T," in a very smart, street dog move had hidden her children in a deep, high walled gutter that acted almost like a playpen, keeping her children together, and safe from wondering the streets and hidden from other predators. "T" then allowed us to play with her babies. We were allowed by "T" to feed them and remove them from the gutter and her to go to the vet on several occasions. "T" knew we were not going to hurt her or her puppies. "T" now knows compassion at the hands of humans and considers us a part of her pack.
After caring for this little family for a few weeks, it became clear that their chance of survival is low without human intervention because of their particular environmental circumstances. At this point, with my desire to grow The Mysore Foundation*, I asked Marque to head up an Indian Pariah Dog** Rescue Chapter.
Since this is our first Pariah Dog Rescue campaign and all our prior funding for this season went into the people living in poverty, we are raising funds to bring "T" and all 4 of her puppies to the United States of America where they can have forever homes with lucky individuals who adopt them. Only one of the dogs, so far, is spoken for leaving 4 more babies looking for good homes away from the harsh streets of India.
We need to raise at least $5,000 to cover all the veterinary expenses, food, travel crates, fostering services while the dogs are in between the streets and a home, and 5 airline tickets. We feel that for these 5 dogs their only chance of survival is to be removed from the streets and to be placed in good homes.
Every donation matters greatly to these dogs, and if you can even afford something small, we can collectively save 5 lives.
*More about The Mysore Foundation
The Mysore Foundation was founded in 2015 as a way for KPJAYI students to give back to the people living in Mysore who are struggling with poverty. Due to the nature of the foundation and its dealing with children living in extreme poverty, The Mysore Foundation does not have a website or social media at this point. This is to keep all participants safe.
In December 2017, The Mysore Foundation branched out by expanding its work to include "In Dog" or "Street Dog" rescue, with Marque Garaux as it's founder and Co-CEO with Brice Elizabeth Watson.
Currently, the foundation works to serve both the people in the Mysore community and the homeless dogs.
For more information on the foundation or for volunteering information, please inquire at [email redacted]
**More about Indian Pariah Dogs
The Indian pariah dog is the aboriginal landrace, or natural selection dog, of the Indian sub-continent. The breed is proposed by some to be one of the oldest in the world and the progenitor of the Australian dingo.
The term "pariah" in this context refers to a class of primitive dogs that is not commercially bred. Since these dogs have never been selectively bred, their appearance, physical features and mental characteristics are created by the process of natural selection alone. The breed has not been recognized by any kennel club but has been recognized by the Primitive and Aboriginal Dog Society (PADS), a worldwide grouping of enthusiasts based in the USA.
Indian Pariah Dogs are alert and very social dogs. Because of their evolution in India, living often in cities that border forests where predators like tigers and leopards were common, this has made them extremely intelligent and cautious of their surroundings. They require good socializing and do well with families and children. Their high intelligence makes them easily trainable, but can get bored easily as well, and typically are not interested in repetitive dog games like "fetch". They are modest eaters and will rarely overeat. A very active breed, thriving on regular exercise.
Being a naturally evolved breed, they have very few health concerns and thrive with minimal "maintenance", and are adaptable to most climates. They have thin coats that shed very little. They keep themselves very clean, have no body odor and require almost no grooming. Genetic health ailments like hip dysplasia and so on are extremely rare since there is no inbreeding and the dominant genes that aid their survival are naturally selected over time. A well cared for Pariah Dog has an average life expectancy of 15 years and in some cases up to 20 years. However on the street most only live for an average of 3 to 4 years because of accidents on the roads with cars or scooters, Lyme disease (from ticks), heartworms, rabies, parvovirus, distemper, canine influenza, and others.
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