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I'm a landrace dog fancier and birder. Founder of the INDog Project (www.indog.co.in) and the INDog Club. Before that, worked with urban free-ranging dogs of Mumbai from 1993-2007. Also a wildlife conservationist working in the tiger reserves of central India with Satpuda Foundation.

This blog is for aboriginal breed enthusiasts. It is part of the INDog Project www.indog.co.in. Only INDogs (Indian Pariah) and INDog-mix mongrels are featured here. The two are NOT the same, do please read the text on the right to understand the difference. Our aim: to create awareness about the primitive natural breed called the Indian Pariah Dog/INDog. I sometimes feature other landrace breeds too.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Simba the survivor

Simba was born blind and had a sad start in life, but a number of kind people came to his rescue. Read his story by Amit Parmar:

Simba was born near Andheri (West) railway station. My friend Sujatha Chakrabarti saw him one day and went to feed him and his mother, but she realized something was wrong with the pup's eyes. A security guard told her there had been seven pups in the litter. Two got adopted, four died and only Simba was left with his mom.

She called me to check him. I found him healthy though he had ticks, which we removed. He was totally dependent on his sniffing and hearing abilities. This was the first time I'd come across such a pup. The vet said 'He was born blind, we can't do much.'

He was 2 months old at the time. We dewormed him and fed him twice daily, Sujata in the morning and me in the evening. Within a fortnight he had put on weight. We took him to a vet for his distemper-combination vaccination.

Then we posted his photo on Facebook in the hope that someone would adopt him. But the next day we got terrible news. Simba was missing. Someone had taken him away. Even the security guard who looked after him was not sure who had taken him. We were very worried!

We started to get calls for his adoption from Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore, but he wasn't there. Our animal lover friend Petal promised to foster him till adoption, once he was found. 

We circulated a lost dog appeal on Facebook. Two or three days later Sujata got a message from animal rescuer Charu Shah. Charu had heard from a vet friend that someone had admitted a blind pup to Bombay SPCA. It seemed similar to Simba.

Sujata, Petal and I rushed to BSPCA at once to discharge the pup. He had been admitted by a Mr Chadha, who had found him beside the metro-railway construction site. Someone had stolen him from Andheri Station and abandoned him there. The poor blind pup was terrified, crying and searching for his mother in an unknown place. Mr Chadha took him home at first, but was worried about him so admitted him to the BSPCA. We are deeply thankful to him for saving Simba.

Simba was finally in safe hands, in foster mom Petal's home. He got socialized with people and other dogs and would play happily with Petal's dogs. Meanwhile we posted everywhere again for his adoption. We also put up adoption posters in pet stores.

Through a friend Simba got a home, but after two months the owners wanted to give him up due to some family issue. So again Simba was back in foster care in Petal's home. This time he got a wonderful home with animal rescuer Anand Siva. Mr Siva already has dogs, cats and rabbits, but he opened his heart and home to Simba.

Simba had gone through a lot in his short life, but finally he found a lovely permanent home. He will never be able to see, but he's an active, healthy, happy family dog.

I am thankful to all those people who helped Simba in some way. Thanks to them he is still among us and living a great life. This is the first case I've come across where there were so many people ready to help one pup.

Text and photos: Amit Parmar

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1 comment:

georgia little pea said...

Simba's story is choking me up. There really are some good people in the world and I love reading about them. Well done all of you! :)